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Liquid Light
Liquid Light

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Challenge: Contre-jour (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Home
Date: Apr 3, 2007
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4 s
Galleries: Water, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Apr 3, 2007

Unfortunately I do not have the time to re-shoot and solve the imperfections of this shot. But I am submitting it because I really like the idea of making the light look as a liquid.

I hope viewers will realize this is an "against the light" shot.

In order to produce as many star-shaped sparkles as possible I used a multi-strobe and a flash, both hiden behind the black desk where the vertical glass is standing. Light flows towards camera position. Multi-strobe at 100 Hz flashed 25 times during 1/4 sec exposure and generated countless star-shaped sparkles with a Cokin Star 16 filter.

That many sparkles are suposed to make water look as a flowing liquid light. At least that was the idea :-)

After challenge:

Unfortunately quite a few people thought this photo did not meet editing rules. When SC posted the "validation" sign was a bit too late to gain-back those lost points.

Some did not realize light was coming from behind the subject and made funny comments. It`s OK though.

Thanks to all commenters!

Place: 19 out of 332
Avg (all users): 6.4062
Avg (commenters): 7.3846
Avg (participants): 6.0854
Avg (non-participants): 6.6455
Views since voting: 2227
Views during voting: 409
Votes: 192
Comments: 22
Favorites: 11 (view)

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04/19/2007 06:09:49 PM
Why would anyone challenge the position of the lights with the hand as backlit as it is? The light nicely outlines the curves of the fingertips. This is a great shot, no matter what other effect you were going for... the effect you have achieved really works for me. Great job.
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04/15/2007 08:58:04 AM
This is really awesome! I can tell that it actually is agianst the light, by looking at the hand...although I guess it may have been hard for some people to realize. That's too bad. :(

This is a really beautiful photo! It may not necessarily remind me of "flowing" water, but the mood and atmosphere does remind me of "water." Clear, sparkling, and crisp! Anyways, I REALLY love this! That star filter is really awesome!
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04/11/2007 01:25:03 PM
I didn't see this before, but it definitely caught my eye! BEAUTIFUL job!
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04/11/2007 01:21:44 PM
Those who doubt should thank you for the lesson they learned !!! I think anyone who bases their vote on wether or not they think a shot meets the editing rules should be ashamed.. :-) One great lesson I have learned on here is to vote and "hope" it falls within the rules.. It never ceases to amaze me how creative & talented people are with lighting & the use of their camera.. You've proven that here. Great job and I would love to see your "edited" version of this so you can have a chance to fix any flaws you see.. Great job !!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/10/2007 10:55:03 PM
oh yes. Sparkling spectacular!Nice framing too
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04/10/2007 05:53:37 PM
it's more reflected light...
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04/10/2007 05:21:46 PM
meaningless 4
04/10/2007 03:46:20 PM
Dang that´s cool!!
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04/09/2007 10:39:30 AM
The most original and creative of the bunch. Striking effect!! Hope you'll share the technique.
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04/09/2007 02:25:58 AM
This is cool.....
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04/08/2007 09:22:50 AM
Cool effect
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04/07/2007 06:25:46 PM
Amazing! 16x starburst filter?
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04/06/2007 10:21:16 AM
I can't wait to see how this was done. You have a good thing going here.
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04/05/2007 07:32:33 PM
Great shot. For basic editing hopefully you used lens filter for starbursts.
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04/05/2007 01:47:39 PM
I hope you share your setup with us on this one...
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04/05/2007 06:15:05 AM
Basic Editing Challenge Contre-jour ? ... I wonder....
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04/04/2007 02:55:46 PM
a little too much sparkling going on here, otherwise well done
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04/04/2007 08:18:17 AM
Bit too glam for my liking but I'll give an extra point for sparkling feeling.
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04/04/2007 05:41:34 AM
wow, i hope this is legal.
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04/04/2007 01:36:10 AM
Classy lighting. Nice twist!
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04/04/2007 12:10:51 AM
holy crap, you got that effect without photoshopping? that's amazing. 9. Could use some contrast I think
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04/04/2007 12:07:59 AM
Extremely creative idea, wonderful execution.
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