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Espresso Explosion
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todbedy


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Challenge: High Contrast III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Home
Date: Jun 10, 2008
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Abstract, Action
Date Uploaded: Jun 10, 2008

I thought of this idea when I saw this mug sitting on our hutch this afternoon. Initially, I wanted a jet black fluid to splash out of the mug so I tried this using water and food coloring but I couldn't get the color right. Then I switched to coffee and dropped a golf ball in it but the splash wasn't dramatic enough. After a convincing my self that the cleanup wouldn't be too bad...I decided to use used motor oil sitting in the garage from our last oil change (what a MESS!!!!) The first take turned out great except that i had set my shutter speed at 1/250 which turned out to be way to slow to capture the action. After 4 clean up/re-shoots the wife called me in for dinner and I decided to go with this shot. I wish the splash was a little more symmetrical but I was hand dropping the ball and just couldn't get it straight enough.

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THANK YOU ALL SOOO MUCH!!!! My first Blue and a new personal best!!!! I almost didnt reshoot this because I dreaded the cleanup. Im so glad I did. Thanks again!

I'd like to also thank my daughter Kaylee for helping me with the setup and coming up with the name for this shot

P.S. Being mistaken for IreneM is a HUGE complement! I have always loved her work and admired her attention to detail.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 294
Avg (all users): 7.7268
Avg (commenters): 8.6429
Avg (participants): 7.6163
Avg (non-participants): 7.8148
Views since voting: 13076
Views during voting: 477
Votes: 194
Comments: 73
Favorites: 33 (view)


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06/23/2008 08:56:36 PM
Really nice!
06/23/2008 12:36:11 PM
The more I see this one the more I like it, any chance on a print being offered?

-dave
06/22/2008 01:40:42 PM
amazing shot!
well done.
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06/21/2008 12:10:00 PM
Oil prices are exploding! This one should make the symbolic shot for any headline on the subject. Great shot! Congrats on the blue!

Message edited by author 2008-06-21 12:10:25.
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06/21/2008 05:52:06 AM
Excellent work, congratulations!
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06/19/2008 10:01:00 PM
Great capture! Congrat's on your blue.
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06/19/2008 01:57:08 AM
Obviously the oil was the right thing to use, as it has the perfect viscosity for such a splash. Well done.
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06/19/2008 01:23:12 AM
This is a fantastic image and story!! Congratulations!
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06/18/2008 08:34:02 PM
Originally posted by vxpra:

Originally posted by todbedy:

.....After a convincing my self that the cleanup wouldn't be too bad...I decided to use motor oil...


That may be the funniest thing I have read this month!!!



That line's a gutbuster, alright.

Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/18/2008 08:02:22 PM
Ok...that didn't work..just check out my portfolio for the picture
06/18/2008 08:01:12 PM
I actually didn't even use a flash on this one. I used the most powerful light source i know of...then sun! Set up was pretty simple. I had an old white particle board set on top of 2 crates and a white construction paper back drop taped to the side of my house about 2 feet behind the mug. I put a TON of newspaper below to catch any stray drops of oil. After I felt that i got my shot (or just sick of cleaning up) i burned everything...except the mug.
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Here is one of the pictures taken right after the one I submitted for the challenge.
06/18/2008 05:52:07 PM
Absolutley fantastic!
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06/18/2008 02:55:53 PM
well deserved too.
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06/18/2008 02:15:45 PM
Originally posted by todbedy:

.....After a convincing my self that the cleanup wouldn't be too bad...I decided to use motor oil...


That may be the funniest thing I have read this month!!!

Thanks for the laugh and congrats on the great shot.
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06/18/2008 02:10:22 PM
How about a setup shot, got any?
Debbi
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06/18/2008 12:27:52 PM
Congrats! Awesome shot and Blue Ribbon well deserved!

Now, could we know who rated this pic under 5? (not to mention with a 1!!!!)
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06/18/2008 12:08:35 PM
Sounds like you didn't really want an answer to the question. If you ask, and someone answers you, why would you make a comment like you made (Hmmmm. Covering up contacts sounds a bit dubious to me. The manufacturers surely don't handicap their own units for marketing reasons.) This is one of the reasons I don't answer people's questions anymore if I know the answer. Nobody appreciates it. All they want to do is to argue it. Why wouldn't the manufacturer tell you? Because the manufacturers know their is too many dumb people out there to figure it out. They would probably be getting cameras back as defective left and right because people would think they don't work. I tried this with my D50, and it works perfectly. It's just manual instead of auto.

By the way, excellent shot. This is pristine!!! Great job!

Originally posted by fmalan:

Hmmmm. Covering up contacts sounds a bit dubious to me. The manufacturers surely don't handicap their own units for marketing reasons.

A good description of using high speed sync can be found at
http://www.rpphoto.com/howto/view.asp?articleID=1026

To quote:
A standard hotshoe flash gives out a very short pulse of light. The flash duration can vary from around 1/1,000 second to 1/50,000 sec or shorter. The less light that's needed, the shorter the duration

Depending on whether there is significant ambient light you'd see little difference between a flash shot at 1/30 and 1/500.


Message edited by author 2008-06-18 12:10:22.
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06/18/2008 11:37:13 AM
Well deserved!!! This shot is in a class of its own. I really don't know how those people in the 1,2,3 range scored this honestly....I guess thats the bad part about this site. But Congrats man, great shot!
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06/18/2008 10:56:37 AM
I hate to keep hijacking this beautiful photo but I think the photographer may benefit...

Check this explaination: Fooling the D70

Like the man says...you can do it but it is up to you to set it up correctly.

Here is another example

KS

Originally posted by fmalan:

Hmmmm. Covering up contacts sounds a bit dubious to me. The manufacturers surely don't handicap their own units for marketing reasons.

A good description of using high speed sync can be found at
http://www.rpphoto.com/howto/view.asp?articleID=1026

To quote:
A standard hotshoe flash gives out a very short pulse of light. The flash duration can vary from around 1/1,000 second to 1/50,000 sec or shorter. The less light that's needed, the shorter the duration

Depending on whether there is significant ambient light you'd see little difference between a flash shot at 1/30 and 1/500.


Message edited by author 2008-06-18 11:00:09.
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06/18/2008 10:52:12 AM
Great timing and effort here. Lovely shot. Must have been a b**** to clean up though. How about an after shot of the golfball bouncing back out of the cup?
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06/18/2008 09:54:30 AM
Hmmmm. Covering up contacts sounds a bit dubious to me. The manufacturers surely don't handicap their own units for marketing reasons.

A good description of using high speed sync can be found at
http://www.rpphoto.com/howto/view.asp?articleID=1026

To quote:
A standard hotshoe flash gives out a very short pulse of light. The flash duration can vary from around 1/1,000 second to 1/50,000 sec or shorter. The less light that's needed, the shorter the duration

Depending on whether there is significant ambient light you'd see little difference between a flash shot at 1/30 and 1/500.

Message edited by author 2008-06-18 09:54:53.
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06/18/2008 09:15:41 AM
GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YAY!!!!!!
I CANT BELIEVE YOU GOT 1RST!!! =D
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06/18/2008 09:09:16 AM
Terrific shot! I loved it the moment I saw it, and suspected this would be the winner. Congratulations.
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06/18/2008 08:52:50 AM
After seeing many of IreneM's splash pics on dp shot at 1/500 I emailed her. I explained that if she wanted to use higher shutter speeds with her flash, it was possible.

Simply cover the two "flash" contacts on the top of the camera. I cover the two that are closest to the "eyehole". Use scotch tape.

Then put the flash on the camera. You can then shoot up to any speed...I've done' up to 1/6000 with my flash.

The only downfall is that covering the contacts makes the whole thing "manual". You have to adjust your flash manually according to the settings on your camera. Very easy to do.

The shot below was done with my flash at 1/2000.

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Originally posted by fmalan:

Firstly - great shot!

I have a technical question:

How did you light your subject? Flash? I'm asking because 1/1000 is faster than the D200's x-sync speed (unless using High-Speed Sync), but at ISO 125 at F7.1 you surely had too little light without flash.

However, not using High-speed sync at a slower shutter speed (like 1/200) would also have frozen the splash, since the actual duration of the flash's light pulse is very quick.

Regards
F


Message edited by author 2008-06-18 08:54:59.
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06/18/2008 08:47:43 AM
Congratulations! This is amazing.
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06/18/2008 08:34:28 AM
Firstly - great shot!

I have a technical question:

How did you light your subject? Flash? I'm asking because 1/1000 is faster than the D200's x-sync speed (unless using High-Speed Sync), but at ISO 125 at F7.1 you surely had too little light without flash.

However, not using High-speed sync at a slower shutter speed (like 1/200) would also have frozen the splash, since the actual duration of the flash's light pulse is very quick.

Regards
F
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06/18/2008 06:50:53 AM
Fantastic shot, great colors. Congratulations!
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06/18/2008 05:57:27 AM
Nice mess, mate. You did well. Congratulations.
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06/18/2008 05:56:05 AM
Fascinating and awesome!! Great shot Chris, congrats on the blue!!
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06/18/2008 05:51:36 AM
What an amazing shot! The overflowing of the "coffee" really catches attention!!! Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon!
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06/18/2008 05:51:29 AM
Great shot!

You can see by the way the fluid is bulging over the edge of the cup that it is something thicker than water.

What was the cup sitting on as I can't imagine old engine oil cleaning up very well! Large sheets of white paper would be my guess.

Congrats on the Blue and you new PB.

AL.
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06/18/2008 05:05:05 AM
Awesome shot! Good job, but I sorta agree with ypu it too bad the splash isn't symmetrical. Still a cool shot. Condrats!
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06/18/2008 04:00:38 AM
Very nice shot!

I suspect the thickness of the oil is why the mass of 'coffee' round the middle of the picture looks very glutinous, almost like lava flow. I would love to see the coffee shots to compare.

Brilliant idea to use oil. As an aside, have you ever mixed cornflour with cold water, and poured it. The mixture is amazing - drops slowly, acts very strangely, and if thick enough just pulls off any flat surface without leaving any mess - try it and see. Amaze friends at parties and all that sort of rubbish - but pouring a spoon of it, makes very odd photos.
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06/18/2008 03:46:40 AM
Brilliant shot. Well done. Never thought of using oil. Good idea.
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06/18/2008 03:11:46 AM
Dude, you're SMOKIN! Congratulations and what a fantastic shot!
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06/18/2008 02:49:27 AM
Awesome Chris! PB and a blue with a cracking score...wow! Excellent capture
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06/18/2008 02:33:48 AM
Excellent and original concept, great work, congrats !
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06/18/2008 02:12:19 AM
Wow! Really cool!
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06/18/2008 01:42:53 AM
So glad to see something other then a black and white take first on this when I went back and looked at the past High Contrast challenges it seems that people only wanted black and white.. as if that is the only way to show high contrast!! I didn't get a chance to enter this one was on vacation. But many congrats I love the shot and can only hope to become this good!!

~D~
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06/18/2008 12:48:10 AM
Congrats on your first blue and new high score! Good job trying it again. And yep, my first thought was that this was Irene. :)
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06/18/2008 12:26:25 AM
Ken 31_N.gif whatdewuc is right. I absolutely LOVE this. It's brilliant and fascinating, can't stop staring at it. Mega congrats on winning and on your first blue ribbon and PB.
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06/18/2008 12:12:29 AM
I gave you a nine, I'm happy to see this get the blue!! Nice work :)
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06/18/2008 12:11:33 AM
congrats for the blue great work

Message edited by author 2008-06-18 00:12:04.
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06/18/2008 12:11:19 AM
WOW! Irene will love this. Congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2008 10:49:27 PM
Great picture! I have the same mugs!
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06/17/2008 01:40:01 PM
wow. quite a capture here. fits the challenge well. hopefully you got it in one take, otherwise you were doing quite a bit of cleaning!
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06/17/2008 12:24:05 PM
Wow!! Perfect execution and suits the theme
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06/17/2008 10:47:43 AM
Bet that mad a mess. I really like the stop motion of this and all the little droplets. One of my favorites for the challenge.
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06/17/2008 07:17:22 AM
ribbon contender. 8
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06/17/2008 06:38:08 AM
Technically amazing, but as an approach the splash is fastly becoming a cliche. I'll shave a point for that but will still keep the score high :)
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06/17/2008 01:16:19 AM
Very Nice. Very crisp image jumps off the page.
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06/16/2008 09:38:36 PM
Simply put, CRAZY COOL. I love this capture! The crown of the explosion is in perfect detail, the lighting is fresh and clean contrasted by the amazing Espresso (i think its chocolate) :-) 10 all the way!
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06/16/2008 07:05:52 PM
i'm sure this will do well, shots like this always seem to. you really caught this as the right moment, what a mess it must have made!!
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06/16/2008 01:10:37 AM
Excellent shot. This should hold one of the top three. Contrast at its best.
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06/15/2008 10:09:11 PM
how the h...... 8
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06/15/2008 07:06:30 PM
Excellent! There may be a lot of splash images around these days, but this is perfect for the challenge and very well executed.
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06/15/2008 11:14:51 AM
I don't want to think of the mess. Looks a bit unusual and hard to figure out but is great moment freezing and good contrast 9
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06/13/2008 08:43:02 PM
Great capture
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06/13/2008 01:35:26 PM
Wow, Awesome !!
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06/13/2008 08:48:42 AM
total fabulosity 10
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06/12/2008 06:30:01 PM
Very DPC cliché, and a good example of high contrast. Would be better without all the tiny drops and their shadows.
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06/12/2008 02:24:12 PM
very cool shot- will be looking to see how you did this
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06/12/2008 02:13:22 PM
i know who's gonna win *gg*
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06/12/2008 08:44:17 AM
Great job.
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06/11/2008 04:19:01 PM
great timing!! i really like the way the coffee looks.
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06/11/2008 12:27:55 PM
This is terrific!
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06/11/2008 11:44:36 AM
Everything about it is good. theirs nothing bad about it so i give it a 10.
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06/11/2008 11:26:21 AM
Is that you Irene? How am I supposed to catch up if you keep entering images like this? Very cool shot. I expect to see this on front page. If this isnt Irene please take the misidentification as a compliment.
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06/11/2008 09:54:16 AM
Wow. Now that's one helluva 'splash' shot.
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06/11/2008 09:50:29 AM
Very good....Love the shadow of droplets as well. Good lighting! 8
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06/11/2008 06:45:29 AM
Oh my goodness! that looks amazing! 9
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06/11/2008 02:09:42 AM
IreneM? Excellent shot! & perfect for the contest..10! By the way what you have dropped in it & what was the attempt number :)
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06/11/2008 12:43:00 AM
bizzarre. i can only imagine the mess. I drink espresso, and I'm not sure if I've even seen it quite that thick :) Interesting and fun photo - kinda wish the comp was more exciting but still a 7.
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