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Challenge: Ice (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: Lakewood, CO
Date: Feb 24, 2007
Galleries: Still Life, Floral
Date Uploaded: Feb 24, 2007

Named in deference to my source of inspiration for this challenge, Chris Lawrence's fantastic ice work at //www.icepoetry.com. This is not what I had envisioned, but I've wanted to give it a try since I found his site and then Ice came up as a theme. I wish I had the time and equipment to figure out his obviously far superior lighting techniques.

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I bought some inexpensive spray roses and froze them upside-down in a Tupperware cereal container. For the shoot, I just flipped the container upside down in a clear pyrex baking dish (to contain the water as it melted), let it melt enough to slip out, and draped a piece of wax paper over my trusty directional halogen desk lamp to diffuse the light and soften the glare from the ice.

Post challenge: I was a bit crestfallen to see so many others had the same idea, but pleased to make the top twenty despite the repetition. Woot! Though I have to admit, I'm baffled by the high score when I don't really like it that much. I vastly prefer the painted feeling of the two roses, "Duet", in the outtakes below.

Here's an outtake and another version, both processed beyond the scope of Basic Editing:

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Place: 20 out of 270
Avg (all users): 6.4101
Avg (commenters): 7.5714
Avg (participants): 6.2963
Avg (non-participants): 6.4779
Views since voting: 3783
Views during voting: 385
Votes: 217
Comments: 13
Favorites: 8 (view)

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04/17/2007 09:19:53 AM
My daughter and I attempted a similar idea for the ice challenge. Did not come out like yours so we didn't enter. Good thing. Yours is very cool, no pun intended. Our ice came out foggy so you couldn't see the flowers. I love how crisp your focus is and the composition of the rose. Great job.
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04/05/2007 11:54:26 PM
Magnificent image! Great idea and thanks for sharing your set up.
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04/02/2007 06:53:33 AM
What a great idea...and very clever!
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03/07/2007 07:59:51 PM
So cool! Thanks for the setup pictures! Congratulations on the top 20
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03/07/2007 07:34:43 AM
I think yours are just as good as his if not better! These are really beautiful! What a creative idea! And the composition is perfect!

I'm surprised these aren't on the front page!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/06/2007 02:04:29 PM
I like this, it's very pretty.
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03/06/2007 11:55:56 AM
there are a lot of frozen roses but i really enjoy this one the most! nice job.
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03/03/2007 07:40:20 PM
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03/01/2007 10:05:23 PM
Nice shot !! im sure ull be in top 5 !! 9
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03/01/2007 03:28:25 PM
I like this, one of the few flowers in ice pics I gave a good score to. 9
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02/28/2007 04:57:40 PM
Thats very COOL!
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02/28/2007 12:10:50 PM
nice clarity and focus
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02/28/2007 07:55:13 AM
Not a bad shot, but this has been way overdone.
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