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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Light on White III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX Macro for Pentax
Location: Farmington, New Mexico
Date: Nov 20, 2006
Aperture: f/9.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30 sec
Galleries: Humorous, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 25, 2006

I generally leave this section as n/a but figured I might as well say what I did.

I took a clear 40 watt lightbulb and heated the metal end up on the stove and using good gloves pulled the entire end metal end off. I then had to use a dremel tool to score and edge around the end because the inner filiment was attached to the bulb as in one piece. I had originally wanted to include the filiment but it just kept falling into the bulb. I then put 3 neon tetras into the bubl and filled it with water and hot gun glues the metal end back on.

I had originally put the light into a socket but it did't look right and it leaked :> (their was no power to it at the time). But ended up having singsushine(my fiancee) hold it for me.

After sumbitting it I didn'y like the shadows on her fingers but didn't have time to correct it.

As far as in Post processing it was pretty simple.
Duplicate layer
Select fingers and fish on top layer delete everything else.
Go back to bottom layer and then use a Channel Mixer Adjustment layer
Then a Brightness Contrast adjusment layer
USM on both layers
Set the top layers opacity to 65% and Overlay mode.

I didn't want that bright of colors because I figured a brighter anything really didn't fit the challenge for me. I didn't plan on the finger nail design to mimic the fish at all but will take credit for it now :)

Statistics
Place: 20 out of 233
Avg (all users): 6.3810
Avg (commenters): 7.3846
Avg (participants): 6.2816
Avg (non-participants): 6.4766
Views since voting: 2467
Views during voting: 516
Votes: 210
Comments: 35
Favorites: 7 (view)


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11/17/2010 02:09:20 PM
I'm in awe of people who even think of this stuff.
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02/27/2009 05:14:00 PM
How do the fish get fed now? :(
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05/27/2007 09:45:29 PM
This is just the neatist.. Who would of thunk?
that's how u did it..

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05/27/2007 08:42:22 PM
Im glad you didnt put this section n/a. Very creative and usefull info.
Thanks!
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12/05/2006 12:19:57 PM
I am in awe of people who pull off these creative and perfectly executed set-up shots! Well done, and such an appealing photo!

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12/04/2006 08:13:35 AM
Creative and well executed. I don't mind the shadows on her fingers. Gives a nice contrast to the glass and fish. Very nice!
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12/04/2006 01:19:12 AM
Clever and nice effect! Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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12/04/2006 12:42:10 AM
Great idea and a nice top 20 finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/03/2006 11:47:05 PM
I love this
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12/03/2006 06:09:33 PM
Great... Love how her fingernails match the fish'
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12/03/2006 10:48:36 AM
That is really cool. I will be waiting to see how you've done it.
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12/02/2006 11:24:14 AM
I find this silly
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12/02/2006 07:09:27 AM
Good idea !
What I dislike in this photo : the nails , they catch the view (instead of the fishes) and the shadows on the hand because the lighting is quite good on the bulb.
I don't want to be misunderstood , I like the nails but not in this photo.
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12/01/2006 03:07:03 PM
Great concept, perfectly executed. Good luck in the challenge.
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12/01/2006 02:57:17 PM
creative. i like the ephermeral quality
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11/30/2006 01:55:47 PM
ROFL,
Love it..
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11/30/2006 01:29:24 PM
Pros: Composition, lighting, colors, nail makeup to match fish pattern?
Cons: tip of bulb seems tilted
Score: 8
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11/30/2006 11:15:12 AM
Nice twist on the fish thing, and the pattern on the nails go well with the fish. I like the title.
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11/30/2006 10:49:22 AM
I love it, especially how the fingernails match the fish.
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11/29/2006 10:07:21 PM
I really like this picture, but the nails are a little distracting.
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11/29/2006 02:13:37 PM
neon tetras? too bad their colors didn't show through here, it would have been even better... great idea how'd you do it? 8
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11/29/2006 11:10:14 AM
fantastic idea good sharp focus
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11/29/2006 12:47:46 AM
great shot of the fih, would have preferred less shadow in the hands
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11/28/2006 04:32:28 PM
Awesome! Very creative, it is masterfully done. I don't know how it's done, but it is great. The composition is simple, with no distracting elements, but the impact is huge.
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11/28/2006 11:22:35 AM
really cool shot!!!!!
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11/28/2006 06:47:41 AM
fishes are dark colors
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11/27/2006 09:49:52 PM
Neat shot - the nails are even color coordinated to the fish! =)
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11/27/2006 06:49:03 PM
Those tetras look pallid with shock, no pun intended.
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11/27/2006 06:44:26 PM
now thats cool! Congratulations 10
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11/27/2006 06:27:08 PM
just AWESOME! great detail in the fingers and fish. 10
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11/27/2006 05:07:59 PM
Very cool idea. Wow. This is just great creativity. Love it.
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11/27/2006 03:03:42 PM
Cool! I`ve seen this kind of idea somewhere else, but it doesnt take away the fact that this is a very good picture, I also like the way the nails match the fish :) Good luck! 8
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11/27/2006 10:27:06 AM
...neon glow...
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11/27/2006 06:09:45 AM
nice idea, but skin tones are washed out, nail paint is distracting
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11/27/2006 03:33:00 AM
Very clever and the detail is great (even down to the matching nail varnish on the model) - 8
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