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Bottle Rocket
Bottle Rocket
Frank Beckman

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Challenge: Free Study (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 775
Location: Moss Point, MS
Date: Jul 4, 2002
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2002

Bottle rocket being shot from an hand held rocket

Place: 13 out of 175
Avg (all users): 6.7370
Avg (commenters): 7.0545
Avg (participants): 6.6966
Avg (non-participants): 6.7692
Views since voting: 1803
Votes: 327
Comments: 58
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/22/2002 07:27:00 PM
I truly want to thank everyone for the votes and comments on my first challenge entry. Being new with the camera the comments have been a big help.

I will have to give credit to the camera, Coolpix 775. All I did was use a tripod and time the shot with the fuse, which was not easy. Because we were in darkness and I had the focus set on infinity the camera automatically slowed the shutter speed and it did not react timely enough and picked up the long tail. I did not plan the effect, and was shocked and amazed with the outcome.

BTW, there were no burns on the arm.
07/22/2002 05:17:00 PM
Way to go Frank!! awsome picture
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/21/2002 08:49:00 PM
Whoa, that looks cool! How did you do that?
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07/21/2002 08:26:00 PM
nice pic
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07/21/2002 06:29:00 PM
very very nice. 8
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07/21/2002 05:39:00 PM
Very cool. Maybe would been neat to have the bottle a little to the right (1/3rds rule), and have been able to see more of the trail. Of course, this would have meant losing a bit of the arm, but I think you coulda kept enough to have gotten the point across.
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07/21/2002 03:55:00 PM
Fun use of a long shutter speed. Great sense of energy. The weird thing is, for me, it looks like all the sparks are getting sucked into the bottle. If I'm gonna be picky, I wish the arm wasn't blurred -- maybe propping it on something to reduce that a little? Great shot.
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07/19/2002 10:18:00 PM
07/19/2002 01:34:00 PM
Bloody ridiculously dangerous.
07/19/2002 08:04:00 AM
nicely done
07/19/2002 12:34:00 AM
yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeikes! So dangerous! Sure made a good picture though.
07/18/2002 10:41:00 PM
Almost looks like a lightsabre.
07/18/2002 04:36:00 PM
Don't try this at home! Aren't you required to use a Jones Soda bottle? Hope you're willin to share the procedure after the challenge.
07/18/2002 03:55:00 PM
This is a great capture! In a perfect world I would have liked to see it cropped just above finger on bottle in hopes of seeing more of the rocket trail. The arm and shirt sleeve are distracting. Great job! 8 cthenk
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07/18/2002 02:02:00 PM
Neat image but that looks so dangerous...
07/18/2002 01:03:00 PM
07/18/2002 09:05:00 AM
Interesting, but arm is not necessary in the picture. Zoom to bottle and sparks only.
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07/18/2002 08:46:00 AM
this is a great 'concept' photo.. I love the detail of the sparks... :) = 8 - jmsetzler
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07/18/2002 08:44:00 AM
nice shot! good capture, nice color
07/18/2002 12:29:00 AM
Maybe crop out the shirt sleeve???? Actually, I like this. It's a great action shot, good contrast and the clarity of the sparks through the bottle is super. Was this painful???? =7
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07/17/2002 07:06:00 PM
can we say "malfunctioning light saber"?

nice picture, though. ;)
07/17/2002 02:16:00 PM
Great effect! I have to know how this was done!
07/17/2002 01:21:00 PM
Excellent effect!
07/17/2002 12:33:00 PM
great idea...
07/17/2002 10:41:00 AM
very interesting. i usually don't like pics like these, but this one is amazing.
07/17/2002 09:03:00 AM
I have no idea what this is but it looks like it would hurt your arm. looks very cool too.
07/16/2002 11:45:00 PM
OB-1, cool picture it is. May the fire be without you and the force be with you.
07/16/2002 09:59:00 PM
Nice long exposure and an interesting idea. I don't care much for having the arm in the shot, but that is my personal preference. The light trails turned out really good.
07/16/2002 08:53:00 PM
maybe if you photoshopped the arm out of the picture it would be better.
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07/16/2002 04:57:00 PM
Health and Safety? Nice colours though.
07/16/2002 03:10:00 PM
07/16/2002 02:30:00 PM
i took a similar shot on the 4th of july but it's nowhere near as good as this. nice job.
07/16/2002 01:54:00 PM
gotta love fireworks.. probably burnt the hell out of your hand - g04t
07/16/2002 12:31:00 PM
A striking shot. Well done.
07/16/2002 11:38:00 AM
Cool shot!!
07/16/2002 09:44:00 AM
nicely done
07/16/2002 09:07:00 AM
This is a great picture.
07/16/2002 09:06:00 AM
Very good catch!
07/16/2002 05:09:00 AM
Nice capture! I love the colors - 6
07/15/2002 08:47:00 PM
I think it would have worked better if you'd cropped out the arm.
07/15/2002 08:35:00 PM
07/15/2002 08:27:00 PM
07/15/2002 07:03:00 PM
Very cool, did anyone get burned? Your camera has two burned out pixels, I think, they show up on either side of your subject's wrists, there could be more. (Absolutely no downscore!!!!) In fact, you get a 10 from me. Swash
There was a forum discussion about this pixel burnout thing last week. If you weren't involved, you should check it out.
07/15/2002 06:57:00 PM
nice catch
07/15/2002 05:09:00 PM
Wow. very cool. I almost wish the arm was not in the photo, but fabulous shot anyway.
07/15/2002 03:59:00 PM
How cool is that !
07/15/2002 03:37:00 PM
I love the affects! great picture
07/15/2002 03:29:00 PM
Instead of saying all kinds of negative things, I best not say anything.
07/15/2002 03:03:00 PM
Oh, for those summer nights when we were kids! It was all so magical.
07/15/2002 02:56:00 PM
After lighting off so many bottle rockets in the last two weeks, this one holds a special place in my heart. It's a very well done photo, great job!
07/15/2002 02:51:00 PM
Great catch.
07/15/2002 01:18:00 PM
Amazing. Good work, creative idea and well done. Good composition, color. Kee
07/15/2002 11:28:00 AM
good capture
07/15/2002 10:50:00 AM
Looks suicidal when you see the whole launch together in one frame!
07/15/2002 08:10:00 AM
A great capture.
07/15/2002 05:53:00 AM
too cool, really interested in seeing your camera settings for this
07/15/2002 03:30:00 AM
neat shot... i hope you didnt burn yourself ;) Shooting it at the camera would have been REALLY dramatic ;)
07/15/2002 03:05:00 AM
Umm, you should have titled this "Kids! DON'T try this at home!!!" Great shot, hope you're alright.

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