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Challenge: AA Battery (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: At home, Reykjavik
Date: Dec 26, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Macro, Water
Date Uploaded: Dec 26, 2006

Bah, yet another last minute entry, Iīm sure Iīll regret this in the morning, especially since the last 4 open challenges I have been have included two of my worst scores this year and the other two well under my average.

Anyway, shot this just around midnight and am editing real late so I think I am screwed... Best I could come up with all week thinking about this challenge though so I wonīt use that as an excuse.

Lit with two flashes, a 580ex bounced into a silver umbrella from the left upper corner and a 550ex on camera bounced up in the white cealing. The water is coming from our showerhead, thanx to Henny who held on to the batteries and aiming the showerhead with her other hand. Backround is a poster I had lying around.

Post processing was unusally much for me with a basic editing challenge. First it was basic raw conversion stuff but I didnīt really like the cyan tone of the backround so I did several (think they were 5 total) passes with the "replace color" tool in PS, each one very mild and then thre passes with "selective color", mostly set to remove all magenta from both the cyan and blue parts of the picture. All this to gradually change all cyan tones in the picture to a more dark blue tone. Would of course not have gone this way if the advanced editing rules had applied, the result isnīt really satisfactory to me, mostly visible with the slight halo on the top side of the top battery. Cropped it rather heavily and rotated 90 clockwise. Curves adjustment and first time I used healing brush with basic editing, only to remove two dust specs in the upper left right of course (what was originally the upper left corner) and finally used smartsharpen after resizing and added the frame.

Well canīt say I expected this ribbon but I rarely do anyway. A lot of you ask why water? Cause it looks cool!!! That simple :P Was just trying to create an image that "might" be an advertisement and wanted it too look fresh.

Thanx for the high votes, I reall really really appreciate it :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 142
Avg (all users): 7.4385
Avg (commenters): 8.1500
Avg (participants): 7.3220
Avg (non-participants): 7.4669
Views since voting: 13323
Views during voting: 620
Votes: 301
Comments: 84
Favorites: 13 (view)


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01/09/2007 08:24:56 AM
Congratulations Again!! Not too easy fo most to make batteries so interesting, bright and fun! Great work!
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01/08/2007 12:33:49 PM
Congrats!


Message edited by author 2007-01-08 12:36:34.
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01/07/2007 05:36:03 AM
Congrats.
I must tell you though... your image featured in one of the leading news papers here in Bombay promoting DPCHALLENGE as a website for learning and entering contests. They had your image and a small write up on DPC.
Even though I dont know whether they can use your image like that... it was heartening to see a familiar snap since I have been around for almost 2 years and this is first time I have seen DPC in mainstream media in India.

Impressive stuff.
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01/05/2007 07:35:28 PM
You make me sick, dont you need to go take a break or something? j/k :) Congrats!
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01/04/2007 04:17:13 PM
Congrats.
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01/04/2007 02:51:37 PM
No fair! How we s'posed to know to vote easy when there's no volcanic landscape, northern lights or Viking symbols?
Huh?

Congrats :)
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01/04/2007 08:59:52 AM
Nicely done, congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!

You can stop now. ;P
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01/03/2007 04:04:22 PM
Congratulations on another worthy finish. You do know how to approach every challenge with perfect vision. Great job!
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01/03/2007 03:59:56 PM
Wow man! AGAIN Another Blue.
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01/03/2007 12:31:16 PM
Great shot - it definately stood out in the challenge! Congrats on the blue ribbon!
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01/03/2007 10:56:29 AM
Flott start á nýju ári Lárus... Congrats :o)
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01/03/2007 09:26:06 AM
congrats on the ribbon... well done
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01/03/2007 08:35:42 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, awesome photo.
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01/03/2007 07:53:05 AM
Sheesh - someone better tell Kiwiness to start entering more often - Larus is out to knock him off the top of the ribbon heap.

Another great shot my man. Congrats!
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01/03/2007 07:25:58 AM
I've never wanted to drink battery juice quite as much as I do looking at this image. Refreshing! And yes, I have now surpassed you in 4th place finishes. Just try to keep up! Nice shot w/ great lighting by BTW!
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01/03/2007 07:13:59 AM
Great way to start the year bud, very nicely done, the colors are great and the reflection really adds to it. Nice job.
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01/03/2007 06:33:18 AM
knew it!
Congrats!
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01/03/2007 05:57:28 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon

first this week I mean
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01/03/2007 05:54:54 AM
Not again!!! U have completely wiped the competition away nowadays!

Congrats!
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01/03/2007 05:24:29 AM
Cool! Nice shot, man. Congrats!
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01/03/2007 04:20:10 AM
Originally posted by Larus:

Bah, yet another last minute entry, I´m sure I´ll regret this in the morning, especially since the last 4 open challenges I have been have included two of my worst scores this year and the other two well under my average.


blablablablablabla :P which challenge was it that you didn't win a ribbon?! ;)

congrats man, nice piece of work!
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01/03/2007 04:20:09 AM
Great shot! Must be the icelandic water. Congrats!
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01/03/2007 03:52:55 AM
Congratulations!

Not a bad way of starting the dpc year ;)

Message edited by author 2007-01-03 03:53:39.
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01/03/2007 03:31:08 AM
Originally posted by scalvert:

LOL, you just keep going and going and going...

Congrats to the ribbonator!


Or Ribboneater! Congratulations with yet another last minute entry that ribbons! Þú ert ótrúlegur, Gleðilegt nýtt ár!
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01/03/2007 03:04:35 AM
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Figures! Another Icelandic landscape! ;-) Congrats Larus! It is an excellent shot!

...I need a macro to auto-paste "Congrats Larus" in every week. :P


quote it! :)
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01/03/2007 03:01:06 AM
As soon as I saw this I knew it would finish high. I am not surprised to see it ribbon. This is just the sort of shot that appeals here, I think. And for good reason, it is very clever. Especially how you got it to look like it is underwater.
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01/03/2007 02:11:11 AM
Congratulations! Well done, very original idea.
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01/03/2007 01:47:14 AM
Excellent shot and congrats for the ribbon
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01/03/2007 01:30:58 AM
Figures! Another Icelandic landscape! ;-) Congrats Larus! It is an excellent shot!

...I need a macro to auto-paste "Congrats Larus" in every week. :P
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01/03/2007 12:51:00 AM
Excellent shot!! Congratulations..
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01/03/2007 12:24:14 AM
perfect proof of how versatile you are.

great job man, very nice
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01/03/2007 12:16:19 AM
=) Incredible what a good photographer can do even with a difficult theme. Nice work!
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01/03/2007 12:15:50 AM
What hope do the rest of us have if you think you're not going to do well with a shot like this?

Congratulations, yet again. ;>þ
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01/03/2007 12:11:11 AM
LOL, you just keep going and going and going...

Congrats to the ribbonator!
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01/03/2007 12:06:23 AM
wish my last minute stuff was this strong! congrats on the blue and super high score! Should make you feel better about your last basics.
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01/03/2007 12:04:54 AM
woah! strong work...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/02/2007 10:41:51 PM
very nice...hope this does well
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01/02/2007 09:02:52 PM
Sweet - looks like a magazine ad - nicely done!!
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01/02/2007 08:57:05 PM
very nice
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01/02/2007 08:46:09 PM
Nice shot!!! :D
Sharp, just great!! Hope you get an nice score!
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01/02/2007 05:02:22 PM
ahhh i get it, very good!
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01/02/2007 03:22:24 PM
Colorful and fun, the bubbles are great. Very nice.
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01/02/2007 02:59:02 PM
The execution is really nice! I just have no idea why a battery would be in this setting. If there was an underwater electronic product somewhere in the background, that would make this a potential 10 in my eyes.
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01/01/2007 11:58:46 PM
This is a great shot, the only thing keeping me from giving this a ten is that I would have loved to see the tops of the two batteries. Composition, lighting and tones are all spot on, 9 from me.
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01/01/2007 12:58:10 PM
Great bubbles... nice shot.
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12/31/2006 10:01:03 PM
great advertising type image...love the blue...well done
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12/31/2006 08:29:38 PM
ahhh... the refreshing taste of Duracell, I know it well....
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12/31/2006 08:23:54 PM
Wow!! Stunning colors and clarity and timing. 10.
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12/31/2006 06:48:59 PM
nice
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12/31/2006 03:18:15 PM
Great shot.
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12/31/2006 01:52:49 PM
Cool setup, love the shot, great work.
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12/30/2006 08:12:04 PM
Nice!
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12/30/2006 03:50:25 PM
Beautiful colors really makes this shot stand out. Nicely done. Back to bump you up to 8.
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12/30/2006 09:58:22 AM
Cool
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12/29/2006 03:42:15 PM
Im sure this will be the winner. You made a very boring subject interesting.
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12/29/2006 08:30:06 AM
Great photo, i love the water.
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12/29/2006 01:28:03 AM
What a unique shot! I love it! 9
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12/29/2006 01:04:53 AM
I like this one.
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12/28/2006 09:18:52 PM
This is beautiful - it looks just like an ad for the company. Hope you put in your description how you did this. Nice job!
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12/28/2006 04:45:35 PM
Perhaps we'll see this in an ad one day?
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12/28/2006 03:32:12 PM
nice shot, but not sure what batteries have in common with water.
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12/28/2006 01:55:55 PM
Don't know how you did it, but I love it!
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12/28/2006 10:56:19 AM
Great Image, Fun and vivid-9
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12/28/2006 02:40:39 AM
Nice capture
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12/28/2006 02:12:04 AM
WOW really sharp!
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12/27/2006 10:39:17 PM
The photo quality is excellent...I'm predicting a ribbon winner for this one. Great job...10
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12/27/2006 06:35:57 PM
Winner!
Well done!
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12/27/2006 04:57:22 PM
Lovely. Looks wet, water looks spontaneous and fluid...as it should. Exposure is spot on. Not original but refreshing just the same.
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12/27/2006 04:19:06 PM
Perfect shot
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12/27/2006 02:17:53 PM
crisp and clean
should do well
7
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12/27/2006 12:04:50 PM
Fantastic clarity. 9
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12/27/2006 11:09:39 AM
You expect to see produce shot this way, but not a battery. Very well executed.
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12/27/2006 09:39:40 AM
lovely and soo action
nice shot 7
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12/27/2006 09:08:33 AM
I LOVE THIS!! Lighting is a little harsh in the bottom right corner. It would have been nice to see the positive side of the batteries.
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12/27/2006 08:20:01 AM
pourrait servir pour une pub - could be used for an ad

Message edited by author 2007-01-03 07:31:20.
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12/27/2006 03:04:24 AM
lol, I don't think I'd do that to a battery, and while this is very clice,(especially for a battery challenge) The clarity is great. I wish there was a bit more space on the left, so 9
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12/27/2006 02:51:42 AM
I really find this one to be a great shot. Great clarity, and comp.
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12/27/2006 02:01:10 AM
excellent photography ...
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12/27/2006 01:58:02 AM
Happy Holidays - 7
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12/27/2006 01:45:17 AM
Vibrant. I like it! Good luck.
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12/27/2006 12:45:49 AM
not sure what the relevance of the water is?
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12/27/2006 12:43:08 AM
I think we have ourselves a winner. You obviously know what you're doing, but here're the compliments: Great color, great sharpness, great representation of subject, great freezing of motion... great work.
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12/27/2006 12:39:39 AM
Very nice picture
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12/27/2006 12:21:06 AM
Outstanding, great work for this subject.
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