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Bringin' the Heat
3rd PlaceBringin' the Heat
jenesis


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Heat (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Garage
Date: May 21, 2006
Aperture: F/6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Sports
Date Uploaded: May 21, 2006

Special thanks to my husband who came up with idea and then pushed me to come up with a way to do it. Personally, I didn't think I could but it pretty much came out exactly how I wanted it to.

We attached a thin metal chain to the top of the ball with a small screw. Lit the ball on fire using lighter fluid, then he pulled it up and let it drop. We did this several times until I thought I had something I could work with. I shot it against the wall of the garage with a metal bucket below it and a fire extinguisher in hand. Our neighbors officially think we are nuts now. :-)

Post processing consisted of:
-Rotated canvas slightly
-cropped
-levels and curves adjustments
-cloned out some marks on the wall and the parts of the chain that showed in the flame and also the screw top in the ball.
-Added a gradient layer to emphasize the gradient that was already there. The wall was lighter at the bottom where more light came in from outside.
-used the VP filter "fall color" to boost the colors of the flame.
-resized and sharpened twice
-added border

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Post Challenge:
Woo Hooooo!!! I'm so stoked about this. Thanks everyone for the votes and the comments and the well wishes!!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a "happy dance" to finish!! :-D

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 158
Avg (all users): 7.2304
Avg (commenters): 8.7917
Avg (participants): 6.9848
Avg (non-participants): 7.3600
Views since voting: 14053
Views during voting: 505
Votes: 191
Comments: 105
Favorites: 50 (view)


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03/23/2007 10:35:17 AM
Nice shot! I do some aerodynamics work, and the fire really shows you what's happening with this ball. Very cool. :) It must have been heaps of fun to shoot it.
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12/09/2006 04:15:00 PM
very clever well done love it.
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06/11/2006 10:26:39 PM
I like this one a lot girl! Def. a pimp pic. =0)
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06/03/2006 04:32:11 AM
woah!!! That is definitely sporty!
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06/01/2006 02:40:38 PM
Amazing fire picture. Definitely true to the challenge. I think i would prefer a bit of a tighter crop, but damn is this a great photo! Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/01/2006 11:22:16 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon!! Awesome shot!
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06/01/2006 11:09:21 AM
Fantastic shot & huge congratulations!!!!!
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05/31/2006 10:29:12 PM
Great presentation that captures the imagination. Congratulations on your yellow.
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05/31/2006 03:39:49 AM
Good one Ron, ya first ribbon!!! Will you bring it along to show me when you come to the GTG?
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05/31/2006 02:47:51 AM
I think you've done a wonderful job with this, and I love the idea. I have only one suggestion, more context, i'd like to see something more, but what that is, is hard to convey.
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05/30/2006 10:47:57 PM
Well done Jennifer. Congrats on your first ribbon!
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05/30/2006 04:10:10 PM
Great job on this one Jen. Congrats on your long awaited ribbon ;)
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05/30/2006 02:22:13 PM
Fantasic idea, breathtaking result, don't get chance to visit this site enough these days but this shot amazed me! well deserved ribbon.
Regards to all
Vin
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05/30/2006 11:22:38 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! Like this shot and definately think it´s ribbon worthy, it´s just I don´t understand why you didn´t include a catchers glove or a hand "throwing" the ball, the visual impact would have been much more like that but this works (well obviously, duh, hehe) also :) Congrats again!
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05/30/2006 10:03:18 AM
Congrats!
I was expecting this to be on the top
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05/30/2006 05:51:44 AM
very hot, nice,
good for u
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05/30/2006 04:25:02 AM
I keep coming back to this shot and staring. It's amazing! Good job, and congrats on the ribbon!
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05/30/2006 01:30:19 AM
Very, very, very, very, nice!
Congratulations! Well done!
Hard work, creative thinking, having fun, all leads to top images and you got it good!
Peace!
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05/29/2006 11:58:17 PM
Can't believe you didnít just call to brag about this!!! (*smack upside the head) My internets been down all weekend so I just saw this a few minutes ago! I'm so happy for you, sweet score and your first ribbon!!! Congratulations :)
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05/29/2006 10:57:45 PM
Absolutely love it. It should probably should come with a "do not try this at home" warning, but I have GOT to try this out! Wow!
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05/29/2006 10:41:19 PM
way to go congrats on the ribbon!!!!!!!!!
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05/29/2006 10:33:00 PM
Contratulations Jen, well deserved ribbon an excellent concept, well executed and captured. A good team effort. Kudos to your coach as well.
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05/29/2006 10:13:27 PM
Amazing first ribbon! Congrats! I am sure we will start seeing some copycats of this great shot!
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05/29/2006 09:25:43 PM
Congrats on this hot shot.
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05/29/2006 07:36:29 PM
WTG, Captain Jen! Congrats on your first ribbon!
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05/29/2006 07:09:53 PM
WTG Jen on your first ribbon!!
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05/29/2006 06:36:47 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon, Jen! Great shot.
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05/29/2006 05:53:07 PM
Congratulations on your firts ribbon. You obviously went through a lot of trouble and it was worth it. Hope you have many more...
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05/29/2006 04:25:11 PM
congrats! your first ribbon is long overdue! :)
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05/29/2006 03:43:27 PM
Woohooo!!! Way to go...fabulous picture! Congrats!
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05/29/2006 01:53:04 PM
YAY Jen!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats on the ribbon and the insanity that created it ;)
Yer neighbours are likely jellis of the heat you n your hubby come up with :P~
Being Nuts is underrated in my opinion!!
:)

Message edited by author 2006-05-29 13:53:30.
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05/29/2006 01:43:34 PM
You ROCK Jen! This is AWESOME! Congats on your ribbon. :-)
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05/29/2006 01:12:38 PM
The thing that makes this really cool is the retained detail in the ball itself. Nicely done and congrats!
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05/29/2006 12:23:33 PM
Congrats on your ribbon, great shot!
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05/29/2006 12:17:19 PM
Should've won! Terrific idea and execution.
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05/29/2006 11:36:28 AM
Oh wow this is simply amazing. It should have been a very deep blue!
Congratulations on the ribbon and the superb shot!
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05/29/2006 11:09:19 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon!!!
w00h00!!

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05/29/2006 09:55:41 AM
woo hoo! Nice job!
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05/29/2006 09:49:26 AM
Wooooo Whooooo! You did it !

Remarkable ingenuity is what makes people think to themselves:
"Why didnít I think of that".

Congratulations on this excellent Idea. Iím happy to see you win the ribbon.

I knew it was just a matter of time.

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05/29/2006 09:26:16 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! Well deserved! :)
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05/29/2006 09:17:47 AM
Sweet! Great picture (Georgia woot!) Oh yea, and your first ribbon too! Congrats

Message edited by author 2006-05-29 09:19:27.
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05/29/2006 08:52:24 AM
Congrats Jen. I was probably more stoked than you when I looked and the homepage and saw your name. I am so happy for you. Such an awesome shot too. Now you can mark off three of those goals. Congrats again.

Message edited by author 2006-05-29 08:54:17.
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05/29/2006 07:50:51 AM
nice work - congrats

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05/29/2006 07:49:37 AM
awesome :)
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05/29/2006 06:54:45 AM
great shot..congrats on the ribbon!
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05/29/2006 05:22:05 AM
Congrats on yor first ribbon! Great image
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05/29/2006 05:17:53 AM
Well, ribbon #1.. how does it feel?

What a concept to pull off. I'm awed.
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05/29/2006 04:18:25 AM
Whooooot!!!! WTG Jen! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon on this wonderfully executed shot!
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05/29/2006 04:07:44 AM
Alright way to go Jennifer!! Great shot and idea and executed great. Congratulations on your first ribbon and the 7+.
Joe
F/stops here!
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05/29/2006 03:21:13 AM
awrsome concept!!
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05/29/2006 02:42:57 AM
Nicely done... hot shot... congrats...
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05/29/2006 02:13:46 AM
This is just soooo excellent. Huge congrats on the yellow.
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05/29/2006 01:32:50 AM
very cool, congratulations jen!
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05/29/2006 01:26:15 AM
i would love to see the original?
just to see how the PP changed the image
thanks!
great show, well done
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05/29/2006 01:10:10 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. I'm a big baseball fan and I even have two baseballs and a glove sitting on my desk right this minute yet I didn't think of doing this shot. Great execution on this. Even without motion blur this thing looks like it's humming across the frame.
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05/29/2006 12:58:08 AM
well done Jennifer! Congrats
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05/29/2006 12:42:33 AM
Wow! Your first ribbon! Congrats on the smokin entry!
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05/29/2006 12:36:10 AM
WTG Jen!!!! WOoooooo hooo on a great photo!! :) :)
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05/29/2006 12:35:30 AM
Very nice! Congratulations on your ribbon.
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05/29/2006 12:34:32 AM
Outstanding image Jen. I was so happy to see you finish where you did. Looking forward to the next round... R.
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05/29/2006 12:33:18 AM
Awesome shot! Congrats for the yellow!
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05/29/2006 12:29:42 AM
The heater....Of course. So obvious, at least to baseball fans. That is what its all about sometimes. Bringing the obvious into plain sight....with a little help of execution.
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05/29/2006 12:25:42 AM
Fantastic! Congrats Jen!
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05/29/2006 12:23:13 AM
Now I'm jealous. Way to go Jen!!!
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05/29/2006 12:21:47 AM
schweet, the long awaited ribbon. fantastico!
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05/29/2006 12:21:28 AM
Congratulations Jennifer! Great shot! May it be followed by many more ribbons and milestones...I know it will!
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05/29/2006 12:16:36 AM
oh hell yes...nice work J (and AJ) :)
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05/29/2006 12:15:07 AM
Well worth the work - great shot! Congrats on the ribbon!
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05/29/2006 12:14:00 AM
WTG Jen!!! Congratulations! Terrific shot & well-deserved ribbon. :-)
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05/29/2006 12:12:40 AM
Good onya girl. Congrats on the +7 score....and the ribbon :)
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05/29/2006 12:09:00 AM
yay! 'bout damn time your talent was recognized! great pic, hon...congrats! :)
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05/29/2006 12:08:49 AM
gogogo, jen! alright!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/28/2006 10:57:51 PM
I'll look forward to reading the set-up on this one... very nicely done!
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05/28/2006 02:42:24 PM
Great capture.
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05/28/2006 02:31:58 PM
I like what you've done here. I think the lighting is spot on as well as the depth of flame, I can see this being a dpc favourite. Its almost central but wonder if further away from central (either up or down) would help a touch? am thinking it will score well however :)
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05/28/2006 12:01:45 PM
Very well executed shot.
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05/26/2006 01:55:30 PM
COOL!
Is this just a 90' rotated ball though ? :)
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05/26/2006 04:35:47 AM
Nice shot.
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05/26/2006 04:25:24 AM
Great title and idea. I would have liked to see the baseball a little closer though to bring out the details of the ball. Nice capture!
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05/26/2006 02:04:27 AM
now why would you set a perfectly good baseball on fire?? ;o) very well done. i'm tryin to figure out how you launched it?! did somebody throw it?? 10
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05/25/2006 04:57:03 PM
beautiful
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05/25/2006 04:39:08 PM
Nice capture
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05/25/2006 06:54:49 AM
Great capture of fire - I hope this does well for you.
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05/25/2006 02:42:47 AM
great capture. best of luck in the challenge. how many balls did you burn :>
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05/24/2006 09:35:11 PM
Love the color and the composition!
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05/24/2006 04:12:42 PM
Very cool - I mean HOT. Excellent.
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05/24/2006 04:06:18 PM
great it stands out well looks like a match on fire at first and im drawn straight to it cracking shot
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05/24/2006 03:48:26 PM
Excellent! Great flame action...
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05/24/2006 02:22:09 PM
wow that is awesome! you are very talented.
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05/24/2006 05:41:52 AM
That's a great heater.
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05/23/2006 06:37:37 PM
I think the lighting on the background is what really sets this apart. Love this shot.
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05/23/2006 03:27:04 PM
I sure hope you didn't have to kill too many baseballs for the effect! Clever idea and well executed.
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05/23/2006 02:20:16 PM
Nice length to the flames. Detail to the laces are still nice and clear I like that - Well done.

Was the ball dropped vertically and then the picture rotated?
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05/23/2006 10:38:12 AM
Great idea, and photo. Poor baseball...LOL hopefully it was a stunt double.
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05/22/2006 04:05:53 PM
I love it !
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05/22/2006 03:59:23 PM
Way to go. 10 from me
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05/22/2006 02:02:21 PM
great image ... 8
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05/22/2006 01:11:57 PM
Excellent old school trick. Great comp, good color, nice movement, love the gradiated bg, nice texture,
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05/22/2006 01:05:24 PM
10 from me!!!
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05/22/2006 09:29:20 AM
A stunning concept well executed, with great detail and color. Possibly a ribbon, too! 9

Criticisms (all minor): Pity you didn't have a more outdoors-y background to complete the illusion... dark green or blue. I'd suggest cropping to a narrower horizontal format (and making it available as a stock photo). The border in this case doesn't really add anything IMO.
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05/22/2006 09:20:40 AM
Awesome shot! The best of all the baseball ones.
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05/22/2006 08:44:19 AM
Nice shot. Great focus on the ball. The idea is great also.
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05/22/2006 08:06:40 AM
beautiful.. tell me how you did it???
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05/22/2006 05:07:22 AM
Top Shelf....10
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05/22/2006 04:34:27 AM
nice colors and nice texture on the baseball-8-
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