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Displaced explosion
Displaced explosion

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Challenge: Stopped Motion III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX Aspherical DF for Canon
Location: Home
Date: Aug 6, 2006
Aperture: F/16
ISO: 400
Shutter: 2.0 secs
Galleries: Action, Studio
Date Uploaded: Aug 6, 2006

I really should have bought an automatic trigger!

Instead I had a setup that consisted of a bowl of salt, the back of a book and two marbles. I'd read the review of this photo and really wanted to give it a go.


This image is of 2 marbles dropped at the same time, the one on the right is in the salt, whilst the one of the left is just about to make the salt explode.

When I'd been looking around on the web on the subject of high speed flash photography, I stumbled across a university website with a number of stop action images. All with complicated circuitry to trigger the shutter.

Instead my amateurish attempt was

1) Set the focus on the camera and then set to manual so it wouldn't re-focus (the camera was on a tripod)
2) Turn off the lights
3) Release the shutter on a 2sec exposure
4) Manu said now and dropped the marble
5) I fired a metz flash at the salt from the back right and tried to time it as the marble hit the salt
6) Repeat 71 times

PP - RAW (exposure, shadow etc), USM in photoshop, cloned out a bit of offputting salt dust, resize.

I fear that the image might not meet the challenge perfectly and will therefore lose marks. Fingers crossed!

Place: 37 out of 212
Avg (all users): 6.1152
Avg (commenters): 7.1429
Avg (participants): 6.0811
Avg (non-participants): 6.1368
Views since voting: 1273
Views during voting: 369
Votes: 191
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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08/15/2006 03:53:29 PM
71 :)
nice result :) so worth it!
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08/14/2006 01:12:10 AM
man, i loved this one... should have scored higher... good job.

oh. and go team!
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08/14/2006 12:39:51 AM
excellent commentsn - thank you for taking the time to tell us about this shot

Great perserverance too - I love that about this site - seeing what it really takes to get these amazing shots.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/13/2006 09:22:58 PM
Ahhh ... somethin' diff-rnt.
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08/13/2006 01:57:43 PM
not sure if all that black is doing you any favors - but I respect your choice as an artist -

This makes me wonder all kinds of questions - looking forward to reading your comments after the challenge - I hope you do well.
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08/13/2006 01:48:19 AM
Wow! Solid 8, including the use of the negative space! I really like the physics in this shot.
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08/13/2006 12:03:50 AM
Neat image! I like the minimalist nature of the shot, yet showing great stop action. Good luck!
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08/11/2006 05:22:24 PM
how did you do that???
looks so good
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08/11/2006 10:05:23 AM
interesting shot. not too keen on all that negative space, though.
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08/11/2006 12:23:48 AM
thats cool! 9
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08/10/2006 03:13:32 PM
For some reason, from the thumbnail view, I thought the sphere was a bullet point. Now, as to how you did this...hmmm. Double exposure? Will be interested to see in your comments. You did list comments didn't you? ;^)

Very creative. Nice stopped motion. Should do well with this. I'd say "Good luck", but I don't think you need it. He-he.
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08/10/2006 06:36:26 AM
Clever take on the water drop picture. Well done.
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08/08/2006 07:07:06 PM
Awesome picture. I wish it were a little brighter.
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