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Mercury
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Periodic Table (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 for Canon
Location: home
Date: Nov 8, 2008
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 8, 2008

Yes it is real Mercury and it will find its way back to the science Lab!. Thanks for all the votes! I am pleased to finally finish in the first 3.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 102
Avg (all users): 7.1265
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.8125
Avg (non-participants): 7.2542
Views since voting: 7631
Views during voting: 472
Votes: 166
Comments: 41
Favorites: 11 (view)


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11/22/2008 06:46:48 AM
simple and elegant! congrats on the blue ribbon.
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11/21/2008 09:25:14 PM
Simply beautiful, a well deserved first place win!
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11/19/2008 09:57:04 AM
Congratulations. Great simple photo.
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11/19/2008 06:47:48 AM
Looks great
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11/18/2008 04:36:08 PM
I'm torn on this one. On the one hand, it's certainly a well detailed, smooth, clean, pleasantly aesthetic shot. Definitely causes a bit of a pause and a second look. There's also an element where the reflection of the blue looks kind of like eyes, thus adding a wonderful other-worldly aspect as well.

But then I hit the reflection of the drops in the surface, and the whole illusion is completely destroyed. It pulls me right out of the contemplation and back to "oh, right, this is just liquid metal on glass."

I guess what I'm saying is that I don't like the reflection for this particular shot, and feel that it detracts from the image as a whole.

Also, while I usually just let the ribbon winners stand without saying much on them, this is one of those shots where while it's a general DPC shot, my feelings are that it could have been so much more, and was moved to say something.

Message edited by author 2008-11-18 16:37:08.
11/18/2008 04:10:54 PM
Congrats robs - well deserved!
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11/18/2008 03:45:06 PM
Outstanding shot! Congrats on the blue!!!
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11/18/2008 11:52:59 AM
very nice
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11/18/2008 10:12:53 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, first blue, and new personal best!
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11/18/2008 08:50:30 AM
congrats on the new PP and your first ribbon......I just love the lines and shapes in this image.....great job!!
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11/18/2008 08:18:14 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon.
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11/18/2008 03:24:42 AM
Outstanding shot! Congrats on the blue!!!
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11/18/2008 01:44:30 AM
I thought I would see this one on the front. Great job!
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11/18/2008 12:42:40 AM
Simple and beautiful. Big congrats on your first ribbon, Rob!
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11/18/2008 12:17:35 AM
Congratulations! What a stunning shot!
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11/18/2008 12:01:33 AM
Ha! Congrats, I had the "red" mercury. Great work!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/16/2008 11:10:46 PM
This should ribbon. Nice Shot!
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11/16/2008 11:18:17 AM
This looks fantastic, great colours and the mercury looks perfect
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11/16/2008 02:10:05 AM
Simply beautiful
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11/15/2008 09:13:02 PM
Oooooooooh shiny. Ya' just gotta' either use the reflections(to add context) or eliminate them(light tent).
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11/15/2008 11:27:35 AM
So simple, yet so nice. Good work
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11/14/2008 09:07:10 PM
great shot!
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11/14/2008 07:41:08 PM
Interesting subject. I would have liked to seen a darker background to set the Mercury off a bit more.
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11/14/2008 07:11:43 PM
amazing one of my few 10's
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11/14/2008 05:36:50 PM
great shapes and cool effect. I like it
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11/14/2008 02:46:02 AM
Very cool idea and excellent execution!
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11/13/2008 04:49:31 PM
crisp and clean, almost clinical. If I had one suggestion to make: the reflections are not as clean as the rest of the pic. (don't get me wrong, I gave it a 9, back to comment)
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11/13/2008 02:09:06 PM
Simple and elegant.
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11/12/2008 04:52:29 PM
I'm very happy you used two mercury drops and not just one. Makes a world of a difference to my eyes.

I love the minimalistic look and quality. The reflection in the surface in addition to the flare adds to it. The white does not look perfectly white to me. This is (at least to me) more difficult to achieve and looks so much better! It kind of looks like a pearl finish.

Overall a great picture that deserves a 10!
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11/12/2008 07:39:21 AM
neat.. where did you get the mercury from, and what about cleaning it up?
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11/11/2008 11:30:37 PM
Is it really mercury? awesome despite the negative space in this image.
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11/11/2008 09:36:24 PM
very cool. great take on the challenge. very beautiful. i bet it scores very high-10
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11/11/2008 06:38:42 PM
Beautiful - simple and clean.
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11/11/2008 05:30:24 PM
Wow. Toxicity! :)
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11/11/2008 04:57:38 PM
Superb, would have been a 10 if not for the blue "arrowhead" in both blobs of mercury. Still a solid 9 :-)
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11/11/2008 04:39:53 PM
Great capture! Did you break a thermometer to get the mercury out? I hope you disposed of it properly??? Sorry, that's the environmentalist and the safety concern coming out here! *smile* Nice stock shot style and look...very clear and well focused.
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11/11/2008 03:27:02 PM
very nice
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11/11/2008 12:48:53 PM
very nice simple macro shot - very well delivered
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11/11/2008 11:17:44 AM
Didn't anyone tell you you aren't supposed to handle mercury? It's not good for you! Pretty stuff, though.
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11/11/2008 09:06:47 AM
I would have given you a 10 if you touched it. Just kidding I would have called you an idiot and given you a 5. You will have to settle on an 8.
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11/11/2008 12:46:38 AM
That's good, I was trying to think of a way to simulate mercury, and I think you nailed it, or is this real mercury? Is it cohesive enough to not stick to the surface?
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