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Playing with paper
Playing with paper
aKiwi


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Challenge: Free Study XIV (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Living room, Olching, Germany
Date: Oct 21, 2006
Aperture: F 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 20 sec
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2006

Editing was a small crop, Light saturation increase, resize & very minor sharpen
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Post challenge: Wohooo!! Did better than I expected.
Thanks for all the positive comments.

I am proud to say I came up with the lighting technique for this image myself. That doesn't mean it hasn't been done before though.
The image here is almost straight from camera. Very little post processing is needed.
My super secret technique (Don't tell anyone) is..
I used a laptop with the screen folded out flat. I used photoshop and the gradient fill to create coloured rings. then using a round rod, wound up loads of pieces of paper and placed them on the screen.
Then took a 20 second exposure in a dark room using a tripod, abd there you have it.
Here is the un edited original:
424515.jpg
And here are some alternatives:
424514.jpg
or:
424516.jpg

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 625
Avg (all users): 7.3869
Avg (commenters): 8.6250
Avg (participants): 7.2436
Avg (non-participants): 7.9070
Views since voting: 8772
Views during voting: 396
Votes: 199
Comments: 61
Favorites: 68 (view)


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05/12/2011 12:48:56 PM
Inspiring! Great job
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01/17/2009 12:20:30 PM
This is an awesome photo. Very appealing to look at, well done.
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10/30/2008 06:55:47 AM
This is so cool
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10/30/2007 03:37:03 PM
wow, i always love abstract paper shots, really nice colors, and extremely crisp, favorited, great job
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11/14/2006 02:50:16 AM
Lyrical, delicate, subtle, sensuous, playful, delightful! I love it. Would have given it a higher vote.
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11/11/2006 08:52:46 PM
Bravo. Simple, ingenious and beautiful.
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11/10/2006 12:33:59 AM
Very creative! Congrats on the top five!
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11/09/2006 01:21:37 PM
Excellent shot, congrats on the 4th place!
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11/09/2006 01:10:26 PM
Hey Peter,
congrats on your creative shot and the 4th place, and in Free Study, no less!
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11/09/2006 10:28:38 AM
That is so beautiful! and very clever idea. Congrats on 4th place. Adding to favorites.
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11/08/2006 08:36:10 PM
An ingenious set up that jolts my creative world. Working one medium against the other to produce a "mind boggling" visual delight. Love it.
Congratulations on your 4th place and worthy of a ribbon.
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11/08/2006 03:40:52 PM
This is a truely unique shot. well done and congrats on a great 4th place finish.
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11/08/2006 01:06:35 PM
Wow. This is simply outstanding! Thanks for the info on how you accomplished it.
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11/08/2006 11:58:51 AM
Very creative!! Great job!
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11/08/2006 10:52:14 AM
What a beautiful abstract. One of my 10s! Congrats on 4th place.
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11/08/2006 02:08:04 AM
Excellent work, "simple" but very effective
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2006 11:00:02 PM
The luminosity on this is great, colors wonderful.
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11/07/2006 03:58:23 PM
Looks like alot of work went into this, not only with the paper aspect, but also the lighting. Makes it original. Congrats on a nice visual outcome.
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11/07/2006 01:52:31 PM
So simple yet so beautiful. Very peaceful, the way the paper is curled is almost like relaxing waves.
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11/07/2006 12:31:35 PM
Quite original. Amazing light - I like it :)
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11/07/2006 06:02:16 AM
Simple but well executed and nice overall effect. 8.
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11/06/2006 06:58:04 PM
I really like your take on this type of shot. Using different colored paper is a neat idea , good angle here too.
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11/06/2006 05:18:12 PM
Beautiful!! I really like this shot a lot! Were you using a light table? This would look awesome as a print...I hope you offer it.
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11/06/2006 01:03:03 PM
I'd like to learn more about how you set up this shot....Very interesting and an inspiration to us beginners!
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11/06/2006 11:00:32 AM
its an idea that has been done many times but i feel you have been the best to pull it off. really great vibrant colours, my one little nark about it is there are 3 points where there is a little break in the paper so a different colour shows through. very small but its there.
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11/06/2006 04:43:16 AM
Always interesting to see the different takes on this type of shot. The colors and soft and pastel, very pleasing. Nice lighting.
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11/05/2006 09:55:33 PM
A mind boggling study! 7
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11/05/2006 09:12:08 PM
wow, that would make a crazy wallpaper design. love the hues and colors to this. My jaw actually droped. 10, good luck!
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11/05/2006 08:41:58 PM
this sure has a painterly look to it.......8
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11/05/2006 12:40:52 PM
This is really, really good. Hope it does well for you.
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11/05/2006 11:46:29 AM
Simple but nice. Very pleaseing to the eye. A 10
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11/05/2006 09:58:01 AM
Wow, lovely colors and layout. I like the placement of the purple tones.
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11/05/2006 07:24:34 AM
Fantastic work!
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11/05/2006 05:23:46 AM
Cool shot. Be sure to tell your lighting technique when voting is over.
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11/04/2006 11:58:48 PM
Creative!
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11/04/2006 08:28:51 PM
Not only are the colors beautiful and the swirls delightful, but the lighting is great on this shot.
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11/04/2006 04:32:11 PM
Very cool! I'd like to use this in some of my graphic design work. 10
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11/03/2006 06:29:01 PM
Fascinating! You must tell how this lovely image was made.
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11/03/2006 05:23:31 PM
Criminy this is incredible! Love the colors and the shapes!! It appears to move on its own, like a computer graphic. I usually am not one for abstracts, but this is just too cool for color TV. I'd buy this as a print for sure. Lovely! :)
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11/03/2006 04:24:49 PM
This is so simple and lovely. Great abstract.
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11/03/2006 03:08:18 PM
Not sure if this is timfythetoo's entry, but it is a similar shot and I really like the colors and curves. Nice job. 10.

Reviewing scores and I found myself stopping again on this one. It's definitely in my top 5 of the group. Nice job. If it doesn't make the top 10, the voters should be beaten with a stick (lol).

Adding to favorites.
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11/03/2006 08:00:48 AM
Nicely done, very creative
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11/03/2006 05:57:07 AM
Quite magical..... and definately one of my favorites.....
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11/03/2006 12:27:12 AM
Very attractive.
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11/02/2006 01:51:15 PM
Wow this is cool!!!
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11/02/2006 05:07:24 AM
What a very cool concept! Nice twist on a classic idea. A whimsical and engaging abstract. Very nice.
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11/02/2006 03:31:48 AM
Incredible. a solid 10 for me!
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11/02/2006 03:17:12 AM
Excellent idea and perfect execution of it. 10
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11/01/2006 06:43:17 PM
Love it, love it, love it. Super lighting. Big 10
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11/01/2006 05:40:11 PM
Seems like a computer generated fractal. Nice :-)
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11/01/2006 05:22:23 PM
Super shot. I would like to know how you did that. 10
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11/01/2006 03:37:02 PM
Love this! The colors and patterns are terrific. Best of luck in this challenge.
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11/01/2006 02:05:47 PM
Very Nice...love how the colors play in this along with the lines. (8)
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11/01/2006 01:33:02 PM
This is odd but so dang interesting. Very very creative and just downright artistic. Great idea and great job turning the idea into a still shot. I would hang this on my wall any day!
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11/01/2006 01:24:11 PM
paper is so hard to manipulate. this must have taken you all day? I hate shots like this, but your variations make this shot fascinating. Also, the illusion keeps shifting between concave and convex. It's the kind of image you can just stare at it for hours. I'll give it a 7 for now and possibly bump it higher.
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11/01/2006 10:22:13 AM
Excellent work!
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11/01/2006 10:17:57 AM
seen this before in stationery, nice effect
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11/01/2006 09:44:51 AM
very creative.
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11/01/2006 07:02:15 AM
This is way cool. If this had been simply an abstract challenge, my guess is that this would have ribboned. I hope it does well in the free study. One thing I particularly like about it is that if I'm guessing correctly, it does not appear to have had a lot of post-processing.
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11/01/2006 02:19:47 AM
this will do super well and I reckon would be right up there in the top 5...I have seen many of these images, but this is the best of this kind by far...there is a smootheness and surreal look to this...has to be a complete 10 to me...good luck
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11/01/2006 12:43:42 AM
hmmmm, 10
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