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Challenge: Abstract Black and White (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: home
Date: Aug 24, 2008
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/180
Galleries: Abstract, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 24, 2008

I don't really do abstract or black and white, but I haven't entered in a couple of weeks, so I wanted to enter something. I have no clue how this will do.

Water drop (obviously) into a dark blue dinner plate full of water, in front of a page of sheet music (Mendelssohn, I think) hanging on a black backdrop. The lighting was entirely reflection off of the music. If you're reading "Light, Science and Magic", this is bright field lighting from the glass chapter.

Post processing:
* Convert from RAW (brightened it a bit)
* crop (a lot)
* NeatImage
* black and white adjustment layer
* resize, sharpen, SFW

post challenge: Abstract, not abstract...I don't know either. I wanted to work with light, shape, and form without worrying about strict definitions of whether the individual elements are recognizable or not. I'll leave the discussion about whether water drops are overused in DPC to the smarter people in the forums. I just like to take pictures, and this seemed like a good subject for this type of challenge.

Place: 11 out of 318
Avg (all users): 6.5490
Avg (commenters): 6.7143
Avg (participants): 6.5000
Avg (non-participants): 6.5949
Views since voting: 1773
Views during voting: 306
Votes: 153
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/03/2008 11:01:10 AM
Congrats on the high finish.
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09/03/2008 05:02:53 AM
Beautiful shot!
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09/03/2008 03:36:56 AM
I don't know about it being abstract but I do know that it's a really beautiful image. Excellent work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/02/2008 10:41:36 PM
Great job with this capture. Nice and crisp. The 2nd drop just makes it really great. (no vote)
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09/02/2008 08:08:31 PM
Nicely executed, but I've seen this photographic set-up lots...6.
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09/02/2008 07:42:10 PM
I like the reflections.
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09/01/2008 05:22:28 PM
I anticipate this one will do well.
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09/01/2008 04:51:25 PM
very pleasant image!
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08/29/2008 09:56:46 PM
This looks great but I wouldn't consider it an abstract shot. Its an excellent high speed shot though. Very clean and smooth.
Or then again my idea of abstract might be wrong? Im giving it 8/10 anyway coz I like it.
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08/29/2008 11:18:33 AM
Nice work, but I don't know that this says abstract.
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08/28/2008 11:49:51 AM
great picture
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08/28/2008 10:39:28 AM
Ah, yes - another water drop shot. Sigh... Well executed as a photograph. A bit tiring as a subject.
08/27/2008 10:38:30 AM
beautiful and love the title.
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08/27/2008 10:38:19 AM
nice relfections
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