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Kitchen sink chemistry
Kitchen sink chemistry

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Challenge: Chemistry (Basic Editing)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Location: Colnbrook, Berkshire, UK
Date: Jun 9, 2008
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/5s
Galleries: Science and Technology, Children
Date Uploaded: Jun 9, 2008

My daughter mixing squash and water in cafetière flasks at the kitchen sink.

Shot was taken through an open window to get the desired angle.

(There were some other shots in the sequence where the fluids mixing in a more interesting fashion, but they suffered from blurring of her hand. Maybe should have shot at ISO 200 to increase the shutter speed, as aperture was already wide-open).

Place: 52 out of 62
Avg (all users): 4.8113
Avg (commenters): 4.8750
Avg (participants): 4.7692
Avg (non-participants): 4.8152
Views since voting: 814
Views during voting: 442
Votes: 302
Comments: 10
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06/18/2008 04:52:39 AM
Thanks for all the comments.

As it was shot at ISO 100 I suspect what people identified as noise was actually an artefact of my applying USM badly -- next time I'll note the settings so people can put me right! In retrospect I should have used bounce flash or lit the scene more, though, as a there were a couple of more interesting shots that suffered some motion blur.

The background was a worry to me when I was taking the shot, but I couldn't do much about it. The aperture was already wide open, though I guess if I'd moved in a bit there might have been an extra stop at the wide end of the zoom. Anyone have any tips for blurring the background with a Lumix DMC-FZ50? I've struggled to manage it so far :(

Still, 4.1 -> 4.8 is a definite improvement...
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2008 08:49:25 PM
A good sense of chemistry
06/16/2008 11:47:05 PM
Cute girl. She looks ready to make something.
06/15/2008 06:41:03 PM
This is an interesting concept and meets the challenge well. The look of concentration on the girls face is really what makes this shot work, for me. I think some technical faults let the image down on the hole though. Your subject (the girl) isn't sharp - it looks like a case of camera shake to me. This is pretty distracting and takes my attention away from your subject matter. The background is too cluttered, again this means its competing for my attention and gives the photo a snapshot kind of feel. Try minimising objects in the background and focus attention in on exactly where you want people to be looking in your photo. 4 from me.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/12/2008 09:18:49 PM
a cute photo of kids and their interest in science - and thanks for putting on the safety glasses!
06/12/2008 12:14:15 PM
a future scientist or engineer
06/12/2008 12:15:23 AM
good set up & fits challenge but some suggestions:

background a bit distracting - go for smaller DOF or stage your background too

looks like a high ISO used so a bit noisy - go for lower ISO & bounce flash
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/11/2008 11:13:57 PM
good composition here. The image seems a bit soft or oof. There also seems to be a bit of noise in it. Try shooting at a lower ISO (if possible) and using more light.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/11/2008 11:05:18 PM
Cute idea - technically a little rough, but still nice. 6
06/11/2008 04:59:11 PM
Poor image quality. Good light. The background is distracting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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