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Event Horizon
Event Horizon

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Challenge: Negative Image (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D
Location: Oakville, Ontario
Date: Apr 22, 2006
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 23, 2006

Curves and Hue/Sat on water drops on a window.

Place: 157 out of 438
Avg (all users): 5.3495
Avg (commenters): 7.7143
Avg (participants): 5.1803
Avg (non-participants): 5.5952
Views since voting: 976
Views during voting: 278
Votes: 206
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/31/2006 12:25:10 PM
I really like this shot. I never know where to look, my eye just wanders over the drops. just very cool.
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05/07/2006 10:42:20 AM
~trading post~

Now what I want you to do is explain exactly how it represents an event horizon :P Nah, title's cool but when you think about it I'm not sure it could be argued to represent such a thing.

Anyway, I like this one. The dof works well but I feel its a tiny bit too narrow, giving a very quick transition from focus to OOF.
The diagonal works well, and the rich tones are good. In fact, I was surprised at the lack of sharpness on the original - you've obviously
managed to bring it out well with curves/USM.
Plain white border suits fine

Its a very nice macro, and technically spot on, but i guess it doesnt have much wow, and the inversion doesn't really add to it - had you played with hue/sat to give the original the same colour, I'm guessing you'd be hard-pressed to tell a major difference, they would just look like a reflection of each other (as shadows would be t'other way round)

Message edited by author 2006-05-07 10:43:49.
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05/05/2006 03:28:39 AM
This picture has terrific DOF and color. It is not obviously a "negative" because of the nature of the subject matter which may have bothered some people. I would have scored this a 6 because of the quality of the shot. It would have needed to be more interesting to score higher with me. Technically it is strong. It just doesn't have enough punch to score higher IMHO.
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05/03/2006 10:04:42 PM
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While voting in this challenge, I often took the pic into PS and inverted to see the original. The neat thing about this one is the negative appears to go right to left as far as field of view; the positive is just the opposite (though it you look long enough, they both go both ways).

The reason I didn't score this higher is that it didn't seem "negative" enough to me - in other words, I didn't get the impression I was looking at a "negative", though I knew it was. Technically, you did a very good job with the DOF and exposure. You may try cropping off part of the right side to bring the focused drops just a bit closer to the viewer.
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05/03/2006 08:36:14 PM
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this is a very nice abstract, but unfortunately this wasn't an abstract challenge.

negative images can be really tricky, you have to think in negative colors while composing a shot.

I do like this shot, it looks like this is drops of mercury not water, has a real metal feeling.

the DOF makes the image even more appealing, but I think it would have benefitted from a rotation to make it horizontal, like looking at a table with droplets, and make the droplets that are in focus positioned at the upper third of the image.

but at least you finished above middle.
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05/03/2006 05:48:02 PM

im sorry, i didnt get it. still dont.

i knew that you probably did make it a negative image. but it really didnt look like it was.

my other problem, since i didnt get the whole point, was the dof. i couldnt understand why you chose that dof setting.

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05/03/2006 12:25:22 PM
I didnt much care for this one. The DOF leaves me feeling a bit woozy. ( although that may have been your intended effect). Would have liked to have seen more detail inthe droplets maybe. And I think tweaking and bringing out colors would have helped out as well - giving the whole shot another dimension. Looking at the original I am not sure if you could have gotten color out of it. Maybe a tighter crop to get rid of some of the intense blur as well.
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05/03/2006 12:21:50 PM
Nice DOF. I like that the sharpness seems to just fade as you go out from the center. I'm surprised you didn't score higher with this. Must have been the "abstract trolls", LOL. Overall, I couldn't tell you how to improve this, because I like as is.
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05/03/2006 07:24:28 AM
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This has a really neat abstract feel to it. It might have a little more "interest" if there was something behind the window in the center that was really bright and colorful but still "abstract". Nice technical work, as far as focus and exposure.
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05/03/2006 01:30:50 AM
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I didn't vote on the negative image challenge, as it was way too painful to sort through that many negative images. That siad, I am very suprised that this one didn't place higher. It is one of the few that still leaves a pleasant image as a negative. The focal point is perfect, though centered, leading the eye all aound the photograph. This is also a very interesting depth of field. Even looking at the original, its hard to determine how you pulled it off. I also think that the lighting and exposure are terrific. I have no idea on what would improve the scoring of this one. It would have been one of my 7s or 8s had I voted.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/01/2006 03:27:48 PM
Looks like 3D. Attractive.
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04/30/2006 11:18:13 PM
Nice use of depth of field.
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04/30/2006 10:50:02 PM
Pretty cool, like the shallow dof and the purple coloring in it.
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04/30/2006 03:02:45 PM
this is so cool very well done
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04/29/2006 11:54:33 PM
Nice shot, almost looks like liquid metal! Be interested to see how the shallow DOF works for you. Good luck.
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04/28/2006 04:26:01 AM
Great focal point, an excellent optical conundrum
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04/26/2006 11:14:13 PM
This really has great appeal. The eye is helplessly drwan to the area of focus...
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04/26/2006 12:59:39 AM
I like the title of this image quite a bit :) It's an extraordinary concept actually :) The image is very well done, but I fear that it can't be distinguished as a 'negative'. I hope it does well here :)
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04/26/2006 12:53:20 AM
Beautiful! I love the shallow DOF. Going in my favorites.
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