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Posted 19 March 2018 - 09:20 PM

Jim Beam Rye Whiskey

Pre-Prohibition Style

 

I think, this is a new formula for their very popular Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. The older bottle I used to buy came in a Yellow Label and was NOT available in Canada.  I picked up this bottle on Sunday, in Guelph, while out for a photowalk with Jason.

 

My favorite bottle of poison when mixing with Ginger.  Love it. Not to mention a nice Cuban cigar on the side.

 

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Hand Held

Nature Sunlight from the side

 

Used a CIRCULAR POLAFILTER to remove some of the glare off the glass on the left.  Worked like a charm!

 

No PP work other than sharpening and a slight adjustment to vertical straightening.  Pretty much straight out of the camera.

 

I did use the louvres on my shutters over the windows to adjust the natural sunlight.  Worked great.  I am very happy with the image. The bottle and glass are sitting on standard brown wrapping paper.  Nothing fancy.

 

Your comments of all types, greatly appreciated.

 

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 11:26 AM

Nice work, especially for natural light.

 

My only suggestion would have been to try a white fill card/foam, to bring up the detail on the far right side of the bottle.  Just a thought.  I still think this is a really nice shot.  :)


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 11:44 AM

Nice work, especially for natural light.

 

My only suggestion would have been to try a white fill card/foam, to bring up the detail on the far right side of the bottle.  Just a thought.  I still think this is a really nice shot.  :)

 

 

We are of a like mind.  I had the thought, then went against it because I wanted one light source with no bounced light.  However, I should have experimented.  Plenty new opportunities to try.  I have not cracked the bottle open yet as I am going through two other Yellow label bottles.  It will be a while before I get to this one! :lol:

 

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 10:37 PM

My thought is always... I would like it more if the DOF included the class. It would be that way in a magazine. lol

(And the ice cubes would be clear!) What is liquid in glass? Bottle is pretty full to have that much poured into a glass and level that high in bottle. Ice is riding kind of high for liquid that contains 90 proof of alcohol. Is the seal broken on bottle? <G>


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Posted 21 March 2018 - 04:28 AM

My thought is always... I would like it more if the DOF included the class. It would be that way in a magazine. lol
(And the ice cubes would be clear!) What is liquid in glass? Bottle is pretty full to have that much poured into a glass and level that high in bottle. Ice is riding kind of high for liquid that contains 90 proof of alcohol. Is the seal broken on bottle? <G>

The Pros on this site are too clever for words !!!

1) I purposely chose to keep glass OoF. Why? I figured the image was about the bottle. But now you have me thinking so I will look up some ads to see how they do it.
2) Bottle is unopened. Why? Have 2 partially finished other bottles to drain first and I am not a big drinker.
3) That is TEA in the glass. I made a mug and used up what was left of the tea bag for WHISKEY! Why? Waste not, want not....and, it was early afternoon, too early to pour hard liquor and to drink alone!
4) Real ice cubes....ads use fake ones and real ice floats high in WATER!

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 08:12 AM

I think another light source from behind maybe a good idea as well. The light near the glass shows the nice red color of the Rye. One like that on the other side would be a nice touch.

A defused would be good over the natural light, as the tree branches show in the glass reflection. Just my two cents.

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 09:56 AM

I think another light source from behind maybe a good idea as well. The light near the glass shows the nice red color of the Rye. One like that on the other side would be a nice touch.
A defused would be good over the natural light, as the tree branches show in the glass reflection. Just my two cents.


Missed the tree branches!

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 11:08 AM

Phil,

 

I went through a bunch of ads I searched on the net.  You are indeed correct, the glass is always in focus.

 

Have to reshoot this with all the tips that have been suggested.


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Posted 21 March 2018 - 01:51 PM

Updated image....see original post
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Posted 22 March 2018 - 11:06 AM

Updated image....see original post

 

You nailed it on this one, Art.  Did you still use natural light?  :)


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Posted 22 March 2018 - 03:14 PM

Bang! Right down the middle!!! Nicely done.
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Posted 22 March 2018 - 09:48 PM

You nailed it on this one, Art.  Did you still use natural light?  :)


I most certainly did. But, had to change the setup a bit. Satisfying result.

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 02:59 PM

Looks great as is, I prefer shadows as opposed to lighting up the whole subject. I think from a marketing perspective, it gives the viewer more of a mystery that would call to them to try it out! I don't even drink and it looks inviting  :)


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Posted 24 March 2018 - 03:12 PM

While I like the redo, I still would like to see some light from behind lighting up the whiskey.
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Posted 29 March 2018 - 08:33 PM

Second take is much better


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 01:38 PM

4) Real ice cubes....ads use fake ones and real ice floats high in WATER!

:lol:

 

Use distilled water to make clear ice cubes.Plus there is no weird taste in your drink from using tap or "filtered" water.

 

Also, difference in label colour from first shot to second shot is large - is the label green or is the label black? I would think, if you were presenting this to Beam Suntory, that they would want the colour in the photo to match the real colour so there is no consumer confusion at the liquor store.

 

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 05:10 PM

Have to try Distilled Water, thanks for the tip, Peter.

 

The second image is the closest to the real colour.  It is green.


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