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Silver spoonlet

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Challenge: Bokeh II (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Challenge Entries (most)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Location: My sink
Date: Jun 20, 2006
Aperture: 2.7
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Jun 21, 2006

Variation on some shots I took with a sponge as the background. For example:
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Nothing complicated - just turned the faucet on enough to create little droplets falling into the sink.

Cropped it and sharpened a little.

Place: 405 out of 432
Avg (all users): 3.7673
Avg (commenters): 4.1667
Avg (participants): 3.6714
Avg (non-participants): 3.8667
Views since voting: 1342
Views during voting: 377
Votes: 275
Comments: 8
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07/06/2006 05:01:12 PM
I would have made sure to to use the whole 150 kb limit, this is 54 kb, which means your file could have nearly been three times as large(with respect to detail). Take a look at this tutorial if you you use photo shop. I also think alittle bit of color in the image would have helped your score and some sort of noise reduction software like neat image or if you don't want to download the free version you can try using gaussian blur and fade the amount in the opacity. You have some good images in your portfolio but I think they need alittle work on post processing and if you look through the tutorials they can be a huge help. I know they helped me out alot. Hope this helps you.
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06/28/2006 12:17:55 AM
Many thanks for the comments. To the folks who thought this was a still spoon under a glass plate, I'm afraid it isn't. Rather, I took shots of drops falling from my faucet. Hence the need for a fast exposure. Didn't realize how badly the flash showed up, though! Just need to get more light on the subject. And I'll definitely keep your suggestions in mind when I try that glass plate concept.

I was trying for a variation on when I used a sponge as a background. Of course, the sponge reflected the flash evenly:
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I think you get differently shaped drops when they're falling than when you spray them on glass, so I'll try both techniques some more.

This was my first challenge, and I appreciate the learning experience!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/24/2006 05:50:55 AM
A different concept and well handled...but watch the flash or light behind you.
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06/23/2006 11:59:25 PM
Why do they use flash, Sisquatz?
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06/23/2006 12:25:22 PM
Not sure why, but this shot makes me think of a herion (?) user, with the spoon & syringe...

Nicely taken though!
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06/22/2006 11:57:47 AM
I'm sorry, but this is not a very good rendition of the well known technique. You might want to add a few more drops and the flash distracts from the shot. The spoon reflections in the drops are not very clear and the colors are boring. This would be better if you had a colored backdrop to put the spoon on, and if you took the photo with a longer exposure in stead of flash.
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06/21/2006 10:55:30 PM
Cool idea. I think this has some nice bokeh spots on the spoon.
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06/21/2006 07:58:11 AM
Sorry, does not work for me re this challenge...
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