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A Rose By Any Other Name
2nd PlaceA Rose By Any Other Name
JohnFord


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Challenge: Water IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR
Location: Georgetown Ontario Canada
Date: Sep 20, 2014
Aperture: F 13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1 second
Date Uploaded: Sep 21, 2014

Using a home brewed Ardunio and old netbook, and a long stem rose that cost a whooping $4.52, this is about the best I could get from about 350 takes.

Thank you for your votes and comments. Very much appreciated. I continue to struggle to get “in tune” with the very talented photographers here. But I’m getting closer, improving and shooting more, which were my goals in joining the site in the first place.

This is a typical water drop capture of whatever is behind the drop. Here, an upside down rose is just in front of a white 8.5x14 paper. One flash was positioned behind the paper and was fired via an ardunio microcontroller. Using a computer as a serial monitor and input device, precision control of the size of the drop and the time delay before firing the flash is easily obtained. (send me a PM if you would like a copy of the sketch or have questions) Four slave flashes at 1/128 power, two were on the rose within 4 inches and two above facing straight down at 18 inches. Camera on bulb, turn off the lights, open shutter, hit return, drop drops, flashes fire, close shutter, lights on, review image, adjust settings including focus and repeat over and over and over. Recharge all the batteries and try again tomorrow night. Guaranteed to produce images like this, eventually.

But try high speed photography only at your own risk. You might find yourself in divorce and lose half your equipment, or commit suicide out of shear frustration.

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Votes: 88
Comments: 26
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10/04/2014 07:32:21 PM
Yes Jeff, that was part of the reason for a red rose. But she was not impressed when I gave it to her four days later. Perhaps I should not have said "I'm done with this god dam thing."

10/04/2014 07:32:20 PM
Yes Jeff, that was part of the reason for a red rose. But she was not impressed when I gave it to her four days later. Perhaps I should not have said "I'm done with this god dam thing."

10/04/2014 12:56:58 PM
Congratulations on the Red Ribbon and for achieving a personal best score. Well deserved on both counts.

Thanks also for your explanation. As for your warning: "But try high speed photography only at your own risk. You might find yourself in divorce and lose half your equipment"... You can mitigate the chance of divorce by giving your wife the red rose when you are through. That is why a red rose is used, isn't it?

Message edited by author 2014-10-04 13:03:53.
10/02/2014 06:26:26 PM
Woohoo! I love me photogs who actually post their setup/shoot notes so others can learn how they did it. The fact that you're also a Canuckistanian helps too ;-)

Huge grats on the red!!
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10/02/2014 12:16:25 AM
Congrats !!! Go GTA Go
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10/02/2014 12:09:49 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon!
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10/02/2014 12:02:29 AM
Beautifully done and very hard to do!
Thanks for the explanation.

I spent a month or so on this technique with far less equipment, and
fmanaged images I liked (not anywhere as good as this).
Kitchen was knee-deep in colored water by the end of the experiment.

In any event, yours is spectacular and a delight to look at.
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10/01/2014 09:38:19 PM
Congratulations on a beautiful image.
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10/01/2014 09:35:40 PM
Congratulations on a ribbon. This is an superb photography
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10/01/2014 08:13:01 PM
Beautifully done. Congrats on the ribbon.
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10/01/2014 01:35:39 PM
Gorgeous image, John. It looks like a rose standing in a vase. Amazing. Huge congrats on your ribbon.
Isn't it amazing how 'waterproof' camera equipment can be these days ;-))
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10/01/2014 01:20:25 PM
Thank you all again for some many kind and encouraging comments.
10/01/2014 09:38:42 AM
You have no idea how big my smile is this morning :) Congratulations, John.
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10/01/2014 09:15:05 AM
Wow now that is clever! Congrats on the well deserved ribbon
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10/01/2014 07:28:09 AM
Fab photo - proves it pays to be patient!
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10/01/2014 06:41:24 AM
Congrats on the red ! gorgeous image :-) very cleverly done
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10/01/2014 04:19:55 AM
Congrats, John. Love the rippled "hat" on the round droplet.
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10/01/2014 12:58:16 AM

WOW!!!!!!! Congratulations John! Red rose, red ribbon, how fabulous!!!! Really well done!
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10/01/2014 12:51:16 AM
Congratulations on the red. Beautiful work.
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10/01/2014 12:04:02 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Your setup sounds very intriguing, I'm sure it would be appreciated by many if you could post a brief how-to.
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10/01/2014 12:03:30 AM
Well, your 350 takes paid off beautifully! Congratulations on a ribbon to match your amazing photo!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/30/2014 09:08:29 PM
Beautifully - and cleverly - done. One of my ribbon choices.
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09/29/2014 08:43:55 AM
Clever! Hopefully you'll explain how you captured this in your description. Love the movement and colours captured on this. One of my favourites.
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09/25/2014 10:37:40 AM
Very well done.
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09/24/2014 02:22:28 PM
Impressive work
10
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09/24/2014 05:10:50 AM
Perfect 10! My first vote in this challenge.
I tried a similar concept, but the results were not as near as good as yours. I will post outtakes.
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