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Challenge: Stock Photography II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Location: Lake Zurich, IL
Date: Mar 20, 2005
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Mar 20, 2005

Set up 3 clear pushpins as a little tripod surface. Created some bubbles using this really fun product called "Catch a Bubble" (about $2 a tube at Wal Mart or you can get them at zooscape.com) which creates bubbles that you can touch without popping 'em. Getting onto the little tripod was tough - they stick to your hands and the floor and walls, but you can push them around in the air if you are gentle. I was actually using pushpins to move them - that was interesting watching a bubble get pushed by the sharp end of a pin and not break. I finally got them onto the tripod and took a bunch of images, side lighting with a flashlight. Post processing included cropping, levels and curves, some spot editing to remove hot spots and a bad reflection in the bubble and noise reduction using Noiseware

Place: 87 out of 258
Avg (all users): 5.7758
Avg (commenters): 6.1176
Avg (participants): 5.5620
Avg (non-participants): 6.1163
Views since voting: 1776
Views during voting: 361
Votes: 223
Comments: 19
Favorites: 3 (view)

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03/28/2005 09:18:19 AM
I didn't partcipate or vote in this challenge but always make a point to peruse the top 100. You are one of the most creative people on this site and I admire your work, especially the technical effort. I love this underrated shot! I hope you have some outtakes at your website...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/27/2005 11:00:18 PM
I really like this idea. I think I'd try burning-in the reflection area so it isn't so prominent or distinct.
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03/27/2005 06:13:42 AM
Interesting and original
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03/26/2005 11:52:23 AM
OK, I think this works very well for the challenge and I think you can expect to make a few buck from this shot. Excellent work and I'm sure it took a while to get it right. Patience is a virtue!
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03/25/2005 06:29:43 AM
It could be a selfportrait, that's you in the bubble?????
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03/25/2005 01:35:56 AM
cool shot
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03/23/2005 03:47:15 PM
Cool concept, nice lighting...next time need to figure out how to lose or change the reflection. Is that the kitchen? ;)
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03/23/2005 01:19:55 PM
This photo must have taken quite a bit of time to get right. The reflections of you in the bubble are a bit distracting to me. The small blob on the base of the left pushpin is also a bit distracting.
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03/23/2005 02:22:18 AM
Intriguing image, the reflection in the bowl or bubble seems double...nice colors
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03/23/2005 12:34:21 AM
This is neat. I don't like the reflections in the ball, though. If you can't elminate them maybe they could be used to advantage - perhaps just the photographer in front of a featureless wall?
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03/22/2005 08:19:57 AM
The reflection in the bubble is bothersome
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03/21/2005 11:45:49 PM
returning for comments:
Can be the cover image of a stock photo album.
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03/21/2005 09:44:25 PM
Fun idea! Nice clarity.
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03/21/2005 08:51:47 PM
Wonderful detail.
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03/21/2005 02:24:08 PM
Nice concept. I wish you took out your reflection in the bubble...it is advanced editing, so you would have been able to.
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03/21/2005 11:55:29 AM
Awesome! Very creative, and I'm interested to see what you went through to get this shot
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03/21/2005 11:11:33 AM
Good idea, but too many unwanted reflections. For this kind of photography, try to take the shot in a dark room, and then lighten up the background so that there is no reflection on the subject .. no doors/windows or the photographer itself should be seen in the reflection. You can see the 'bulb' shot in my profile which is done that way...
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03/21/2005 08:48:49 AM
Well done, except that the reflection should have been toned down as it's not very stocky to have a reflection of the photographer. And you could've cloned out the line where the ball is melted together ;)
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03/21/2005 01:10:57 AM
amazing .. i see you"
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