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Challenge: Free Study XVII (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di for Nikon
Location: My kitchen
Date: Aug 11, 2007
Aperture: f16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500 s
Galleries: Macro, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Aug 12, 2007

I'd planned on doing a coffee/milk photo session the weekend the speed challenge was announced. I didn't want to enter another coffee/milk splash so I tried to get a different look by using coffee and milk but using food colouring to give the coffee a more murky look and the milk a more chocolatey look. I hope the voters still like this type of shot....worrying...;-)



Post Challenge
Oh WOW, brilliant! This is such an honour. To get a high placing in a Free Study is like a dream come true to me. AND being in the top three with my friend SandyPÖ THANKS for the votes and the comments!
Iíve been a complete wreck this week watching the scores come inÖ

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Place: 1 out of 452
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07/10/2012 06:52:39 AM
wonderfully executed shot
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06/28/2010 08:37:35 AM
fantastic
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03/29/2010 08:35:41 PM
Oh wow, awesome! I spent 4 evenings trying to get something like this, but failed...how do you get this umbrella shape? I'm guessing that's some sort of a home-made / improvised tap, that drips the drops (lol!) at a rate such that when one drop hits the water and bounces, the second drop hits the bounced first drop? (err..if that makes sense)...

Needless to say I've been on a quest for about a month to reproduce something like this....
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12/19/2009 04:05:24 AM
Absolutely brilliant - I'm inspired!!! Well done. Cheers, S.
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12/10/2009 05:16:18 AM
How do u get such shapes!!! its so unreal :)
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01/07/2009 02:03:33 AM
Wow! I just stumbled upon this photo and I love it! The shape of the splash is wonderful
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09/23/2008 01:22:51 PM
i absolutely love this photo!
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02/22/2008 03:06:25 PM
amazing photo!
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08/26/2007 02:55:09 PM
tooo perfect.
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08/24/2007 01:12:17 AM
Your patience and dedication to perfecting this type of photo is amazing. Great job Irene.
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08/23/2007 06:03:49 AM
unbelievable capture!
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08/22/2007 09:14:05 PM
Nevermind the naysayers. This photograph is beautiful and masterfully captured. So what if it's subject matter that's been done before? Here's a news flash... everything's been done! Congratulations on your ribbon, it is well deserved.
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08/22/2007 09:09:09 PM
I'll edit my reply to just say not very imaginative.

Message edited by author 2007-08-22 21:11:30.
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08/22/2007 08:45:56 PM
What an incredible shot. Probably the best of these I've seen. I wouldn't even know where to start trying to do something like this.

Congratulations on a well-deserved blue.
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08/22/2007 01:29:38 PM
Irene, congratulations! You are the best at these drops shots.
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08/22/2007 07:35:59 AM
Very beautiful shot,congratulations!
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08/22/2007 04:17:33 AM
I like this, it looks like a little spinning hat dropping into chocolate goodness.
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08/22/2007 12:30:42 AM
Omg great shot IreneM LOVE ur work ever

Congratulations on your ribbon!
HUG :)
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08/21/2007 11:50:06 PM
congrats on ur well deserved ribbon for this perfect capture!!
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08/21/2007 09:28:33 PM
Congratulations on this yummy looking shot :)
The food coloring, color, of choice is perfect. I like that it's not green, red or blue. The shape of this splash would really look great in glass as a coffee table design.
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08/21/2007 09:07:51 PM
I love your work, Irene, and each of your drops is glimpse into a world we could not ever see unless you bring it to us. This shot brings another level of artistic genius and beauty. They almost seem alive! I love the shadows on this one! Fabulous!
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08/21/2007 08:48:41 PM
Quite amazing! Congrats on the blue :-) I could not get tired of these awesome shots of yours!
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08/21/2007 05:37:08 PM
Awesome shot just like all your other water drop shots! Many Congratulations on your ribbon!
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08/21/2007 04:09:45 PM
You do an amazing job with these. The colors here are nice, and I like the motion. Excellent!
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08/21/2007 03:41:52 PM
Hello,

I have been noticing that your "drop" photos have been taken at 1/500 sec. I know you use flash and according to specs, you can't go faster than 1/500 while using your flash.

Did you know that there is a way to use higher than 1/500 speed while using your flash? I think you may like to experiment with 1/1000 or 1/2000 speed to get even better "drop" shots!

Check out the shot below. It was done with my D70 and SB800 at 1/2000 sec.
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PM me and I'll give you the simple info on how to work it out.

Kenskid

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08/21/2007 11:49:35 AM
One of the best of this type I have ever seen! Congratulations!
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08/21/2007 08:18:58 AM
what a brilliant shot, congratulations on the blue, well deserved
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08/21/2007 07:50:40 AM
Congrats on your blue, great work!
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08/21/2007 05:45:02 AM
Originally posted by electrolost:

Don't get me wrong this is a awesome shot. It is crisp, the colors are amazing in short it is a really good shot. but how many times can you win a ribbon with the same shot? Are people that amazed by the same thing that its a surefire thing? Have you tried other things like sand hitting glass, water from a water gun, or anything else>? You have a great talent for these macro stop motions I personally would like to see some diffrent things. Don't get trapped doing the same thing over and over because its a automatic good score...Just some thoughts......congrats on the ribbon


From your point of view you are, no doubt, right.
From my point of view itís a different ball-game. This type of high speed photography has become a passion to me. Itís an extremely difficult type of image to get which probably accounts for some of the huge interest, especially with people who have tried this sort of thing. No two images are the same Ė they may look similar Ė but theyíre not the same. For me, this is another fascinating aspect of the work I put into it. And Iím still learning. When I look at the first splash shots I did two years ago I find that Iím now getting better results. Definitely better focus, better DOF. Iím improving. This is also one of the reasons I show them here, any criticism, any comments are always a help.
One thing Iíve learned here is that no image is a surefire thing. No image automatically gets a good score. This is fine with me Ė I take what I get and learn from it.

Thanks for your thoughts Robert, I appreciate it.
08/21/2007 12:00:09 AM
Well, it's a bit of vision into a world rarely seen. Cool Beans! I know from experience that it's not as easy as it looks. Congrats.
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08/20/2007 08:19:26 PM
Don't get me wrong this is a awesome shot. It is crisp, the colors are amazing in short it is a really good shot. but how many times can you win a ribbon with the same shot? Are people that amazed by the same thing that its a surefire thing? Have you tried other things like sand hitting glass, water from a water gun, or anything else>? You have a great talent for these macro stop motions I personally would like to see some diffrent things. Don't get trapped doing the same thing over and over because its a automatic good score...Just some thoughts......congrats on the ribbon
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08/20/2007 07:05:59 PM
Now this is a very good idea/suggestion Irene, and I think a great thing for you to consider doing a tutorial, on your magical droplets, as you do them so well.
You are definately the "Queen of the Droplets", thats for sure.

Originally posted by noraneko:

Congrats - this one may be your best splash photo yet! How about a tutorial on this amazing effect?


Message edited by author 2007-08-20 19:07:28.
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08/20/2007 06:00:16 PM
I continue to be fascinated by your ability to capture these shots with such symatry and precision! Awesome Work! Congratulations on the Blue!
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08/20/2007 04:14:22 PM
The official queen of splash
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08/20/2007 02:34:48 PM
The drops are fantastic.
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08/20/2007 01:51:04 PM
:-)
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08/20/2007 01:17:55 PM
Originally posted by doctornick:

Well deserved blue. Ignore the jealous naysayers, good drop shots are hard to consistently produce, it takes a lot of time and dedication. Kudos.


Thanks, Nick!
And thanks to everyone for the great post challenge comments. You've made my day.
08/20/2007 01:11:56 PM
Well deserved blue. Ignore the jealous naysayers, good drop shots are hard to consistently produce, it takes a lot of time and dedication. Kudos.
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08/20/2007 01:04:16 PM
Wow, you just keep dropping in on them ribbons with your dropped shots. Is this your 4th ribbonmaker out of drops. Where can I see the Drops Gallery on tour?
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08/20/2007 11:59:32 AM
another stunning shot, wonderful and well done ;-)
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08/20/2007 11:37:46 AM
Another great liquid drop photo Irene...congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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08/20/2007 10:33:40 AM
fantastic shot...well done/congrats
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08/20/2007 10:15:06 AM
Congrats - this one may be your best splash photo yet! How about a tutorial on this amazing effect?
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08/20/2007 09:37:59 AM
as usual, nice shot!!! you are expert with this..now you have to teach us (at-least me) how you did this or do these kind of shots? :)
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08/20/2007 09:14:15 AM
beautiful shot irene, you've definitely made your own genre of these type of shots. keep rackin' in the ribbons :)
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08/20/2007 08:23:11 AM
Congratulations Irene. I was pretty sure this was yours and hoped it would do well. Looks like it did ok :) Perfect drop/splash shot!
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08/20/2007 08:15:49 AM
WOW IRENE!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go, what a perfect shot!!!
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08/20/2007 06:21:47 AM
Absolutely amazing. I think this is your best shot of this kind yet. Well deserved blue.
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08/20/2007 06:14:19 AM
Oh dear your these shots just keep getting better and better. What an amazing catch. Clarity and sharpness with DOF are out of this world. Congrats on an amazing shot Irene! Well deserved ribbon.
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08/20/2007 05:50:45 AM
Congratulations Irene - you've really nailed this type of shot.
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08/20/2007 05:28:13 AM
Fantastic Shot!, Congratulations.
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08/20/2007 05:25:59 AM
Congrats Irene, you are the queen of the drop shot. :)
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08/20/2007 05:16:48 AM
Originally posted by yanko:

Congrats on the ribbon and all those top tens you've been racking up lately.


It'll probably all fall apart as soon as the DPL starts up again ;-)
08/20/2007 04:55:46 AM
Congrats on the ribbon and all those top tens you've been racking up lately.
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08/20/2007 04:26:49 AM
Congrats on the blue Irene. We'll see at least 200 copies of this one on Deviant Art.
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08/20/2007 03:22:12 AM
Congrats Irene! Your patience is astounding and deserves to be rewarded.
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08/20/2007 03:19:41 AM
Irene, this got a 10 from me...well done and congrats on the BLUE...you are amazing with these type of shots...great score
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08/20/2007 03:15:23 AM
Congrats on the blue!
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08/20/2007 02:45:49 AM
Irene, big congrats for this fantastic drop-shot!
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08/20/2007 02:42:49 AM
WTG, Irene! Another excellent "kitchen" shot, love the refelections!
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08/20/2007 02:13:28 AM
The 'droplet Queen' strikes again! CONGRATS!
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08/20/2007 02:04:50 AM
Fantastic stuff as always, Irene!! Congrats!!
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08/20/2007 01:10:34 AM
hmmm.
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08/20/2007 01:08:28 AM
Very incredible and deserving of the blue! Congrats!
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08/20/2007 12:39:53 AM
Irene, congratulations on you blue ribbon.
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08/20/2007 12:38:18 AM
Congratulations!
This is (like many other of your droplet shots) fantastic!
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08/20/2007 12:36:14 AM
I would love to see a "How'd they do that?" done on these types of photos. I've tried and failed many a time. I love this shot. Never goes out of style!
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08/20/2007 12:25:13 AM
Oh, Irene, you did outdo yourself with this one! It's perfection! CONGRATULATIONS on top honors in this challenge!

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08/20/2007 12:15:53 AM
I think you are Queen of Liquid Photography! lol..congrats on this one!
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08/20/2007 12:13:59 AM
I love this Irene, and so pleased it ribboned for you.
Actually you are just awesome at these type of images.
Excellent in fact, and you so deserve this win.....
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08/20/2007 12:11:45 AM
Congratulations Irene in taking the Blue Ribbon winning entry.
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08/20/2007 12:08:35 AM
Great job. Congratulations on 1st place! I always find these shots amazing.
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08/20/2007 12:06:03 AM
So excellent, Irene! Big congrats on blue!
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08/20/2007 12:04:02 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon! Very nice shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/19/2007 12:20:16 PM
This photo is amazing. What a great capture! 10
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08/19/2007 07:36:51 AM
Perfect, perfect, perfect.....
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08/18/2007 06:58:37 PM
Your timing was perfect on this - great capture.
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08/18/2007 12:39:25 PM
You should have titled it " Orbital system" 10
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08/17/2007 08:54:18 PM
Is this Irene? excellent shot....shud be in top 3
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08/16/2007 08:47:42 PM
Caught perfectly! Wow1
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08/16/2007 01:45:20 PM
if this one isn't top 3, it's rigged! (JK). Great shot, very inspiring.
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08/16/2007 09:09:08 AM
Great focus, spot on. Seen alot of these over the years but this is a cracker. 10
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08/16/2007 08:07:23 AM
beautiful colors nice capture
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08/15/2007 10:45:27 PM
thats just mean. *sigh* 10
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08/15/2007 04:00:04 PM
Excellent
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08/15/2007 12:14:17 PM
Absolutely amazing picture! Simply perfect.
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08/15/2007 06:57:35 AM
Just incredible.
Can stare at this for minutes.
Different angle to the shots it was no-doubt inspired by, but it has a sharper edge to it.
I prefer this shot. I think you've improved a tried and tested experiment.
Not easy to do, but it's brilliant.
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08/15/2007 03:45:03 AM
Yep. Another image of a droplet. Technically strong, but an extreme lack of creativity.

ETA: Sorry for the jackass comment a few months back. It really is a great shot, and you have proven me well wrong in even entertaining the thought that maybe this was the only shots you would perfect. Unbelievable and amazing work Irene!

Message edited by author 2008-07-07 09:40:47.
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08/14/2007 11:47:02 PM
Wow!
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08/14/2007 08:59:09 PM
Interesting macro shot.
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08/14/2007 08:14:11 PM
That's amazing!
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08/14/2007 06:32:30 PM
Awsome, absolutly awsome!
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08/14/2007 05:16:34 PM
Yum! Nice shot.
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08/14/2007 11:00:01 AM
I appreciate the amount of work that went into this shot. Super sharp focus and perfect symmetry.
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08/14/2007 10:32:07 AM
Irene? looks like one of Irenes. if your not her, take it as a complement! lol
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08/14/2007 07:50:52 AM
I don't know how people like you get this shots. It is really amazing and I know it takes lots of time and effort! Effort rewarded my me-10
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08/13/2007 03:37:00 PM
Impressive!
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08/13/2007 02:45:07 PM
Irene's ?. Perfect splash capture. I will substract 1 point from 10 only because I have seen some other images so similar to this one in Irene's portfolio..9
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08/13/2007 02:25:09 PM
this cool and fantastic shot can only be made by Irene
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08/13/2007 11:29:50 AM
This could be the best droplet photo I have ever seen. Purely amazing! 10
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08/13/2007 09:23:00 AM
One of the most interesting droplet image I've seen in a long while. Great composition / colors. I might have clone out the 5 dops on the righ, as when I cover them I like the image balance a bit more. Great job!
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08/13/2007 08:38:38 AM
amazing shot! very powerful image.
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08/13/2007 05:26:10 AM
I have tried so many times to do these sorts of shots, but have never EVER come to the beauty that this portrays! Did you get it all over your lens as i did, i hope im not the only one! Great macro and capture!
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08/13/2007 05:03:20 AM
perfect! one of the best 'drop' images around...the reflection is superb as is the shape 10 from me...congrats on the ribbon in advance
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08/13/2007 01:03:29 AM
this is definitely one of the better one's i've seen like this .. just love the amazing sharpness in the drops and the way they're flying out ... the reflection and the bulge where the drop has impacted with the surface is excellent ..
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08/13/2007 12:33:03 AM
Amazing.
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08/13/2007 12:23:13 AM
nicely done as usual, but the wow is starting to fade.
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08/13/2007 12:11:00 AM
A top notch shot of a splash. Should serve to get you a very high score.
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