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    A Couple O Heinekens

    Well, I'm back at it. Cans. Post editing to enhance and bring back some color from the cans. Taken late afternoon during sundown. I've got two shots from this exact set up. . .this is one. the other was a vertical frame shot.
    What do you think?

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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    Hello Gary

    There is only one thing bothering me , a bit of yellow light on the can that is a bit distracting . Otherwise a great photo again ! Would you post the vertical one as well ? Would like to compare it to this one .

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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    I enjoy seeing your can series on here, they always look very surreal to me,
    The yellow in the can is distracting now that I notice it, but it wasn't something I picked up on my own. What bothers me are those blotches on the water, they look like dried water marks you would find on dirty glass or something. What are those?

    Do you mind posting the vertical shot as well?

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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    Quote Originally Posted by jcharris
    Hello Gary

    There is only one thing bothering me , a bit of yellow light on the can that is a bit distracting . Otherwise a great photo again ! Would you post the vertical one as well ? Would like to compare it to this one .

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    Thanks James,
    The yellowish light is the color of the sun as it was setting. I could always remove the yellow tinge but i feel it gives the mood of the late afternoon sun.
    This is the vertical shot, which I favor more.
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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    Andrew, thanks for looking. Those blotches are residue on this very stagnant puddle of water from the melting snow. Now that I have them both up, I can see there is less yellow in the vertical shot. I think in this particuliar edit i had used Autocolor ( which I find works very well and saves time) and it most likely removed some of the yellow cast.
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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    Hi Gary, the can series is such a neat project. For some reason, I like the landscape. I seem to focus in on the cans better. Believe or not, but I like the yellow sun on the cans.
    Keep em coming!

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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    I like the horizontal composition more. This is a very cool idea and well executed. I like the work you did to emphasize the colors. It almost looks like a dingy industrial scene or wasteyard. I like the choice of dof here more than anything else. I'm at a loss for words on how to improve it. I definetely like it though.

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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    Quote Originally Posted by gahspidy
    Well, I'm back at it. Cans. Post editing to enhance and bring back some color from the cans. Taken late afternoon during sundown. I've got two shots from this exact set up. . .this is one. the other was a vertical frame shot.
    What do you think?

    Thanks
    Gary,

    I enjoy these, the execution is nearly flawless. The blotches distract me a little. I think that the blur tool (Photoshop) could greatly diminish their visual impact (while keeping things much simplier than using the clone tool). I don't mind the warm light from the horizontal crop although I think that I prefer the more neutral color cast of the vertical crop. Both compositions are very well balanced but I think that the vertical crop is a little more interesting.

    I am not so enthusiastic about having the beer brand in evidence (it could somewhat be seen as a magnificient way above average advertissement) but the pictures are beautiful which I guess is what matter the most to you.

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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    Another great shot Gar.
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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    Hi Gary,
    Both are great shots. It seems to me the two cans are relaxing and enjoying dipping in water.
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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    wow great shots. I like the vertical one more..
    Well done.
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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    i think these shots are terrific! I have to say though, i prefer the vertical shot, it has more of an eerie feel to it. The horizontal one looks like two cans chilling by the pool (no pun intended) whereas the vertical shot looks more like this was the last drinking hole in a wasteland or desert. Am i making any sense?
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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    Gary - you've done it again - Excellent

    When I look at this I think of two drunks one more drunk than the other next to a beach discussing the life the universe and everything like all intoxicated people do. My first impression was that they were in a puddle of Heineken!.

    I prefer the landscape it gives me a better impression of the beer puddle in a desolate environment causing the discussion around the answer 42.

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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    Good work on these Gary. I like the overall composition of the horizontal because the bland sky in the vertical holds it back. I do prefer the angle of view in the vertical though because the edge of the upright can does not touch the edge of the puddle. I do like that there is no sense of scale here - you can't tell if the water is 6 feet across or a quarter mile.

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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    Great work, I truly enjoy the verticle one. Fantastic photo to build a simple ad around for mag. The yellow light doesn't bother me on the landscape shot, it brings to mind sunset, building a fire and resting around the camp fire with a lake chilled beer in hand...

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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    The horizontal one for me also and the 'yellow' tone on the cans is a definite plus for me. They look great to me. If I was to nitpick here I would see a slight problem with the part of the foreground rock nearest me; I find it a hindrance. Was there some photoshopping done on this rock in particular?
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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    Excellent pic, Gary, but this goes for almost all you can-series pictures. I like the vertical cut better than the horizontal one. Glad to see a brew from my home-country on this board :-)

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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    Hi Gary
    Thanks for posting the vertical version as well.
    In my opinion the vertical shot is the best one here.
    I can see what you mean by not removing the yellow tinge . I keep coming back to this photo of yours and i must agree it will take away the of the late afternoon sun if it has to be removed.
    Great work

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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    Unlike the Yuban shot, I am not that crazy about this one. The clean aluminum cans just doesn't seem to pair up with what looks like to be murky water. Perhaps if the cans were somewhat tarnished, or looked as if they had been sitting there a while, the photo might have more appeal to me despite my not being a drinker of alchoholic beverages. Also, as with some of the others, I agree that the yellow light is distracting. I prefer the horizontal shot, however, to the vertical one. Keep at it! These are fun to look at.

    I might also add that this photo has reminded me of a photo I've been wanting to take for a long time. I want to go to downtown L.A. and shoot a passed out homeless man with beer cans or beer bottles next to him. I'd convert it to black and white (except for the beer) and entitle it "This Bud's for you", a kind of sarcastic attempt to depict what alchohol abuse can do to a person. Maybe I'll get to that this year. We'll see.

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    Re: A Couple O Heinekens

    Thanks evryone, I really like hearing all sides. I'm always interested in the differing of opinions and I'm open for your suggestions. roger, very funny response. . .I only find you sad when your out of the water!
    The rock was not photoshopped, but did get lost a little in the vertical shot. This was just channel mixing to convert entire image to b&w,, then eraser brush to bring back some color to the cans. Then another layer set to mulitply was added and then eraser brush again to cans to bring back illumination.
    Ray, sounds like a good concept and theme you have in mind. Could be sold and used by some of the many anti alchohol groups out there.
    Thanks again all for the great responses and thoughts.
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