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Dance On A Volcano
Dance On A Volcano
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Challenge: Chemistry (Basic Editing)
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Lens: Konica Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4
Date: Jun 7, 2008
Aperture: f/27
ISO: 100
Shutter: 10"
Galleries: Abstract
Date Uploaded: Jun 10, 2008

This ended up very differently from what I originally intended.
The idea was to create the illusion of a stereotype violent chemical reaction, involving solids and liquids, heat and smoke/steam.
What I ended up with, was a stage for pretty wild smoke shapes. I had a great time with the associations, and a lousy one trying to decide which one to pick - the short list had some 20 "worthy" candidates. This was an instant favourite, and it survived the scrutiny.

Some minor tweaking and a major crop in RAW, an adjustment layer for curves (a bit more contrast), resize, USM, frame, save for web. I'd have wanted to clean out the spots in the background, but, alas...

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 62
Avg (all users): 6.8182
Avg (commenters): 7.6875
Avg (participants): 6.6800
Avg (non-participants): 6.8304
Views since voting: 2679
Views during voting: 544
Votes: 308
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1 (view)


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06/19/2008 09:58:55 PM
Congrat's on your HM, very well done.
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06/18/2008 02:40:46 AM
congrats on your HM...well done
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06/18/2008 01:52:24 AM
This did a whole lot better than I could have imagined!
Thanks for the votes and the supportive comments! And again a special thanks to Joanne for picking it as a favourite – the second time you picked one of mine in a row! Very gratifying! I could get used to it…;)

I thought I might add a comment on the title, that I forgot to put in in the excitement while uploading. Of course it is inspired by the old Genesis title, as Jeff observed, and the spontaneous association in seeing the “pose” of the doggy-shaped smoke. However, it is actually meant as a statement on how I view the activities of certain parts of the chemical industry! A tiny statement, for sure, and not really supported by the photo, but I couldn’t resist it…
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2008 09:45:37 PM
Nice job, interesting composition, great color and lighting.
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06/17/2008 08:46:27 PM
Very nice use of colors for depth and information while the white cloud ties it all together. Great.
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06/17/2008 07:22:43 PM
Sweet shot. The colors are nice and the steam is really cool.
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06/17/2008 02:47:34 AM
the smoke is a nice touch.
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06/16/2008 12:27:02 PM
Colors are wonderful, and vibrant.
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06/15/2008 05:04:56 PM
Colours and patterns are stunning.
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06/15/2008 06:26:41 AM
There's a lot going on in this shot - the smoke, the red vial, the hot coals in the foreground and the purple-ish tinged background. The colours all work really well and the lighting is pretty much spot on too. But in terms of your subject matter I think you maybe have a bit too much going on. I'd have preferred this as either a volcano shot or a shot of a red vial with smoke coming out of it. As it stands everything is competing for my attention in a way that is without harmony so I give this a 6.
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06/13/2008 07:39:36 AM
Lovely!
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06/13/2008 04:34:42 AM
good color and sharpness. a bit much going on here, i don't get how crystals, smoke and liquid belong together
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06/13/2008 02:04:59 AM
Nice color tones! What a great picture.
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06/12/2008 12:05:36 AM
the smoke is very cool although a little blown out in some areas. I don't get the rest of the elements.
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06/11/2008 06:09:42 PM
interesting image to watch...good comp.
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06/11/2008 05:28:25 PM
Almost overwhelming interestng photos. Does it really meet the "chemical" theme? Hell if I know but it's pretty cool and a damn good entry! 8
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06/11/2008 04:50:04 PM
Good composition.
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06/11/2008 04:15:32 PM
love the colors in this
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06/11/2008 08:30:42 AM
Love the reference to old Genesis!
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06/11/2008 03:00:27 AM
good interest for the eyes here...I like the lighting, love the red and the dark bg
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06/11/2008 02:16:15 AM
Love the lighting , 8
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