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Blueberry Splash
1st PlaceBlueberry Splash
Jacko

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Challenge: Blue (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: Grand Falls, NB Kitchen Table
Date: Nov 30, 2002
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Macro, Action
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2002

A new twist on an old classic. Handheld. 1/800 shutter speed. Manual focus. Used a 500W light source (Thanks Dad for lending it to me)in order to so fast (indoors). Yes this is an actual blueberry. Threw the blueberry in a pan filled with 18% cream. Fun stuff. The messiest challenge yet. What a hoot. My cat really had a field day. Cropped out approximately 60%, desaturated all colours but blue and cyan. Sharpened a little bit. Had quite a few turn out OK and had a hard time picking one.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 243
Avg (all users): 7.7500
Avg (commenters): 8.7143
Avg (participants): 7.6375
Avg (non-participants): 7.9167
Views since voting: 18756
Votes: 268
Comments: 82
Favorites: 133 (view)


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03/27/2008 02:18:09 PM
I absolutely love this photo. Delicious. Deserves first place.
03/03/2006 08:46:26 AM
Great shot! was the camera on single shot or was it on a burst setting? i have tried to due something on the same idea with a small rock in a pond and never got it to look anything worth looking at. After looking at this and reading on it i am going to give it another shot.
from a friendly photographer!
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06/14/2005 01:44:33 PM
Honestly, although I do love my G2, I didn't even think a shot like this was possible to be captured by the G2. Guess I have to think again. Great capture. I'd like to hear more of what you did to get this one. What kind of macro ring did you use in this shot? Just how close did you get and was it done handheld (although I would think it would be difficult), or did you tripod this one?
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07/21/2004 10:21:44 PM
Another amazing capture. The execution is complete.
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10/02/2003 11:44:14 PM
amazing stuff....
really great image....
nice work

jay
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09/21/2003 03:19:30 PM
This is like, way cool! I can almost feel the splash of cream! Awesome work...great closeup and capture!
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01/05/2003 01:17:21 PM
I posted some more information in the How'd they do that? section.
12/14/2002 01:29:55 AM
...from Critique Club...

Hi Jacko (fellow Canuck)

FIRST IMPRESSION:
WOW with a capital Wh!

COMPOSITION:
Jacko, I think it works nicely. The elements all come together in the frame and keep the shot very balanced as they are. I wonder what it would have looked like if there was a bit more of the image on the bottom. :)

TECHNICAL:
Great. Focus is good on the BBerry. The directional lighting is superb and I love how it creates the shadows. :)

ARTISTIC:
This is where you take the cake, buddy. This is simply incredible. Great patience to create this shot. I would not even attempt it. :)

OVERALL:
Deserving of first place? Sure! This is one of the few 'WOW' shots one comes across here on DPChallenge.

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE CRITIQUE CLUB!

Cheers.
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12/12/2002 01:42:49 AM
HEY YOURE PHOTO WAS GR8 ... CONGRATS!!! barbara
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12/10/2002 09:16:19 PM
Hi guys,

Thanks again for the nice comments and the generous votes. I posted some more variations of the picture at:

The Blue Berry Splash Files

The last pictures gives you an idea of my set up.

I haven't edited them much; too lazy tonight. Cropped a little and brightened them a bit in Photoshop. I shot approx. 100 photos for the challenge. I got the best effect when I'd actually throw them in the cream. Gently dropping the blueberries only caused blobs of cream. I wanted a lower angle, but my first attempt caused some cream to fly on my lens ... that was the end of that. I ran off a couple of prints to hang in my home office. I convereted to Black and White, then colorized the blueberries (bright blue of course). Looks pretty neat.

Salut. Bonne soirée.
12/09/2002 11:56:52 PM
This is one great photo, and my number one vote!! Kudos!! Cub
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12/09/2002 08:36:41 PM
Wonderful work...CONGRATS on first place. <clapping>!!!!
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12/09/2002 02:19:36 PM
Well deserved 1st place. Excellent shot!
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12/09/2002 01:52:31 PM
Nice one, Jacko, well done mate!
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12/09/2002 12:19:28 PM
Jacko, congrats on first with an excellent shot :)
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12/09/2002 12:05:55 PM
Awesome shot. Congrats!
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12/09/2002 10:50:45 AM
You done good young fella!! Couldn't have gone to a more deserving photo. Was Mama proud of her boy?
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12/09/2002 10:36:42 AM
This picture is so great! Contrats jacko!
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12/09/2002 09:45:35 AM
Congrats on 1st place! Great shot!
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12/09/2002 09:29:42 AM
Félicitation mon cher!!! Well deserved indeed!!! :o)
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12/09/2002 09:26:15 AM
Congratulations on your excellent photo. Very well executed shot of an old subject.
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12/09/2002 05:52:28 AM
MOMMY MOMMY! I WON A PRETTY RIBBON! Lol. Thank you for all the nice comments and feedback. I have to go work, but I'll post a link to more variations I took of this photo tonight or tomorrow.

Thanks! :)
12/09/2002 01:56:17 AM
A well-deserved first place. Thanks for giving the shot info on your comment. Did you have your camera set to Macro? What focal length??
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12/09/2002 01:34:31 AM
Congrats Jacko! Great shot.
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12/09/2002 12:45:53 AM
well done Congratulations Jacko!
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12/09/2002 12:34:21 AM
sometimes the simplest ideas come out the best ... awesome shot, very well deserved win! :)
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12/09/2002 12:26:56 AM
Congratulations Jacko!
Very well done!
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12/09/2002 12:14:40 AM
I gave 2 10's this week. They happened to finish first and second. Coincidence? Great shot. - Inspzil
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12/09/2002 12:04:23 AM
Very Nice ... Congratulations on a very good image !!!
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12/09/2002 12:01:45 AM
Excellent job! Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/08/2002 08:08:45 AM
Outstanding captured motion shot. Wish you woulda saved this one for one week? 10 - Inspzil
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12/08/2002 01:03:15 AM
This is just way to cool man. Love this shot. Looks like you just barely coated the bottom of the bowl with milk. This gave you your splash effect and also provided for a little bounce from the Blueberry. How long did this bad boy take. I just love this.
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12/08/2002 12:33:32 AM
Oh, very nice hover effect.
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12/07/2002 12:24:10 PM
Bluependous!!
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12/07/2002 11:43:38 AM
Very nice. The shadows are kind of distracting to me, however, nothing serious at all. I like the splash effect. Definately blue, and presented very nicely. The focus seems good too. I like the angle and framing/cropping. Very nice shot. Good luck in the challenge.
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12/07/2002 09:51:04 AM
this a very well timed and exposed shot. this must have taken a million trys.. +10 -kendall
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12/07/2002 06:52:19 AM
i love this cheecky little photo-well done-10-anz,this photo is one of the best i have seen,stunning i know you will get in the top 10
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12/07/2002 12:37:56 AM
Well done. muckpond
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11/30/2002 02:24:10 PM
Well captured--good clarity
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12/07/2002 12:30:27 AM
Great shot....Do Blueberries bounce?
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12/06/2002 11:15:01 PM
cool. Great action shot. Perfect timing. Love it. Great color. Great photo. PTL 8
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12/06/2002 04:56:01 PM
Excellent freeze!
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12/06/2002 04:16:32 PM
I just love this..............way to go.
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12/06/2002 09:55:58 AM
Great idea and great capture!
Compositionally it feels too low in the frame - I appreciate it's probably cropped that way to include the droplets/ corona but it just feels a little too tightly cropped at the bottom to me.
Some of the whites seem a little blown out, though that could be my monitor which doesn't have a high enough gamut to see the very whitest and very blackest ranges.
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11/30/2002 02:24:10 PM
I love this stop motion shot. Very sharp and very clear.
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12/05/2002 10:12:45 PM
Supurb catch. Excellent composition, and technically well done. 9

Jim msp
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12/05/2002 10:05:39 PM
absolutely beautiful.
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12/05/2002 09:19:53 PM
KABOOM!! Looks like the blueberry stepped on an anti-blueberry mine! Nice action shot
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12/05/2002 05:09:19 PM
I know it's been used before, but you captured it beautifully. Perfect 10.
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12/05/2002 10:43:38 AM
awsomw shot, I hope you tell the details when its all over. Autool
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12/05/2002 12:05:40 AM
one word: wow!
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12/04/2002 07:17:54 PM
What an incredible shot! I love it, and it gets a 10 from me. lhall
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11/30/2002 02:24:10 PM
Excellent macro. Interesting how there is a splash but the blueberry has not yet dropped in. I really love this photo though. 10
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12/04/2002 01:33:00 AM
Great shot! I especially like the milk coating the berry. Very good depth of field. Great lighting. Nothing about this picture I don't like. A well deserved 10!
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12/03/2002 08:44:00 PM
sweet I love these types of shots....9
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12/03/2002 04:45:00 PM
Perfect timing, cool idea and capture.
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12/03/2002 03:43:00 PM
I always love these splash shots. Very well done! 9 Swash
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12/03/2002 01:46:00 PM
It looks a teeny bit over-processed to me, but I still love it. A great effect -- almost looks like an eyeball.
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12/03/2002 10:00:00 AM
nice photo. this looks very hard to accomplish. care to share your technique. i need to learn!!!
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12/03/2002 01:25:00 AM
Very nice.
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12/02/2002 09:31:00 PM
COOL. Can you enter this for motion too? Great capture on that very blue berry. Nice exposure and focus. Excellent work. ~indigo997
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12/02/2002 08:57:00 PM
Nicely done. Good light, color...love the action. Justine
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12/02/2002 08:09:00 PM
"Well done"..."Excellent"...."Outstanding"...would all be understatements!....Amazing!....Excellent fast shutter shot!
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12/02/2002 06:51:00 PM
Stop motion... I just love it! Your focus is perfectthe milk on the blueberry causing a small reflection is good. And the splash!!! Woohoo! The bberry is too centred for my taste though but a part from that a amazing shot! 9 kosmik
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12/02/2002 06:07:00 PM
Very nice. The splash is awesome, as is the position of the berry.
Only bad point is the big shadow.
Excellent shot, would love to know how many attempts this took!
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12/02/2002 05:42:00 PM
i would have loved this photo more if more of the blue on the blueberryshowed through the milk, however i know that it is very difficult to control these things. i like the bluish tint that the milk below took on, and the title is great.
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12/02/2002 05:28:00 PM
WOW REAL WINNER WELL DONE
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12/02/2002 05:25:00 PM
This is a really cool stopped motion shot. I've seen droplets before but never with a tiny blueberry sphere that seemingly hovers in the center of the ring! Must have taken lots of tries! I'd have the camera angled a bit more downward, it seems the bottom's cut a bit. Since retaking the picture is not an experience I'd like to do twice, perhaps a crop that leaves the sphere and ring more in the center of your image? Berry nice though!
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12/02/2002 04:39:00 PM
Showoff! I sincerely hope most of the viewing audience knows that's a blueberry
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12/02/2002 04:38:00 PM
I love this. Great shot.
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12/02/2002 02:14:00 PM
Super! I wish I could do photos like this! Everything about it is interesting to me.
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12/02/2002 11:40:00 AM
fun shot, two things bother me though. 1. the blueberry is dead center(I am a fan of the thirds rule in most cases) 2. The white speck in a shadow is distracting, after the contest it would be benificial to stamp it out. Otherwise good exposure and detail.
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12/02/2002 09:47:00 AM
What a great shot. I love this pic. Great stop motion. Good title too. 8
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12/02/2002 08:32:00 AM
ohhhhhhh yesss.. perfect.. 10 all the way. possible winner I think.... marksimms
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12/02/2002 08:21:00 AM
Nice stop action!
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12/02/2002 07:58:00 AM
I love high speed stuff!
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12/02/2002 07:52:00 AM
great photo, makes me think of white, or black if anything.
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12/02/2002 05:45:00 AM
Very good!
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12/02/2002 01:08:00 AM
Ah, ok, so by now, you already know that you are going to be next week's first place, so congrats!!! 10-morterin
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12/02/2002 12:40:00 AM
Okay wow. Outstanding picture. The only problem with it is that I just don't get that blue feeling. It is a blue berry... but it doesn't make me feel blue, and it doesn't look blue, and I don't really think blue at all.
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12/02/2002 12:25:00 AM
sweeet!
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12/02/2002 12:21:00 AM
great shot, but give me more blue!
~anachronite
PS: 2nd time around and after seeing all the others I am raising your score.. :o)
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