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Water Drop Revisited
Water Drop Revisited
Rikki


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Take Two (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Fremont, California
Date: Jun 1, 2006
Aperture: f5.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/40 seconds
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 1, 2006

Challenge Entry No. 27

Most people liked the original image being blue and a single droplet so here's my interpretation of it. I'm not sure if this will meet the challenge or not.

We'll see.

Shot in RAW and converted with RSE. Created an adjustment layer (Levels) to pump up the colors. Selected the blue background and duplicated the selection as a layer. Adjusted levels to create dark areas on left and used erase to history at 20% opacity. Cropped and added 15 pixel border. Saved for web.

IMG_5924.CR2

Post Challenge
Yikes! Tough competition! 7.37 and 4th! DPC is getting tougher by the minute ;)

Margin of Improvement
A whopping 1.251! This just proves that comments and outtakes work wonders ;) Thanks everyone!

Anyway, I posted these in the thread but here it is as well.

Original
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How did I end up with the blue background? Because of this outtake ;)
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/35000-39999/37893/120/315838.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/35000-39999/37893/120/315838.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 161
Avg (all users): 7.3765
Avg (commenters): 8.1500
Avg (participants): 7.2188
Avg (non-participants): 7.4796
Views since voting: 6913
Views during voting: 377
Votes: 162
Comments: 46
Favorites: 25 (view)


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AuthorThread
07/10/2006 10:26:19 PM
Wow! I don't know where I was for this one but it is fantastic!
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06/16/2006 07:31:57 AM
Awesome shot Rikki! Really love the colors here!
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06/14/2006 08:40:54 AM
Congratulations on your 4th place, Great shot!
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06/13/2006 09:19:03 PM
Simply ravishing in form and color. Congratulations on your 4th placing.
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06/13/2006 02:38:10 PM
Not getting a ribbon at 7.37 sucks, but well congrats on a great score!
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06/13/2006 01:28:56 PM
Pat on the back, Rikki. I really like this one. It is so classy in an understated way. The gradient is wonderful!
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06/13/2006 08:29:28 AM
Way to go Rikki, what a great shot!
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06/13/2006 07:54:23 AM
Congrats Rikki. A very fine shot indeed. It kills your first attempt. That's a very high score for no ribbon. Never mind at least you get closer to your 6 average.
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06/13/2006 05:25:27 AM
Sorry to see you only in the 4th place with this beautiful photo, very well done on all techicals and it´s simply awesome in it´s simplicity. Nice work my friend!

Message edited by author 2006-06-13 05:26:25.
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06/13/2006 04:40:18 AM
Nice finish Rikki, this image rocks!
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06/13/2006 01:45:29 AM
Rikki!! That looks like this stuff I had hanging out of my nose the other night. ;-P

Congrats! A great improvement on a previously great image. No wonder mom loves you more.
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06/13/2006 01:24:03 AM
Congrats on fourth....well I suppose it just goes to show. You look better in blue than pink!!!!!
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06/13/2006 12:56:25 AM
Congratulations Rikki! Awesome photo, I love it (and so did everyone else apparently) : )
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06/13/2006 12:23:12 AM
Congrats on your top 5 Rikki. Great job!
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06/13/2006 12:18:25 AM
Congratulations on your top 4 finish...soooooo close, but you should be happy with this it's a tremendous shot...well done
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06/13/2006 12:18:01 AM
ok so I counted 27 of your challenge entries and did not find a water drop. would it be so hard to put a thumbnail in your challenge description? none of the ribbon winners bothered to do it, either.
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06/13/2006 12:12:15 AM
Congrats on 4th Rikki! Terrific job! Knew this had to be yours - Love this shot.
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06/13/2006 12:08:31 AM
'Grats on top 5, Rikki!
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06/13/2006 12:06:25 AM
Nice job Rikki!!! Congrats on your top 5!!
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06/13/2006 12:06:23 AM
a 7.37 4th! Man! Well, I guess you can wear it with pride and use it as a story to tell the newbies years from now...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/12/2006 11:26:32 PM
Love the colors! Great timing.
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06/12/2006 01:55:00 PM
Rikki, this is a great take two. I like it much better than the previous ones.
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06/12/2006 05:34:48 AM
Very crisp and bright - a nice one - well done..
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06/12/2006 03:55:32 AM
Great capture here, droplet is better proportioned than in your original outake, and for me all the better for it.
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06/10/2006 12:13:33 AM
Very nice. I definitely prefer this to the pink.
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06/09/2006 01:39:01 PM
Creative and well done
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06/08/2006 11:06:58 PM
I really like this shot, simple, very clean 9!
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06/08/2006 09:45:18 PM
An exquisite study in fluidity and color. What a great image this is.
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06/08/2006 06:41:56 PM
Bravo! A sure winner! Fantastic gradient blue and loooong drop.
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06/08/2006 03:43:00 PM
Such a simple image yet so effective!
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06/08/2006 05:47:51 AM
Classic shot, and I really think the frame sets it off perfectly. 8.
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06/08/2006 12:37:41 AM
cool!
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06/07/2006 02:55:34 PM
I would swear that this was Rikki's. I know that he did a shot almost identical to this, just not for a challenge. Which kinda goes against the "letter" of the challenge description - but in my opinion, it doesn't go against the "intent" of it. So, long story short... This is an outstanding shot. Big improvement over the one I think it's a reshoot of. Great work. 9
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06/07/2006 07:56:38 AM
"WOW" factor here and yes a stunning image as well.....
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06/06/2006 09:50:52 PM
Simplicity is the best way to create impact! This is stunning!
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06/06/2006 08:55:42 PM
This looks so fragile and delicate. I love the background color.
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06/06/2006 01:22:34 PM
This is an excellent shot, but i would of liked alittle more highlighting of the actual drop. Perfect backdrop though.
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06/06/2006 01:02:05 PM
Water, even to someone not familiar with chemistry, is not that viscous. As an image alone, it is interesting and the colour blue pleasing. The simplicity is appealing. Perhaps the title should be something like: "Viscosity."
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06/06/2006 12:29:14 PM
I love it, colours and sharpness and all. Is that soap? Whatever it's a 10.
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06/06/2006 09:16:04 AM
haven't seen the original, but this looks fantastic and I hope you do well with this, good luck
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06/06/2006 09:09:08 AM
Yes, that's an improvement Rikki.
Smoother gradiations. No halo around the water. Looks like you used some black cards this time to get the water to outline better.

Excellent shot.
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06/06/2006 07:37:33 AM
This looks so perfect. Beautiful blue tones.
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06/06/2006 06:33:45 AM
this sure didn't need improvment but here it is.. Welcome to the top 5 Rikki
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06/06/2006 05:47:09 AM
Rikki, you've got a ribbon winner here...
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06/06/2006 01:27:45 AM
Great reshot, Rikki. Looks very close to your original. I would, however, like to see a bit more contrast in this version. Otherwise an excellent study in viscosity and macro photography. Nice job.
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06/06/2006 12:17:03 AM
DNMC! :P Ah this is much better than even the outtake, which was better than your original.
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