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Keeping Time
Keeping Time

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Challenge: Time (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: My Kitchen Table
Date: Mar 23, 2003
Aperture: F 11
ISO: 160
Shutter: 2 secs
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Mar 23, 2003

Partly inspired by my man, Jacko.

Set up = Kitchen table:
-Black backdrop, bass on bass stand, metronome on top of several phone books to hide stand, camera on tripod. Lighting is ambiant light (dim) of kitchen.

I set the metronome to several different beats before I figured out that it needed to be at 60 bmp in order to coincide with the 2 second exposure time. Apeture was F11.

I tried several lighting schemes before settling on a Jacko inspired technique. Since I had no cheap fan available, I used my trusty flashlight and flicked it on an off in rhythm to the beat. That's what gave me the five lit parts. I had to follow the "beater" with my flashlight to always have it lit. Took a few attempts to get it just right.

Slight cropping, rotation, brightness, contrast and saturation adjustments. Ran it through NeatImage to clean it up a bit, then some USM to sharpen it up. Add the border and VOILA!

If I had to do it over, I would use a strobe and synch it to the beat. It would produce several more exposures of the "beater".

For now this will have to do.

Place: 6 out of 209
Avg (all users): 6.4300
Avg (commenters): 7.4375
Avg (participants): 6.5603
Avg (non-participants): 6.2637
Views since voting: 1473
Votes: 207
Comments: 22
Favorites: 2 (view)

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04/03/2003 07:00:09 AM

Hi there

I have just read how you went about achieving this particualr shot. Before I read through it though I took a long hard look at your image and my instant thoughts were that you obviously took a lot of time and effort in your brilliant outcome.

Overall the photo is just fabulous. What caught my immidate attention was the movement of the timer itself. You have managed to achieve a high standard in the fact that the movement is spot on. I really like the composition, crop and lighting techniques that you have shown.

Honestly though, I just can't see any flaws to recommend you do it any other way, except that it is an awesome photo. Very well executed and framed. Well done on a brilliant job.
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03/31/2003 01:03:53 AM
Great concept great shot. I especially like the hot reflection trailing across the strings.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/31/2003 12:25:42 AM
The photo would be bland without the bass. Again, congrats.
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03/31/2003 12:24:04 AM
This should've won. I congratulate the smart ones that gave a ten, and I wonder where the four idiots who gave it a 2 came from.

The no-camera guys were almost a point lower than us camera guys...same old story.

Great shot, great set up.

Thanks for the in depth decription.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/30/2003 08:48:47 PM
the guitar is not needed in this shot, it confuses the composition, I think!!
03/30/2003 01:26:44 PM
Wonderful. Well done.
03/29/2003 10:08:25 PM
nicely done. Great subjects. I was wondering why the guitar was included into the shot, but I like the fact that it is included. Without the guitar this shot would be a bit bland.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/28/2003 11:01:25 AM
very good 9pt
03/27/2003 12:11:52 AM
Fun image with the metronome and guitar together. I love the motion blur of the metronome. Lighting is just right, too.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/26/2003 08:43:40 PM
Great idea done well.
03/26/2003 01:54:40 PM
03/26/2003 12:07:52 PM
Good composition of subject
03/26/2003 09:30:28 AM
Very nice. Both technique and concept. Good luck
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/26/2003 08:12:16 AM
very nice shot and brilliant idea. 9
03/26/2003 08:08:20 AM
cool shot! Like it!
03/26/2003 03:29:00 AM
one of the more unique ones so far. nice shot.
03/25/2003 05:40:11 PM
nice lighting
03/25/2003 01:36:42 PM
nice photo good idea.
03/25/2003 04:50:51 AM
You captured the movement of the metronome exceptionally well. Very well composed.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/25/2003 01:15:46 AM
03/24/2003 04:50:00 PM
Nice shooting....
03/24/2003 10:41:19 AM
good job

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