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Dazzling Spark Plug
2nd PlaceDazzling Spark Plug
carsten


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Fire (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Home
Date: Feb 27, 2004
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Feb 27, 2004

The spark plug hung stright down in a thin wire in front of the black background. Held a sparkler behind the plug. Light from window left and a spot light at the spark plug because of the strong back lit from the sparkler.
Canon macro lens 100mm/2.8 and tripod.
A lot of Photoshop work - rotating, cropping, levels, color balance, burning and dodging, cloning, healing brushing, and more ...
Both the whole image and smaller parts several times. Also used some of Fred Miranda's tools to get the final result.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 113
Avg (all users): 7.2486
Avg (commenters): 8.8065
Avg (participants): 6.8588
Avg (non-participants): 7.5800
Views since voting: 6976
Votes: 185
Comments: 49
Favorites: 22 (view)


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03/14/2004 01:33:18 AM
IT EXCELENT PICTURE..
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03/09/2004 08:20:01 AM
Great Job!
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03/09/2004 04:52:41 AM
Very inspiring in vision and execution
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03/09/2004 04:12:13 AM
just curious, what are Fred Miranda's tools?
03/09/2004 12:17:41 AM
This was also the only 10 I gave this challenge!
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03/08/2004 02:41:37 PM
Congrats! this was my favorite of the challenge. The only 10 I gave
brilliant focus so crisp and clean
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03/08/2004 12:18:02 PM
Congratulations!!! It's good to see you back in top form!
Ursula
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03/08/2004 08:18:23 AM
Terrific image Carsten. This was another of my favorite shots in this challenge and I'm glad to see it ribboned. Excellent job with the lighting and exposure of the spark plug with the bright sparkler in the background!

Message edited by author 2004-03-08 08:19:30.
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03/08/2004 07:49:49 AM
Congratulations - wonderful image
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03/08/2004 06:28:29 AM
Congrats Carsten, good to see you back again!
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03/08/2004 06:20:36 AM
Congratulations, Excellent work Carsten.

Gordon
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03/08/2004 02:36:20 AM
Gratulerar! Härliga gnistor, kalasfin bild.
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03/08/2004 02:11:53 AM
congratulations amazing photo and well throught out.
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03/08/2004 12:54:33 AM
Grattis, Carsten
ÄNTLIGEN!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2004 09:48:33 PM
Wow, look at that! Amazing composition and lighting. Great job! 10!
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03/07/2004 08:56:45 PM
nice
this one got my blue ribbon
working with sparklers not as easy as you made it look
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03/06/2004 11:38:14 PM
Awesome idea, and very well done. This is one of my favorites for this challenge. Your lighting on the plug is spot on! How'd you do it?

The flame has to be a sparkler.
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03/06/2004 09:43:49 PM
Great picture!

What did you use to make the sparks?
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03/06/2004 10:11:49 AM
This is a great picture.....the details are very clear and very sharp...Excellent work.
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03/06/2004 10:00:28 AM
I wonder how my car would do with such a sparkplug.... Beautiful shot, nice composition.
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03/05/2004 08:21:23 PM
This is definitely my favourite so far.
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03/05/2004 05:57:51 PM
I had the idea to do something with a sparkplug as well. But they are quite boring, even when they are sparking. This is great though, good setup, well executed. I wonder how it was done (floating sparkplug with sparks in bg). The only flaw is that a sparkplug cannot spark when there is no connector on top. :)
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03/05/2004 05:20:25 AM
Nice shot.
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03/05/2004 01:22:09 AM
Oh this is clever! I guess you used a sparkler for this very very nice and artistic
focus great 9
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03/04/2004 01:56:19 PM
Nice sharp image, it could almost be an advertising poster.

I look forward to reading how you did it.
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03/04/2004 05:56:23 AM
excellent
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03/03/2004 06:30:47 PM
Very, very clever concept. Given the quality of this image it is clearly one of the best in the challenge and should be in the ribbon hunt.

Message edited by author 2004-03-09 02:07:52.
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03/03/2004 06:17:36 PM
Great capture..everything is so clean and sharp. Very well composed.
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03/03/2004 03:06:48 PM
In my eyes, this is a ribbon winner! Graet picture!
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03/03/2004 01:57:10 PM
Great shot. Quite an eye catcher
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03/03/2004 07:26:01 AM
great shot...nice effect
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03/02/2004 07:07:25 PM
Super clear and sharp (DSLR?), very nice composition, colors are spot on. Great job! Should do very well. - My initial thoughts were that you carefully placed a sparkler behind the plug, but I believe it would have produced to much smoke. What puzzles me is that the sparks are flying outward in a circular pattern, not sure how I would have accomplished that.... (maybe an extended exposure would have allowed enough time to produce it?). I will have to check back after the challenge. Again..... great job!
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03/02/2004 02:41:40 PM
great idea and perfect execution, appealing image. In my top 3 for this challenge.
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03/02/2004 01:42:04 PM
My favorite of the challenge -- very nicely executed!
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03/02/2004 09:55:09 AM
Ahhhh... A winner. Excellent composition, exposure, thought and planning showed in this shot. My only 10 so far. I love the sparks and the sharpness of the entire image. Thanks for sharing!
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03/02/2004 07:49:17 AM
Wow, Nice picture.. I had no idea spark plugs sparked that much. well focused and nicely centered slightly off center.
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03/02/2004 02:53:57 AM
flawless.. 10
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03/01/2004 11:15:03 PM
Your spark plug idea came out so much better than mine. very nice. where i spent so much time trying to capture a real spark, you mimicked one with fantastic results. 10
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03/01/2004 08:34:08 PM
Dazzling.
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03/01/2004 08:05:39 PM
Other than nicely done, my only comment is that the spark is not centered in the gap. But considering it is a hot plug. . . you still got a CHAMPION!
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03/01/2004 07:46:31 PM
crisp image - one of my picks for a ribbon
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03/01/2004 07:38:51 PM
My top two....love the action of the sparkler!! Good creative idea, really well done.
Hope ya do well.
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03/01/2004 07:29:48 PM
That's some spark plug... Good idea
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03/01/2004 06:36:23 PM
Clean, crisp & well composed
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03/01/2004 04:41:54 PM
It's clever and I like the use of the sparkler - which you've captured beautifully - but the sparkplug itself just isn't a subject that holds a lot of visual interest for me.
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03/01/2004 04:01:02 PM
I think this could be a winner, focus is great ... well done
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03/01/2004 09:23:46 AM
To be convincing as a trick shot i think you need the sparks to be originating at the point of the electrodes - and also here they're very obviously all behind the plug, rather than emanating from it. The amount of light on the plug itself is too much also - emphasises the searation between the sparks and the plug, rather than bringing it together in a convincing image.
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03/01/2004 04:39:17 AM
Great idea, brillaintly executed, surely a winner! Pin sharp and beautifuuly composed. 10
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03/01/2004 12:15:13 AM
Excellent shot...clear focus and great idea...9
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