DPChallenge: A Digital Photography Contest You are not logged in. (log in or register
 
Challenge Entries
Portfolio Images
This image is not part of a public portfolio.
Eco
1st PlaceEco
Techo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Glass II (with a twist) (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: *
Date: Jun 26, 2006
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/30sec
Galleries: Abstract, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 26, 2006

I'll just post this and see what happens. I'm really excited about the idea just not this first session's exection, but am happy with the overall composition.

Lightbulb carefully hallowed out and the white powder washed out. A live ladybug was placed on the plant leaf and then put inside through opening.

The setup was lit fom behind and from the top. Both lights diffused and the top one placed as close as possible to the bulb. And yes, the ladybug(I know it's a beetle) did move about and I had to wait for it to stop on just the right spot.

I have a few nitpicks with the image, first the forefront glass plate(wish I had a mirror plate) doesn't disappear into background. I would've liked to use less noise reduction to get rid of certain spots and would've used just a tad of a lower angle. Will have fun working on an advanced editing version and perhaps a reshoot, this one is begging for it :)

-------------------------

Thanks very much, to all of you. I'm very glad that you all like the idea as much as I do and looked past the small imperfections I thought where going to be an issue. I never got so many comments(74) for a photo, even if during and after voting comments where combined. I went to bed with an 8.0 at 15 votes and didn't think the score would be that close when checking in the next afternoon.

I'll also retract the nitpick about the seam, as Strikeslip suggested in a comment below... I agree now :)

Yes the ladybug is most certainly alive and real, I let it go right after. You can see its little legs sticking out. Which they retract if they feel danger(playing dead?) or are just dead.

I have an outtake which uses less noise reduction and doesn't have such a tint on the bulb screw. And is an overall more clean shot to begin with. At the end I thought the composition in this shot was the winner so I chose it. I used a lot of Selective Color tweaking to get the tone as I wanted here.

I didn't use a brand new bulb for the shot. It was one of those older white ones. Suffice to say the first perfect bulb I found broke by accident :P and I had a hard time finding another one which I could wash the top logo off or one which didn't have tinted blue glass. Would've really liked to keep the bottom black portion of the bulb but it kept getting in the way of balance and I honestly didnt have much time to get this shot right. So the slight shadow helps with the illusion, I guess.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 258
Avg (all users): 7.7389
Avg (commenters): 8.9138
Avg (participants): 7.6786
Avg (non-participants): 7.7723
Views since voting: 23742
Views during voting: 723
Votes: 314
Comments: 135
Favorites: 140 (view)


Please log in or register to add your comments!

AuthorThread
09/02/2008 07:43:32 PM
Awesome! How did you ever come up with such an idea? Just marvelous!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/24/2008 09:37:13 PM
Just found this photo out of the blue, brilliant idea I love it :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/27/2007 05:14:07 PM
I love how everything is all so green except for the ladybug which makes it stand out. =)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/07/2007 09:47:13 PM
superb work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/03/2007 02:04:53 PM
Great shot!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/28/2006 07:53:14 PM
Nice.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/22/2006 05:25:29 PM
Imaginative and very creative
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/14/2006 08:29:08 PM
Techo,

You just amaze me from time to time!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/11/2006 08:55:00 PM
So pretty! Love the colors. It all really pops!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/11/2006 04:22:10 AM
Brilliant! Congratulations!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/10/2006 08:29:34 PM
Love it..congrats...well deserved ribbon!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/10/2006 01:29:39 PM
congratulations EP!! great shot
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/09/2006 08:30:01 AM
Awesome shot and score. Very creative and expertly executed, very high quality. Congrats on the blue.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/08/2006 07:19:58 AM
Imaginative and very creative. Congrats.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/07/2006 08:47:28 PM
wow grat sht mate, i only 14 bt i no talent whn i c it
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/07/2006 03:09:18 PM
Just wonderful and like I said earlier, very creative. Congrats on the ribbon.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/07/2006 10:07:10 AM
I really like the lighting. Great idea. Congrats.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/06/2006 10:45:09 PM
Congrats on such a beautiful photo!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/06/2006 08:21:06 PM
Amazing work! The lighting is perfect. I like the low horizon line and the reflection of the bulb.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/06/2006 07:02:32 PM
I used to be all about consering energy. But now I want to light it all up.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/06/2006 05:45:55 PM
Wonderful shot, and a well deserved win!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/06/2006 11:43:02 AM
Awesome shot, what a great idea! Congrats on your blue ribbon Techo! :-)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/06/2006 11:34:28 AM
many compliments for the composition idea. great
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/06/2006 01:15:36 AM
Congrats on a fine image
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 10:15:11 PM
great shot!!!!!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 10:04:27 PM
great image! congrats on your ribbon :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 08:24:24 PM
It looked like a frog's head in the thumbnail.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 08:15:05 PM
VERY VERY COOL! Congratulations
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 04:43:59 PM
Congratulations on your Blue and a very cool shot! Well deserved!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 04:05:31 PM
That's cool. Now you have a ribbon of each color. Nice pic!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 02:22:14 PM
Well done! Great Idea.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 02:11:30 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon! Great idea!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 01:53:29 PM
VERY nice! Congrats on cracking the ladybug hall of fame!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 01:17:17 PM
Congrats - One of my top picks!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 12:41:44 PM
wickedly creative. Love it techo!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 11:55:27 AM
Awesome concept and execution! Congratulations!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 11:13:26 AM
congrats! awesome idea!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 10:19:38 AM
I am so glad this won! What a cool shot. I gave it a 10, and wished I could have given it a 20 :)

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 10:01:47 AM
A perfect shot! I don't think that the seam from the glass plate detracts at all (as per your nit-pick). It actually looks quite natural to have it there. This is a fantastically creative idea, and you did a great job of pulling it off.

I have no faith in bugs getting to the right spot for me and I probably would have killed the poor guy and glued him down after a while. ;-)

Congrats on the well-deserved Blue Ribbon.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 09:53:39 AM
Absolutely love this picture. Well done in every way.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 09:47:39 AM
Well diserved victory :) Absolutly the best pic in this contest.
Congratulations !!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 09:42:56 AM
Great finish!!! Congratulations.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 09:19:33 AM
Very Cool!! Congrats on the Blue. Absolutely love it!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 07:59:32 AM
Wow, this is great, congratulations! You deserve it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 06:21:11 AM
Nice work dude, one of my 5 highest rated shots in the challenge so I definately think you are a worthy winner :) Congrats!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 06:17:38 AM
Congrats, I changed my vote from a 9 to a 10 at the last minute after thinking about this and I thought it was just the collest thing. Not that it mattered anyway because you were so far up there but you deserve every bit of 1st place. Great job on this challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 04:05:12 AM
Strange because no-one else has spotted this, maybe it's just me... but the beetle doesn't look real to me, not even part of the photo. Someone commented that it had been run thru NeatImage too much, maybe that's what's done it. Hmmm...! Still, if it is genuine (which I am assuming it is) it is a fantastic idea and brilliantly executed.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 03:48:15 AM
Superb. Really like this.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 03:42:20 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon, I was guessing this would win it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 03:15:53 AM
Excellent and very creative. Congratulations on your well deserved blue.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 02:35:44 AM
Outstanding image!!! Congrats on your very well deserved blue!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 01:51:51 AM
I just knew this one would ribbon.
I really like it! A LOT.
I'm so happy for you, I almost screamed when I saw this as a winner.
CONGRATULATIONS!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 01:42:16 AM
A very creative image, many Congrats :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 01:36:22 AM
amazing photo congradulations you deserve it
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 01:00:24 AM
I loved this shot, Congrats!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 12:27:57 AM
Excellent work, very creative image, congrats.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 12:24:15 AM
Lovely image. Really innovative. Congrats on the ribbon.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 12:19:45 AM
Excellent image here, and so desertves the blue" ribbon. I can't believe I actually missed it..... Being a sad and not very healthy week for me, I didn't get to vote 100% this challenge. (I only manages a 60% vote) Congratulations on this achievement.....
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 12:18:27 AM
Well-deserved blue. Congrats! :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 12:14:08 AM
Marvelous image, E.P.! Big congrats on your Blue!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/05/2006 12:08:06 AM
Totally awesome...congrats
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/04/2006 11:54:18 PM
Definitely my favorite in this challenge. I really like the green everywhere; it makes the title that much more appropriate!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/04/2006 11:06:45 PM
Brilliant shot! Looking to see this one ribbon. Bumping up.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/04/2006 07:21:54 PM
Fantastic! How did you accomplish this?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/04/2006 06:54:25 PM
This is kinda cool! Seems a little over sharpened though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/04/2006 04:53:07 PM
gonna comment later on, but I just had to say I love this shot.

10, added to faves :)

~~~

back to give you a decent comment ;) this is what I had in mind for this challenge, but I couldn't manage to get the screw off of the glass (so that means I'm very curious about the "how did you do this" ;-))
also the green hue you've managed to get in your photo looks neat. that's another part I wanna know!

I just love this photo and you should get this in a printed version. it would be great for stock-photography too, I think. Can you imagine your photo on a greeting card? well, I can :D

see you at the frontpage tomorrow, I hope! good luck with the roll-over!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/04/2006 09:02:50 AM
Outstanding shot. Very effective, simple composition, excellent color and detail.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/04/2006 04:46:21 AM
Excellent shot! You've done a really good job of this. The lighting is perfect.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/04/2006 12:03:42 AM
Nicely executed. It does leave me feeling a bit greened-out after a while, though. Maybe just one other colour? Aven a slightly different shade of green would do... :-)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/03/2006 07:49:28 PM
Excellent photo!! Well done
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/03/2006 04:53:06 PM
this should be a commercial
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/03/2006 04:01:41 PM
Good work. It seems like you put a lot of work into this. I hope it does well.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/03/2006 02:06:59 PM
very cool shot!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/03/2006 10:38:18 AM
I like green and I like this!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/03/2006 01:36:37 AM
Awesome! One of the few I've seen in this challenge that look like ribbon winners! Fantastic job! Hey.. .how'd you get that leaf and butterfly in there :) Hope you explained. How amazing! 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/02/2006 10:12:06 PM
Beautiful, Creatively done.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/02/2006 08:59:28 PM
Fantastic! Hope to see this in the top 3.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/02/2006 07:49:16 PM
Very creative...artsy!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/02/2006 07:04:07 PM
ribbon!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/02/2006 06:11:08 PM
I love this photo! Very neat idea!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/02/2006 05:21:34 AM
good tones
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/02/2006 12:03:13 AM
My favorite to win this challenge. Lovely colors and composition! 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/01/2006 05:58:46 PM
Ribbon winner? I hope so! Absolutely fantastic! the only thing that kinda bothers me is that it seems very neat imaged, especially the leaf. But besides that, this should do VERY well. Good luck!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/01/2006 05:11:14 PM
Superb. Great concept, executed beautifully.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/01/2006 03:40:41 PM
This is a ribbon in my book. Crisp clean tones. A true example of a DPC Image :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/01/2006 11:31:11 AM
one of my ribbon picks -- it's glass with a twist.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/01/2006 09:42:02 AM
Very interesting idea.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/30/2006 11:58:12 PM
one of my favorites in this challenge. i liked the colors a lot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/30/2006 10:15:22 PM
Neat! Better be a live bug.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/30/2006 08:43:55 PM
How long does the lady bug glow after you turn on the light. Great colors.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/30/2006 08:17:57 PM
very nice. Always fun to see images that have some thought in them.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/30/2006 07:24:38 PM
Back to bump up by 2. Very nicely done and interesting composition. I can't wait to see how you did this ...my husband and I are arguing (I'm right though)! :) This will finish well.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/30/2006 07:09:40 PM
Green Energy. Great shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/30/2006 05:46:16 PM
this is a cool photo. I love the green tint and the colors.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/30/2006 04:03:55 PM
This picture is awesome. Great job!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/30/2006 11:19:21 AM
WOW! Winner? I hope so! Excellent photo, I can't find anything wrong with it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/30/2006 06:18:18 AM
I really like this concept and I think it turned out well- The only things troubling me are
A) The leaf-shiny-ness. I find it bizarre and distracting.

B) The reflection at the bottom. I think of there was a sharper reflection at the bottom (exact mirror) or a more clear reflection (or none whatsoever) I would be less distracted by it.

Great shot and good luck.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/30/2006 03:18:21 AM
I liked this alot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2006 10:21:16 PM
how....?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2006 09:28:11 PM
How the heck did you get that in there? :D Great idea, well executed.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2006 09:05:16 PM
SUPERB ! My fav ! This is wonderful ! Outside the box....major impact for the viewer. Composition is outstanding. PERFECT lighting and can we say...wonderful mix of textures ??? 10 ++++
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2006 06:44:43 PM
Love the green colour cast and the creative setup. Bumping up.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2006 05:35:39 PM
well....I guess you win
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2006 02:10:49 PM
Very creative and top notch quality. Excellent!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2006 01:53:09 PM
there are not 10s in this challenge but there is one 9. Yours.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2006 12:15:48 PM
Excellent work, not a thing I would change about it except for if it were edited in advanced editing, I would have made the yellow metal part of the bulb yellow again and not had it with such a strong green hue but in basic editing, this is perfect. Still "only" gave it an 8, not really a wow image for me but I would not be surprised to see this ribbon, it´s awesome work on all the technicals.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2006 10:02:18 AM
thats awesome! dotn liek teh green cast so much though. I would like the shiny metal of the twisty part to still have a natural coloring.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2006 08:53:22 AM
A very creative, wonderful image!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2006 07:45:26 AM
this should do well...great title and colour...excellent
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2006 12:36:17 AM
Beautiful. Nice background and good use of complementary colors.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2006 12:29:07 AM
0-2 Meets Challenge: 2
0-3 Technical Merit: 3
0-3 Creativity: 3
0-2 The Wow Factor: 2
Total = 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 11:35:07 PM
I don't think you can legally add text, and this has "Ribbon" written all over it. DQ! ;-P
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 10:51:22 PM
Nicely Done!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 09:30:24 PM
Amazing. I'll be interested to read how you did this photo.

Beautiful
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 08:50:52 PM
I love it! The tint of the green makes this image. Though my only complaint would be the lack of detail in the leaf. Plastic?

Good job! Most likely a ribbon.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 07:54:57 PM
This is real nice, I like this alot. 9
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 05:20:33 PM
this is awsome!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 05:02:02 PM
Absolutely wonderful photo. Great setup and great lighting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 04:37:40 PM
ohh yahh! def. a fave
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 03:25:02 PM
so far the best ive rated so far!! thank you for thinking out of the box, nice colors and balance..very creative!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 01:39:26 PM
Beautiful
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 01:15:42 PM
What an intriguing idea! Nicely done and love the green tones throughout.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 01:01:17 PM
Pretty neat - how is this shot?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 12:41:35 PM
I'm betting this is the winner here. Excellent job. 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 12:19:47 PM
very creative
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 12:07:21 PM
NICE!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 11:08:20 AM
Beautiful - creative and very pretty. Would sell well as a stock photo. 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 09:43:01 AM
Neat idea! 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 09:32:00 AM
This is a really nice picture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 07:59:56 AM
Very original. Should score relly high. I predict a ribbon.
I would have liked more contrast between the green leaf and the background.
The image is just a bit TOO green.
Must have been fun to set up.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 07:33:51 AM
top pick 10 from me! nice colors!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 05:36:10 AM
excellent , a worthy winner here ... fantastic
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 01:28:40 AM
love the shot ... very well executed and a great idea
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 01:23:03 AM
I think this one will definately ribbon.
I'm adding it to my faves.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 12:18:20 AM
whoa, nice.
  Photographer found comment helpful.


Home - Challenges - Community - League - Photos - Cameras - Lenses - Learn - Prints! - Help - Terms of Use - Privacy - Top ^
DPChallenge, and website content and design, Copyright © 2001-2017 Challenging Technologies, LLC.
All digital photo copyrights belong to the photographers and may not be used without permission.
Proudly hosted by Sargasso Networks. Current Server Time: 12/13/2017 11:51:47 PM EST.