John W Whitt  


YELLOW TAIL by John W Whitt

February 2021 - YELLOW TAIL

About the Image(s)

The camera club I belong to had as their February Challenge: 1 camera, 1 lens, 1 F-stop, 1 shutter speed and 1 ISO in 1 day with 5 images. I chose to light this wine bottle in 5 different ways using 1 camera, 100mm lens, f=11=SS=1/200/ ISO=100.


9 comments posted




Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Hi John, great image, I like you lighting, rim lighting isolating the subject from background, side lighting giving shape and defining the curvature. The addition of the lighting on the logo and label (bottom right) adds to the overall definition and effect. And of course choosing a wine coming from Australia definitely shows you are a cultured man :)
Nice image well captured and presented. Stay safe   Posted: 02/01/2021 17:05:02



Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
John,
Another well presented image. I concur with Tom, your lighting works well.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 02/02/2021 23:51:19



Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
What an interesting challenge! The lighting makes this image which seems a necessity on this type of photograph. The impact is eye-catching. I am curious though - how is the bottle matte?, what is going on with the yellow label, especially on the bottom right? and is a 2020 Shiraz a good year? :) I don't think these questions detract, in fact, I find it draws me into the photograph. Nicely done! Thanks for sharing -   Posted: 02/05/2021 01:12:07
John W Whitt   John W Whitt
This is a red wine bottle on a black background and to prevent the bottle from blending into the background you have to light the edges to give it some shape. There are three types of lighting you can do to get this rim-like light of the shape of the bottle. The first is what you see here--a graded light fall-off camera Left and a sharp light camera right. The other two methods involve a graded fall-off on both sides and a sharp fall-off on both sides. The style you like determines the light placement. The labels are lit separately and blended together in Photoshop. My first encounter with a shiraz was about 20 years ago on a freezing Boston night. I asked the bartender for a wine I had never tasted and he poured me the shiraz. After finishing the wine, I nearly choked on the bill-$22 for 1 glass of wine. I thought that this must be a VERY expensive wine. When I came back home to Texas, I was doing some shopping in the local grocery store and found this same bottle of shiraz for $4.25 for a BOTTLE. I have never ordered wine at a restaurant since. The good news is that at that time I was in a local wine club and the stipulation was that you could only bring wine that was less than $5/bottle and so the shiraz fit the bill. The best description of the taste of shiraz is that it is very much like a cab but without the bite. Leave it up to the Aussies to find something better than a cab.   Posted: 02/05/2021 09:25:16
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Thanks John -   Posted: 02/06/2021 23:28:49



Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
John,
Darcy just let the group know that you will be leaving Group 14. I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed seeing your images and also valued your feedback.
All the best,
Greg   Posted: 02/09/2021 23:52:40



Quang Phan   Quang Phan
It is very nice black ground, rim light around the bottle is outstanding. I like it. I just a have question how does the yellow label not stick to the bottle on the left side? or is it naturally loose like that. Thanks.   Posted: 02/13/2021 21:20:07



Quang Phan   Quang Phan
It is very nice black ground, rim light around the bottle is outstanding. I like it. I just a have question how does the yellow label not stick to the bottle on the left side? or is it naturally loose like that. Thanks.   Posted: 02/13/2021 21:20:09



Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
I have seen this kind of setting, but I don't like this kind of shooting. It is more like a graphic design, not photography, too flat. It is just my opinion.   Posted: 02/18/2021 09:07:22



 

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