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Challenge: Bubbles II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8D
Location: Home Studio
Date: Apr 22, 2007
Aperture: 5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 200
Galleries: Macro, Studio
Date Uploaded: Apr 22, 2007

-Hot Glued tacks down on sheet of paper,
-Set up my lighting and details(I know, it's not perfect focus)
-Had my fiance blow bubbles that weren't very defined, so she took a puff of smoke and blew it into the bubble and had it drift down into the shot.
-I used too high of an ISO to compensate for lack of shutter speed, hence the bit of graininess you see.

I think I took something in the range of 250 photos to get the right shot with the right bubble. It was fun to do. I had another shot and wasn't sure if I should submit this one or the other.

Statistics
Place: 99 out of 172
Avg (all users): 5.2388
Avg (commenters): 4.6563
Avg (participants): 4.8500
Avg (non-participants): 5.3510
Views since voting: 951
Views during voting: 500
Votes: 268
Comments: 48
Favorites: 0


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02/13/2008 05:39:39 PM
cool
05/04/2007 08:06:43 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I like the concept here and the photograph and title made me smile. I like to offer a couple suggestions that might improve the execution.

First, it appears that you were working with a touch less light than might have been ideal. This probably forced you to have to make a couple compromises that affected the quality of the photograph.

There is just a touch of softness in the photograph. This could have come from your relatively wide aperture of f/5, or perhaps just a touch of camera shake if you were hand-holding. Use of a tripod and careful manual focusing might help there. If does look like you have sharper focus toward the center of the plane, so I think narrow DOF was your main issue there.

Also, it looks like you might have tried to compensate for the softness with heavy sharpening. You may notice a white halo effect around the pushpins. This is a common artifact of over-sharpening.

A three word sentence that a friend said to me once often sticks in my mind -- "cameras love light." This is a great example of a situation where more light would be a tremendous asset. Of course, I understand all too well that we can't necessarily always have all the equipment we'd like to have in every situation.

The use of smoke in the bubbles is a good idea as it does help to set them off. Congratulations again on a great concept. You have tremendous creativity, and that can't be bought at any price.

~Terry
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05/03/2007 01:52:12 PM
This one made me laugh when I read the title very cool idea!
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05/03/2007 11:14:11 AM
This is a really neat idea and you portrayed it well. I just think the focus should have been a little sharper.
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05/02/2007 04:07:37 PM
Great idea, and concept the smoke is a great idea for the bubble, if this were me, levels say -50 contrast possible +15 Neat image chrominance muddy image advance preset. you would be surprised. IMHO this would have overcome your high ISO look.

Message edited by author 2007-05-02 16:11:14.
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05/02/2007 09:09:00 AM
Fantastic idea. I have to agree with the focus issue on this one. I think maybe the smoke in the bubble hurt you because it made the bubble look different than most.
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05/02/2007 08:35:55 AM
Funny idea, and interesting solution to make the bubble more opaque.
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05/02/2007 04:27:11 AM
Great idea to have the smoke in the bubble! It does indeed give it more texture. Really like the setup and the idea here, too.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/01/2007 11:43:55 PM
I would rate this a 10 if it was better quality. It's kind of blurry.
05/01/2007 02:56:16 PM
A creative idea! I like the use of coloured pins and the fact that they are not perfectly aligned. The image seems rather noisy (grainy) which is likely the result of a high ISO. Using stronger lighting will allow the camera to use a lower ISO and help to reduce the graininess.
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05/01/2007 02:29:09 PM
noisy and unsharp... :(
nice idea though!
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04/30/2007 09:20:31 PM
A looks out of focus.
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04/30/2007 08:30:47 PM
cute
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04/30/2007 06:34:51 PM
Nice idea and concept. Just wish it was less blurry.
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04/30/2007 04:14:55 PM
I think your picture is a bit out of focus, and probably a different color background could work better for you photo. Good luck
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04/30/2007 12:41:47 AM
It's coming down.
04/29/2007 04:20:56 PM
Cool idea, wish it was in focus more. I still like though.
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04/29/2007 12:17:44 PM
Great idea, though the actual execution of it is just not what it could be: not sharp, strange lighting on the pins (blueish?), overall wrong white balance imo. I'd love to see this shot taken again, with some extra editing and a better focus.
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04/29/2007 08:45:21 AM
i like the concept a lot but there is a lot of graininess/ pixelation that is really unfortunate in macro images
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04/29/2007 03:27:36 AM
A dark background and take out some of the grain, and this would be an excellent image.
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04/28/2007 09:08:46 PM
oh-oh!
04/28/2007 08:40:54 PM
Very good idea but it looks slightly OOF.
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04/28/2007 10:50:38 AM
neat idea but the focus and setup could use some work
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04/27/2007 10:02:03 PM
This is a cute idea. I wish the photo was in focus - I would love to see the bubble and the tacks just jump out of the pic.
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04/27/2007 06:26:30 PM
I'd like this more if there was more contrast between the background color and the bubble.
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04/27/2007 04:13:50 PM
Needs to be MUCH sharper (heh, sorry about pun). That is, needs sharper focus. But cute idea and good composition.
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04/27/2007 02:42:29 PM
For me, the colors are a little washed out, and the bubbles are lost on the white backround.
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04/26/2007 07:43:01 PM
I love the idea and the composition is great - but what's up with the all-over quality of the picture?? Did you shoot it with your cell phone camera or...??
04/26/2007 07:17:36 PM
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04/26/2007 05:39:06 PM
What a neat idea. The background is bleh - too noticeable. Maybe black or another color would have worked better. DOF could be a little deeper I thikn. Like the colors and composition.
04/26/2007 08:30:20 AM
Great idea; love the smoke-filled bubble. A shame the bubble itself and some of the pins seem a bit out of focus.
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04/26/2007 07:31:48 AM
Nice idea, unfortunately too much noise.
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04/25/2007 10:22:32 PM
I like the concept of this. I wish it was sharper.
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04/25/2007 09:28:56 PM
I love the colors, but it seems a bit soft, considering the subjects.
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04/25/2007 09:02:49 PM
fun story being told in this image I like the colors of the tacks, but the image is really fuzzy.
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04/25/2007 04:54:03 PM
Like the concept, wished the picture was sharper though
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04/25/2007 02:58:47 PM
Very cool photo - needs a lot more focus.
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04/25/2007 02:48:03 PM
I like the idea but the image is kind of low quality.
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04/25/2007 01:14:34 PM
nice idea but there is so much out of focus it makes it distracting
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04/25/2007 01:07:24 PM
HAHA!! That is awesome!! Thats soo cool! I love it! MAn! Thats should be on a wall somewhere, its great!
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04/25/2007 12:11:04 PM
Interesting idea, but its a little out of focus.
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04/25/2007 11:27:09 AM
Awwh, I really like this. I think if the light had been pointing in the opposite direction it would've illuminated the front of the tacks and that slight fuzz wouldn't be there. Very nice, though. Very good idea.
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04/25/2007 11:05:53 AM
hmm this seems to be the bubbles last stand lol i like the way you have the points of the pins so defined
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04/25/2007 10:57:36 AM
this would be great if it were in better focus. i like the colors and the idea of all the pins.
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04/25/2007 09:14:11 AM
Nice concept. A shaper image would have improved this shot. 6.
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04/25/2007 01:26:46 AM
ooh a great idea but suffers from oof imo/5
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04/25/2007 12:17:13 AM
the bubble seems fuzzy, but it also shows motion, very neet idea
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04/25/2007 12:10:11 AM
poor focus, but awesome concept
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