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He's Gone Mad!
He's Gone Mad!
cutlassdude70


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: School Days: Chemistry (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Uncle's House - Highland, CA
Date: Sep 10, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 0.4 sec
Galleries: Humorous, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Sep 11, 2006

This was an ABSOLUTE blast to shoot. :D My friend Kris agreed to be the mad scientist and we started gathering supplies. The beaker and flask were borrowed from a friend that works in a chemistry lab, the lab coat from another friend that's a chemistry major, and the safety goggles from my uncle (who's a pyrotechnic operator).

We shot this in the back room of my uncle's house. There were LOTS of distracting elements that could have screwed the shot up, so we decided to keep the background in total darkness, use a black backdrop, and use a 6 ft blacklight as our primary light source. The fun part was making our mystery "chemicals" glow. First we just tried neon food coloring in water, but that failed horribly to hold light. So we just added a little milk to cloud it up and that totally did the trick! There's a small mag light behind the green fluid in the beaker to give it that glow.

For the flask, we taped a LED flashlight with a blue gel to my friend's wrist to provide that back-lighting. The blue milk-water mixture didn't disperse the light as well as the green, but I think it still did the trick. We also dropped in a chunk of dry ice to the blue liquid in the flask to provide the smoke. :)

Post-Processing
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* Noise Ninja
* Curves adjustment layer to help highlight the face and teeth
* Levels adjustment layer
* Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer
* Selective Color adjustment layer to shift yellow tones towards green
* Resize, crop, Save for Web

Statistics
Place: 14 out of 90
Avg (all users): 6.4161
Avg (commenters): 7.6190
Avg (participants): 5.8919
Avg (non-participants): 6.4904
Views since voting: 1263
Views during voting: 477
Votes: 298
Comments: 22
Favorites: 3 (view)


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09/21/2006 04:32:40 PM
Great shot. Congrats on your top 20 finish!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/19/2006 11:39:08 PM
Approprite insane grin; great lighting. One of my top scores. ;-)
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09/19/2006 05:28:16 PM
...But he is pretty happy about it! :)
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09/17/2006 09:38:53 PM
Excellent use of fluoresence. Fluoroscein?
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09/16/2006 07:38:41 PM
Great idea to use black light here. Everything looks so dramatic and toxic! And yes, he has really gone mad if you look at his face! Well done.
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09/16/2006 02:51:29 AM
fantastic! great colour and craziness in the image...perfect for the challenge...good luck
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09/15/2006 09:39:45 PM
Great job, love the glowing colours!
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09/15/2006 01:40:23 PM
the expression in priceless. the green glow as well
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09/15/2006 04:52:42 AM
nice job 7
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09/14/2006 10:28:59 PM
Funny and original. Good luck!
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09/14/2006 08:18:40 PM
cool, shot, great edit, my fav of the 90 submitteed 10 ;-)
Love the teeth, lol
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09/14/2006 03:27:35 PM
LOL....cool!
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09/14/2006 12:55:58 AM
Nice glowing colours. This looks great!
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09/13/2006 08:53:01 PM
This is really fun, Just needs one more element to really make it EXPLODE
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09/13/2006 11:56:41 AM
Nice stereotypical chemical image. I like it. 7.
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09/13/2006 11:26:28 AM
Lol! the maniac smile does it for me..
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09/13/2006 10:51:05 AM
Nice!!! I can feel the madness - Great Capture!!
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09/13/2006 07:19:29 AM
Brilliant use of light- well photographed and a good idea.
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09/13/2006 03:20:58 AM
made me smile! nice fluorescent colors
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09/13/2006 02:16:02 AM
Some pretty neat use of color and light.
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09/13/2006 01:18:57 AM
Hehe, great title. The colours work really well here, would have been better though if he would have had gloves on, so you would see the hands clearer.
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09/13/2006 12:43:23 AM
I had this idea - so glad you carried it out. heeeeeee
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