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...Until the Shells Quack
...Until the Shells Quack

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Challenge: Rubber Ducky (Basic Editing III*)
Collection: What Was I Thinking?
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Apr 1, 2005
Aperture: f/9.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1 sec
Galleries: Humorous, Studio
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2005

I expected this challenge to be taken down at any second. When the submissions started rising, I figured, "What the heck. Maybe I can redeem my In the Beginning disaster."

The hardest part about this was separating the multicolored aquarium gravel by hand, but I'm just crazy enough to do it. Everything is set in a glass dish with water in it. I positioned three Christmas "candle" lights to make obvious light sources, and set a custom white balance.

Processing was very minimal: Crop, USM, Levels, adjust the yellow channel a bit.

Post-challenge: As you can see, I went conservative with this challenge. My goals were simply to provide a logical connection between the duck and the grapes, then nail the technical aspect. Mission accomplished, but a yawner photo. My competitors really demonstrated some outstanding creativity. Bravo!

Place: 18 out of 125
Avg (all users): 6.0680
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.6056
Avg (non-participants): 6.1910
Views since voting: 3217
Views during voting: 465
Votes: 338
Comments: 9
Favorites: 2 (view)

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04/09/2005 01:16:48 AM
Good composition and colors. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/08/2005 07:23:01 AM
crisp clear nice colors. great composition. bumping up
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04/05/2005 09:01:34 PM
Great title
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04/05/2005 12:46:39 PM
That duck looks very concerned...
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04/05/2005 07:06:22 AM
great impression
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04/04/2005 08:43:56 PM
Great detail, and the lighting is superb.
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04/04/2005 01:07:58 AM
i like the pebbles.
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04/02/2005 02:32:52 AM
too cute...and clever too!
nice detail.
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