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The Shining. What if Jack Torrance wanted some popcorn?
The Shining. What if Jack Torrance wanted some popcorn?
marcusvdt


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Self Portrait VI (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Location: At home / kitchen
Date: Dec 2, 2007
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Humorous, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Dec 2, 2007

My most difficult photo until now. Every shot needed the camera taken outside the microwave so I could review the result!
One of the most difficult things was to get the right focus with a short DOF (F2.8), since the viewfinder was not accessible inside the microwave. I had to set the focus from outside to inside (reverse) and then lock the focus, but this did not give me the perfect focus that I wanted. I was tired of trying anyway, and accepted this one.
I tried with some variations of lighting, inside and outside the microwave, various angles for the camera and the popcorn, various distances between myself and the microwave... This photo is the best result I was able to get with my amateur equipment.

The final setup has a 60W bulb inside the microwave, in the deeper lower left corner, with 2 sheets of white paper on it to make it diffuse. The camera is on a small tripod inside the microwave, just above the 60w bulb. On the outside, I had natural day light coming through the window and I was handling a 500W bulb (that thing is hot) very close to my face. Used the 10 second timer to give me time to turn on all the lights, partially close the microwave door (so it looks to be closed), and pose. One hand keeping the door closed, and the other handling the 500w light.

RAW conversion with almost none adjustments.
Then, on PSP X2:
-Made some different adjustments for levels and contrast, on various parts of the photo.
-Cloned out some distraction points.
-Some dodge and burn on my face.
-Resized, no crop.
-Neat Image.
-Unsharp Mask.
-Export for web

Hope it gets +6, but as always I'm curious about the comments I will get...

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Post challenge:
Well, I got my 6... Will not try this photo again, but I'd like to see anyone else trying... Lighting, composition and focus were difficult things to get...

Statistics
Place: 77 out of 241
Avg (all users): 6.0031
Avg (commenters): 7.2593
Avg (participants): 5.9365
Avg (non-participants): 6.0466
Views since voting: 1230
Views during voting: 471
Votes: 319
Comments: 33
Favorites: 1 (view)


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AuthorThread
12/12/2007 10:06:19 AM
I gave this a 9!! It was totally under rated!! You should have done so much better!!! :( too bad... oh well... I LIKE IT! :D
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12/12/2007 09:29:10 AM
Really good idea and POV, shame it didn't get a higher vote.
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12/12/2007 07:11:45 AM
Seems like a lot of work. That is the down side of hiding all the tricks, no one knows how you did it.

Great thinking and set up.
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12/12/2007 12:40:51 AM
You got your 6! I thought this was very creative and well done. Thanks for sharing your notes, too - it's always interesting to see what lengths we go through to try to get what we want!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/11/2007 07:19:18 AM
You look very excited to get that popcorn.
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12/11/2007 12:56:00 AM
I like how the microwave light is on. Your overall lighting is great here. Nice expression on your face!
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12/10/2007 10:20:50 PM
I love that dot magic
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12/10/2007 10:16:52 PM
well shot... great idea
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12/09/2007 10:54:55 PM
you're ate up!lol...
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12/09/2007 08:25:53 PM
Cool. Good impression on your face, I can see clearly. You focused on your face, which is very good. Technically good photo. Good job :)
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12/09/2007 09:01:08 AM
Hey Slippy you should have blown some air in the bag to make it look like it's ready to burst. Cool original shot. Good luck.
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12/09/2007 03:22:02 AM
O, that face, that expression is wonderful - the rest is so ... needless!
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12/08/2007 01:25:49 AM
Ha!
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12/07/2007 11:01:50 PM
Do you have microwave-safe camera or what? :-) I would never try this even with somebody else's camera. good focus, expressions and execution
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12/07/2007 08:24:55 PM
Cool take on challenge.
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12/07/2007 10:53:50 AM
this is really funny!
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12/06/2007 07:49:59 PM
Liking the: Hmmmmmmmmm POPCORN face =p hahahahaa
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12/06/2007 01:33:20 PM
Great expression though would have preferred a smaller aperture to get the foreground in focus.
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12/06/2007 09:56:05 AM
Nice effects... I assume the nuke was not really running :)
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12/06/2007 06:19:37 AM
great idea,excellent shot.
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12/06/2007 05:12:33 AM
Creative and quite amusing!
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12/06/2007 03:00:06 AM
hehehe! Excellent! Love the idea and the expression! : )
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12/05/2007 11:47:15 PM
timfythetoo! I sure hope you didn't actually microwave your camera, although it definitely looks taht way.
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12/05/2007 10:27:46 PM
cool shot!
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12/05/2007 09:44:39 PM
OHHH man priceless! This is just awesome!
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12/05/2007 05:47:37 PM
Very nice job on the lighting and contrast.
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12/05/2007 04:58:21 PM
LOL.... love the humor in your portrait. Great composition and lighting for looking out of a microwave.
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12/05/2007 03:32:20 PM
HAHAH! I LOVE THIS!!! I really hope you didn't microwave your camera though! Great expression on your face!!
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12/05/2007 03:17:44 PM
Cool idea
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12/05/2007 12:37:56 PM
Ha ha!!! fun.
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12/05/2007 08:44:31 AM
hope your camera survived!
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12/05/2007 06:30:03 AM
great!! very funny!!
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12/05/2007 02:35:52 AM
are you nuking your camera? great expression!
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