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WMD Pale Ale
WMD Pale Ale

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Challenge: Smoke (Advanced Editing II)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Kirkland, Washington USA
Date: Sep 10, 2004
Aperture: F13
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 5/8 sec
Galleries: Humorous, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Sep 11, 2004

Photographer's Notes:
I had been wanting to play with dry ice for some time and this was the perfect opportunity. My original idea was to put a light in a box with a hole in the top of the box. Put a glass bottle over the hole and fill it with water and dry ice to make cool water vapor. The light would light up the vapor and create an eirie effect.
I then got to thinking about what kind of bottle and the idea struck me to use an amber beer bottle hoping it would glow orange or red or amber or something ... sort of nuclear. Then the idea hit me to make up a beer that would be sort-of nuclear ... WMB Pale Ale.
It worked fine and I have a photo more or less like I imagined. I may post it as an out take later. But I chose this one instead. I am sure I will agonize over the choice for another 10 days.

Post Processing:
Cloned out a couple of distracting spots
Levels & Contrast
Noise Reduction
Save For Web

Camera Data:
Nikon D70
2004/09/10 13:31:01.9
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: VR 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 45mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/1.6 sec - F/13
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 1600
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Noise Reduction: OFF

Place: 11 out of 99
Avg (all users): 6.3218
Avg (commenters): 8.1538
Avg (participants): 5.9219
Avg (non-participants): 6.5072
Views since voting: 2854
Views during voting: 488
Votes: 202
Comments: 21
Favorites: 19 (view)

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11/03/2008 04:42:36 PM
I really think this one should have scored higher than it did. No disrespect to the other wonderful shots but, this one had an "entire" element as opposed to a nicely edited smoke stream. I'm amazed at what you went through to get this shot. Nicely done. Have added it to my faves. :)
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07/02/2005 08:51:11 AM
This is an excellent shot. I just ran across it. The lighting and focus is perfect. Having the label turned to the right is a nice touch. Way to go!
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04/04/2005 01:12:33 PM
When I saw this I was in awe. I love this photo, im a big beer fan, and never heard of WMD. It went well with this composition. I need to find some dry ice. It's hard to come by, but if I do, im definatly gonna try a shot like this
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09/20/2004 12:27:06 AM
Great job, I was wishing for dry ice during submission week, but if I had got it, I probably wouldn't have got as good a shot as you have here. Congradulations
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09/20/2004 12:24:53 AM
Congrats on 11th place!! Great shot Chuck.
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09/20/2004 12:23:35 AM
Hey Digital Q: you have outdone yourself here. Very nice indeed.Congratulations on your 11th. Top 20 is always good, 11 is better.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/19/2004 12:24:52 PM
Cool shot! I love how you captured the "smoke", especially around the neck of the bottle. A tighter crop and a not-so-centered composition might look great, too.
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09/18/2004 02:43:28 PM
Now if only the background would be totally black this would be a ribbon maker...
Maby your monitor is not calibrated (personally had alot of problems because of that) The idea itself, is a 10 pointer but the pick of background is not working for me (personally) btw. If you would have put the bottel under steam you could have removed the stikker without any glue remaning on the bottel (that is if you would have liked it) . 7
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09/18/2004 02:40:25 PM
Great....Ya done Good !
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09/18/2004 10:39:20 AM
A little bleached out on the bottle, otherwise I think this is a great pic
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09/17/2004 10:17:15 PM
nice composition and colours
good luck in the challenge
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09/17/2004 12:58:06 PM
I think this picture is perfect! 10 There's nothing that would make it better.
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09/17/2004 11:48:34 AM
It's the weekend, time for a drink, now I can really appreciate this pic - well done, great idea
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09/16/2004 09:29:14 PM
Very nice
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09/16/2004 07:04:27 PM
Nice shot, well executed. A little more sharpness on the smoke would have made this a winner for me but as is, the 'pouring' effect great.

*vote watcher?* the 1 you just saw was a bump :)
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09/15/2004 03:27:50 AM
not sure why you shot the bottle with the label on the side like that...seems odd for a perfectly centred subject. uber cool smoke effect - the long exposure worked very well 8
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09/14/2004 07:09:55 PM
Cool - great effect!
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09/14/2004 04:11:55 PM
That's just... SWEET :)
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09/13/2004 03:13:15 PM
Very enticing...nicely captured
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09/13/2004 11:53:33 AM
im giving this an 8, although just wanted to say something that other people have said to me - the two lines on the left of the picture are distracting, if you could burn the left side out to match the right, it would make a more balanced picture, adore the bottle though :)
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09/13/2004 05:21:04 AM
Wow, very nice effect there indeed.
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