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Dance of the veil
1st PlaceDance of the veil
IreneM


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Challenge: Backlighting IV (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: My kitchen
Date: Nov 25, 2008
Aperture: f16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500 s
Galleries: Black and White, Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 25, 2008

Oh Wow! Thanks for the ribbon and the super comments. A special thanks to Jon 21.gif imagineer for taking the time to leave such a detailed comment. I really appreciate it.
Catching a shot like this using the “no trigger, just drip, drip, drip with one hand and the other on the camera” method ;-) is so unusual I just had to show it to you. My mouth dropped open in amazement when I saw the image in the D50 display. I know it’s not perfect but it’s one in a million, billion ;-) and I love the splash reflection in the water “stem”.
Anyway, a big thanks from me!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 239
Avg (all users): 6.6982
Avg (commenters): 8.5294
Avg (participants): 6.5161
Avg (non-participants): 6.8037
Views since voting: 8058
Views during voting: 371
Votes: 169
Comments: 62
Favorites: 13 (view)


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12/11/2008 12:29:44 PM
wow, nice shot! I saw this on Morph It on the Discovery channel I believe?

Very pretty
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12/07/2008 11:23:35 PM
this was yours?
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12/06/2008 08:46:04 PM
Incredible water droplet photo. You nailed this one and there is such a great deal of detail in the image. Way to go and congratulations on the Blue!
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12/06/2008 07:32:00 PM
This photo, I will tell you, this photo is absolutely the worst examples that I have seen of one of an imitation of one of my pathetic (and failing) attempts at some kind of beautiful photography (AKA: Good Job and congratulations on your blue ribbon!!).
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12/06/2008 11:11:01 AM
...here is another pest asking for a setup shot
Debbi
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12/06/2008 06:05:27 AM
The D50 does it again!

Just send me the D700 as you are not using it, and I will put it through its paces!

One of my faves of yours and as always, I picked you :)

Enzo
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12/06/2008 01:51:01 AM
Missing you from the ribbon roll call for a few weeks! LOL!
Congratulations for the fabulous shot!
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12/05/2008 05:17:57 PM
That's a very cool splash, Irene. Congrats on yet another award winner!
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12/03/2008 11:56:45 PM
I really like the contrast in this one, and that little world inside the center. Nice colors...CONGRATS!
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12/03/2008 11:50:35 PM
Wow, what a fantastic shot, congrat's on the Blue!
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12/03/2008 08:29:10 PM
Amazing shot! Congrats!
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12/03/2008 08:16:55 PM
Another beautiful shot, I love the colours of this one! Congratulations.
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12/03/2008 07:10:06 PM
Irene -- this is GORGEOUS... The extra ripples in the top splash draw you right into the image.. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous....

I couldn't find - but was hoping you had, setup shots... Your portfolio is astounding, and would love to see some of the "how I did this...."

Tim
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12/03/2008 03:54:00 PM
Congratulations on another well deserved win, this is awesome. :)
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12/03/2008 03:51:54 PM
Yeh! the splash crown of the Queen Irene. Unique and amazing shot!
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12/03/2008 01:14:08 PM
Ha! I KNEW it! A most deserving winner. And for what it's worth from a non-pro, the shot works for me as cropped. It is "balanced" on the diagonal by the weight of the lower left horizon, and the droplet farthest right. Also, the bulk of the subject is slightly left of center, with the motion towards the right.
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12/03/2008 12:27:03 PM
hey Irene can you give a seminar this summer or something on water drop shots? That would be really cool and im sure everyone here would appreciate it
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12/03/2008 12:13:53 PM
Irene - what an amazing shot - your Water drops just get more and more creative !!
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12/03/2008 11:13:01 AM
Irene, congratulations on the first place win. Beautiful image as always and very imaginative.
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12/03/2008 10:20:05 AM
I have to say Irene, I thought you were the master of all things liquid. Yet somehow, you manage to improve every challenge!
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12/03/2008 09:46:28 AM
The capture is stunning. Bravo
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12/03/2008 09:03:34 AM
Congrats! Yeah, also curios on the uneditted version....maybe could steal some tricks!!! Hee!!!Hee!!! Hee!!!
( Not that you need any....your skills are just too good!!!!)
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12/03/2008 08:55:52 AM
Congrats on yet another ribbon - I am curious to see this straight from the camera - do you have an unedited version?
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12/03/2008 07:43:27 AM
Congrats on this great photo and ribbon
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12/03/2008 07:11:55 AM
Originally posted by Brat:

Congrats on the blue, and yet another beautiful image.....and I have to ask..... Have you developed callouses on your eyedropper fingers yet? :)

LOL! No, not yet but I think the shutter on my camera is ready to emigrate ;-)
12/03/2008 07:08:34 AM
Congrats on the blue, and yet another beautiful image.....and I have to ask..... Have you developed callouses on your eyedropper fingers yet? :)
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12/03/2008 06:51:13 AM
Way cool, congrats on the top finish!
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12/03/2008 06:13:39 AM
I'm just going to start doing droplet shots in the hopes that I get something good and can pass it off as an IreneM fake...

Nice job!!
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12/03/2008 06:04:56 AM
Congratulations Irene on a stunning shot.
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12/03/2008 05:37:27 AM
I am at a loss for words, bung it in the bag with all the other blues girl.. You might wanna blow the dust off that old D700 one day though. ;)
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12/03/2008 05:28:36 AM
Congrats Irene! I wonder why still nobody else here is able to make these images in that superior quality.
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12/03/2008 03:59:32 AM
Bravo!
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12/03/2008 03:19:58 AM
Perfect in every way, and a true BLUE result my friend..... from shez
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12/03/2008 02:48:07 AM
Awesome processing & lighting, a little over sharpened.
I really like this angel.
this was my favorit.
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12/03/2008 02:24:26 AM
aww !!! with a D50. Can't believe the clarity. Awesome processing & lighting. Congrats Irene!!
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12/03/2008 12:48:18 AM
Fabulous shot Irene! Congrats on your well deserved blue (((hugs)))
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12/03/2008 12:47:16 AM
Originally posted by justamistere:

For you, a ribbon is, just another drop in the bucket!
Nice capture. Is this just plain water?

If you could see my nervous hitting of the update button every two seconds the whole week you'd know that a ribbon is anything but a drop in the bucket ;-))
Yes, it's plain tap water.
12/03/2008 12:41:08 AM
For you, a ribbon is, just another drop in the bucket!
Nice capture. Is this just plain water?
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12/03/2008 12:28:37 AM
Dont you ever get bored with the droplets??

J/K:-)

Love the self reflecting water surfaces.

Congrats!
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12/03/2008 12:28:10 AM
beautiful shot. i love how you've caught the reflection of some more drops too. cool looking rising swell also. Congrats on the ribbon!
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12/03/2008 12:13:36 AM
As usual, spectacular and congrats. The operative words though are "as usual". I guess I had the same gripe with Manny Librodo. When the viewers get to know your work due to the same subject matter, its time to reinvent. You certainly do have the talent and I'd love to see you use it in areas that are not so "comfortable".
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12/03/2008 12:10:02 AM
W O W. Didn't get to vote on this but... W O W!

Gratulations Irene
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12/03/2008 12:07:58 AM
6.6 for a blue ribbon? You're losing your touch! ;-)
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12/03/2008 12:04:37 AM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon - well deserved!
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12/03/2008 12:03:56 AM
hehe, you're so predicatble. Congratualtions on yet another.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/02/2008 12:19:01 AM
wow! what speed was this taken at? perfect stop.
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11/29/2008 09:33:41 AM
Really amazing. Love the sharpness and the colours. I'd really like to be able to shoot pictures like this one....
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11/28/2008 11:51:33 PM
This is absolutely Wow! I love the little ripples in the splash. 10
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11/28/2008 01:24:58 PM
Incredible!
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11/28/2008 09:39:11 AM
Mot much to comment on here. Not a thing I would change. 10
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11/28/2008 03:45:18 AM
very well captured, love the refraction in the lower portion. good color. a tad oversharpened. the left and right border are of different widths
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11/28/2008 12:43:26 AM
If this isn't Irene's, then they've cloned her. Exceptionally executed as usual :)
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11/27/2008 09:50:00 PM
This is a great shot! I wouldn't be surprised to see a ribbon on this one. I love the detail in the main splash and in the droplets.
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11/26/2008 09:05:12 PM
Wow That's spectacular!
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11/26/2008 04:29:58 PM
That's pretty cool.
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11/26/2008 03:45:11 PM
Beautyful picture
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11/26/2008 03:37:14 PM
wow this is a stunning creation good stuff 8
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11/26/2008 02:18:12 PM
This is obviously an accomplished shot but this kind of thing needs to be hangable to make it art, and currently the colour in this feels a bit drab and the viewpoint too high, so that the process looks too understandable (if that makes sense). A 90 degree plane with the water surface may yield more intrigue.

Just a couple of additional points: 1. it's over-sharpened, so I'd hold back a bit as it can spoil the subtleties, and it seems you've sharpened after adding a border. I'd do that last so you get a clean edge. 2. composition is a little awkward as it's neither centred or thirds, etc..

Cheers
Jon
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11/26/2008 11:56:49 AM
I knew I would have to eventually see one of these in this challenge. Great hoto and I LOVE how I can see the ripples in the flat portion of the splash.
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11/26/2008 04:45:48 AM
perfect shot if possible give us your setup and other information of this photo
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11/26/2008 02:22:37 AM
This is so magnificent. Winner.
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11/26/2008 12:37:18 AM
and the winner is...MY PICK FOR THE BLUE ... IreneM ?
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