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Dual Complexity
Dual Complexity
Rikki


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Refraction of Light (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: My Bedroom
Date: Apr 4, 2006
Aperture: f18
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1 second
Galleries: Abstract, Studio
Date Uploaded: Apr 4, 2006

Challenge entry no. 98

The first of these experiments came with my Blue entry. So for this challenge, I decided to add another layer that would in essence act as a double refractor.

The first glass is a lager glass. The flared shape of the glass in addition to the slenderness of it created slim lines around it's form. The second is your typical wine glass. By adding varied amounts of water in each glass, I essentially diversified the amount and complexity of the refractions. One glass reflected the other. In other words, they became two mirrors in a way. One reflecting the refractions of the other.

Editing was quick. Shot in RAW and converted via RSE. Ran through NI. Cropped. Ran through NI with sharpen filter. Stroke at 10 pixels. Slight USM and save for web. Oh how I wish I could have used advanced editing on this one. So many dust specks and imperfections in the glass.

Let's see how the voters feel and if they agree to my attempt at dual refractions. I hope the score for this image would be good enough to help Team 20D.

Cheers! And good luck to all ;)

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Post Challenge
Woohoo! Yay! Team 20D might just sneak by Team Nikon on the WPL.

When I shot this image, I immediately thought that lines create the most impact in showing refractions through different lights and surfaces. However, other items as well create a nice visual impact such as shapes and color. So for this shot, I decided to combine all three. The lines created the complex intricacies in the image and the color added to the punch. The sphere further delineates the effects of refraction even if it simply passes through a simple glass. I'm glad I made the combination to work out ;)

Thanks for the great comments everyone. It was a blast shooting for this challenge. Great job everyone ;)

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06/01/2006 04:05:11 PM
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05/02/2006 05:06:43 PM
This was by far the best of the challenge. Congrats on the amazing score and the ribbon.
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04/19/2006 11:57:52 PM
Very Creative!
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04/15/2006 07:31:32 PM
Rikki this is a great shot, well done
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04/15/2006 05:26:02 PM
Superb shot Rikki! You are an inspiration.
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04/14/2006 06:59:46 PM
Brilliant Rikki, well done, cool set up. Must have taken you a while and many shots huh?
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04/13/2006 11:51:16 PM
You are a master at abstract looking shots of glasses of water! Great shot!! Congrats on the ribbon.
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04/13/2006 05:44:10 PM
Another image of glasses...what do you know. Nice image...but so were the other top 20 glasses of water pictures.
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04/13/2006 05:33:46 PM
WOW! I've been too busy to vote or participate recently so I just saw this. Wonderful, wonderful! Ann
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04/13/2006 04:02:21 PM
wild! nice job and congrats...
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04/13/2006 03:24:35 PM
You're the only person that is able to post something so abstract and grab a blue. Reminiscent of your "blue" entry, where i had no clue what the heck i was looking at, and it was still great.

kudos for that. originality is important.
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04/13/2006 11:50:29 AM
I love this shot!

In the editing you did, you mentioned NI and RSE. What are these programs?
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04/13/2006 10:30:49 AM
You so fine!
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04/12/2006 09:35:19 PM
Hey Rikki: You are certainly a talent to observe. This is an outstanding study and one one that raises the bar another notch. Congratulations on your Blue
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04/12/2006 06:05:35 PM
Congratulations on a well deserved blue! Really great work!!
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04/12/2006 04:54:19 PM
You havn't gotten tired of ribbons yet?
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04/12/2006 04:53:21 PM
COngrads ona (clear ) winner and a personal best. Well deserved
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04/12/2006 02:23:46 PM
Excellent Rikki, This one should sell a lot of prints. What a pleasure to look at.
Frank
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04/12/2006 01:53:56 PM
Congrats Rikki, you have raised your watermark pretty high with this one.
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04/12/2006 01:25:23 PM
Rikki, congrats again! This is woderful work! I think, many of us would give a lot for having any of your outtakes as own. ;-)

Message edited by author 2006-04-12 13:25:45.
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04/12/2006 12:46:32 PM
very nice
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04/12/2006 12:36:07 PM
Fantastic image. Of course the Blue goes to the favorite in this challenge. Heck if you didn't win this one I would have been disappointed! Superb Job! Congrats!

Erick
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04/12/2006 12:21:50 PM
Way to go, Rikki! You da man! The designer in you really shines through in this shot. And damn, dood, your shots are so clean & crisp. Congrats yet again. Now stop hogging all the ribbons, it's becoming quite rude! :-D
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04/12/2006 12:08:55 PM
Wow Rikki, this is wonderfull!
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04/12/2006 10:56:57 AM
congrats Rikki
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04/12/2006 10:55:42 AM
whoohooo! Go couchmate!
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04/12/2006 10:18:26 AM
Great shots in this challenge, but yours is really stunning! Congrats!!
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04/12/2006 10:09:48 AM
A little kandinsky, a dab of Picasso and a lot of Rikki!

Nice work! Congratulations on another great win.
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04/12/2006 10:00:17 AM
7.9! This one is going to stay on your profile page for a LONNNNGGGGGG time! As I noted during the challenge, "we have our winner!" - Great shot Rikki! Congrats on another Blue!
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04/12/2006 09:58:40 AM
WOO Hoo!! Rikki...you are unstoppable lately!! This one stood apart form alot of glassware, and it has a RIKKI feel all over it.

Congrats!
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04/12/2006 09:12:23 AM
Awesome shot! Congratulations!
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04/12/2006 08:32:55 AM
Look at you!!! Congratulations, man. That is awesome for you.
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04/12/2006 08:23:04 AM
This is a beauty, just perfect! Congrats Rikki!
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04/12/2006 08:21:46 AM
Rikki you pulled out the stops on this one. Congrats!
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04/12/2006 08:10:00 AM
Excellent work, Rikki, and a well deserved ribbon.
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04/12/2006 08:01:14 AM
congrats man ! good luck in round two.
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04/12/2006 07:42:35 AM
Very nice, flavours of Kandinsky
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04/12/2006 07:07:47 AM
^5 doooood!!!

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04/12/2006 06:29:27 AM
ABSOLUTELY loved this when I first saw it, and gave it one of it many 10's..... So, so close to the ellusive 8, but still a magic score of 7.907..... You richly deserve this "BLUE" ribbon dear friend.....ENJOY. I now have another one of Rikki's magic images as a favorite.....

Message edited by author 2006-04-12 06:33:24.
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04/12/2006 06:14:08 AM
congratz,
i'm interested in background, how it's done ?
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04/12/2006 05:47:01 AM
Wow! This image is simply genius! One of the most imaginative and well executed images I've seen here on DPC. Congratulations on your win, it's well deserved.

Hrannar
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04/12/2006 04:55:52 AM
I suppose you think that's funny dude? how dare you beat us by yourself?

You certainly have the formula now Rikki, well done mate, going from strengh to strengh, team 20D should be pleased to have you..
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04/12/2006 04:22:16 AM
Well what is there to say really but congrats on almost single handedly beating the Nikon team in the WPL and also your top score, you better get used to this photo cause it will stay in your top 4 for a long time, hehe :)
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04/12/2006 04:16:12 AM
Wonderful shot, congratulation!
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04/12/2006 03:30:22 AM
Rikki!!
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04/12/2006 03:21:51 AM
This was my absolute favourite for which I gave you one of your sixty eight 10's. Well done...amazing clarity and colours you really met the challenge well. And, 7.9... it was obviously unanimous...
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04/12/2006 02:41:35 AM
That score must be some kind of record, and this is well worthy of it! Crisp, clear, well composed, great attention to detail.
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04/12/2006 01:58:14 AM
Well done, Rikki. That's certainly refracting the light every which way ;-) Congratulations on yet another Blue ribbon.
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04/12/2006 01:53:43 AM
Absolutely AMAZING Rikki. Well done and deserved blue!
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04/12/2006 01:27:40 AM
Crystal clear winner, well done.
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04/12/2006 01:20:56 AM
Lovely! How very beautiful!! Congrats on another one!!
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04/12/2006 01:19:20 AM
Beautiful shot Rikki! Definitely a 10!!
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04/12/2006 01:02:08 AM
Beautiful! Congratulations Rikki!
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04/12/2006 01:01:37 AM
holy moly, check your score! crystal clear, well done!
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04/12/2006 12:59:18 AM
Woohoo...I knew this one would ribbon...Awesome and congrats.
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04/12/2006 12:50:18 AM
Another great shot, Rikki. Congrats!
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04/12/2006 12:43:20 AM
One hell of a score. Well done mate.
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04/12/2006 12:40:30 AM
Sweet! An 8 is in your sights.
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04/12/2006 12:38:53 AM
Congrats. You are mastering these glass shots!

ETA: I guess I already congratulated you. doh.

Message edited by author 2006-04-12 00:39:22.
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04/12/2006 12:29:08 AM
I suppose you definition of a high score and mine are just a bit different.

Fab shot, wow what a score....congrats Rikki !
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04/12/2006 12:26:15 AM
Absolutely amazing shot! Congratulations!
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04/12/2006 12:24:57 AM
Jaysus, that's a score! Whatta shot! Congrats!
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04/12/2006 12:22:25 AM
Fantastic result Rikki almost an 8, well done
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04/12/2006 12:21:36 AM
Very cool.. congrats. I came back to take a second look at this just before rollover. Glad I did.. it's definitely a great photo. :) 68 10's!
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04/12/2006 12:20:56 AM
Congrats Rikki with this visual treat. Care to expound a bit more on the setup (background, lighting, etc.)?
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04/12/2006 12:14:56 AM
Wowsers! An awesome shot man. Congrats :-)
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04/12/2006 12:14:46 AM
...and the beat goes on....LOL!! GREAT, GREAT shot! Congratulations.
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04/12/2006 12:14:06 AM
Oooooooooooooh you suck! I so owe you! Nice shot dude... now stop it! ;)
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04/12/2006 12:14:06 AM
Congrats Rikki, absolutely stunning entry! Damn I'm lucky our mini wasn't in this challenge. Well done mate and congrats on ANOTHER Blue!
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04/12/2006 12:12:31 AM
Congrats once again. Rikki Era continues...
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04/12/2006 12:11:14 AM
Dang Rikki, I here your on a roll again:) NIce picture
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04/12/2006 12:11:11 AM
Congrats on an oustanding shot.
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04/12/2006 12:11:03 AM
well deserved - Congrats on the Blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/11/2006 11:59:11 PM
Bumping up... Very well done! :)
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04/11/2006 10:12:50 PM
Fantastic!
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04/11/2006 08:49:20 PM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this one... one of my all time faves, how'd ya do it???? 10 for sure...
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04/11/2006 02:18:52 PM
Absolutely wonderful, clear and well balanced, nice choice of materials in background, lovely colour, very artistic, hot vs cool, contrast of shapes, lines crossing and involved - if you are not in advertising, apply for a job there!

The best Shot I have seen for refraction of light in all the entries so far

You have a great future!
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04/11/2006 01:53:32 PM
Gorgeous!! Fabulous color, pattern, and shape! Really really great!!
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04/11/2006 08:59:56 AM
This is perfection. You can't get a better example of refraction than this image. Clear and colourful.
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04/11/2006 08:40:28 AM
I like the convergence of objects and colors
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04/10/2006 11:07:22 PM
Stylish and elegant. Perfect use of color ballance and tone. 9
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04/10/2006 04:06:07 PM
Wonderful arrangement, composition, colors. Beautiful, love it.
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04/10/2006 02:17:59 AM
Simple but abstract. This piece walks a thin line indeed, yet encompasses the best of both a complexity and the ordinary.
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04/10/2006 12:13:51 AM
The light on this could not be more perfect. The lines and curves of the glass add an excellent perspective. Color and compostion are very well done. 10
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04/09/2006 08:15:55 PM
this is superb and really answers the challenge...great colours and sharpness has to be a 10
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04/09/2006 10:48:20 AM
Wonderful. Piece of art. 10
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04/09/2006 08:09:15 AM
One of the better image in this challenge....I hope it does well as it deserves a ribbon.....Excellent.....
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04/08/2006 10:29:43 PM
Great use of background and light.
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04/08/2006 11:54:11 AM
I cannot get over how crisp this image is (I'll look after the challenge to see what you did and what hardware you used)

You worked all the elements so well -- shots like this could be busy but you've managed all the parts into a contemorary abstract -- strong colors and line work well. One of my favorites this challenge
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04/08/2006 08:34:04 AM
Nicely done. I like the colours and the idea. Well done.
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04/07/2006 10:20:57 PM
Great graphic abstract. This is very eye catching and the colors work so well together. The clarity is uncanny. GREAT!
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04/07/2006 09:20:21 PM
I have a feeling this is a winner.
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04/07/2006 07:51:34 PM
Ok, we have our winner! Wonderful shot! Is that a monitor in the back? Where'd you get the image?
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04/07/2006 07:23:50 PM
Wonderful abstract/refraction.

ETA: Bumping up
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04/07/2006 09:36:32 AM
I think this is a brilliant photo. The diagonal lines help to emphasise the refraction perfectly
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04/07/2006 08:14:19 AM
Finally, the first WOW-photo in this challenge! Reminds me of Picasso! Only flaw is the oversharpened edges of the glass in front - 9
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04/07/2006 02:13:00 AM
Simple, yet imaginative.
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04/06/2006 10:35:08 PM
wonderful image
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04/06/2006 03:02:40 PM
whoa! awesome. it's one of those phots you stare at wondering "how did they do it!"
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04/06/2006 02:23:21 PM
Vibrant and beautiful. Very well done!
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04/06/2006 12:10:17 PM
This is my favorite of the challenge. So crisp and clear with lots of colors and geometry going on, not to mention killer refraction.
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04/06/2006 07:02:19 AM
This is a great refraction. My only criticism is that the background pattern seems out-dated.
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04/06/2006 06:43:23 AM
Bumping to equal top score! Very Nice indeed! Clean and Crisp and a border that enhances the photo!
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04/06/2006 06:09:02 AM
complex and still appealing is a fine achievement !
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04/06/2006 12:35:19 AM
Great photo, really first class. 10.
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04/05/2006 09:37:35 PM
yet another great shot! The lines, colors, and shapes all add up to a great composition. good luck on this challenge!
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04/05/2006 09:16:30 PM
Wow! Amazing clarity and the colors are fantastic! One of my top tens faves ;) Good luck!
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04/05/2006 08:24:04 PM
Excellent take on this theme.
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04/05/2006 06:35:44 PM
Rikki, is that you? Nice...10
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04/05/2006 02:48:42 PM
This is great! One of the few entries that actually meets the challenge
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04/05/2006 01:09:20 PM
you have certainly bent the light and changed it in this one, i like how the the intersecting lines almost create a parabola on the right side.
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04/05/2006 12:43:39 PM
this reminds me of a retro painting. very cool shot - funky.
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04/05/2006 06:23:14 AM
This is lovely. What did you use for the background. Excellent choice, whatever it is. :)
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04/05/2006 04:26:59 AM
Excellent, striking image - I hope it does well...
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04/05/2006 03:47:00 AM
reminds me of a podter from the eighties, very nice use of refraction
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04/05/2006 01:11:49 AM
wow!
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