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Challenge: Painting With Light II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens: Nikon MF Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D PC
Location: studio
Date: Feb 28, 2006
Aperture: F8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 25 seconds
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Feb 28, 2006

A Green Apple, A small light, a little water and a lot of patience

HEY!!!!!! Thanks for great votes and comments!!!!

See...an old dog can learn a trick or two. Almost 4 years after I join and I finally snag a Blue Ribbon...Woohoo!!

I have throw out a couple of acknowledgments. The first is to deapee and his great shot "Illuminate". That cirlcular light pattern idea has stuck in my head for a while and it seemed a natural for this shot.

The second shout out goes to John Setzler and his black and white photo "Foliage". That photo has always set the standard for using water drops to accent a photo in a logical way and I thought of that shot when making this one :-)

Beyond that, thanks again to everyone who liked the shot.

Very simple shot technically..I had a very small egg light that is a small diode on an end of a stalk used to check on incubating eggs. Set the apple on a small block in the middle of a black velvet drape.

Sprayed the apple with a mister to get some nice water drops. Set the camera for 25 second exposure. Click....swirled the light to mimic an apple peel which took 3 seconds and then let the rest of the 22 seconds "set" the black and image.

-Levels..very little to none
-Selective colors...mainly to blacken the blacks
-Saturation to pop the green
-Curves to give it that bit of contrast pop
-Sharpen for the output resolution

Place: 1 out of 187
Avg (all users): 7.4682
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 6.9792
Avg (non-participants): 7.6560
Views since voting: 26329
Views during voting: 714
Votes: 346
Comments: 90
Favorites: 97 (view)

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06/11/2006 09:52:31 AM
up the contrst a bit and you get a MUCH richer color
03/22/2006 09:48:23 PM
nice !
03/17/2006 10:57:29 PM
Okay, I trued to recreate this for the Deja Vu II challenge. I gave up quickly. How did you controll that light so well? I got nice overall lighting on the apple, but that light trail.....well, let's just say it was really messy. I'm making this a favorite, because I now appreciate how well done this is.
03/17/2006 12:38:46 AM
REally scintillating!!!!
03/12/2006 10:10:57 PM
Outrageously good - My top pick. Congrats on your well-deserved blue!!!
03/11/2006 11:07:59 PM
Gorgeous and clear shot. Very well deserved.
03/09/2006 01:23:35 PM
wow this is really a cool idea!! totally inspired to go try this shot, great job!
03/09/2006 09:17:50 AM
Just got back from a business trip this Thursday morning and find out about this!


Thanks for everyone who liked the shot! I had purchased some apples at the grocery store the day before I shot this photo and right before munching out on this one I thought...hmmmmm...it has a really great color and I wonder?

Thanks again........:-D

BTW....that was a goof kiwiness...I shot this with my Nikon D2x :-O

Message edited by author 2006-03-09 09:18:59.
03/08/2006 10:55:26 PM
03/08/2006 10:10:37 PM
Congratulations! Great job!
03/08/2006 05:36:48 PM
Excellent work! One of my favorite shots.
03/08/2006 04:10:25 PM
It's great how the twisting light contrasts the perfect green apple.
03/08/2006 03:44:24 PM
Way to go Scott!!
03/08/2006 01:55:02 PM
Scott, congratulations! Don't let anyone tell you water droplets don't pay off :) Beautiful image.
03/08/2006 01:08:09 PM
Congrats Hokie, great shot! At last my top guesses were right :-)
03/08/2006 12:17:51 PM
WooT! you rock! Very nice image and love the green on the edge of the light. Congrats!
03/08/2006 11:55:29 AM
Is this nifty or what? Congratulations on your BLUE!
03/08/2006 10:39:49 AM
Congrats Hokie! This pic rocks!
03/08/2006 09:52:16 AM
Congratulations on your first blue ribbon!
03/08/2006 09:10:55 AM
Nicely done - the light enhances and compliments the theme very attractively.
03/08/2006 08:09:55 AM
Wonderful. Congrats on your ribbon.
03/08/2006 05:41:10 AM
Congratulations, great shot. But one question, how did you fit the Nikkor 85mm lens to the Canon Powershot? :)
03/08/2006 04:45:18 AM
Awesome shot! Congrats on the ribbon!!
03/08/2006 04:31:54 AM
This is a great photo Scott and a well deseved ribbon. Congratulations. I couldn't imagine how anyone could improve on a shot like this on a challenge like this.
03/08/2006 03:37:06 AM
This was one of the easiest "blue ribbon picks" during the voting stages I can remember, it stood head and shoulders above the rest of the field.
03/08/2006 03:09:04 AM
Nicely done Hokie; sets itself above most of the light trails by having "symbolism"; the trail is the peel. Congrats on blue!
03/08/2006 03:05:49 AM
i knew you would win - congrats!
03/08/2006 01:35:52 AM
A well deserved blue. Many congrats :)
03/08/2006 01:16:46 AM
awesome image. well done.
03/08/2006 12:58:55 AM
Good Job Hokie!!
03/08/2006 12:44:54 AM
Appealing shot for sure. Congrats on your ribbon. Wow.
03/08/2006 12:38:33 AM
Congratulations on your blue. Your patience certainly paid off. This is a stunning image.
03/08/2006 12:31:40 AM
Scott, this image was awesome. Congrats on the Blue!
03/08/2006 12:16:18 AM
Well done! Congratulations Scott on your first blue!
03/08/2006 12:14:23 AM
Nice Job Hokie!
03/08/2006 12:13:36 AM
Congrats on winning the Blue!
03/08/2006 12:12:11 AM
Congratulations! this one was my fave and I'm really thrilled for you :)
03/08/2006 12:10:29 AM
My only ten...congrats
03/08/2006 12:10:06 AM
i gave this a 9 and you very well deserved this blue, congratulations!!!
03/08/2006 12:07:36 AM
Congrats on your Blue! Great image!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2006 10:10:49 PM
Very nicely done but lose the border.
03/07/2006 10:06:37 PM
Appealing photo too. Out of the box and well executed. Proportions are perfect.
03/07/2006 09:57:48 AM
Very nicely done. The light painting works very well and the apple is incredibly crisp in detail.
03/06/2006 06:53:56 PM
wow. i love this image.
03/06/2006 07:53:17 AM
Awsomely done!!!
03/05/2006 05:49:56 PM
well done.it is a good ex of painting with light
03/05/2006 04:09:57 PM
I love the water droplets. Makes me hungry.
03/05/2006 12:45:53 PM
My favorite.
03/05/2006 12:32:44 AM
great picture, awesome title!!! love it
03/04/2006 06:00:15 PM
nice use of light
03/04/2006 04:15:41 PM
Nice overall effect. Bumping up.
03/04/2006 02:15:56 PM
nice and warm light
03/04/2006 01:18:25 PM
I don't think I have ever given out this many tens in one Challenge...so many incredible shots! I like your green light, the waterdrops on the green apple, and your single green frame, even though I usually dislike borders. Just a really excellent job. The composition, too!
03/04/2006 10:24:36 AM
The almost metalic look of the apple is awesome
03/04/2006 01:16:51 AM
Good work.
03/03/2006 07:57:18 PM
Now that's awesome! Wish I'd thought of it ;)
03/03/2006 03:50:55 PM
Effective image, well done!
03/03/2006 02:28:14 PM
Apple tree! I like it!
03/03/2006 07:37:54 AM
Very cool image. Amazing droplets and nice reflection on the apple of the light you use to paint with. Great photo. ** Bump **
03/03/2006 01:45:54 AM
I actuall like this....."WOW"..."WOW"..."WOW'...
03/02/2006 08:31:00 PM
Very nice swirling light, and the sharpness and light on the apple is also good. Border enhanced...like it. 7
03/02/2006 05:31:06 PM
I gave 2 10's, this is one of them. Exceptional photo!
03/02/2006 01:55:29 PM
That's what I wanted to do with my photo...
03/02/2006 11:38:42 AM
Great photo! You made the apple look so so "appealing" and the use of the light was brillant. Wonderful!
03/02/2006 10:38:05 AM
Love the water on the apple and emphasis on the texture
03/02/2006 08:57:02 AM
This is my ribbon pick for this challenge, beautiful, simple and brilliantly done. 10
03/02/2006 03:49:15 AM
I really like this shot! The balance of your usage of the light with the darkness is striking, coupled with the drops of water this makes for an amazing shot. Finally, the border draws the colors together as well as keeps your eyes within the shot and flowing along the curves of the light. Easily my favorite shot in the whole set. If you don't win blue then there is seriously something wrong in the world. :) Good luck.
03/02/2006 03:33:30 AM
Amazingly crisp looking apple. great work.
03/02/2006 12:30:38 AM
From what I've seen very few people actually got the painting with light concept well enough to come up with a decent photo using it. You have done a great job. Thank you.
03/01/2006 11:18:39 PM
very crisp image!
03/01/2006 06:01:18 PM
I think the way you have left the moisture/water on the apple looks fantastic.
03/01/2006 05:38:16 PM
Good shot, like the water drops on the apple. Don't know about the border though.
03/01/2006 05:05:21 PM
Wonderful shot... amazing clarity, and the border doesn't suck!
03/01/2006 04:55:35 PM
Bad pun...but I do like the visual elements here. 8
03/01/2006 03:13:18 PM
Like the reflections in the apple. Great idea!
03/01/2006 02:43:59 PM
Simple and really well done. The water drops on the apple look really good.
03/01/2006 01:17:36 PM
I particularly like the reflection on the apple, and the detail visible in the drops of water.
03/01/2006 10:02:38 AM
amazing. 10
03/01/2006 09:02:45 AM
Wow, this is the best picture in this challenge
03/01/2006 08:55:18 AM
03/01/2006 08:26:50 AM
looks good. It's hard to get those light lines straight isn't it? Good work.
03/01/2006 08:08:18 AM
this should do really well...excellent 9
03/01/2006 05:54:39 AM
Very nice. The detail on the apple is fantastic, very glassy. Swirl works well too. 9
03/01/2006 05:06:53 AM
Great shot !
03/01/2006 04:46:46 AM
wonderfull image, love this shot
03/01/2006 02:14:13 AM
great idea .. love the reflection in the apple
03/01/2006 01:05:18 AM
I love it
03/01/2006 01:05:18 AM
Cool bananas (er, apples). The green hue to the light complements the apple perfectly.
03/01/2006 12:52:21 AM
I am predicting a ribbon. very nice shot, pleasing to the eye.
03/01/2006 12:15:22 AM
Excellent! Very appealing.

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