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Too Many Goldfish Martinis
Too Many Goldfish Martinis

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Challenge: Stranger In A Strange Land (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-D60
Location: Orange, CA, USA
Date: Jan 5, 2003
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Abstract, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 5, 2003

28mm postshot PS6 crop + levels + brightness + contrast + resize + unsharp(x2)

Place: 5 out of 67
Avg (all users): 6.6966
Avg (commenters): 7.9048
Avg (participants): 6.7963
Avg (non-participants): 6.5429
Views since voting: 2472
Votes: 89
Comments: 27
Favorites: 8 (view)

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01/17/2003 01:42:20 PM
Critique Club Assignment:

Initial: Neat image. Nice bright colors .. like the spiral effect.

Composition: The fish is basically framed in the glass by the colors of it's own reflection. The direction the fish is facing is like an arrow pointing to the reflection of the fish's eyes. This makes a neat image, but I think the impact could be greater if this were flipped horizontally so that the "arrow"-fish were pointing up and to the right where my eyes would like to read from left to right.

Technical: Lighting is generally good. I don't know if the glare on the lower left could have been eliminated. Also, I believe that is you in the reflection. A tripod and remote might help, also maybe some kind of dark fabric or paper surrounding the glass would keep you or the tripod from being reflected in the glass from the outside. I do not know what is causing the speckles.. lint? dirt? ..... ?
Is it a glass or is it a bowl? Are you looking up thru a glass table.
All this confusion adds to the greatness of the image,.. I am just curious now how you did it.

Overall: Needs some improvement, but overall I really think it is a great shot!

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01/14/2003 06:18:46 PM
Now that the voting's over I think you should touch-up a hi-res version and make a print...maybe a thin orange strip and a thinker black border would work. It's a great idea I predict will be imitated soon...
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01/14/2003 02:04:42 PM
This is a great photo.
01/13/2003 12:31:30 AM
too bad i didn't take that bet, Anachronite! I bought a $0.25 fish and put him (her?) in a martini glass, intending to shoot it from the side - the refraction in the glass made most of the pics come out way too distorted and i was at the point of giving up - but when i walked back over to the glass, i saw that from above the element of the glass that refracted from the side REFLECTED from above - i took 3 shots be fore i got this one, which is 98% perfect (points off for the glare and the dust) --- looks like most people were disturbed by the frame :(
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/12/2003 08:43:36 PM
I am betting you get a ribbon
01/12/2003 04:28:52 PM
A crisp, clear, colorful, piece of art - This is one of only two 10's I gave in this challenge. Good Luck, - Gotcha
01/12/2003 01:35:54 PM
really nice! I love the colors, and the distorted eyes in the upper left. Great focus.
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01/11/2003 10:16:18 AM
Good visual and nicely done photograph. A drawback for me, the orange frame tends to attract the eye to the periphery of the frame when the center of interest is...at the center. it makes this picture a little to busy and a little exausting to look at in the long run. Done in another color or frameless this image would be much more serene.
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01/09/2003 09:26:03 AM
This is a surprisingly interesting image. It most certainly meats the challenge. On the photo, perfection would have been acheived IMHO if the flare on the lower left edge of the surrounding orange reflection could have been avoided, and of course the many white spots around the same area. I don't believe the orange frame helps in any way; white would aliviate tension in the colour composition. All in all this is my favorourite this week.
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01/08/2003 09:52:02 PM
lol, love it.
01/08/2003 12:37:59 PM
This is such a cool shot. The eyes on the side of the glass are killers! Technically there are a few things about the set up that might get dings for, but as I think about them, they are pretty stupid. The glass could have been cleaner or less scratched, can't tell which. The background below the glass could have been a tad less busy, but honestly those are pretty stupid when you really look at this shot. The reflection along the glass is just wonderful, I can't get over it. The reflected fins, the color of the goldfish, back to the eyes, wild eyes. I had started this as a 9, cool shot, considered a 10, but I'll nick you one point for the above trivial minus's (plus the glare in the lower left corner). Nice orange frame.

9 Swash
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01/08/2003 01:55:02 AM
Great orange colour. It really stands out amongst the thumbnails. I like the framing too, it adds a nice touch. GL
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01/07/2003 08:54:15 PM
Wow. love the colour(s)
01/07/2003 07:54:08 PM
Very interesting shot, like the ideas and the color contrast.
01/07/2003 05:20:38 PM
fun shot, very entertaining. Great colours and wonderful composition.
01/07/2003 12:54:16 PM
I try not to base my judging on the border but I think in this instance the border is very distracting. This is a great photo and I think a border is fine as long as it isn't obtrusive.
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01/07/2003 11:36:53 AM
kudos on a cool photo! = 10 - setzler
01/07/2003 03:30:43 AM
Almost spooky. The fish that stares at itself and doesn't know it.
01/07/2003 02:37:13 AM
Nice effect. I like how the refection of the eyes is so out of proportion to the little fish. I wonder what he was thinking.... Good job.
01/07/2003 01:11:22 AM
Wow. This is an incredible shot indeed. Full score.
01/06/2003 09:25:22 PM
Wonderful effect! This is a finalist I can feel it! GL!
01/06/2003 05:01:59 PM
nice colors, nice crop. Great idea. Makes me a bit dizzy.
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01/06/2003 12:34:10 PM
Interesting. I like it very much. Usually I´m a fan of borders, but not this one. It´s just the colour. It takes away my eye from the fish and that´s not good. A thin border in a grey tone perhaps? Anyway high score from me.
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01/06/2003 11:09:32 AM
I bet I know who'se this is. It looks like her. I like it. I'd give it an 8. PTL (C)
01/06/2003 10:28:29 AM
Great idea, well done, good luck in the challenge.
01/06/2003 10:12:27 AM
this is awesome!! i love the composition and reflection. very cool. good eye.
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01/06/2003 05:42:34 AM
Outstanding picture, ghastly border.
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