Real or Magic?

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How would you shoot this image all at one time?
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Ask Jasenka she will have the answer you seek Grasshopper! :)
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photoshop is perfectly acceptable here, so long as you took the photos of all the elements yourself, and they don't have to be in digital art.
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But I'm told they do not allow composites or compilations in regular categories.
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That would be digital art
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I thought/think composites are allowed in "normal" categories.
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They define it that it must appear "real" like changing the background, etc. but it has to look like a camera was able to capture it. Sky changes, etc., are okay, compilations that make the image look like magic are to be submitted to the digital art category.
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If I was trying to replicate this shot, this is how I would do it.

Shot 1. Shoot an empty glass
Shot 2. Shoot glass with soil and seedling in it
Shot 3. Shoot glass with alcohol flamed
Shot 4. Shoot glass with water splash

put all 4 together into one pic.

Jasenka can confirm if composite pics are or are not considered digital.

Thinking about it, it could all be done with 4 glasses though.
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I'm certainly amazed at how clever photographers have become. But I would shoot that image much the same way as you stated. Then again, I'm truly old school ...
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Looking at it closer, you could easily do three at the same time, but the fire is photoshopped because the walls of the glass are not quite lined up correctly. The flame is so perfect that I'm just curious how you would get that effect.
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Hello After, this is from category description page:
"In an effort to find the best, and most striking imagery, extensive use of Photoshop or other post processing techniques is allowed in all categories. However images that look like “digital art” rather than photography should be categorized as such."

If I was asked to do this I would do it like this: lined up all 4 glasses (then remove one that will be for water), take one exposure (bulb), with flash expose 3 glasses (first one with earth and plant, second one with flame /correct exposure for flame can be tricky sometimes/, fourth one empty), while keeping empty space for third one. Then cover lense and while exposure is still running place third glass, remove all others, then still in dark capture water splash in glass lighting it with flash (and end exposure of course). In this way you get all 4 glasses in one exposure. It is tricky but it is possible to achieve (I was playing with multiple frames in one exposure while I still had old analog Zenit camera, it can be quite fun).

I hope this helps.
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Cool! Thanks.

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