Whisky on the Rocks of Fuji

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    This shot was an idea I had in my head for about a year; it all started when I saw this Fuji-glass in a bar. I tracked one down for myself (turns out it was a packaged gift with certain bottles of Suntory whisky) and took it with me this summer when I traveled down to Lake Kawaguchi at the foot of Mt. Fuji. I walked around the town for a couple of hours until I found a nice setting with a lot of red.

    This photo was achieved by setting my camera to a high-speed continuous shutter setting, focusing on the foreground for one shot, auto-focusing on the background for the second, and then having the camera auto-focus and shoot my hand holding the cup in front of the lens. I merged the three photos together using a couple different programs and then used Aperture to balance the colors of the photo out (the sunlight on the glass was way to distracting). Apologies if my use of software to create this photo makes it less enjoyable for some, but I knew of no other way to get everything I wanted in focus, in focus.

    I was (and still am) blown away by the amount of 'Flikr love' I got for this photo just a few short hours after posting. The number of views, favorites, and comments, in such a short time frame was both incredibly exciting and at the same time very humbling.

    Thank you all for helping this photo make it to the front page of Explore, and for letting it linger in the 'interestigness' section for a couple of days. These are two achievements I never dreamt possible as an amateur hobbyist photographer. A big thank you to all those who left comments, I really appreciate you taking the time to write them; I certainly love reading them. I cannot think of another time in my life when I have received such positive feedback for something I've done, and for that, thank you to the entire Flickr community.

    Side notes:
    The original title of this shot was: "Seeing Double" but I decided to change it after getting some ideas from people's comments on other sites.

    To those curious about the whisky: In hindsight, I probably should have went out and bought some Suntory whisky for this shot, but I wasn't near any stores so I just used the whisky from my flask, Johnnie Walker: Black.

    basefield, bennek, ©aius, and 365 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. s1m0nes 55 months ago | reply

      Great job with the merging- the final product is genius!

    2. maggiePhotos 55 months ago | reply

      fantastic composition!... love it!

    3. Radoslav Radev 55 months ago | reply

      very good effect!

    4. Hausstaubmilbe ( slow) 55 months ago | reply

      This photo is a good sample in the flickr. It is awarded the flickr Award!

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    5. ♋DANY1926 OFF♋ [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

      This photo is a good sample in the flickr. It is awarded the flickr Award!

      flickrAward (post1 – award 5)
      Please Tag your photo with “flickrAward” and visit the flickr Award Gallery
      Please post the photo to flickr Award 5+ thread if you received 5 or more of this award

    6. K.W.Pang 55 months ago | reply

      excellent shot.

    7. .Ester ∞ 55 months ago | reply

      Awesome! Great idea! Love it!

    8. lulùelaluna [deleted] 54 months ago | reply

      meraviglia di foto!!! :)

      genial!

    9. FezLens 54 months ago | reply

      wow.. just Brilliant!!!

    10. Balandon 54 months ago | reply

      So I've finally added it to my favorites after few weeks of staring at this CLEVER (first of all) image.
      Looks like SOOC, feels like magic

    11. adam hirsh 51 months ago | reply

      very cool. found this through your magnet-toss awesomeness.

    12. TheTownSheriff 51 months ago | reply

      Thank you, and I'm freaked out but happy that you could find your way here via the magnet-toss. It's a small web.

    13. P!XELTREE 50 months ago | reply

      stumbled and stunned!

    14. Eric 213 49 months ago | reply

      Creativity is king. You nailed this shot, and every viewer the shot has collected is proof of that.

    15. HeySoul.S 21 months ago | reply

      What an image. What a masterpiece. What a life.

      I wouldn't mind have a glass with such a view. YOUR A GENIUS

    16. HKKChgoGirl 19 months ago | reply

      Really a great shot! And a great shot! tee. hee. A beautiful and original idea. Fantastic! Cheers!

    17. ramadhan_rahma 13 months ago | reply

      it's so creative, i really like your picture.. Obat Keputihan Alami | Obat Herbal TBC

    18. edwardswzxm 11 months ago | reply

      The vastness in one shot, excellent.

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