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In the Beginning, God created the Heavens
2nd PlaceIn the Beginning, God created the Heavens
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Challenge: Stopped Motion IV (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Date: Nov 16, 2007
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1s
Date Uploaded: Nov 14, 2007

I had actually taken a similar photo for another competition. It was shot on Monday, just after the challenge start, but before I knew about it! I was stoked to be able to enter it, but SC told me it wouldn't quite pass, because I had edited out the skewer that popped the balloon. So, I painted the skewer black and reshot, and I actually like this one better, so that's great. :)

This was actually shot sideways and rotated. The hand is actually under the water. The balloon was hung from the balcony on a long piece of surgical tubing (the really stretchy stuff the Mythbusters used for their human slingshot), so that as soon as the balloon burst, it was whipped away out of the frame. Flash used a sound-trigger (a kit build specifically for the first photo), but the balloon actually didn't make enough sound, so I put the skewer into a piece of wood, and then hit that with a hammer to trigger the sound-flash. :) My wife was a great help through these shoots, modelling, triggering the shutter while I operated the hammer and the skewer. Yes, I said modelling, but no, that's not her hand in this final shot. She was watching a DVD, and kept leaving, so the final take was done solo with my hand. Lots of fun, and I learnt a lot about this sort of photography.

Editing - rotate, crop, colour adjustments, little bit of D&B, minor cloning, resize, and selective USM.

(Original shot is here...613767.jpg) I kind of like the splash of colour with the balloon in the edge of the original shot, but the reshoot was setup differently, and the balloons were just totally outta there! :) The original shot is also edited not so well for sharpness, because I was too lazy to fix it.

Post-challenge - Wooohooo! My first ribbon. Thanks everyone for all your comments. It's so great to have the support. Special thanks to my mentor, 21_F.gif rjkstesch for all her tutoring, and her focus on detail that's really helping to improve my photography.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 138
Avg (all users): 7.3235
Avg (commenters): 8.6538
Avg (participants): 7.0189
Avg (non-participants): 7.4615
Views since voting: 37175
Views during voting: 788
Votes: 170
Comments: 88
Favorites: 89 (view)


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10/20/2008 09:07:06 AM
Frigin sweet!
10/10/2008 07:24:44 PM
Great shot.. but the shutter speed doesnt look right: 1 second?
07/08/2008 05:23:03 AM
How cool is this...?
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05/28/2008 02:15:11 PM
Great Job!!!!!
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03/23/2008 10:41:36 AM
amazing, great idea, im still trying to learn how? 9+
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02/20/2008 02:49:48 AM
this is super cool!
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02/17/2008 10:28:22 PM
woah i dont understand how you did this with a 1 second exposure please do tell i've been trying to do this but with a surgical glove to get the shape of the fingers and i thought it would be cool but please elaborate on this?
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02/04/2008 02:49:15 PM
SO cool
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12/15/2007 06:26:50 PM
How much water was put in the balloon?

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12/10/2007 08:09:34 AM
Excellent work! I like the teardrop tail created apparently by the balloon remnants being withdrawn by the surgical tubing.

Message edited by author 2007-12-10 08:15:39.
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12/02/2007 06:15:55 AM
Fantastic realization of a great idea.
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12/01/2007 09:20:44 PM
Brilliantly executed!
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11/30/2007 11:08:31 PM
wow..amazing idea
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11/30/2007 04:18:42 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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11/29/2007 11:32:24 PM
very nice....the title makes the pic that much more impressive. very cool. 9
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11/29/2007 01:43:02 PM
This is such an amazing photo!
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11/29/2007 01:15:58 PM
ASTOUNDING ... super work!
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11/29/2007 02:53:26 AM
This is the coolest picture I have EVER seen. Please tell me how you did it. Was the set up intricit. I'm flabergasted that you didn't get first. This is the first picture I'm putting into my favorites. And trust me, I am a very tuff judge...
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11/28/2007 08:10:51 PM
Love it - congrats on a very well deserved ribbon...
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11/28/2007 05:25:41 PM
Absolutely brilliant! Congrats!! I was wondering though, where was the flash placed to get the perfect lighting?
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11/28/2007 04:40:58 PM
A-MAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations on a fine reward for such hard and meticulous work!
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11/28/2007 06:32:27 AM
Great shot. I like the cleanness and the high contrast and the coloured hand. Congrats on the RED.
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11/28/2007 02:58:23 AM
This is absolutely stunning! Fantastic job!
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11/27/2007 03:38:59 PM
Congratulations this really cool, sounds really difficult to achieve.
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11/27/2007 10:13:06 AM
Great work! Thanks so much for sharing the set-up/steps you took....it really helps us ALL learn! Bravo & Congrats!
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11/27/2007 12:39:46 AM
Congrats on your ribbon and equally on your learning! :)
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11/27/2007 12:13:13 AM
Beautiful capture. Very well done
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11/26/2007 11:49:25 PM
Please tell more about the sound trigger. Did you have a link to the kit or one already made?
Thx Great image!
Debbi
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11/26/2007 06:33:47 PM
Amazing shot!! The lighting and overall sharpness are extraordinary!!
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11/26/2007 05:55:17 PM
Really great shot. I hope you put this up for sale ... I think it would do well.

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11/26/2007 04:48:35 PM
Congrats on your first Galaxy ribbon! All of that hard work (ok... fun!) really paid off to create an awesome image. Very creative :O)
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11/26/2007 04:47:12 PM
wow this is so phenomenal, i was hoping to see this one ribbon, very nicely done, adding to faves
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11/26/2007 04:26:40 PM
I like this picture a lot. It is really creative, and looks amazing.
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11/26/2007 03:50:43 PM
Well, all the hard work paid off. Congratulations on your red ribbon. You had a red balloon in the out take. Maybe blue ballons = Blue ribbons.
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11/26/2007 03:16:27 PM
Excellent imagination and execution.
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11/26/2007 01:45:47 PM
This is an awesome shot. I often wonder how someone could give this a score of a 2 or 3. I think some people are just not happy in general and take it out on innovative, great shots.

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11/26/2007 12:08:30 PM
Awesome shot! Congrats!!
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11/26/2007 12:05:59 PM
Excellent! Very creative. Anyone who uses Mythbusters for technical inspiration gets my vote!
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11/26/2007 11:00:55 AM
Hey bro congrats on an amazing capture, lighting and clarity are right on. And also congrats on your first Ribb!!
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11/26/2007 05:30:33 AM
Splendid image - love the symmetry of the burst. Congrats on the first ribbon!
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11/26/2007 04:24:38 AM
Well certainly the most original of the three ribbon winners this week, personally think this should switch places with the winner but who cares what I think :) Nice shot!
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11/26/2007 04:22:33 AM
fantastic shot...well done/congrats
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11/26/2007 04:16:21 AM
First Ribbon David...fantastic. Another Australian everybody!!!
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11/26/2007 03:13:47 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, well deserved!
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11/26/2007 03:02:52 AM
big congrats on this deserved ribbon!
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11/26/2007 01:45:43 AM
Fantastic shot!! Congratulations!
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11/26/2007 01:36:42 AM
Congratulations!! I love that you included such detail about the shoot. Really an amazing shot - your hard work and creativity paid off!
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11/26/2007 01:08:06 AM
Amazing!!!!!!
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11/26/2007 01:06:38 AM
Dave, I am soooo proud of you and the hard work you did on this shot! Way to ribbon, and what an awesome PB score.

Here's to many more!
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11/26/2007 01:04:00 AM
This was my personal favourite of the challenge and I'm so glad it ribboned. Congrats, David!
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11/26/2007 12:43:28 AM
A W E S O M E and a great stopped action image thats for sure.....
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11/26/2007 12:43:18 AM
congrats on the red!
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11/26/2007 12:42:25 AM
I really like this edit better. Congratulations.
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11/26/2007 12:16:14 AM
Well done! congratulations on your 1st ribbon and personal best ;)
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11/26/2007 12:15:51 AM
Very nice composition & timing, well deserved.
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11/26/2007 12:11:32 AM
WHOOOOOA great shot! instant fav
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11/26/2007 12:05:32 AM
Excellent catch! Love that you included the hand in the picture. Congrats on the ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/25/2007 09:13:52 PM
Love this one. One of the top in the challenge.
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11/25/2007 07:02:55 PM
Great shot. One of my favourites.
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11/24/2007 01:18:50 PM
Now this is totally awesome. Is it an exploding water balloon?
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11/24/2007 02:01:06 AM
wow this is really cool, like i am amazed by this. really great shot.
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11/23/2007 11:39:58 PM
Excellent
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11/22/2007 01:33:29 PM
Trying to figure out what has burst. Lovely and sharp and uncomplicated.
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11/22/2007 01:17:13 PM
Well executed. This is one of the better water balloon shots.
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11/21/2007 07:36:07 PM
Excellent. 10
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11/21/2007 02:31:09 PM
Really sweet capture. The explosion is captured perfectly. Nice work.
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11/21/2007 08:08:17 AM
I love this. What is that?
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11/20/2007 02:45:21 PM
I predict a winner here....I would give it a 10 if I could vote!
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11/20/2007 02:42:45 PM
this is amazing! perfect capture! 10!!!!
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11/20/2007 10:47:16 AM
WOW, what is that? Awesome capture
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11/20/2007 09:50:07 AM
A very creative twist on the breaking balloon photo, one of my top picks.
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11/20/2007 08:32:06 AM
Nice job on getting this at the right moment.
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11/19/2007 09:49:38 PM
Definitely a ribbon winner!

I'm guessing that you had something on your pinky to pop the water balloon.

I have nothing constructive or helpful to add...
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11/19/2007 09:05:16 PM
Great photo, (perfect)
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11/19/2007 07:17:36 PM
Cool
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11/19/2007 06:41:32 PM
OMG, you're a lefty! Good job (but what can you expect?)
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11/19/2007 05:23:35 PM
Wow! Perfect! Would love to hear how you set up this shot.
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11/19/2007 03:56:12 PM
I don't know what "power" is lacking in the hand. However, the creation looks like an eye and brings this picture to life.
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11/19/2007 02:18:18 PM
Not sure what I am looking at, but well done :)
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11/19/2007 01:33:18 PM
Excellent result. Would like to know how this was achieved.
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11/19/2007 11:55:59 AM
I look forward to reading how you did this.. Out of all the "waterball" shots, this is my favorite. The clarity & lighting on your hand and the shape of the ball is spot on.
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11/19/2007 09:15:43 AM
I was kind of dreading all the water pics in this challenge but this one is very nicely done. No balloon fragments in site and wonderful sharpness and contrast against the background. This should do well. (9)
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11/19/2007 08:28:56 AM
Very good idea very well executed! This will be in the Top 5 for sure! Good luck!
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11/19/2007 05:17:43 AM
Really the best. If it will not win i'll eat an hat.
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11/19/2007 03:31:24 AM
Awesone and my pick for a ribbon.....
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11/19/2007 02:00:20 AM
Nice perspective - 7
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11/19/2007 01:59:25 AM
LOL. God and the big bang? Cool shot. This might have worked better rotated 90 degrees counter clock wise.
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11/19/2007 12:33:45 AM
wow...great title and perfectly executed...9 from me
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