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Challenge: Surrealism (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Helsinki
Date: Mar 8, 2005
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/750
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2005

Just not so ordinary shoot for me. I don't know how people will take this. Hopefully it fits the challenge.

Place: 89 out of 271
Avg (all users): 5.3081
Avg (commenters): 6.5714
Avg (participants): 5.0619
Avg (non-participants): 5.4163
Views since voting: 696
Views during voting: 534
Votes: 370
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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03/16/2005 05:13:42 AM
Couple of people asked privately what's this all about, how it's done. Well, here's the explanation even though this really isn't all that weird. I shot boiling water in a kettle having layer of olive oil on it. As you can see, there're lots of bubbles captured in more viscose oil while the water is still. Except for the after waves of the bigger bubble on the edge of water-oil frontier. Note also, there are very many small bubbles, and the bubbles have varying focus, meaning those have different depth and few are moving fast.

Beside bubbles the oddness is enhanced by couple of points, in my opinion. First, the oil layer acts like a lens, thereby distorts the view, especially on the edges. Second, the light is peculiar. I had couple of ordinary lamps but they were so wildly on different spectrums that there was no way to get them balanced out during white adjustments.

I'm a bit mystified why in the end the average was only 5.3 while there're no non-positive comments. Yes, one said the name was weird and another one noted the "thingy on the lower left" (being curve from the kettle intentionally left in the frame but perhaps it should be bigger or have greater role in composition) but apart from those, there's no real critique. Perhaps, this is just generally lousy picture beoynd improvement to the level required for this kind of challenge regardless of quite a few people who liked it :).

Thanks for all the commenting people, and the voters of course.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/15/2005 01:02:42 PM
Very unique. I really love what you've done here. 10
03/15/2005 10:20:55 AM
03/15/2005 09:55:08 AM
eeerily surreal
03/12/2005 12:14:35 PM
Something I wouldn't mind hanging over my piano.
03/11/2005 11:38:58 PM
I'm really enjoying this shot, and i'm not even sure why. I love the colour and the composition. Its very strange and sure feels Surreal or dream-like. If it wasn't for that little thingy on the lower left... Frame is very nice and works very well in this composition! Well done! 7
03/10/2005 12:30:00 PM
If I understood the title I would probably like it more, might be over my head. good luck
03/09/2005 07:20:40 AM
Very cool!
03/09/2005 04:02:40 AM

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