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Next ritual...Aha.."Coffee.." & Whats news today ?

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 19 August 2010 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Try as I might, I could not get the cup and coffee pot steaming as I wanted...
Tried many shots/angles including a dark backdrop..
After 3 pots of coffee , plenty of frustrations, some swear words and a spent man...this is the best I could come up with...
I found the sunlight does not like steam.and hence capture of the morning mood becomes difficult...
Would gratefully welcome ideas to capture a steaming cup of the morning coffee, which was my idea today...
Must hurry...I'm late !!!

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

This looks very nice, a good coffe and the news paper

19 Aug 2010 5:13am

@Alun: Thanks, Al, for your comment...Much appreciated

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

I want tea, I don't drink coffee. Nice shot.

19 Aug 2010 5:37am

@Zing: Thanks Zing...Tea is coming along...:):)

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

This is not a bad framing at all :)
Did you use a tripod? What lenses did you try?
Often it's just a question of going back one step or two :)

19 Aug 2010 5:39am

@Paco Díaz: Thank you, Paco..
Yes I did use a tripod..
I used the Canon Kit lens 18 - 55 mm..
Yes , I did try going back as such luck...
Maybe ,as Don suggested, probably if shot in a cold room, steam would have been more apparent..
Cold room in Chennai , Indiain August ..NEVER..

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Mmm, nice! The morning begins. Very lovely mood. I can smell the coffee. :)

19 Aug 2010 5:50am

@Bettina: Thanks, Bettina...the aroma would have been better if only I could have caught the steam...

Hoom@n from Tehran, Iran

great,,complication :)

19 Aug 2010 6:15am

@Hoom@n: Thanks..Hooman

jpla from Anjou, France

Pour moi, ce sera un expresso ! Je te souhaite une bonne journée

19 Aug 2010 6:30am

@jpla: L'express est sur la voie...

Marie LC from France

I will take a coffee. Nice composition.

19 Aug 2010 6:43am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie...Please help yourself..:):)

tataray from france, France

J'arrive pour prendre le café !... ))
Et ta description m'a fait rire .... je ne suis pas seule à faire et recommencer .
Mais ça vaut le coup ... le final est parfait ...

19 Aug 2010 7:52am

@tataray: Je suis heureux très de savoir que je ne suis pas seul .. dans de tels essais et des situations...
Merci beaucoup pour votre visite et votre commentaire..
Ayez une bonne journée

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Très belle nature morte.
Well done.

19 Aug 2010 7:59am

@DowsherVision: Merci beaucoup...

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Formal compositions are harder than they seem! It looks all so easy when you see someone elses-then you try it yourself....Well done!

19 Aug 2010 9:18am

@CElliottUK: Thanks a lot Chris...
Indeed, they can be quite tricky and frustrating...

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

A great moment of the day , well done , Phil.

19 Aug 2010 9:31am

@Phil: Thanks a lot, Phil...

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

morning coffee without newspaper for me :))

19 Aug 2010 1:09pm

@MARIANA: Coming up soon, Ma'am....:):)

Thanks Marianna..

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Lovely composition...

19 Aug 2010 1:31pm

@PRASHANT: Thanks a lot , Prashant

Don from spokane, United States

I like the picture you finally decided on. Steam is tricky...usually the room used to shoot is not cold my limited experience! ;-)

19 Aug 2010 2:05pm

@Don: Thanks a lot Don for your comment and advice.
Yes, I should try in a cold room.
But a cold room in Chennai, India in August is IMPOSSIBLE.
Maybe i shall try in an A/c room...
However, I did console myself saying that the condensation of the steam in the coffee pot was enough for me...

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Il est tard maintenant pour boire le café, je repasserai demain matin. Sans sucre :)

19 Aug 2010 5:11pm

@Dilwenn: Attendez votre visite impatiemment demain pour le café, évidemment sans sucre ... :) :)

La bonne journée à vous, mon ami

eva from Rouen, France

a good moment ! an excellent photograph ;))

19 Aug 2010 5:14pm

@eva: Thanks eva, for you visit..
Much appreciate your comments.. Good day.

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Very well balanced image and composition. Simple but effective ! I like it :)

19 Aug 2010 5:24pm

@Tamara: Thanks, Tamara...I am very glad that you like it...

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Coffee is not a ritual, but an art de vivre.
And my mother have same cups as you !

19 Aug 2010 6:11pm

@Calusarus: Yes, Calusarus, I agree coffee can be much more than a ritual...

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Looks most inviting Sunder.....despite your frustrations! Nicely captured! ;-)

19 Aug 2010 6:13pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks, Eric...

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Not being a hot drink drinker I dont have any ideas how to make the steam more apparent but then end result even without steam is very pleasing

19 Aug 2010 6:35pm

@JJ: Thanks for your comment, JJ.
Much appreciated

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

No better way to start the day...beautiful documented,beautiful shot!

19 Aug 2010 7:09pm

@Thea: Yes indeed...a satrt with coffee makes a great day...

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice shot !

19 Aug 2010 7:13pm

@Céline: Thanks, Celine.
Glad that you like it.

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Well, since you cant have a cold room in India in August you may try this. Cool shot anyway!

19 Aug 2010 7:19pm

@Sonia Nansid: Thanks a lot Sonia....Thanks for the link
Very informative....
I am going to try it out and after 150 attempts , when (and if) I succeed, I shall post the image and also keep you posted...
Thanks again, Sonia..

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

h yes, I have the same ritual excellent :)) Good day.

19 Aug 2010 7:26pm

@Tede: Thanks, Tede
Glad that we share the same ritual...:):)

Nooshin from tehran, Iran

simply beautiful!

19 Aug 2010 7:30pm

@Nooshin: Thanks Nooshin for you visit and comments..

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

It is good enough to grace an advert! Well done.

19 Aug 2010 7:50pm

@Richard: Thanks for your visit and comments, Richard..
Have a nice evening..

JOEMULLIGAN from burnsville, nc, United States

Classical image. Perfect black, white, brown, silver. Circles and squares. Reflected lights. And the sweat on the little pitcher. Beautiful!

19 Aug 2010 7:53pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very lovely photo steam or no steam. I make lattes every morning.

19 Aug 2010 9:28pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

What a clever series - I like it! A great shot with wonderful composition. I LOVE coffee and can't start my day without it.

19 Aug 2010 9:44pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

The perfect morning. Love this image.

19 Aug 2010 10:40pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

cool style

19 Aug 2010 10:58pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Very inviting.

20 Aug 2010 12:20am

Sugata from Newark, United States

The Times of India... reminds me of back home!

20 Aug 2010 1:48am

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

A nice composition here, and you've got me wanting a cup! Steam is notopriously difficult to capture because you need a dark background, and also it must be backlit as the light coming through the steam actually shows it on the photograph. For example with this shot, you would need an angle that shows the steam against a black wall/curtain/piece of material etc. You'd then preferably need at least one flash unit, and a dedicated second slave flash unit fired from a different angle to produce the light that shows the steam to it's fullest.

I shot a steaming fence in Canada recently in the early morning sun, and to my naked eye the steam off the wood from the early dew weas incredible, but with the wrong angle and no backlight, my photos barely captured the steam. It's fun trying though isn't it.

20 Aug 2010 3:37am

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Belle lumière et tonalités. Ca valait la peine d'insister !

20 Aug 2010 6:21am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

best time in the and news! Wonderful shot and composition !

20 Aug 2010 10:35am


Très belle photo!Superbe luminosité!!Bravo!
Amitiés de France:CLAIRE

20 Aug 2010 3:11pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Good job even without the steam. Did you have time to drink the coffee?

24 Aug 2010 9:39am