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1/(Focal Length) = 1/(d1) + 1/(d2)
3rd Place1/(Focal Length) = 1/(d1) + 1/(d2)
zackdezon


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Mathematics (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus E-300 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 14-42mm f.3.5-5.6 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom
Location: Redlands, CA
Date: Aug 14, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 13"
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Aug 14, 2008

Totally covered a glass table and old Minolta lens in baby powder. Lens was sitting on a glass table through which a flashlight was shining. Front of lens was further lit by another flashlight I was holding above (diffused through tracing paper). With the other hand, I held the baby powder that I blew across the light beam.

In post:
Shifted WB towards blue because proper WB is boring
Smart Sharpen
Dodged area with lettering
Cloned out some blue fringe

I had another version of this shot which combined exposures to get a reflection of the lens below, but I decided I didn't want to toe the rule-breaking line.

POST-CHALLENGE:
WOOOOOOOO!!! First ribbon, and I couldn't be more excited. Thanks so much, you guys. I was worried this would be construed as a bit of a shoehorn, but I'm glad you disagreed! And this was my last entry before I got my D300, so a fitting send-off to the old EVOLT.

Outtake time:

#1: 713788.jpg This was my first idea, Fibonacci's numbers with card houses. Simply couldn't get the lighting right (and I couldn't get it on plain enough of a background). Glad I reconsidered, though.

#2: 713789.jpg This is the illegal edit I mentioned earlier, and I actually don't like it as much as the legal one, thankfully.

#3: 713791.jpg This was quite the difficult choice. I still kind of like this one better, I like that the light cuts off after the focus, looks kinda like fire. And the glass it's on looks cooler, too. But my girlfriend thought one with the full lines looked more "mathematics"-y. And as I said, I was worried this was a shoehorn as it was.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 92
Avg (all users): 6.6242
Avg (commenters): 7.9375
Avg (participants): 6.4571
Avg (non-participants): 6.6754
Views since voting: 18875
Views during voting: 455
Votes: 149
Comments: 52
Favorites: 28 (view)


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11/02/2008 04:24:02 PM
This is a technically awesome shot! Well done on your third place!
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08/31/2008 05:54:36 AM
Excellent shot, congrats on your first ribbon!
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08/27/2008 10:56:16 AM
nice shot and great idea, i personal like no 3 the way the light ends in space and i like the sparkly effect of the powder, nice job
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08/27/2008 01:53:42 AM
I think you chose the best one for your entry, #3 has shows the grains of powder and that detracts from the image in my opinion. Your entry was outstanding and very creative! Great work and Congrats on your ribbon!
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08/26/2008 08:30:02 PM
Beautiful image. Thanks for explaining how it was done.
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08/26/2008 09:55:12 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, well deserved. Great concept and execution. Prefer your entry to the others. I like the colour cast in #3 but your entry is a much better image.
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08/26/2008 09:32:51 AM
Great setup. Congrats on your first ribbon.
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08/26/2008 06:45:57 AM
Very cool effect, thanks for sharing that with us. How on earth did you come across this thought and what made you think of using baby powder?
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08/26/2008 04:26:42 AM
Congrats Zack. Great concept!
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08/25/2008 05:27:24 PM
i love this shot because it's so creative.
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08/25/2008 05:01:18 PM
Definitely made the right choice, congratulations on 3rd place!
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08/25/2008 03:58:55 PM
well done and congartulations.fab picture
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08/25/2008 03:28:18 PM
great!:)
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08/25/2008 01:13:53 PM
Great shot! Nicely done on the ribbon! The baby powder is an excelent idea. I prefer the award winning shot as the light in #3 doesnt lead anywhere, it just kind of sits in space. Nice work.
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08/25/2008 11:43:29 AM
Amazing photograph! Brilliant play on light. You get an A+ from me, sir.
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08/25/2008 11:27:14 AM
I always appreciate the setup details, it is greeat inspiration for my mad experiments. This is a Blue Light Special.
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08/25/2008 11:04:33 AM
I too was fascinated with this shot when I saw it in the challenge. How creative and wonderful! Glad it ribboned! Congratulations!
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08/25/2008 10:21:26 AM
Brilliant!!! Congratulations!!
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08/25/2008 10:07:47 AM
What a great job. This is amazing, and perfect for this challenge. Congratulations!

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08/25/2008 09:13:43 AM
So glad to see this on the front page!! Amazing creativity and execution! :) Congrats.
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08/25/2008 05:17:09 AM
Very creative! I'd never have come up with baby powder to show the light trace. Congrats on the first ribbon - it won't be your last!
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08/25/2008 03:20:43 AM
This is really creative. Confrates
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08/25/2008 03:19:13 AM
Wow, what a terrific shot! Congratulations on your first ribbon Zack!

Baby powder on a lens? :D
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08/25/2008 03:14:34 AM
this was one of my favs glad you ribboned
congrats
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08/25/2008 02:47:29 AM
Excelent!
Wondrous picture. It imerses in a deep sense of abstract, besides of a tangible loved thing (the lens). I was very impressed.
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08/25/2008 01:28:46 AM
Excellent shot , very creative & original. Congrats !!!!!
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08/25/2008 01:18:03 AM
this should have won first place. by far the most original and overall great composition and shot. 10

Message edited by author 2008-08-25 01:18:22.
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08/25/2008 01:06:42 AM
Great creative idea and colours. The image has a beautiful simplicity. Huge congratulations on your first ribbon, I wish you many more.
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08/25/2008 12:30:36 AM
Got a 9 from me for this. Congrats on a very cool idea that you nailed for a ribbon!
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08/25/2008 12:29:07 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon, Zack! Very well done.
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08/25/2008 12:18:15 AM
This is a well planned and excellent shot, and right on target for the challenge. I didn't vote this challenge, but I stopped and admired this image for a minute when I looked through the entries.
Congrats on the ribbon
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08/25/2008 12:10:09 AM
This was one of my challenge faves. Your comments amaze me -- who knew so much work was involved! Well done, and congratulations.
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08/25/2008 12:06:18 AM
Congrats on your ribbon!!! Well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/24/2008 03:35:22 PM
Is this under water? Cool.
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08/24/2008 12:42:21 AM
Extremely creative, completely applicable to the topic and the art, and well executed. My highest score.
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08/23/2008 05:37:50 PM
Love this one! Nice job!
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08/22/2008 11:01:44 PM
very nice
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08/22/2008 07:42:21 AM
Front page stuff. One of the few I really liked.
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08/21/2008 01:33:30 PM
great pic and very creative
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08/21/2008 01:39:42 AM
Very cool idea. I've been wanting to do this exact same shot for a while and never got around to it. Wide open, eh? I'm putting this in the top 3.
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08/20/2008 11:26:19 PM
very nice subject
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08/20/2008 09:01:41 PM
Love this! Especially the pool of light at the bottom and the convering rays at the top.
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08/20/2008 02:38:31 AM
What a concise and efficient lesson! Very well done.
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08/19/2008 11:31:23 PM
I totally did that in physics this year! How'd you get the light to go like that?
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08/19/2008 05:41:12 PM
Very interesting!
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08/19/2008 04:38:54 PM
Nice job.
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08/19/2008 01:41:09 PM
A little more attention paid to levelling the photo would have yielded another point or two from me.
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08/19/2008 08:55:30 AM
If this doesn't ribbon, I quit!
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08/19/2008 02:07:56 AM
brilliant! 9
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08/18/2008 02:26:45 PM
I wish there was more detail in the lens shadows. Interesting idea though.
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08/18/2008 12:26:17 AM
seems a bit crooked or something. maybe its just me
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08/18/2008 12:16:36 AM
well done...I love the lighting in this...hope you do well
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