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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D100
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4
Date: Nov 11, 2005
Aperture: f16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1.8sec
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2009

D100 80-200f2.8

Post challenge: from a few years back
the red glint & a small red line on thge surface is the reflection of the laser trigger ;)

mean to revisit these some time with the higher resolution sensor .. / when i have time .. taken a week or so after' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/397/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_249981.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/397/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_249981.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Place: 83 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.4617
Avg (commenters): 7.6923
Avg (participants): 6.4053
Avg (non-participants): 6.7381
Views since voting: 1215
Views during voting: 755
Votes: 496
Comments: 86
Favorites: 3 (view)

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03/18/2009 02:33:22 PM
Love the reflections on the drop. Fantastic work on getting that perfect drop ......... having spent many hours trying, I know it's not easy.
03/18/2009 01:35:00 PM
title no doubt really hurt this one.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:07:46 PM
One of the best water drop shots I've ever seen.
03/17/2009 09:15:43 PM
Suspension and pattern are nice.
03/17/2009 09:13:08 PM
Love it! Amazing details!
03/17/2009 05:47:11 PM
Very well done!! 8
03/17/2009 04:06:51 PM
very interesting i enjoyed the overall feel of this capture
03/17/2009 03:58:23 PM
I'm hoping to leave comments on as many photo's in this challenge as possible... out of (currently) 1113 images, I gave 90 of them an 8. Your image was one of those 90, placing you well within the top 10% for this challenge.

Lots of water droplet pictues in every challenge it seems these days, hated by some, loved by others. Sometimes with the abundance of such shots it's hard to remember how difficult perfectly executed water drops are. This has an added dimension of the background reflected through the droplet, which I can only imagine to be much more difficult to achieve. Personally, I would have rated it a point higher if the image was fully desaturated, as I find the odd hints of colout here and there to be a distraction rather than adding anything to the image. Nonetheless, a nice shot.

Good luck for a strong finish in this challenge.
03/17/2009 12:44:22 PM
lovely designs! cool photo
03/17/2009 10:21:53 AM
A great droplet shot, I love the use of black and white and all the crazy lines.
03/17/2009 04:49:00 AM
nice attempt! 9
03/17/2009 01:03:41 AM
Great shot.
03/16/2009 11:57:25 PM
cool capture. why not clone out the little spots on the drop from left ? that would make it look much better IMO
03/16/2009 11:52:33 PM
This is magical, complete masterpiece, artistically and technically! 10
03/16/2009 11:14:22 PM
Very nice... I admire your patience to get this well done!
03/16/2009 11:01:08 PM
WOW...great capture. Lots of detail. Looke forward to reading the photographers notes on this.
03/16/2009 08:58:48 PM
Two cliche's in one, how appropriate!
03/16/2009 08:38:07 PM
Cool! Very well timed, Irene would be proud :) Nice patterns and shapes.
03/16/2009 07:55:16 PM
brilliant drop shot ..super reflections great in b/w
03/16/2009 06:12:01 PM
Cool. very cool.

Not voting yet.
03/16/2009 03:19:01 PM
A classic DPC shot, nicely done
03/16/2009 05:40:20 AM
Whoa, the patterns in the reflections are just awesome, this is fantastic
03/16/2009 04:07:45 AM
Awesome capture and presentation. Gorgeous. But in the end, it is yet another example of a tired genre. Sorry.
03/16/2009 03:04:54 AM
you sure picked a gem .. really great complex image so much to take in all over the image
03/16/2009 01:41:19 AM
Extraordinary capture full of patterns and details. The sharpness is awesome.
03/16/2009 01:23:07 AM
Great contribution, as always!
03/15/2009 11:54:03 PM
Nicely executed.
03/15/2009 11:24:55 PM
Very interesting water drop shot. I feel like I'm being hypnotized by this!
03/15/2009 10:51:30 PM
excellent focus, wonderful abstract. 8
03/15/2009 10:27:01 PM
Wonderful patterns and reflections.
03/15/2009 09:53:41 PM
Well done!
03/15/2009 07:25:14 PM
Very creative --- and well done. Looks like a silver spoon.
03/15/2009 06:27:08 PM
A master of his trade Ralph is
03/15/2009 04:04:47 PM
Excellent shot. Great background and capturing the spiral in the drop!
03/15/2009 12:00:09 PM
excellent image, your obviously in control!
03/15/2009 10:36:22 AM
wonderful abstract photo. 10
03/15/2009 10:16:31 AM
Ralph? Must be! I always liked these types of shots that you do.
03/15/2009 09:41:23 AM
Very neat shot.
03/15/2009 08:47:49 AM
Nice drop and patterns!
03/15/2009 05:08:51 AM
great image ;)

03/14/2009 10:30:26 PM
I'll be here for them, hopefully :-) I like the interspersing of color in the reflection, that's really cool. Good capture.
03/14/2009 09:16:03 PM
Sweet photo.
03/14/2009 05:36:35 PM
Very sharp, always wanted to try this....
03/14/2009 05:13:52 PM
Coming back to comment...

Splat! Zoom! To the moon! LOL! Lovely waterdrop, gorgeous reflections/refractions!
03/14/2009 03:32:15 PM
Yes, impressive !
03/14/2009 03:20:10 PM
Been done so many times and yet there is something about this water drop that really makes it seem like it is a new concept.
03/14/2009 01:57:00 PM
Like a psychedelic lollipop! Amazing clarity and luminosity. Great detail. A water drop masterpiece.
03/14/2009 11:33:25 AM
clever bugger....9
03/14/2009 07:55:26 AM
It is an amazing picture that must have taken an incredible amount of time, patience and undoubted skill. I would like to read a 'how I did it' after the challenge. I'm not that keen on the title though.
03/14/2009 07:49:02 AM
As a splash aficionado, I can say with some feeling that this is a stunning image, movement frozen and so much in focus - a considerable challenge - my compliments.
03/14/2009 07:20:29 AM
really cool wafer drop, well done
03/14/2009 05:52:43 AM
Captured with skill, flare and a creative touch. 8
03/13/2009 11:12:30 PM
i...hate...waterdrops. Sorry.
03/13/2009 10:18:07 PM
good capture
03/13/2009 10:06:17 PM
wa hoo....you got that right...lots of thought in this ..photo...it took a bit of time to set up...not to mention all the 9K shots it took...oh that's right it took you one right...hmmm...A+.
03/13/2009 08:17:57 PM
Nice timing. The swirling pattern adds interest
03/13/2009 04:02:06 PM
Long live the waterdrop! I think the pattern on the flat(ish) water is the most intriguing part of this image for me.
03/13/2009 01:30:24 PM
Looks like a Ralph image, if it's not that is still a real compliment. Beautiful. 9.
03/13/2009 12:08:31 PM
Wow, this is trippy! lol Very cool.
03/12/2009 10:34:52 PM
haha, now THAT is cool :) Nicely done.
03/12/2009 10:24:40 PM
Nice composition and timing. Would have preferred it to be fully black and white. 7
03/12/2009 07:00:27 PM
Very well done
03/12/2009 05:28:58 PM
...and I'M sure you're ready for 'em!....
03/12/2009 04:20:20 PM
Wow! I love it. I always think we have seen it all but you did an awesome job making this photo even better!
03/12/2009 04:03:09 PM
03/12/2009 02:31:45 PM
Great composition and a spectacular capture! Very well done!
03/12/2009 02:16:50 PM
great abstract, very hipnotic.... i .... must..... resist.... voting ..... 10 ..... I ... must :) ..... great shot
03/12/2009 01:39:41 PM
wonderful example of the genre.... 8
03/12/2009 12:15:03 PM
Best water drop picture in the challenge. Unique. 10
03/12/2009 10:52:34 AM
Holy crap, that's cool!
03/12/2009 09:56:19 AM
Very unique textures and a nice flow,well done.
03/12/2009 09:52:39 AM
Wonderful detail and tones and colors. I dont care what the rest say I will never get tired of water drop shots. :=)
03/11/2009 10:17:33 PM
Nice reflections on the past and future.
03/11/2009 08:47:21 PM
Fabulously clear, great reflections. That one red dot on the water stem looks a bit like a dead pixel which is a wee bit annoying but otherwise, the shot is excellent!
03/11/2009 08:32:36 PM
how is that even possible to do??
03/11/2009 07:28:30 PM
exelent done just like IreneM
03/11/2009 07:01:44 PM
Ah... A DPC mainstay. Nice waterdrop photo, and good refraction.
03/11/2009 05:36:20 PM
funky and creative I like it!
03/11/2009 12:48:26 PM
W-O-W!!!! Just when I thought I've seen every permutation of water droplets this gets posted, absolutely amazing, you got everything going for you in this shot.
03/11/2009 11:03:32 AM
WOW an amazing shot for an amazing challenge. You should be proud of this one, I hope it ribbons for you.
03/11/2009 09:38:20 AM
Cleverly done, 10/10. Makes my droplet photos look very average - is it upside down (looking from under the water?), anyway I'd love to know how you did this.
03/11/2009 08:29:51 AM
03/11/2009 04:02:18 AM
Love the way the background works into this one
03/11/2009 01:25:41 AM
How many shots did it take before you perfected it?
03/11/2009 12:48:28 AM
I never get tired of these. :)
03/11/2009 12:30:47 AM
wowie.. an old classic that has it all... this was one of the shots that first mesmorized (sp?) me and set me on DPC... gonna look thru the archives to see where from GL

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