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Lightness of Being
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Challenge: Macro VI (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Macro
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: home office
Date: Oct 14, 2007
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/15s
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Oct 14, 2007

This is a plastic plant thing that I bought to try to mimic Ursula's Sweeping in the Rain for the Deja Vu III challenge. I failed at that, but when this challenge came up, it occurred to me to try using it. This non-macro shot of it is about 8 inches across. Those tiny little fibers you can see are the large ones in the entry.
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Here's an outtake (original and what I entered in Best of 2007:
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I've seen lots of things on DPC use water droplets to add interest, so I used a mister on a water bottle.

The background colors come from some stickers I found lying around.

This is the best of maybe 20 shots. One thing about macro shooting - moving stuff around by as little as 1mm yields a whole different shot.

It's lit with the setting sun from behind and a couple of lamps from above me pointed down into the bristles.

Editing was minimal: selective sharpening on the droplets, a little deepening of the blacks using a selective color adjustment layer, and some noise reduction.

I owe this shot to DPC - it's here that I learned about DOF, using a remote shutter cable and mirror lockup mode to avoid vibrations, and how to use extension tubes on a normal lens to get macro-level magnification. With 68mm of extension, my 50mm gets about 1.4:1.

Post-challenge: yahooo! Most faves ever during a challenge: 6. Plus my first wishlist ever.

Statistics
Place: 29 out of 248
Avg (all users): 6.3400
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.3086
Avg (non-participants): 6.3768
Views since voting: 2150
Views during voting: 287
Votes: 150
Comments: 24
Favorites: 10 (view)


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12/28/2007 12:24:23 PM
Very beautiful. Seems so very natural!
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12/28/2007 01:24:45 AM
WOW! That's a GORGEOUS image! I just love the colors!
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11/12/2007 08:50:05 PM
Congrats Jeffrey. Way to go!!! And ya know I love Ursula's inspiration shot too.
WOW!!
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10/28/2007 07:06:26 PM
Very appealing entry.
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10/23/2007 12:23:05 PM


WONDERFUL FINISH!

Still wishing !!! LOL I only wish I could have voted.

Heartiest congratulations! ~ Vic
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10/23/2007 08:23:44 AM
I thought this was quite beautiful Jeffrey, glad to see it was yours. I think those background colors really help make the subject stand out.
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10/22/2007 01:26:18 PM
Very original idea. The soft pastel colors work in concert with the round shapes. Terrific placement of items. Congrats on the wonderful score.
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10/22/2007 01:18:40 PM
Nice finish, Jeffrey! And look at those 6 faves! Congratulations!
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10/22/2007 11:59:39 AM
Delicate and beautiful...a lovely entry!
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10/22/2007 08:42:22 AM
Jeffrey, you did GOOD ! I love the image and how you achieved it- amazingly clever !
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10/22/2007 07:12:48 AM
very cool image Jeffrey! nice finish too, in what I see as prettytough field of contenders!
~Anni
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10/22/2007 03:06:40 AM
WOW - the colours are beautiful!
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10/22/2007 12:26:02 AM
Beautifully delicate, gorgeous dof and colours. Lovely work!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/20/2007 04:14:35 PM
Hmmmm --- almost ursular but not quite, HE, HE, HE!!!!! ;-P [no vote]
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10/18/2007 04:20:16 PM
I love the delicate feel to this shot. Beautiful bokeh, DOF, and such soft light colors. Very pretty. Back to bump you up to 9. Adding to favorites.
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10/18/2007 10:31:14 AM
Amazing photo; The lighting works great with the water to reflect the light.
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10/17/2007 03:52:13 PM
Marvelous shot.
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10/17/2007 11:47:03 AM
I think I found my absolute favourite. Name is perfect too.

This is perfection!

If it doesn't win, I don't understand why.
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10/17/2007 05:47:55 AM
I really like the composition of this photo. It just look so fresh, probably a combination of the dew drops with the pastel colours in the background.
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10/16/2007 04:30:19 AM
Outstanding. More than just another droplet shot. Whimsical and engrossing, fairy-like.
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10/15/2007 09:58:45 PM
Nice water drops, and the colors are incredible. Nice work.
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10/15/2007 05:30:23 PM
Nice colors and the play of light through the droplets. I might have sharpened it a touch more, but I'm not sure if that would really help or hurt it. Only real nitpick is the composition does not lead me to anything in particular. A different crop may have pulled me in better. I think it is the large drop in the lower right quarter that is the culprit, when I cover up the right 1/3, it flows better.
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10/15/2007 11:08:21 AM
these colors are wonderful!
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10/15/2007 07:17:04 AM
lovely.
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