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The splash of an apple
1st PlaceThe splash of an apple
LalliSig


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Challenge: Apple (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Date: May 16, 2005
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Studio, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: May 17, 2005

Used a 550ex and a 420ex from the left side to light this, direct flash and no bounce as I needed every bit of strength from them as I could get.

My friend Hjalti (not a DPCer) has recently bought this HUGE aquarium that holds about 800 litres of water and currently it was empty so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to try one of these splash shots I have seen so many of here on dpc and other places. This is my first time doing anything similiar as this and it was a lot of fun, I am definately going to do this again sometime.

Used selective colour to specifically darken the green backround, shadow/highlights to bring out a little more detail in the apple and curves to increase the contrast and cropped a bit out of the photo (took it wide intentionally to be able to crop later).

The title is meant as a tribute to Terje´s great image The Splash of a Kiwi wich is one of my favorite shots on this site.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 386
Avg (all users): 7.4907
Avg (commenters): 8.3684
Avg (participants): 7.2549
Avg (non-participants): 7.7041
Views since voting: 26802
Views during voting: 547
Votes: 322
Comments: 84
Favorites: 84 (view)


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08/04/2006 06:05:11 PM
iconic. worthy of LIFE magazine for sure :)
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07/13/2006 11:11:05 PM
Wow, I've never seen this one before... Don't tell Terje, but I like this better than the kiwi!! The complimentary colors are gorgeous and the clarity is perfection!!! Adding to my faves. :)
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02/01/2006 10:34:38 PM
I'm amazed at the detail in this. and the red and green is a good contrast.
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10/08/2005 01:47:15 PM
Really great shot! Thanks for including the set-up too.
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07/10/2005 05:01:24 AM
awesome shot larus, gave me inspirtation for some of my own :-)

as for some of the comments below, from some people perhaps a little jealous, I can't believe them and think you handled them perfectly :-)

Look forward to seeing your future efforts ;-)
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06/10/2005 06:58:06 AM
Já það væri kúl að lýsa svona mynd að neðan, snúa henni á hvolf þannig að þetta líti út eins og ís-skúlptúr með epli á toppnum.
Snilldar mynd hjá þér - gullfalleg!
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05/31/2005 06:17:22 PM
What a beautiful shot. Congrats!
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05/31/2005 03:22:43 PM
I am very impresed with the details I am going to try something like that.
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05/30/2005 08:33:12 PM
Beauty shot... congrats on the blue ribbon
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05/29/2005 08:00:33 AM
Have you tried yet to flip the image? I think that would look even cooler.
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05/27/2005 05:18:30 PM
Great photo!! I hope I can eventually be able to excel in photography like you obviously have.
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05/27/2005 02:02:23 PM
how could this have possibly gotten 3 1's????
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05/26/2005 10:15:22 PM
beautiful picture with a great clearance
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05/26/2005 06:57:36 PM
Flott útfærð mynd og til hamingju með fyrstu verðlaunin.
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05/26/2005 04:32:36 PM
Hmmm that's what I thought. I didn't say this is a bad shot, on the contrary I clearly stated that it's very well done shot. A majority of you misunderstood me. What I actually said is that digital Photography makes it way easier to achieve certain images. It's a good weapon for heavy/difficult conditions. I can't say,that in an environment where you can shoot hundred of photographs at an incredible rate, such images stun. If I assess a digital picture I simply raise the expectations. I turn my eyes towards other aspects, that are still of great value, like creativity and "out of the box thinking". I search virtues that make a picture unique in a "unique" way :) This picture doesn't show this. Take for example the 3rd and the 4th place. These images are very creative and well done. Water splashes are common not to say oridinary. Best example ... look how many water splashes are there in this challenge.

Many people here get upset because one man dared to say that this shot is not creative and that he doesn't like the fact that it's a blue ribbon. Take it cool :)

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05/25/2005 07:39:41 PM
Hi Iarus. Loved your response to the person who did not like water shots.
I Second that!:)
This is Clearly A FANTASTIC water shot!!! CONGRATULATIONS! You don't get a Blue ribbon by having a ho hum shot!! Nice going!!!! This rocks!:)text
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05/25/2005 06:48:56 PM
Til hamingju með þetta


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05/25/2005 06:01:33 PM
Congratulations on your Blue with this well captured apple splash! Wonderful work!!
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05/25/2005 12:17:14 PM
Hi Iarus. Loved your response to the person who did not like water shots. You are a gracious person and obviously self-confident and easy-going. Good for you. Your photograph was wonderful and deserved to win the ribbon. I congratulate you. As a "one shot wonder" - at least so far - I hope you will win many more ribbons. I won one on the second challenge I entered and haven't won one since. ;-) Ah well. But we all keep doing this because we love it and it is fun. And the challenge helps focus our photography on new unexplored topics and to stretch our boundaries. To me that is what you did when you tried the splash shot. And it worked very well. The clear focus and bright colors worked perfectly. Keep up the good work. Regards, Ann
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05/25/2005 12:16:07 PM
Frábært hjá þér.
Til lukku með bláa borðan.
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05/25/2005 11:04:06 AM
What a splash! Who gave it a 1 ? It is criminal!

Message edited by author 2005-05-25 11:04:40.
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05/25/2005 09:51:48 AM
Til hamingju með borðann Lárus.
Þessi mynd er vel að honum komin. Fersk og hressandi.
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05/25/2005 07:20:41 AM
Many concepts go into a winning photo. What does it for me is the contrast of colors. I love the greenish hue of the water against the apple. Congrats!
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05/25/2005 07:13:52 AM
Originally posted by insane:

I see from, what you wrote, that you do many water shot's and that you are particulary interested in this theme.


I don´t really see where you get this idea, as I clearly stated in the photographers comments I say "This is my first time doing anything similiar as this and it was a lot of fun, I am definately going to do this again sometime."

Originally posted by insane:


Don't get me wrong, but I am infuriated, that people spray objects with water drops or use some water techniques, since it's seems to me so cheap.Well we know that there are loads of water shot's in here so I say we should try to do something invoative. For some time now I am discriminating all water shots. It's just that there were some really impresive ideas and they where executed in a very good way. Your shot is just not a ribbond winner. It's not a symbol of an 'ideal or the best' image to me.


Well fair enough, that is your opinion but you can never please everybody and while I appreciate your opinion on this, I respectfully disagree. I don´t think there has ever been a ribbon winner here at DPC that doesn´t get a lot of 4 and less in grades so there you go. I must admit though that several times I have given ribbon winnners "low" scores so all I can say is that fortunately different people have different tastes and it all pretty much evens out in the end.

Originally posted by insane:


Well I can't say I'm an adulator. I speak my mind and if I have offended you, then I am sorry, that wasn't my intention.


Hehe, don´t worry, none taken, I value people that say their opinions, no matter how much I disagree.

To everybody, thanx for the comments, favorites and of course the votes, I appreciate it. Now for the hard part, to get another ribbon to prove I am not a "one hit wonder" :o). Cheers from Iceland, Larus.

Message edited by author 2005-05-25 07:30:09.
05/25/2005 06:21:24 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon! Great colors and very sharp.
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05/25/2005 05:52:08 AM
Excellent shot, well deserved ribbon ! Congratulations !
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05/25/2005 05:38:42 AM
Coooooooool mar. Til hamingju með ribbann!!!!
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05/25/2005 04:33:39 AM
Congrats on your blue. Technically impressive shot. Saturation is especially nice, not always a given on these water shots.
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05/25/2005 04:09:33 AM
congrats, larus!

i didn't vote on this, but if i had, i would have given it a 9. if you had been able to produce a bit more of a spin in the water, if would have given it a 10 ;-)
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05/25/2005 02:49:21 AM
Congrats on your Ribbon! well done. Nice clear image.
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05/25/2005 01:42:08 AM
Congratulations! A shot very worthy of the blue ribbon -- must have taken a LOT of effort to get just right!
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05/25/2005 01:19:05 AM
A very nice image ... if you're not "washed" by the ever growing water shot invasion. I see from, what you wrote, that you do many water shot's and that you are particulary interested in this theme. That's ok with me but personally I rate creative shots, that surprise me, as the best. If I saw this image 2 years ago I would be amazed but now it's just another very beautifull well technically done water splash image. Can't say I am not surprised it won but neither can I say that I am glad. Congratulations for this nicely done image anyway.

Don't get me wrong, but I am infuriated, that people spray objects with water drops or use some water techniques, since it's seems to me so cheap.Well we know that there are loads of water shot's in here so I say we should try to do something invoative. For some time now I am discriminating all water shots. It's just that there were some really impresive ideas and they where executed in a very good way. Your shot is just not a ribbond winner. It's not a symbol of an 'ideal or the best' image to me.

It doesn't have virtues that I seek in a winner shot. A good technical look is far too little to me, especially in digital photography! If you had done it on a film than it would be a different story :) Digital photography seems to give tools available to a wider range of people, making certain photography themes way easier to achieve - I am not saying it's bad but as a result my "bar" - expectations are way higher.

Well I can't say I'm an adulator. I speak my mind and if I have offended you, then I am sorry, that wasn't my intention.

Propably lots of spelling mistakes - sorry for that.
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05/25/2005 01:13:36 AM
Huge congrats on the blue! I knew it'd only be a matter of time before your talent was recognized on here :)
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05/25/2005 12:35:36 AM
Way to go Lárus! Þessir Íslendingar eru nú flottastir, til hamingju esskan, átt þetta svo sannarlega skilið!
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05/25/2005 12:22:51 AM
Indeed a wonderful splash. Congratulations on your blue.
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05/25/2005 12:17:12 AM
Congratulations! Wonderful detail on the apple
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05/25/2005 12:10:10 AM
Very beautiful shot! Congrats on your first ribbon!
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05/25/2005 12:09:14 AM
larus, congrats! Fantastic action, colors.
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05/25/2005 12:03:20 AM
Congrats on the blue!! Excellent shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/24/2005 10:16:18 PM
Best so far I have seen....
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05/24/2005 08:32:01 PM
I like this ! Very nice and colorful. Looks refreshing.
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05/24/2005 07:55:55 PM
cut the apple in half
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05/24/2005 07:09:23 PM
This challenge brought out the usual reviews by the "splash" photographers, to whom water is manna. But this perspective is unique among them today. It is quite fortunate you got one shot with approximately half the apple clearly visible and half covered in those great bubbles. One of my top 10 votes.
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05/24/2005 12:32:27 PM
Very nice picture. The lighting is perfect. The only thing I don't like is the background at the bottom. However, the apple is portrayed well in this creative and well done photo. 10
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05/24/2005 08:39:22 AM
Very good execution ! Great shapness and wonderful colors.
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05/23/2005 07:34:08 PM
Absolutely love this shot!
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05/23/2005 07:02:57 PM
A splash of kiwi, inspired? Same photographer, or same trick? Either way, terrific job! keep it up,

9
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05/23/2005 06:18:43 PM
the inevitable splash..but its a good one!
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05/23/2005 05:12:53 PM
another picture that will kick my @#*#@#!--10!
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05/23/2005 03:09:20 PM
Beautiful ! The movement in the shot is great and the apple takes the focus of the pic not the splash which is better than several others
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05/22/2005 09:20:51 PM
sploooosh!
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05/22/2005 01:01:55 AM
I am leaving a comment for everyone so no one will feel left out so here is yours...
makes me thirsty
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05/21/2005 11:13:39 PM
This shot is very impressive. I like how the water trail as the apple falls has been captured.
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05/21/2005 10:09:03 PM
Wow. Great detail of the water. The green color contrasts really well with the apple.
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05/20/2005 04:42:01 PM
did a nice job like the color and the clarity it it....will be interested in hearing more about it
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05/20/2005 03:33:22 PM
Lovley ShoT!
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05/20/2005 01:36:08 PM
Reaally good shot. Very nice.
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05/20/2005 11:54:20 AM
I like it. Especially the colors contrast and the motion. Very clear.
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05/20/2005 09:57:47 AM
Nice Capture. I know it is you!
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05/20/2005 09:05:45 AM
Lovely clarity and colour, well executed shot.
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05/20/2005 03:19:11 AM
Great play on the splash of a kiwi, and great image. Very sharp, clean, bold colors. Very nice.
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05/20/2005 02:25:17 AM
Pretty ding dang good, I must say. A top pick from me! Very crisp.
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05/19/2005 07:49:40 PM
What a great photo! Good luck, 10!
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05/19/2005 04:51:07 PM
Amazing....
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05/19/2005 02:24:07 PM
I was wondering how many pictures I had to vote before encountering the "throw an apple in water and photograph it" picture. A bit cliché but well executed and nice color.
In my top 3 picks for the challenge.
Hope you get a ribbon.
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05/19/2005 12:10:50 PM
Very nice, good combination with the green surrounding... and de horizon in the back gives you a feeling also to be underwater. Good work....
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05/19/2005 10:33:06 AM
Wow!! This is very nice! i LOVE HOW YOU CAUGHT THE IMAGE COMING INTO THE WATER very nice shot@
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05/19/2005 09:16:13 AM
Nicely done - perhaps you could do without the strong line across the middle but still very effective. Terje and I have been here before but this is a good capture.
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05/19/2005 01:20:00 AM
Absolutely stunning. The focus is PERFECT, but the light line in the background is distracting. All in all, you carried this off way better than I did, a brilliant capture, one of the best in the challenge. GOOOD LUCK!
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05/19/2005 12:33:03 AM
Wow, awesome action and colors! 10
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05/19/2005 12:20:50 AM
I imagine this should be in the top 10 ...really fabulous 10
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05/18/2005 09:59:26 PM
The green background and your fine timing make this a very good entry. WTG
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05/18/2005 09:41:58 PM
Very good timing! Love the way the water trails from the apple.
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05/18/2005 08:29:01 PM
The best splash in the challenge.
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05/18/2005 07:04:29 PM
beautiful colours and image
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05/18/2005 06:48:28 PM
Very cool, can't wait to read what cam etc you used...
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05/18/2005 05:28:11 PM
superb shot well done, love the colours
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05/18/2005 01:14:13 PM
That is gorgeous and crisp!
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05/18/2005 10:57:46 AM
great shot and coloring! well done
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05/18/2005 09:45:16 AM
My favorite! well Done!
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05/18/2005 07:36:59 AM
Seems to be a lot of splashing fruit lately, since the article in Popular Photo a couple of months ago. This one is one of the best I've seen. I love the colors, and sharpness of the image. I also like that it is taken from below the surface of the water, looking up, rather than at surface level. Very nice image that should do well. <8>
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05/18/2005 06:47:33 AM
oh yeah.....now thats good! well done. 9
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05/18/2005 04:34:00 AM
Great shot! You have frozen the moment nicely here!
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05/18/2005 03:56:50 AM
I reward the shots where some effort to be different has made a memorable shot 10
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