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Happy 2005!  Peace, Love, Health and Ribbon!
1st PlaceHappy 2005! Peace, Love, Health and Ribbon!
Luxvich


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Mechanical (Advanced Editing III*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G5
Location: Brazil
Date: Dec 22, 2004
Aperture: f /8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 2 s
Galleries: Action, Studio
Date Uploaded: Dec 27, 2004

An flash was used to freeze the scene.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 243
Avg (all users): 7.6241
Avg (commenters): 8.8222
Avg (participants): 7.3629
Avg (non-participants): 7.8193
Views since voting: 9955
Views during voting: 564
Votes: 290
Comments: 73
Favorites: 32 (view)


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01/12/2005 03:57:59 PM
Killer! But why would you put a corkscrew to a champagne cork? A minor glitch to a beauty shot.
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01/11/2005 05:43:26 PM
Great shot! Congratulations on your win.
I especially like the way you incorporated a mechanical theme, and melded it with the natural beauty of the fluid water.
To all of those people that did not think of this concept,and are now saying it is not mechanical. I say, "sour grapes make good whine."
Of course this is mechanical!
Very brilliant idea. I have not yet entered, and am new to this hobby, and you have inspired me to think differently.
Thanks for a great shot and once again, congrats.
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01/11/2005 01:26:28 PM
Nice shot:)
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01/11/2005 01:15:01 AM
Congrats on the win!
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01/09/2005 03:10:19 PM
Why don't people think this is mechanical? A bottle opener is a mechanical aid! Great shot and congratulations!
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01/07/2005 08:55:23 AM
Congrats on your first blue! Very impressive.
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01/06/2005 02:24:12 PM
Not exactly mechanical but the shot itself is very nice :) I like it very much :) Good work.
01/05/2005 07:59:38 PM
also that is not showing any mechanical subject ...that is again how i see it
01/05/2005 05:00:05 PM
This was my top pick in the challenge. Just wanted to say congrats on the very well done image. I don't often spend a lot of time looking at images during voting after I've voted, but I kept coming back to this one over and over thinking, "How did they DO that?". Very nicely done, again, and obviously a lot of effort and time was put into this image and it shows! This is definitely going into my favorites.
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01/05/2005 03:42:10 PM
Hey, I was right!!! Excellent shot, a very deserving winner.
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01/05/2005 03:38:45 PM
Oh that should be sold on DPCPrints! Excellent image! I don't "WOW!" too easily but WOW! Good job and congrats!
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01/05/2005 11:03:20 AM
There were 7 corkscrews submitted in this challenge - great idea for "Mechanical" but only one imagedemonstrated a significant amount of effort, thought and creativity. Your photo is a well deserving ribbon winner - congrats on some great photography.
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01/05/2005 10:36:18 AM
I didn't vote in this challenge but in browsing through the entries I came across this picture and it was clear that it would capture the Blue Ribbon. Congrats on a fantastic photo!
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01/05/2005 09:23:42 AM
About the technical:

To manage the timing , an electronic sound activated device was used to trigger the flash. It is an simple homemade circuit.

To control the light is more difficult, as splashs are unpredictables, I tried to put white reflectors everywhere possible. An black background was positioned one meter far.

As champagne was expensive, an cheaper substitute was used. Sorry for this non glamourous true.

Thanks all again.

Edited: About the tries, I did an set of 25 shots, went to the computer an analyze at the monitor. As none was good, I did another set of 25, which produced 3 good images. I think I selected the best one.

Message edited by author 2005-04-11 11:13:05.
01/05/2005 09:02:50 AM
Very, very thanks all for the kind words and for appreciating.

I did this image , and the title with a purpose of expressing my sinceres wishes for all peolpe of this site and whole community, who contributes for this successful, and beloved space.

Receiving an Ribbon, AND an Blue, was more than I expected, and this is really an great year´s beginning for me.

So, Happy 2005! Peace, Love, Health! and for DPC participators: Ribbons!

Message edited by author 2005-01-05 09:04:19.
01/05/2005 08:27:03 AM
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Message edited by author 2005-01-05 10:21:05.
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01/05/2005 06:10:50 AM
Congratulations Luiz an excellent Blue, as shown by the massive winning margin.
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01/05/2005 04:53:42 AM
Great shot! How did you manage the timing??
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01/05/2005 03:43:42 AM
great
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01/05/2005 01:42:30 AM
No surprise here ;), clearly the best photo entered by far. Congratulations Luiz! Happy New Year!
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01/05/2005 01:26:15 AM
Nicely done, congrats.
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01/05/2005 01:20:50 AM
congrats this was my personal fabvorite well done
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01/05/2005 12:13:09 AM
Break open another bottle! Congrats. By the way, how many bottles did you break open to get this shot right?
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01/05/2005 12:09:27 AM
Congrats on your first AND Blue Ribbon!
Way to jump start your New Year Luiz.
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01/05/2005 12:02:46 AM
Congratulations on your well earned blue with this well wisher for us and you.lol What a way to start the year, you asked and you received.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/04/2005 04:30:20 PM
Amazing. Can't wait to read how you did this.
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01/04/2005 08:47:34 AM
Very well done, I would expect to see it in an ad. Excellent lighting...

(please share your lighting setup after the challenge)
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01/04/2005 06:16:31 AM
Very nice touch. Light is perfect and you've managed to get even some sparkle in some brilliant droplets. It feels so done, but still is elusive as it's natural enough. Can't say yet if that's ribbon, but it's good anyway.
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01/03/2005 09:06:58 PM
Outdoing graphicfunk! Cool effect and what a splash. Bumping up.
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01/03/2005 06:33:45 PM
fly to the moon on a starry night
what a great shot
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01/03/2005 03:10:13 PM
Technically superb, for which I am sure this image will get high marks.
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01/03/2005 11:46:27 AM
Hey, I think you got some champagne on me! Nice capture. An 8
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01/03/2005 11:23:07 AM
my favourite.
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01/03/2005 06:56:06 AM
Woooohooooooo!! PARTY!!!
Amazing picture... simply beautiful!
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01/03/2005 06:28:46 AM
Reminded me of the Circus act of a man being propelled by a cannon....very impressive though!
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01/02/2005 10:35:45 PM
Awesome shot! Nothing at all negative I can say about it. Should be a top contender. Fits the challenge perfect, yet an awesome photo by it's own right!!!
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01/02/2005 07:30:45 PM
absolutely amazing.
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01/02/2005 07:08:18 PM
nice action shot
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01/02/2005 02:44:56 PM
Fantastic shot! I'm not sure whether the title will help you or hurt you in getting a ribbon but I wish you luck!
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01/02/2005 09:48:34 AM
Great shot & lighting, I can feel the action!
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01/01/2005 06:48:25 AM
Wow..Excellent shot , I love it.
I can`t wait to read how you done it after the challenge.
Tim....
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12/31/2004 04:58:56 PM
Two words: Incredibly amazingly unbelievable. Okay, that was more than two, but this is awsome! The light sparkling off the droplets is perfect. The concept, timing, lighting... wow. Just wow.
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12/31/2004 04:23:43 PM
well all i can say is, This photo better win, very nice
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12/31/2004 02:42:09 PM
I bet this one wins the blue ribbon. Those champagne bubbles and splashes are fantastic, as is the sharpness of the whole picture.
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12/31/2004 12:00:20 PM
well done. how did you do that ? it´s a party picture. i like it
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12/31/2004 10:18:02 AM
Theme:
Yes, very good idea to photo for me. Mechanical genre for sure. Outstanding objects, put together into an outstanding composition. No doubt for me: 10

Technical:
BG unique and black, perfect. Sharpness very good, some minor issues with halos, but might be due to submission. Contrast and density are very convincing here, the chrome is a hard and tough thing, moderate lack of 'black'/'very dark' areas on the corkscrew itself. A black card very close at the left might have helped a lot. But the corkscrew has still enough 'touch' and 'form'. Also the drops and the liquid are well balanced frozen and blurred - good value of dynamic/speed and frozen details, excellent for me. Distracting the viewable brighter areas within the darker BG, also at the right above corner. That might be due to a not full compensation within the layers, if not by retouch, it should have for sure be copied out, removed by retouch. Crop and compositional aspects are good, but not fully convincing me, 'cause the lack of some virtual guiding thirds etc.
To come short: 8

Expression/Impact: More than enough for me, so 10

Result / 3 = 9,33
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12/31/2004 07:59:14 AM
highest score i gave in this competition or anyone before it.... you deserve a ribbon. best luck.
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12/31/2004 04:42:53 AM
Bit cliche. I think I have seen very similar image on other chalenges. Good lighting, composition and focus.
12/30/2004 08:54:09 PM
Composition: 9, Technical: 10, Appeal: 6, Challenge: 10, Overall Calculated Average Score: 9
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12/30/2004 07:54:38 PM
This is my pick for first prize. Good Job, an excellent photo.
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12/30/2004 07:30:27 PM
Reminds me of the man shot from a canon... nice!
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12/30/2004 07:08:00 PM
Love it, just love it. My tip for the winner in this challenge. 9.

btw, gave no tens in this challenge :(
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12/30/2004 02:27:33 PM
This would make a great greeting card! Wonderful compostion, use of light, capture of action! Way to go! 10
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12/30/2004 03:18:22 AM
I was going to enter a bottle opener, couldn't get a shot I liked though. If I had managed this I would have been delighted!. Excellent. Top 3 IMO
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12/30/2004 02:16:51 AM
Now, this is good. The common cork remover giving it's moment in the spotlight. 10.
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12/29/2004 11:08:49 PM
Impressive! The little bursts of light reflection seem contrived, though, especially on the bottleneck and arm of the opener. Regardless, it's tops in my book. 10
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12/29/2004 10:55:11 PM
I think this looks like an extremely difficult shot done well; however, I think it would have been improved with a colored background. Nice job.
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12/29/2004 10:17:24 PM
Niclely done - squeezed the bottle propelling a loosely fitted cork combo out? Definately a nice effect and one of the best so far!
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12/29/2004 09:11:20 PM
Perfect timing, fous so crisp and you get to drink it after the shot is completed...Well done
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12/29/2004 06:54:28 PM
How did u get such a black background?
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12/29/2004 05:56:29 PM
Very good!!!
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12/29/2004 05:49:52 PM
Amazing....
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12/29/2004 04:35:45 PM
This photo is superb! There's so much energy caught. the addition of twinkling stars adds a lot to the festive mood. You can even read the cork. As the champagne bounces off of everything, with the background, it appears to create a starry night! I would love to hear how you did this shot. My only 10!
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12/29/2004 03:27:46 PM
This show the relaxing side of New Years. Sexual in so many ways.
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12/29/2004 02:45:43 PM
love the energy, the motion and the exposure of the shot....great
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12/29/2004 02:14:37 PM
This is techincally well-done, but I'm not sure how the stopped motion helps the mechanical theme, besides, we don't use corkscrews on champagne... For these reasons, I rank it somewhat lower than I'd otherwise do.
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12/29/2004 10:02:57 AM
Excellent capture, exposure and composition. Nicely done.
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12/29/2004 09:39:25 AM
Amazing shot! Nice job!
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12/29/2004 07:14:51 AM
how did you manage to shot this amazing photo? whoooa.
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12/29/2004 02:43:39 AM
Getting me in New Years Eve mood ;) Fantastic shot, it's perfect....straight into my favourites. I haven't seen all images yet, but this might well be the blue one!
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12/29/2004 12:59:07 AM
Okay, now that is just *breathtaking*! If I could give you a 15 I certainly would. Unfortunately I have to settle for a 10. WOW!
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12/29/2004 12:58:03 AM
Great shot, very good clarity and perfect timing!
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12/29/2004 12:37:56 AM
Great job. Hope you didn't have to waste to much champagne to get the one you wanted. Looking forward to hear how you did this.
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