Straws...

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  1. barfastic

    barfastic TPF Noob!

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    Hey guys, i cant remember where but i saw a picture some guy took of straws, and i thought it would be a nice subject matter to try out. I do not want to take credit for the idea, as it was not mine, but i would like some C+C and tell me what you think...

    Basically i had put my off camera flash behind the straws and shot at a whole bunch of speeds, apertures, flash strengths, diffused, spot.

    All shots were taken with my Tamron 90mm Di Macro lens, and a Sony a350.


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    f/2.8
    iso 100
    1/500th seconds


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    f/8
    iso 100
    1/100 seconds


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    f/2.8
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    f/8
    iso 100
    1/320 seconds

    Ps. i know my straws arent really well cut... i bought about 200 straws for 1$ so that figures....
     
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    I think one and four of my favorite and I love the colors.
     
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    I like #1 the best. Center flash and shallow DOF yielded a cool effect and great image. I don't care so much for the others. #3 has potential but much of the image is underexposed.
     
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    I like #1, very nice image. Don't care for the other 3.
     
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    The first shot is pretty good, while the others seem like works in progress.
    Those look like petty cheap straws--the tops are not even cut smoothly. I think the photos would look better if the straws appeared more symmetrical and properly made; all I n think of is that the straws were cheap, Chinese-made ones that were bought for a dollar for three hundred at the Dollar Store.
     
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    I think 1, 2 & 3 are great, for the reasons already mentioned. #4, at least on my monitor appears too blurry, down the legnth of the tubes (straws) and in my minds eyes, I'm just seeing the ends of the straws as "disks". Anyway, I usually don't offer critisism, the shots are what they are, and highly subjective. Maybe shot 4 turned out exactly the way you wanted. # 3 is just plain "trippy"..Love it.

    All in all very unique, even, as you said, you didn't think of it first. Those shots are keepers.

    J.:mrgreen:
     
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    barfastic TPF Noob!

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    i liked the idea aswell, and i hate the fact that the straws actually looked cheap... it really bugged me.... so im off to find more expensive, more vibrant straws tomorrow morning! wish me luck! hehe....
     
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    So i revisited the straws, with brighter colouored starws... here are 3 more for C+C... let me know what you think.

    This time i situated the cluster of straws in my lightbox, to help get good + correct exposure...

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    iso 100
    90mm
    1/800 seconds
    f/5.6


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    90mm
    1/400 seconds
    f/2.8


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    iso100
    90mm
    1/8 seconds
    f/2.8
     
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    I like the play on fiber optics cool idea ;)
     
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    I was just on a website yesterday that used this same straw idea as a header image. I can't remember where it was for the life of me, though. I even told myself I should remember it and point it out in this thread...
     
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    haha.... duely noted then Goontz. Yeah, is aw it somewhere too, and was left in AWE.
     
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    Not a fan of the newer three images...still think the very first straw image is the best of the bunch.
     

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