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Challenge: Money II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: My kitchen
Date: Oct 22, 2008
Aperture: f16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500 s
Galleries: Still Life, Water
Date Uploaded: Oct 28, 2008

Oh, Yippee!!!! Thanks for the ribbon! And the comments!
When I read the challenge description, I immediately thought “black ink”. Don’t ask me why. So I bought a fresh bottle of black ink and waited on inspiration.
The worldwide financial crisis made me think of “money down the drain”, so this was my first try. It’s water with a touch of ink in it, which gave a sort of murky, greeny, yellow color.
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I wasn’t really satisfied with it though, so after loads of shots I nearly gave up and just before cleaning everything up I, in a bit of a bad mood with the whole thing (to put it mildly ;-), kipped about half the bottle of ink into the water, took a trial photo and knew I had found the look I wanted.
Me being me, I wanted a perfect droplet just above the waters surface, which is about as easy to get as winning the lottery ;-) Anyway, hundreds of shots later I finally got it!
31.gif Abstract thought I had the coin lying on something to keep it above the water surface. Actually the coin is lying in a bowl and I only have enough water in the bowl to barely cover the edge of the coin. Strangely enough, it still gave a great ripple.
Thanks again, you guys. What a great start to the day!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 119
Avg (all users): 6.9630
Avg (commenters): 8.9091
Avg (participants): 7.0698
Avg (non-participants): 6.9315
Views since voting: 8484
Views during voting: 415
Votes: 189
Comments: 62
Favorites: 7 (view)


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11/13/2008 12:49:50 AM
thanks for "another" ribbon she says.

oy!

this is a beautiful image to be sure.
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11/11/2008 06:10:48 PM
Irene,
First, let me say that this entry is as beautiful as all of the rest of your entries. You ability and creativity inspire me evertime i see you pic on the front page to improve my photography skills (not my post processing skills) Thank you.

Second, let me thank you for always having a a useful comment to make on many of my images. Thank you again.

Ben
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11/08/2008 03:40:35 PM
As always, a brilliant shot, congrats!
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11/08/2008 05:17:57 AM
Visiting DPC after a long while and what I see... you are at it again, winning as always! LOL! Congrats!

Hope the economies see the same ripple effect and recover.
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11/08/2008 02:50:32 AM
Slow down with all these ribbons! I've run out of Irene fun facts and are in back order. :P
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11/06/2008 11:30:22 PM
Very impressive shot Irene, big congrat's on another blue! Perfectly executed again.
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11/06/2008 05:24:14 PM
Congrat's and great shot - very creative and as usual, very well executed.
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11/06/2008 10:10:24 AM
Excellent work! Congratulations!
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11/06/2008 08:43:28 AM
Irene, you are an inspiration!

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11/06/2008 06:19:44 AM
Congrats Irene! Well done!
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11/05/2008 09:47:21 PM
Irene when are you going on holiday again, please go, very soon :D
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11/05/2008 07:29:58 PM
I'll never understand the voting here. How in the world did you get a 3? 4? r 5? for that matter? are people insane? lol. ah well great shot and kudos on the ribbon!
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11/05/2008 05:55:17 PM
A hearty Congrats to you on your Blue, Irene! You work remains an enduring inspiration.
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11/05/2008 05:46:19 PM
Striking image, Ribbon-hog Irene ;O). Congrats on another wonderful addition to the portfolio. Judging by how difficult it must have been to nail that water drop... you have the patience of a Saint - but it certainly paid off :O)
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11/05/2008 03:01:29 PM
Originally posted by essay:

Yes indeed, another wonderful IreneM shot. Congrats on your BLUE.

However, inquiring minds want to know.....
"Does any cooking ever take place in that kitchen of yours, or is it just used for photography?" ;)

My husband says to tell you it's only used for photography.... Hmmm, I was wondering why he's been getting thinner ;-))
11/05/2008 02:49:15 PM
Yes indeed, another wonderful IreneM shot. Congrats on your BLUE.

However, inquiring minds want to know.....
"Does any cooking ever take place in that kitchen of yours, or is it just used for photography?" ;)

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11/05/2008 02:47:53 PM
Congrats Irene on another wonderful win :-)
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11/05/2008 01:05:26 PM
Congratulations, I'm sure everyone knew this had to be another famous "Irene" shot.
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11/05/2008 12:10:05 PM
Congrats for one more blue. The outtake is almost better, anyway :) Ciao.
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11/05/2008 11:21:16 AM
Very well portrayed Irene, congrats on your first place win!

Message edited by author 2008-11-05 11:22:45.
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11/05/2008 10:45:07 AM
Irene's back! Well done. The black ink really works.
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11/05/2008 10:16:09 AM
Very nice indeed. Congrats on one more blue in your collection!
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11/05/2008 09:55:48 AM
Beautiful shot Irene, congratulations on the blue - you ran off with this challenge by a country mile :-)

I'm always impressed by your control of lighting and reflections which seem to be key to your striking shots - they're always worth studying to pick up tips on how to improve my own shots so please keep them coming!
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11/05/2008 09:24:26 AM
Fantastic photo, Irene.
I have to admit, I tried a water drop falling onto a bill.
I failed so miserably! This makes me appreciate your skills so much more.
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11/05/2008 08:26:21 AM
Fantastic! love it...congrats!
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11/05/2008 08:26:18 AM
Beautifully done! Nice round drop and perfect reflection really make this special. The choice of gold and black is very pleasing. Love it! Congratulations!
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11/05/2008 08:25:48 AM
Congrats Irene. I like the contrast.
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11/05/2008 06:43:24 AM
Congratulations!
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11/05/2008 06:13:12 AM
oh... she's back.... congrats, actually I like the simplicity of this one Irene.
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11/05/2008 06:01:08 AM
This is a fantastic shot. Once again you seem to defy gravity! Congrats on a well-deserved blue.
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11/05/2008 05:50:04 AM
Beautiful as always, congrats :o)
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11/05/2008 03:23:56 AM
Way to go Irene - Not easy and I'm sure a frustrating process! Well deserved.
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11/05/2008 02:50:23 AM
Congrats on another blue - didn't look at this challenge in voting, but this is a pretty impressive photo! I am glad you completed the photographer's comments box - it makes it all the more interesting.
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11/05/2008 02:38:18 AM
Irene - another stunning shot.

The challenge was 'money' and I can clearly see money in the shot - so whatever else is or isn't there this fit's the challenge for me - and certainly can't be faulted on either the technicals or your trademark water droplet :- )

Congrats on the Blue.
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11/05/2008 02:04:56 AM
This is a great shot in many ways. I think Irene should be awarded the DPC Nobel prize for always finding creative ways to capture water drops.

But, I agree with the previous post. The drop, as beautiful as it is, doesnt add to the message that the title suggests. It may have meant something if the drop was focussed dead on the coin.. almost like some power trying to sink the economy. As it is, the drop is meaningless... unless you can explain the meaning;-)

However, I know how hard it is to catch a single drop in action.. I have wasted almost 500 shots last week to no avail, so I salute you for that.

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11/05/2008 01:35:28 AM
I don't get the message you were trying to convey at all. The coin doesn't appear to be sinking and I don't see how the water drop adds to the idea of currency or economies sinking. It almost looks like the coin was just set there to give some sort of generic theme relevance to what is otherwise a water drop shot.
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11/05/2008 01:34:06 AM
Irene,
Welcome back to the front page!
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11/05/2008 01:31:32 AM
Irene, another great shot and another well deserved ribbon. Congrats!!!!!
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11/05/2008 12:58:28 AM
FANTASTIC, and a GREAT WIN, with this AWESOME shot.....shez
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11/05/2008 12:48:25 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved win, Irene.
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11/05/2008 12:44:28 AM
Congrats on the blue, it's a great image. :)
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11/05/2008 12:34:40 AM
Brilliant!
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11/05/2008 12:20:36 AM
Whooooot!!! WTG Irene!
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11/05/2008 12:15:08 AM
Congrats! Beautifully done and well deserved.
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11/05/2008 12:11:48 AM
Congratulations on your next blue ribbon, masterful macro, well taken and presented.
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11/05/2008 12:11:39 AM
ehem!! welcome back! Daniel & I were just talking about IreneM during lunch. what is she going to do for the masters challenge ??? I think we have an idea , anyway congrats on a brilliant shot !!!!!
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11/05/2008 12:06:54 AM
Good comeback...
Andrew and I were just talking about when will you and your water droplets come back!!!!
Congarts!

Message edited by author 2008-11-05 00:07:09.
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11/05/2008 12:05:43 AM
Nice one Irene. Love the black bg and the few ripples are the icing for me, they lead me to the coin. Congrats. :)
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11/05/2008 12:05:38 AM
How the F^%$^ do you do that? I bow down to Irene.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/04/2008 11:39:23 PM
beautiful shot. I love that ball of water just hovering over the coin.
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11/04/2008 10:19:12 PM
very sharp, well lit, great capture.
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11/04/2008 10:02:54 AM
Beautiful! Nice contrast with the gold - 8 from me
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11/03/2008 02:38:23 PM
Nice work, good idea.
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11/03/2008 04:28:33 AM
Thats definately the back of a German 50 centime coin...looks like an Irene job...

Great smooth lighting across the shot, coin a little bit sharp but thats the only nitpick.

Great timing with the droplet
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11/02/2008 01:11:23 AM
Well done!
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11/01/2008 11:44:33 AM
lovely shot, excellent lighting, dof etc...10
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10/31/2008 09:43:55 PM
Meets Challenge:2
Technical:2
Interestingness:2
Creativity:3
TOTAL: 9
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10/31/2008 03:14:26 AM
Great composition and determination to get the drop.
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10/30/2008 12:58:07 AM
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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10/29/2008 04:05:40 PM
Stunning!
After noticing the center of ripples...it seems like you might have supported the coin on something so that it stays at the top of the water surface. And then used droplets to create ripples.
In any case, this is one of the bests in the show and should place high.
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10/29/2008 02:23:55 PM
Omg one of the best photos I have seen in my life..dam* I can't find the 20 point button
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10/29/2008 11:10:48 AM
I think the drop adds drama to the whole thing. Awesome.
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