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Humpty Dumpty Afterlife
Humpty Dumpty Afterlife
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Challenge: Bits & Pieces (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Challenge Entries (most)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Location: My basement
Date: Aug 1, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 50
Shutter: 0.3s
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Aug 1, 2006

I played around with a few ideas around trying to put an egg back together again. I wasn't sure whether I'd go with showing being able to do it or not being able to.

First, I knocked a big hole in one side and drained the egg. Mmmmm ... scrambled eggs.

Then I "artfully" smashed it by dropping it repeatedly on the counter.

Since my original idea was to show Humpty Dumpty, I built a wall for it to sit on out of my daughters' blocks. Didn't have enough red ones, so had to mix long red and short green.

Next, I cut out a small strip of posterboard and taped it to the back of the egg to hold it vertical.

I had fun backlighting the egg with a white flashlight.

Then I wondered how it would look propped up against my daughter's brilliant blue fiber optic lamp. Turned out it looked pretty good, but the strands were too long; if I showed their tips, I'd lose all detail on the egg. The solution was to snip a few fibers to create a ring of lights around the egg.


Editing: noise reduction, cropping, sharpening, curves to enhance contrast, resizing, and another round of USM.

One fun note: I'm really enjoying my new Gorillapod, this flexible tabletop tripod thing. For this shot, I wrapped it around the back of a chair to shoot down at the lamp on the floor.

Statistics
Place: 15 out of 235
Avg (all users): 6.0346
Avg (commenters): 7.6154
Avg (participants): 5.8974
Avg (non-participants): 6.1046
Views since voting: 2104
Views during voting: 375
Votes: 231
Comments: 24
Favorites: 5 (view)


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03/12/2008 12:49:33 AM
Nice one. Very cool photo. Well done.
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05/30/2007 10:02:45 PM
Jeffrey, this ROCKS! Into faves! You should do well in the upcoming challenge. I'm truly impressed.
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09/07/2006 08:29:13 PM
I really like this, and a great idea--fibre optics-inspired choice, great shot ;-)
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08/30/2006 10:17:34 AM
cool, this looks pretty neat... love the creativity
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08/15/2006 10:20:37 PM
There appears to be great potential for these fiber optic things. Nice job here. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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08/09/2006 12:57:10 AM
Very striking.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/08/2006 10:51:37 PM
cool
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08/08/2006 07:54:27 PM
I can't help but think of the movie "Alien" when I look at this. I'm imagining the "Nostromo" exploding and throwing this egg through space where another unsuspecting ship will collect it. Whew...maybe I need a sci-fi fix. Great image! 9
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08/08/2006 06:22:38 PM
LOL Great shot and love the lighting.
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08/08/2006 05:47:59 PM
Interesting idea using fiber optics and blue backlighting.
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08/08/2006 10:55:04 AM
Great imaging, but you can "see the wires" so to speak. In other words, I can see how you did it, which is half the fun for me.
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08/08/2006 09:28:49 AM
So I assume it's an egg? Wow!
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08/08/2006 01:13:59 AM
I almost didn't vote on this photo but the color and title caught my eye - nice job!
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08/06/2006 04:59:58 PM
Intiresting effect, I look forward to finding out how you did it...
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08/06/2006 11:49:53 AM
constrained by Basic Editing - Impressive
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08/04/2006 08:21:51 PM
Great color and clairity.
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08/04/2006 10:45:21 AM
haha love the title.
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08/03/2006 11:19:23 PM
cool
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08/03/2006 05:18:29 PM
THIS IS A GREAT PIC....GREAT VISION
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08/03/2006 08:52:24 AM
Nice idea....
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08/03/2006 05:08:12 AM
Wow, cool concept and a great shot.
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08/02/2006 10:09:35 PM
Ooooooo! Ahhhhhhhh! Love the blue! Very Sci-fi! Like an exploding planet.
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08/02/2006 12:02:59 PM
I like it, very abstract. It looks very space-like to me, or a blue version of Aliens!
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08/02/2006 03:00:41 AM
Clever image here, but do not get the bits and pieces at all.
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