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May 08, 2014 12:25 |  #1

Tried something different :) C&C welcome:

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May 08, 2014 12:35 |  #2

the white area out of the pot has no detail. I would prefer to see little wisps or something of interest in the all white area.


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May 08, 2014 16:00 |  #3

Agree with above.....REALLY needs something (even texture) in middle of the pot, otherwise great shot. It would be worth cheating a bit and using something interesting from another photo....3 witches around the edge or something like that.




  
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May 08, 2014 20:38 |  #4

How about this?

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May 08, 2014 21:17 |  #5

I think the problem is the white area is just white, no shadow, no detail to be seen. Your last shot with the extra white is actually blown.

I do like the steam flowing out of the pot. I think something like that detail would be better in the pot too.


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May 08, 2014 23:56 as a reply to  @ Titus213's post |  #6

And the pot doesn't really look like it's steaming since the vapors are flowing over the edge of the pot and falling down towards the counter top. In other words, it's acting just like carbon dioxide from dry ice rather than rising as steam would.

The textures of the vapors that are spilling over are interesting though.


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May 09, 2014 00:27 |  #7

I like the first pic better than the second bc the steam in the pot flows with the steam coming out. But agreed needs more detail.


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May 09, 2014 01:19 |  #8

navydoc wrote in post #16891934 (external link)
And the pot doesn't really look like it's steaming since the vapors are flowing over the edge of the pot and falling down towards the counter top. In other words, it's acting just like carbon dioxide from dry ice rather than rising as steam would.

The textures of the vapors that are spilling over are interesting though.

You are right, good eye and attention to detail.

Steam would not settle around the burner.....


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May 09, 2014 06:41 |  #9

navydoc wrote in post #16891934 (external link)
And the pot doesn't really look like it's steaming since the vapors are flowing over the edge of the pot and falling down towards the counter top. In other words, it's acting just like carbon dioxide from dry ice rather than rising as steam would.

The textures of the vapors that are spilling over are interesting though.

And that is what it is :)

Open to suggestions of what to do with the white area...




  
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May 09, 2014 08:38 as a reply to  @ tmoore323's post |  #10

Maybe you could add some water to the pot with something in it to look like it was 'cooking'...just do a better job than my quick example. :D


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May 09, 2014 09:08 |  #11

Interesting shot. Nice texture in the vapor. Shouldint it be "Chilling Pot" ? :grin: I think that is dry ice.




  
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May 09, 2014 12:16 |  #12

navydoc wrote in post #16892445 (external link)
Maybe you could add some water to the pot with something in it to look like it was 'cooking'...just do a better job than my quick example. :D

Nice :) I actually like that ;)

I'll give it some more though...




  
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May 09, 2014 12:17 |  #13

StaticMedia wrote in post #16892501 (external link)
Interesting shot. Nice texture in the vapor. Shouldint it be "Chilling Pot" ? :grin: I think that is dry ice.

It is...




  
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May 09, 2014 23:44 |  #14

What happens if you put a lid on the pot?
How about if the lid is askew and not correctly seated on it?

That could give a feeling of cooking a potion that has dangerous vapors spewing out over the sides...


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May 10, 2014 01:28 |  #15

Just another suggestion...maybe try not using a cooking pot?

Like, when I see dry ice doing this, with the vapors pouring out of a vessel, it always conjures up some mystical $*** in my head. Like witches making a potion out of frog ears and eye of newt. Or maybe something more alchemical, like some alchemist trying to turn lead into gold. Or hell, you could go the satanic route and this be like the steams of hell pouring out of a portal that some jerk inadvertently opened by reading from the Necronomicon.

Point being...I always thought that dry ice vapors used in this fashion always sort of looked like Hollywood BS. Most vapors that one is likely to encounter don't work that way, it looks fake. So, like, people making movies use it for stories and situations that are obviously fake and total BS. Witches brew, creepy cemetaries just before the monster eats the pretty girl, that sort of thing.

So this sort of begs the question of why you wanted to do this in the first place. Were you looking to do a cooking related shoot? Or did you just think that dry ice looks cool as hell, so you were trying to find a use for it? If it's the former, then you might want to consider ditching the dry ice and using actual steam. If it's the latter, then you might want to keep the dry ice and ditch the cooking pot. This looks fake. You're obviously not cooking anything in that pot, this image was highly contrived and fictional. So...maybe embrace that aspect and just go hog wild. Your methods are gonna make the image look fake and contrived, so why not embrace that and apply the methods to settings and themes which have no pretense of being real?




  
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