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Speed wheels
Speed wheels
Adrian Tung

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Challenge: Speed (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-750UZ
Location: Home
Date: Jun 29, 2003
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 50
Shutter: 4.0
Galleries: Studio, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Jun 29, 2003

Shot on a table with a toy model. Played around with levels, brightness and contrast in order to obtain the black background.

Place: 30 out of 188
Avg (all users): 5.8186
Avg (commenters): 7.1818
Avg (participants): 5.9082
Avg (non-participants): 5.7554
Views since voting: 1154
Votes: 237
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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07/13/2003 09:00:07 AM
When I saw this I thought this is going to get a ribbon. I gave it an 8, the highest vote I cast in the challenge. I certainly didn't think mine could possibly beat this great entry. There's surely no accounting for taste. Cheers.

07/09/2003 02:36:48 AM
Thanks for all the comments. This is my first submission and am very happy about my results, although I will strive to do better in future challenges.

For those who asked how I did it, it was just a matter of using long exposure (4 seconds) and pushing the model car forward with my hand. I stopped the car for the last 1 second or so to obtain the final sharp image.

Lighting was a problem because I didn't have any proper studio setup for this shot. This was done entirely on a table lined with heavy black cardboard for the background. There was one fluorescent tube light directly overhead, one on the wall to the left and one more at a staircase behind. Also the afternoon sun was shining through a glass window directly above the table (about maybe 16-18 feet high?). After experimenting with some settings, I just ended up turning off all the lights except the staircase one which got reflected nicely on the rear view mirror.

I actually experimented with a few other settings including a "double vision" version where there are two in-focus images and a blur in between, and one where the car sped from left to right but thought it was too cliched. In the end I decided on this one.

Message edited by author 2003-07-09 02:40:53.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2003 12:14:24 AM
nice combination of blur and focus overlapping. i also like the use of a solid background to take away some distractions. however, by making the background totally black it makes the car seem as though it's floating which makes the photo seem unstable.
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07/05/2003 05:02:45 PM
this is an interesting shot... i have no idea how you've done this... very good!
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07/04/2003 03:08:01 PM
Amazing! I hope you'll give us the beef on how you did this! Super composition, and I love how the car seems be gong faster than the speed of light! 10
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07/04/2003 01:38:32 AM
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07/03/2003 07:56:08 PM
Very nice! 10pt
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07/03/2003 11:22:49 AM
I really like this shot and am very impressed. Great Job.
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07/02/2003 06:09:26 PM
My second 8. Well executed.
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07/02/2003 04:05:52 PM
This is so cool. The black background highlights the car very nicely, and I particularly like the "speed" blur coming off the rear view mirror. Nicely done.
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07/02/2003 05:06:01 AM
nice use of reflected light
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07/02/2003 02:02:31 AM
Cool, how did you do this?!
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07/02/2003 12:28:45 AM
A wind tunnel? nice image. 7
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