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Challenge: Bubbles (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Lake Zurich, IL
Date: Sep 18, 2005
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/180 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Sep 18, 2005

My son Zach is holding a bubble created with a product called "Catch a Bubble" (about $2 a tube at Wal Mart or you can get it at zooscape.com) which creates bubbles that you can touch without popping 'em. This is the same product I used for my Fragile image.

Lit by 1 Alien Bee B400 with a brolly box on the front. Black velvet background.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 240
Avg (all users): 6.5631
Avg (commenters): 7.7308
Avg (participants): 6.4752
Avg (non-participants): 6.6027
Views since voting: 3084
Views during voting: 621
Votes: 325
Comments: 41
Favorites: 3 (view)


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06/08/2009 01:24:24 PM
Cool capture! Great expression and subject matter. The dark shadowing works well.
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12/19/2005 02:59:44 PM
nice work !
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09/28/2005 11:25:13 AM
Wonderful lighting, love the way the catchlights in the eyes are mirrored by the bubble.
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09/28/2005 10:20:41 AM
A disappointing result. Your concept and execution were both stunning, and I had it pegged for the blue.
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09/28/2005 09:27:16 AM
I'm suprize this didn't score better. Well Done. I still think this was the best one.
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09/28/2005 03:17:28 AM
Congrats on the top 10. I was really rooting for a ribbon for this shot. Great expression on his face, nice lighting, excellent concept and title.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/27/2005 11:40:56 PM
Good shot, I like the lighting and the contrast.
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09/27/2005 07:50:30 PM
I like this image..good placement of hand and subject..great intense gaze.
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09/27/2005 02:33:24 PM
I love the creativity of this photo. Looks like it was very hard to capture.
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09/27/2005 05:07:40 AM
does not tell me anything
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09/26/2005 09:57:54 PM
Yes, indeed! Now for the real test: can he catch a fly?
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09/26/2005 08:53:39 PM
Really like this shot. I love the chopsticks with the bubble and your subject's expression is great. Crisp focus and love the black background. Great Job --7--
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09/26/2005 08:43:12 PM
o shnap that is cool
the face is distracting, along with the pimple
if it was just the and chop sticks and bubble that would be kick bimb
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09/26/2005 10:44:59 AM
Whoa. This is awesome. Wonderful work
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09/26/2005 07:01:53 AM
Good idea, "sticked fragility". Like the lights. Sticks are not holded in proper way (I mean for eating :) Like it.
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09/25/2005 10:54:03 AM
"Beginna Luck" - Mr. Myagi. Seriously, I really like this image. Nice clarity, and lighting. I like the play of the shadows obscuring part of the face and the clothes blending into the background. The composition is good but I would've preferred that most of the focus be on the chopsticks holding the bubble, instead of the model's face. Right now the bubble seems incidental instead of central. There is some soft focus on the arm that is a bit distracting and I'd like for the entire chopstick to be in the image instead of cut off at the end. Overall I gave a 6.
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09/24/2005 09:24:59 PM
You shot wisely, grasshopper. I'm guessing we'll have an April ribbon in September. ;-) 10
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09/24/2005 11:51:41 AM
Hey! Didn't have time to vote on this challenge, but I'd still like to say GREAT picture. Nice idea. The boy has great eyes and great expression.

FWIW, Zen masters typically use their chopsticks closer to the other end as a demonstration of control, but your technique isn't bad :).

There is actually a whole set of superstitions about where you hold the chopsticks comfortably. They are pretty typically nonsense, but one says that the closer you hold to the end, the older you will be when you marry!
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09/24/2005 08:48:33 AM
very good. the composion is good, and so is the light.
I can think of another comp for this that I think is better, but explaining it is too long.
Ok, since you ask: have the bubble higher, roughly on level with eyes, about on the intersection on the lines of thrirds, with 2 diagonal lines pointing to it (chopstick and arm) from the far lower corner. /8
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09/24/2005 12:59:25 AM
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09/23/2005 11:52:29 PM
Excellent entry! ~10
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09/23/2005 11:11:02 PM
Great composition & lighting. Good luck
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09/23/2005 10:18:45 PM
A lovely concept to tease the imagination regarding the esoteric. 8
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09/23/2005 12:22:13 PM
Nice idea 7
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09/23/2005 10:56:43 AM
Jutilda? Is this you? This is such an awesome capture :) How did you manage to get this shot? Great colors. The expression on his face is spot on. 10
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09/22/2005 10:39:36 PM
NIcely done. Very creative. You show a lot of initiative here. This shot was well thought out and executed very well. Good luck.
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09/22/2005 06:40:33 PM
impressive grasshopper
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09/22/2005 10:16:43 AM
This is the winner. The eyes are striking and the subject is wonderful. My only problem is his skin, but we can't change that in this challenge.
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09/22/2005 08:51:08 AM
Good one. Very creative and well executed. Congrats on a very nice shot.
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09/22/2005 08:36:13 AM
Cool shot. I like the serious expression on the model's face. Good luck in the challenge.
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09/22/2005 08:15:39 AM
Good lighting on the subject, and I like the pose and seriousness look. Very cool how you were able to get the chopsticks in line with the bubble. Good work.
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09/22/2005 02:32:16 AM
Congratulatiions on a great idea well performed!! The expression of the model is superb and the lighting makes this shot a strong candidate for a ribbon.
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09/21/2005 11:55:04 PM
Great portrait and great execution
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09/21/2005 08:12:01 PM
Thats really cool, I wish they actually made a dish like that. I wish I could eat everything in bubble form!
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09/21/2005 08:00:08 PM
I keep coming back to this. I like the photo, the lighting, the subject and the mood of intensity that it portrays to me. Bumping 9 to 10.
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09/21/2005 12:14:31 PM
very creative! excellent take on the challenge...good luck!
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09/21/2005 11:31:37 AM
Might this be Zach? If so Dave, youv'e been making a mess with your catch a bubble.Great lighting, skin tones, and composition. He pops right out. Good luck!
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09/21/2005 10:57:49 AM
Terrific - one of my favorites. Great expression, great lighting and very original.
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09/21/2005 10:40:17 AM
bubbles? where? dont see them
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09/21/2005 09:36:32 AM
Wonderful! Love the lighting on the subject. The background is complementary to the image and makes the subject pop off of the screen. Not to mention the expression and the pose of the subject as he holds a tiny delicate bubble between those chopsticks. Great job!
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09/21/2005 07:38:16 AM
Aha, I'm entertained by this one. The reflection on the bubble seems a bit strange, almost if I'm looking at your light source, which appears to be a lamp.
I like the idea though, and that black background with you fading into makes it all that mor enigmatic. It explains the chopstick talent. ;) 9
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