Israel Yosef  


Good old Macallan by Israel Yosef

April 2021 - Good old Macallan

April 2021 - Israel Yosef

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About the Image(s)

I photographed this photo on a still life course, I realized that this genre is very difficult. Installation of softbox, flash and all other props. This is my first experience.

I am looking forward to your advice and ideas.

I shoot in RAW format and process with Lightroom: basic adjustment, detail, texture, etc. Then I convert to B&W in Photoshop.

Camera settings: Sony a7r III. ISO 100, 1/250s, f/11, 60mm, lens: Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM.


21 comments posted




Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Israel, this is a clever idea for a still life. I think your focus and depth-of-field are outstanding. You've kept the subject(s) in perfect focus and still managed to blur the background which would have been distracting if it were sharp. And, I like how the reflections seem to anchor the photograph. Nice work!

A couple of minor things...

The image appears to have a slight lean to the left and the two sides seem to be cropped a bit tightly, especially the left side.

It would have been interesting to see even more of the cigar smoke. I wonder if it would be possible for the smoke to up around the bottle even more than it does.

  Posted: 04/05/2021 10:00:51
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Oliver,
You again gave not interesting ideas.
Thank you very much.
I added more smoke around the bottle and added space to the left and right.
Your opinion.

Best blessings.
Regards

Israel   Posted: 04/08/2021 08:58:05
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Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Very nice, Israel. I especially like the additional smoke. It makes the bottle of Scotch even more interesting. I'm curious... what technique did you use to add the additional smoke? It worked very well!

  Posted: 04/08/2021 09:42:31
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Oliver,
I added the smoke file and as the layer above the whiskey layer I switched the smoke layer to screen mode, the background disappeared and only the smoke remained.
Then I changed the transform for the smoke layer.
I hope I explained clearly.

Best blessings.

Israel   Posted: 04/08/2021 09:52:36



Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
Israel

This is a great still shot with a generous pour in the glass as well.

I too feel the edges are just a little too tight to your subject. I have the Sony 24-70mm lens as well, nice glass and a go to item for me as well. Try a wider setting and then crop as needed, you will have a much nicer shot I believe.

Regards

Emil

  Posted: 04/06/2021 12:30:35
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Emil,
Thank you so much for your comment.
I added more smoke around the bottle and added left and right spaces as Oliver recommended.

Your opinion.

Best blessings.
Regards

Israel   Posted: 04/08/2021 09:01:12
Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
Israel

Your update is well done. The smoke is fabulous

Regards

Emil   Posted: 04/08/2021 10:23:56



LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Israel,

Great image and hard work putting this together, I am sure. I think the smoke adds interest and helps the photo come alive. I like Emil's comment that there is a 'generous' pour of whiskey in the glass; I suppose you would have to see other photos of whiskey glasses to know what a correct pour would be--funny. I think the three elements work well, especially the cigar; cigars and whiskey just go together like a hand in a glove.

The one thing that I wonder about, Israel, is the light. I think the light is too bright, and I suggest raising the cigar's shadows to see more details. When I think of whiskey and cigars, I envision a late night at a bar moment, so more subdued lighting perhaps; what do you think? I suggest defining the mood more; what is your intent for this image's perspective (day or nighttime ambiance)? Have you considered trying to rim light the glass and bottle with a spot of bounce light on the back wall directly behind the bottle? This will add depth to the scene.

LuAnn   Posted: 04/09/2021 20:06:23
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hello LuAnn,

Your ideas and recommendations are always instructive, for which I am very grateful to you.
I agree with you that the whiskey is too big for a glass, for the fact that I took this photo on the course "photos of products and still lifes".
Together with me were several more students and someone not "professional" in whiskey filled a glass with hot tea as
our instructor was greedy for whiskey.
The tea was hot and therefore there were drops on the glass and I had to retouch these drops in Photoshop for a long time.
About the lights I think you're right, it's better to darken it to have a pub atmosphere in Ireland.
This is my first attempt, to my regret I will not be able to make changes in the light, since the shooting was in the studio, and I do not think about creating my own studio yet.
But I will use your ideas and advice with pleasure in the future.
By the way, I took this course from a very famous photographer.
I am attaching his site:

https://www.eyalgranit.com/

Health and all the best.

Israel   Posted: 04/12/2021 04:07:33



Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
Israel,
I've been experimenting with capturing glass, and it is very challenging, I think. Congrats on this effort, well done. As others have noted, the smoke is very effective, and one can almost smell it (thankfully not really, though - not too fond of the smell of cigars). I agree that is leaning to the left a bit, which is a bit disorienting but also easily fixed. Otherwise not much to add to what the others have said.   Posted: 04/10/2021 09:44:35
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
I had to chuckle, Leah, at your comment to the smell of cigar smoke - laughing! My dad used to smoke a cigar every once in a while and oh the memories.

LuAnn   Posted: 04/10/2021 14:00:27
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hello Leah,

Thank you for your comment.

Health and all the best.

Israel   Posted: 04/12/2021 04:09:32



Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Hi Israel,

What a great set up for a still life! I love the reflections that you captured. Nice job. I also think smoke is a wonderful subject, so ethereal. I always think of using incense or flame, but a cigar is a great idea. Although I am enjoying the brick background, I wonder if a darker background would bring out the detail in the smoke?

To my eye, the bottle looks about 0.25 % crooked. The back of the table might be straight, but I am just a bit troubled by the fact the Macallan label is a bit off. I straightened it just a tad and then decreased the highlights to bring out the smoke a bit more.

I agree with the comment about the generous pour!   Posted: 04/11/2021 22:48:02
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hello Bunny,

Thank you for your comment.

The fact is that the bottle was on white plastic and it sagged under the weight of the bottle.
I tried to straighten the horizontal line in Photoshop
but 100% I failed to do it

Health and all the best.

Israel   Posted: 04/12/2021 04:15:44
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Israel,

When you need to straighten something, may I suggest trying the warp tool in PS? I am not a savy user of PS but I try my best. Just recently I had to straighten a scissor holder on a twine and scissor holder for a still life photo. There is a tube the twine sits around that hold the scissor and it alone was crooked. The warp tool allowed me to straighten just that piece of the holder which I found to be amazing.

Just a thought.

LuAnn   Posted: 04/12/2021 06:22:29
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi LuAnn,

Good idea, I will definitely try.
We, thank God, are returning to normal life.
I am leaving for two days in the desert with a group of photographers in jeeps to photograph monosters in the rocks and Bedouins "children of the desert".
I've been metal to do it for a long time.
I will definitely brag to you.

All the best and health.

Israel   Posted: 04/14/2021 11:14:07
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Israel,
I understand completely about sagging plastic as the same thing happened to me. I have two suggestions. First, I find that putting plastic on an empty cardboard box (empty side up) provides a good deal of support. The second suggestion is to use a piece of polished solid black granite. I happened to have a square leftover from a remodeling project and discovered it gives excellent reflections. I'm not that skilled in PS to fix something like this, so I am always better off modifying the set up.   Posted: 04/12/2021 09:13:58



Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
  Posted: 04/11/2021 22:48:46
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Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Bunny,

You did a great job.
Thank you very much.

All the best and health.

Israel   Posted: 04/14/2021 11:15:44



Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Good for you Israel taking that Still Life Course. This is a super idea that you have handled very well. Your edit, enlarging the right side, fixes that little nit.
Bob   Posted: 04/19/2021 21:31:44
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Bob,

Thank you for your comment.

All the best and health.
Israel
  Posted: 04/21/2021 00:43:46



 

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