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alanfreed

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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Garbage (Classic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S30
Location: My Basement
Date: Oct 6, 2002
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 6
Galleries: Action
Date Uploaded: Oct 6, 2002

Ok, it doesn't look all that exciting, but what it lacks in interest, it made up for in being a pain in the neck to shoot! :)

I tied a thread through the can and dangled it between two posts with a black backdrop and two lights.

When I released the shutter, I let the can stay still at its lowest point for about two seconds. Then I gradually raised the can to give the blur effect.

In the end, it's supposed to look as though the can is falling into the carbage can.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 206
Avg (all users): 7.2565
Avg (commenters): 8.3571
Avg (participants): 7.3007
Avg (non-participants): 7.2063
Views since voting: 8898
Votes: 269
Comments: 66
Favorites: 26 (view)


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01/28/2004 08:45:05 PM
Very Cleaver, I woundered why the can moved halfway down! If you had cleaned the bin or used a more interesting bin you probably would have got FIRST!
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10/31/2003 07:25:34 PM
how come yu just didn't calculate shutter speed and a distance of say .5 feet derived from an acceleration of gravity equation with the acceleration of gravity being 33.3 feet persecond and threw in a few guestimates asure seems easier than that :O but regardless of method of derived results, its an impressive photo, really enjoyed it, as well as your creativity in capturing it, doubt I could have done better, and if I were to try, then its only your idea regurgitated through my means LOL, greta job :) enjoyed :)
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10/18/2002 10:53:00 AM
I Love Your picture
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10/16/2002 12:48:00 PM
Woooo was I impressed! IT's photographers like U that inspire me! Keep on inspiring!! :o)
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10/16/2002 06:21:00 AM
I went through the link of how you did it! Thanks for inspiring! I can already stat thinking how all I am going to use this technique!
Congratulations!
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10/16/2002 06:21:00 AM
I went the link of how you did it! Thanks for inspiring! I can already stat thinking how all I am going to use this technique!
Congratulations!
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10/14/2002 07:49:00 PM
congrats, Alan!!
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10/14/2002 04:47:00 PM
Congrats Alan! The hard work payed off! Nice work!
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10/14/2002 01:45:00 PM
Very nice photo, well deserved win.
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10/14/2002 12:58:00 PM
I'm very impressed with your ingenuity! Congrats on first!
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10/14/2002 08:57:00 AM
First, I'd like to thank the Academy... (oops! Wrong acceptance speech!)

Seriously, I'm thrilled to have the top shot of the week -- how exciting!! Thanks to everyone who left some really good comments on how I could have improved this further. I really like the idea of using a nice steel can as a couple people had suggested, and John is right about the fact that the can itself is a little brighter than it should be in spots.

This was a lot of fun (and work!) to put together, and I've learned quite a bit from the experience of doing this shot, as well as from the comments it received.

Since some folks had asked for a more detailed description of how this was executed, I put a page together to describe it in more detail: //www.thefreeds.com/swish

Again, many thanks to all!
10/14/2002 08:22:00 AM
Great shot, great idea, well executed - and a well deserved 1st place.
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10/14/2002 08:07:00 AM
Congrats Alan! Great idea well carried out!
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10/14/2002 05:07:00 AM
Alan, excellent shot :) Congrats on first place :)
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10/14/2002 01:26:00 AM
Congrats!! I'm very happy for you!!
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10/14/2002 12:46:00 AM
nice job! congrats on first!
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10/14/2002 12:39:00 AM
Congrats, you got to let us know how you did it so well. Autool
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10/14/2002 12:18:00 AM
Told you this would be the one! Wait 'till you get that new camera... we're all dead then!
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10/14/2002 12:16:00 AM
Congradulations!!!! Great shot.. 2 points or was it 3....
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10/14/2002 12:16:00 AM
Clever thinking, Alan. Made for a great shot. Congrats! (love to see a fellow S30 user win' - )
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10/14/2002 12:11:00 AM
Hey congratulations! Brilliant idea, well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/13/2002 08:12:00 PM
I think you may have oversharpened this a bit, and unfortunately the waste basket isn't as level as the can, but the composition is good and you obviously put some effort into it! :)
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10/13/2002 07:51:00 PM
very cool. 10--amitchell
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10/13/2002 07:21:00 PM
nice capture...I wonder how you got the can to change directions in mid-air :)
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10/13/2002 06:51:00 PM
nice effect :) and colors on the can 9-photosbyayme
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10/13/2002 10:37:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background10,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing10,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 10,
Total Averaged Rating10. Autool
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10/13/2002 12:34:00 AM
Great shot. How many times did you try this. 9. byetko.
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10/12/2002 08:46:00 PM
Your garbage can is crooked. I know...you're thinking. "is that all she has to say? what a stupid comment". But it is the first thing that stood out to me. Then the really cool effect with the can. Must have been a pain in the neck to shoot that to get it right. So see, that is the only thing I really have to complain about. The garbage can is crooked. Technically well done, although lacking in overall excitement...it's garbage. You did what you needed to do, and that is that. And did I mention cool effect with the can. Good luck in the challenge. ~Hbunch7187~
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10/12/2002 11:11:00 AM
great effect!
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10/12/2002 04:35:00 AM
Good motion shot.
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10/12/2002 01:53:00 AM
really cool exposition here.
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10/12/2002 01:49:00 AM
Clever - how was this done? Superb photography... (10)
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10/12/2002 01:19:00 AM
good technique and lighting, plus nice movement make this photo above avergae interesting. 7
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10/11/2002 08:35:00 PM
This looks vert professional! Great shot!
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10/09/2002 06:12:00 PM
Just Do the Dew Great Photo
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10/09/2002 03:14:00 AM
Totally cool.........Not totally thrilled with the the crop being so centered. =8 syamjonimi
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10/09/2002 01:29:00 AM
my top pick of the week - 10
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10/08/2002 09:27:00 PM
THIS IS VERY COOL! I THINK THE ONLY THING I "MIGHT" CHANGE IS THE TRASHCAN...MAYBE A HIGH POLISHED STAINLESS STEEL? EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPHY!
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10/08/2002 08:52:00 PM
ooh swish
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10/08/2002 07:55:00 PM
Congratulation! This shot really makes a great visual impact. I'm very interested in reading a small "how to" tutorial. Would you please be so kind to write some descriptive words after the challenge here? Thanx a lot! (voted 10)
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10/08/2002 06:33:00 PM
Very nice. Nice refreshing shot after all the junk I've been voiting on :) I'll give it a 10 'cause I like it alot. I would have liked it a tad better if the garabage can would have been slightly tilted to the left.
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10/08/2002 01:54:00 PM
beautiful freeze motion here. think I would have liked this even better compositionally without the can. (8) ~mcmurma
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10/08/2002 01:00:00 PM
Beautifully done, excellent composition.
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10/08/2002 07:25:00 AM
This is not my way of shooting but I think it´s a nice photo anyhow.
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10/08/2002 06:33:00 AM
Great effect! Great shot!
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10/07/2002 11:54:00 PM
Oh, this could be the one... very slick... my one small beef however, everything is "almost" symmetrical... this shot seems to want to be centred. (that IS how "centred" is spelled, thank-you very much! ;oP) 9. whobee
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10/07/2002 11:08:00 PM
nice touch
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10/07/2002 08:19:00 PM
What a great shot! Nuthin' but can!
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10/07/2002 08:00:00 PM
Nice movement!
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10/07/2002 07:18:00 PM
Nice!!!! very good idea
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10/07/2002 06:38:00 PM
I know Who is brain behind this If,its the same person,I guess You should think for more better Ideas I know U Can :)
10/07/2002 05:59:00 PM
WOW! How did you do this? It think it looks great! 9 KAOS
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10/07/2002 05:34:00 PM
wow
very nice effect there

i love it!!!!
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10/07/2002 05:33:00 PM
8Overall
5Challenge Met
9Color (tints, casts, bleeds)
9Exposure, Lighting (Shadows, reflections)
9Focus & Clarity
10Framing, Subject Placement, Background
9Visual Appeal, Subject matter
8Would I frame or poster-board this picture?
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10/07/2002 04:50:00 PM
very nice work! I think the exposure on the can may be just a little hot... I'm assuming that this can motion in the shot was in the upward direction... Maybe just a little shorter pause and then a slower pull on the can would have worked out better... regardless, you get a 10 for a well thought out photo... great work :) - setzler
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10/07/2002 04:49:00 PM
Very clever - I want to know how this was done - relatively long exposure to capture the trails with a flash triggered to capture the can perhaps ?
Excellent - I wondered whether the bin was necessary - but eventually concluded that in the context of the current challenge it would be less of a photo without.

A definite 10.
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10/07/2002 03:56:00 PM
Love the effect and the colors!
Good Luck
RIchi
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10/07/2002 03:56:00 PM
Brilliant! Nice job.
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10/07/2002 03:20:00 PM
Nice set-up. I like the colors.
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10/07/2002 12:26:00 PM
Great color - crop either closer in on the left or furhter out to the right (I prefer to the right) to gain better symmetry. (9) MarkRob
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10/07/2002 11:37:00 AM
great shot!!
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10/07/2002 11:36:00 AM
The dew can is cool, the trash can detracts - maybe if it was shiny metal too? or round ?
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10/07/2002 08:02:00 AM
EXCELLENT graphic design. love the slow shutter speed : )
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10/07/2002 07:04:00 AM
Normally, I do not like "canned" shots, but this effort is an exception. Fine job, I like the picture.
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10/07/2002 03:30:00 AM
Technically correct , exposure, focus, saturation , contrast.7
Good composition. 7
Tells a story or creates a mood 5
Impact to the viewer 7
Relevance to the Challenge7
Overall 8
sulamk
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