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  #130 Song Title / Song Lyrics
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Clouds In My Coffee       ©2013 cookiejar
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS       7th place, 83 points
1/14s, f5.6, ISO 800, 206mm, ?, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Colour balance, crop, spot healing brush and black and white colouring.       Extra Info: Inspired by the line by Carley Simon's song 'You're So Vane';
'I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee.
My model is pictured in her pyjamas, dreamily looking into her coffee.
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Aug 12, 2013
    Congratulations! So sweet! I have to get me such a... ah... forget it!

Jade O.
Aug 12, 2013
    Nice shot, fine finish!

Aug 12, 2013
    Thanks to you I've been drinking far too much coffee since seeing your entry! Must be nice to have all those assistants :-)

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Aug 12, 2013
    Perfect song choice! Love the crop, and the warm colours of the coffee against the B&W.

B Boop
Aug 12, 2013
    A novel pairing of lyric and picture.

Aug 11, 2013
    The pyjamas are a onesy,( all in one ) very cuddly and cute. This one has a hood and ears, but the ears are not in shot.

Aug 11, 2013
    tvsometimes I tried the black and white version and found the cloud effect got lost due to lack of contrast. How ever maybe masking the colour to reduce the jarring would have helped?

Aug 11, 2013
    funny, and kind of gross also, 6th for me!

Aug 11, 2013
    This is such a great pyjama ... LOL!!!
It has ears, hasn't it?

Aug 10, 2013
    wonderful combination of bw and colour

Aug 10, 2013
    To my eye partial desats almost never work and here it lends an artificial feel that becomes wearing. So, I imagine the all bw version it might have been and put it in my top 5 where it should be.

Jade O.
Aug 10, 2013
    Selective colour to me makes this look forced. Otherwise nice framing and composition.

Aug 10, 2013
    Very cleverly done. Good for the theme.

Aug 9, 2013
    Quite right, I did ask her to draw the hand back so the coffee was not covered. I also took some shots with both hands behind the glass, but the hand on the glass linked the figure to the coffee and looked better. Making the figure black and white helped with a skin colour problem and helped highlight the coffee as the main focus. Originally the skin colour on the hand was rather pink in colour and her face tended toward the green end of the scale, so correcting the skin colour either drained her of colour or left the fingertips too red. I did have quite a fun time experimenting with viscosity of the milk, to get a good 'cloud' effect. I settled on one part condensed milk mixed with one part evaporated milk in a medium strength coffee. My assistant poured the milk into the coffee in one quick splash and I took 7 shots in a row to capture the changing effect. Meanwhile my other assistant held up a screen to cut down on reflection.

Aug 9, 2013
    This is an eye catching, unusual image and hops into my favourites right away. I wonder of course, what it would look like in full colour but do respect your choice. The hand on the mug is in an unnatural position and looks awkward, I suspect you had her draw it back so as not to cover the coffee. Interestingly, I love the hand behind the mug. No idea how many coffees you had to go though to get this but it's certainly in my top 5. (great song by the way). Well done.
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