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Eating it the hard way
3rd PlaceEating it the hard way
senor_kasper


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Popcorn (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Home
Date: Nov 5, 2007
Aperture: f:11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 2 sec.
Galleries: Humorous, Studio
Date Uploaded: Nov 6, 2007

Thank you all for voting favorably on a less than technically sound picture. I appreciate all the comments. There should have been a light behind the subject. It was late and my model had time for only one shot.

I thought of doing this picture the real way using a strobe, but quickly found out that the miniscule mass of a kernel would not allow for it to be propelled more than a couple of inches upwards, no matter how hard you catapulted it with the spoon, so, I had to hang the kernels using black thread.

The set up was in darkness except for a continuous light snoot illuminating the model's hand and arm. During the first second and a half of exposure the model lowered his arm and hand over the spoon slowly, at the end of the second second, a monolight was triggered by the camera set to rear curtain flash, that was it. I did play with curves and selective color in photoshop to try and even the color temperature difference between the arm/hand and the face (tungsten vs. flash), it came out close but not perfect.

My gratitude to Manuel for modeling and my daughter Marisa for helping me hang the kernels.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 74
Avg (all users): 6.8376
Avg (commenters): 7.5128
Avg (participants): 6.7143
Avg (non-participants): 6.8530
Views since voting: 10367
Views during voting: 820
Votes: 314
Comments: 54
Favorites: 3 (view)


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11/19/2007 03:25:05 PM
Nicely done, you could say you pulled "a Scalvert" with this entry. Congrats on the ribbon!
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11/19/2007 10:38:09 AM
good work and photo, nice idea and execution , congratz on your yellow ribbon !!
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11/16/2007 10:16:15 PM
Great imagination and a well deserved ribbon, congratulations.
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11/15/2007 03:32:21 AM
Really?
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11/14/2007 12:15:05 PM
I'm glad you were rewarded for the setup with a ribbon. :-)
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11/14/2007 09:50:29 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!
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11/14/2007 06:44:49 AM
Well done and congrats on your ribbon!
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11/14/2007 12:56:14 AM
Glad you ribboned with this, it's VERY creative and well executed. Congratulations.
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11/14/2007 12:26:36 AM
Very well done !!! congratulations !
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11/14/2007 12:22:14 AM
great job hanging these wires.. congratulations.

Message edited by author 2007-11-14 00:25:04.
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11/14/2007 12:02:23 AM
Congratulations for this well deserved ribbon!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/13/2007 11:31:40 PM
This would be my only 10 in this challenge. By far the most creative, dpc style, approach. It should be in the top 3.
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11/13/2007 04:26:47 PM
nice effect!
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11/13/2007 03:57:50 PM
i like this photo/subject. an improvement could be made if there was an additional light source in the upper left.
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11/13/2007 01:59:32 PM
great picture...love the motion of the spoon.
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11/13/2007 11:43:50 AM
Well done! Very cool - I imagine that the kernels are actually suspended on fishing line, but this is VERY well done. Good luck.
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11/13/2007 02:53:55 AM
beautiful, creative.
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11/12/2007 11:54:25 PM
Way cool! Nice composition, and great idea!The hand blur is also an interesting touch.
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11/12/2007 10:24:47 PM
great idea and set up
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11/12/2007 08:29:20 PM
Excellent shot!
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11/12/2007 10:16:35 AM
Strobe shot? Very well done. How many takes did it take to get everything right?
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11/12/2007 08:12:36 AM
Enjoy the light and motion in the hands, very creative image
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11/12/2007 02:49:08 AM
LOL it already has the validated seal of approval on it. :) I like the shot. I would love to see some description on how it was done. I have an idea, but would love to see it. Now on the shot. The lighting hurts the shot a little for me. The back of our popcorn pal especially the hair gets lost into the background which for some would probably be perfect but IMO it detracts. Still a FUN FUN shot and I can't wait to hear how you did it.
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11/11/2007 10:01:40 PM
OK, how'd you do it??
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11/11/2007 08:11:33 PM
This must have taken forever to get right!
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11/11/2007 09:59:24 AM
Nice capture!
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11/11/2007 02:13:12 AM
Ha. Looks fairly believable but next time ask Qart or Larus for a cuter (and more female) model. :P
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11/10/2007 05:14:04 PM
Masterful exposure!
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11/10/2007 01:24:25 PM
Very cool!
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11/10/2007 08:57:00 AM
Really cool. Hope you wrote down how you did this.
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11/09/2007 10:54:54 PM
Very interesting to look at, but it seems like the flying popcorn should have motion blur too
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11/09/2007 08:00:20 PM
cool shot, maybe I would have worked on the skin tones alittle, desaturating or lightening the reds some.
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11/09/2007 07:25:50 PM
cute.
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11/09/2007 03:18:28 PM
Creative idea.
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11/09/2007 12:55:34 PM
That seems like a lot of work in the setup. Props for that.
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11/09/2007 12:40:50 PM
Repeating flash? Wonder how many tries this took? Maybe wires holding a series of kernels across the frame? Nice composition.
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11/09/2007 07:48:14 AM
This is cool, I love it.
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11/08/2007 09:22:24 PM
great idea! love the motion blur on the subject's hand.
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11/08/2007 06:13:22 PM
How many takes did this need?! Impressive co-ordination, and impressive use of high speed flash.
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11/08/2007 06:01:04 PM
I like the use of the repeating flash, perfect for showing the movement here. Did you catch it?
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11/08/2007 01:10:59 AM
nice job with this. Best of the challenge 35 shots in. 8
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11/07/2007 11:01:11 PM
Popcorn Magic! Fantastic!
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11/07/2007 03:00:32 PM
Not sure how you did it, but it is REALLY cool!!
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11/07/2007 02:21:00 PM
Brilliant!!! Did you use a strobe light?
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11/07/2007 11:49:11 AM
i THINK IS SUPER FUN, BUT YOU CAN STILL SEE THE CORD
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11/07/2007 11:21:42 AM
8 for technical difficulty.
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11/07/2007 10:43:52 AM
very nice! used a strobe light? maybe use portrait format and crop closer, just from the spoon to the ear or so...
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11/07/2007 09:58:28 AM
LOL! Great job!
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11/07/2007 08:07:55 AM
Wow but did it go in. Great shot 10!!!!
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11/07/2007 05:43:05 AM
haha, must have taken a lot of tries :) shame about the light and props, they look a bit cheap. good strong composition
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11/07/2007 05:33:33 AM
very neat
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11/07/2007 03:55:52 AM
well done image
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11/07/2007 12:38:11 AM
thats pretty cool, howd you get all the different pieces through the air? was it edited in?
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11/07/2007 12:14:17 AM
magical.
well taken and funny too
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