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Morning Dew
Morning Dew
xakpeet


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Pentax Optio 550
Location: back yard
Date: May 24, 2005
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Sky, Water
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

a little bit different post processing to one of my favorites...

[Mar. 11th, 2009 11:09:41 PM]

a rain X coated mirror laying in the back yard...

[Mar. 14th, 2009 04:53:21 AM]

wow so cool getting so many comments! a number of people asked about the details and have indicated they will be back to see how this was done...so I will add some info.
It was actually very simple. As I noted above I used rainX (the stuff for your windshield)to get the water to bead better and put it on a small mirror. I sprayed the hose up in the air so that the drops would land as randomly as possible. didn't have to flip the image or hide the camera because with the mirror already inverting the image, the images in the drops was once again right side up and were showing the other side of the mirror from where I was shooting - reflecting the scene to the rear and above the mirror.
Now my highest scoring image is going to be with my old point and shoot pentax Ha!- Guess I'm going to have to get to work and beat that score with the SLR!

Statistics
Place: 17 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.9448
Avg (commenters): 7.8654
Avg (participants): 6.9379
Avg (non-participants): 6.9865
Views since voting: 2905
Views during voting: 862
Votes: 525
Comments: 119
Favorites: 24 (view)


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01/03/2010 08:53:49 AM
This is exciting work. With a score like that, you "should" have been in the top ten! Well, top 20 isn't so bad out of 1100 entries.

Try this in the flip/blend Thread! Oh, do.
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11/06/2009 09:46:04 AM
I see some idiots voted 1's and 2's and 3's just because this was a water drop shot. Very immature.

Sorry I just had to say that.

This is a wonderful image that is motivating me into a water drop frenzy. Rain x is on my list of things to buy for sure.
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03/20/2009 11:25:54 PM
Congratulations on your high finish. I love this shot. I'm glad you added in the info. - very inspiring.
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03/18/2009 09:08:37 AM
Congrats on your top twenty finish. I love that you took this with your old p&s. Thanks for the tip on Rain-X, I'll use it if I ever get into the water-bead biz.

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03/18/2009 04:30:06 AM
WOW! EXCELLENT shot. Congrats on top 20.
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03/18/2009 03:58:36 AM
Damn brilliant, I only just figured this out. Excellent.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 10:57:39 PM
This is awesome; although I'm not sure how you achieved the effect. One of the most creative I've seen in this challenge.
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03/17/2009 10:21:15 PM
Great bubbles & reflections.
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03/17/2009 08:53:05 PM
reminds me of jewelry
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03/17/2009 07:05:55 PM
great colors and shapes
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03/17/2009 05:52:56 PM
Colorful. Captivating. Sharp. Solid 8. I'll come back and review this one.

Are these droplets on a mirror? Nice artistic expression.
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03/17/2009 05:21:08 PM
Impressive as always.
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03/17/2009 03:38:14 PM
very nice!
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03/17/2009 03:18:22 PM
Cool photo! I like the little bit of color that the water drops add, as well as, the overall look of the photo.
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03/17/2009 12:11:28 PM
Attractive composition!
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03/17/2009 10:03:50 AM
Whoa, this is really neat, abstract but I could easily see this hanging in a gallery.
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03/17/2009 09:27:23 AM
so visually appealing. the colors are great, and the droplets look like little jewels. very artistic. 9
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03/17/2009 09:02:59 AM
Nice abstract. Not a clue how you got the bubles going... Well done.
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03/17/2009 04:47:08 AM
OMG!! beauty!! 9
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03/16/2009 11:13:39 PM
Cool image. 8
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03/16/2009 11:03:24 PM
Very COOL!

Not voting yet.
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03/16/2009 08:05:46 PM
Now, that's neat looking. What kind of surface is it on, a car perhaps?
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03/16/2009 06:59:59 PM
Nice take on a DPC classic. Looks like it was taken on a mirror!?!?!
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03/16/2009 06:38:14 PM
Maybe some people get tired of droplet reflection shots....I NEVER get tired of them! Especially when they are well done, like this!
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03/16/2009 06:09:33 PM
very trippy, love the clarity of the bubbles. 8
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03/16/2009 02:35:23 PM
Nice shot!
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03/16/2009 01:40:10 PM
Very beautiful contrasting tones/colors with a great abstract but clearly focused way. Basically, I really like it. 8
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03/16/2009 01:34:36 PM
Oh, WOW. Is that really dew/water? Excellent sharp foccus. It almost look solid. Great shot. 10+
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03/16/2009 10:58:35 AM
Awesome photo! Great color, light, composition, idea, shot. 9
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03/16/2009 04:10:12 AM
nice shot
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03/15/2009 11:41:45 PM
I'm hoping to leave comments on as many photo's in this challenge as possible... this was one of the few images I scored a 10. One of my criteria for scoring a 10 is "Would I have this photo on my wall?" and for this one, I surely would.

No matter how many times I look at this my brain still can't work out the correct orientation, or exactly how the image is made up. Perfect focus and sharpening, simply awesome! Although I have rated a few images at 10, this is my prediction for the Blue!
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03/15/2009 10:46:59 PM
Nice choice of colours for this one.
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03/15/2009 09:01:29 PM
Looks awesome. The details will be interesting. Adding to faves!
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03/15/2009 08:20:51 PM
I am so damn tired of water drops. Having said that, this is so damn good I don't care. In spite of my predjudice, this has to be among best in class.
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03/15/2009 07:30:07 PM
Very pretty. I will look forward to hearing how you did this.
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03/15/2009 07:19:27 PM
This is so interesting! Love those big drops - looks like a reflection image using maybe mercury in an outside setting? Regardless, great reflections and composition!
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03/15/2009 05:02:30 PM
Beautiful and bright drops with a very nice green tone.
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03/15/2009 03:47:11 PM
I'd love to know what I'm looking at - it's very beautiful:)
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03/15/2009 03:33:09 PM
Wonderful photographic creation. Really very cool and very well executed. 8
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03/15/2009 01:05:01 PM
Fascinating effect. Looks like mercury. Love the greenish hue on the drops.
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03/15/2009 11:55:05 AM
Fascinating image, still trying to figure out exactly what it is. Surreal but with enough "reality" to create a top notch shot.
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03/15/2009 11:03:47 AM
bubble bubbles my bubbles! I would love to know how this was shot. it almost looks like a hood of a well waxed car. 9
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03/15/2009 10:09:47 AM
Wow this is nice! A truly unique water drops shot (and I bet that's a hard thing to be unique with).
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03/15/2009 09:47:03 AM
I love the composition. Nice job.
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03/15/2009 05:07:54 AM
impressive! 8
brano
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03/15/2009 02:23:35 AM
wow , I still can't quite imagine how you captured this , 8
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03/14/2009 11:18:40 PM
Amazing shot...
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03/14/2009 10:14:36 PM
wow great abstract, still trying to work it out
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03/14/2009 09:26:54 PM
I think I have to bump this up... You really achieved a technical marvel here - and it's not lost on me. Beautiful work! 9
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03/14/2009 08:24:52 PM
Very cool!
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03/14/2009 08:14:23 PM
The are amazing.
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03/14/2009 08:00:41 PM
A riot of landscapes! I like how clear they are. The greens look beautiful on the backdrop of tans and browns.
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03/14/2009 06:12:49 PM
wow I like this alot - fantastic - feel like I can touch the bobbles
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03/14/2009 04:18:56 PM
Definite WOW factor here. Love the blue hue of the droplets against the beige/gray tinge of the mirror reflection. The clarity and detail on this are incredible. And I'm dying to know how you managed to avoid the camera showing up in the bead reflections. Super shot. A fave
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03/14/2009 03:51:21 PM
Super shot 10
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03/14/2009 03:24:13 PM
Like the new take on an old theme. Very well done.
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03/14/2009 02:47:56 PM
Coming back to comment...

Gorgeous, wonderful drop reflections! So abstract, love it! 10
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03/14/2009 01:05:50 PM
Interesting shot! Not entirely sure what it is but I like it.
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03/14/2009 11:40:19 AM
Very cool, very fun, very well done...
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03/14/2009 10:20:16 AM
I really like the abstract look of this. Nice work.
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03/14/2009 09:26:03 AM
If you're gonna do water drops, this is the way to do 'em. They look like jewels and the backdrop and colors really work well here.
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03/14/2009 07:33:43 AM
Really like the contrasting colours in the normal refletion and the water reflection. Shapes made by the grass are great
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03/14/2009 06:55:16 AM
WOW - Interesting effect and photo. Very striking (which is what you need in a challenge of 1200 plus entries!
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03/14/2009 06:47:34 AM
Wonderful!
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03/14/2009 03:35:11 AM
Beautyful picture
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03/14/2009 12:27:13 AM
drops on a mirror is my guess. Nicely done. I like the varying sizes of the drops and the unpretentious scene each one repeats.
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03/13/2009 11:29:14 PM
I love these shots, I like to look in all the bubbles at what's showing
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03/13/2009 09:38:58 PM
I tried my hand at macro shots like this and could not for the life of me get a shot to look this awesome. The drops are perfect. Curious to see how you accomplished this and the colours. Did you invert the pic?
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03/13/2009 07:39:42 PM
Simply lovely .. very brilliant! I'm in awe of talent like yours.
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03/13/2009 06:50:19 PM
Absolutely a stunner. I'll be back to read your notes. 10
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03/13/2009 04:40:58 PM
This is simply amazing!!! I hope you share how you did it.
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03/13/2009 04:05:45 PM
This is neat. I like the silver of the dew and the golden tones of what they are on. Very nice metallic contrasts.
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03/13/2009 04:05:41 PM
Just when I thought I couldn't stand another "water beads" photo, you bring this to the table. So beautiful!
* Back to bump this up - hope you don't mind. :-)
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03/13/2009 02:19:36 PM
Very nice shot. I like the colors as well as the few big drops along with many small.
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03/13/2009 01:32:43 PM
What awesome clarity, the reflections are fantastic
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03/13/2009 12:47:20 PM
this s awesome. how did you do it?
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03/13/2009 12:42:26 PM
I sooo want to learn how to do these reflective bubbles...do a tutorial...
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03/13/2009 11:18:45 AM
interesting and unique
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03/13/2009 10:59:11 AM
Nice shot, the dark lines in the back are a little distracting
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03/13/2009 07:56:08 AM
Now that's interesting! Abstract, yet tangible :)
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03/13/2009 05:27:04 AM
Brilliant!
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03/13/2009 03:53:47 AM
i love these types of images
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03/13/2009 02:39:04 AM
I really like this. Has a outer space feel to it.
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03/13/2009 02:10:28 AM
excellent choices for the colors!
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03/13/2009 02:01:44 AM
Surreal ! what a rich photo!
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03/12/2009 08:23:03 PM
That's pretty cool!
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03/12/2009 07:41:33 PM
Wow - very trippy and way cool!
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03/12/2009 07:26:56 PM
Great effect and clarity. Looked at this flipped and don't mind it the right way up either.
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03/12/2009 06:52:29 PM
on what? I love this.
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03/12/2009 05:30:04 PM
wonderful
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03/12/2009 05:28:15 PM
Great image. Disconcerting and beautiful, close to abstract.
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03/12/2009 05:17:09 PM
wow, I'm always amazed when people catch images in water drops, really well done here
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03/12/2009 04:20:23 PM
Excellent Photo!!!
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03/12/2009 02:14:18 PM
Excellent macro shot with amazing sharpness. 10
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03/12/2009 01:39:16 PM
very impressive, one of the best shots I've seen in this challenge 9
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03/12/2009 12:52:46 PM
Amazing ..... that's it....
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03/12/2009 11:47:11 AM
really cool image ... I love all of the little drops and reflections
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03/12/2009 10:10:48 AM
Lots of repetition in this one. There is a lot to take in.
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03/12/2009 08:32:18 AM
Very cool abstract. Not liking the darker lines but the reflections are great.
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03/12/2009 06:12:55 AM
very clean shot I like it
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03/12/2009 04:29:19 AM
Normally I find the backgrounds of photos like this to be distracting from the images in the water, but here the background really adds very positively to the image as a whole. I also like the colors and the composition.
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03/12/2009 02:08:12 AM
Cool macro. I love all the droplets.
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03/12/2009 12:56:07 AM
vere nice shot
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03/11/2009 11:52:27 PM
funky .. love all the little reflections
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03/11/2009 11:39:32 PM
Amazing color. Looks like beads on a necklace.
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03/11/2009 10:03:41 PM
this is wild - well done.
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03/11/2009 07:49:18 PM
Nice ans very interesting, can't wait to see how this was done.
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03/11/2009 06:53:01 PM
Nice abstract look.
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03/11/2009 05:44:47 PM
Absolutely spectacular!! Wonderful combination of shapes and colors. Beautifully executed!! 10
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03/11/2009 04:45:52 PM
Pretty trippy.
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03/11/2009 03:24:08 PM
Lovely contrast between the silver bubbles and the salmon background, with your subject appearing over and over on the drops and the background. Very nice composition. Looking forward to seeing how you did this one. Excellent.
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03/11/2009 02:04:17 PM
Beautiful picture, a 10!
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03/11/2009 01:24:06 PM
classic how did u do it dude
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03/11/2009 10:21:09 AM
This is absolutely stunning in color and composition!!! Love how the surface of the 'water' is a golden warm hue. The dew bubbles/spheres are akin to reflective glass mirrors that show us a beautiful day with lovely blue skies and white clouds - perfect for daydreaming. Something else that I see reflected back in the dewdrops is I see what looks like an 'island' (maybe it is a house but it is not defined on my screen). It invokes the idea of a small island just like these dewdrops are akin to tiny water islands on the surface of the lake/bay/ocean.
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03/11/2009 09:23:18 AM
nice setup, but the colors look very strange to me
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03/11/2009 08:42:50 AM
Awesom gem is all I can say 10
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03/11/2009 07:00:34 AM
What a vibrant shot. Almost makes me thirsty.
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03/11/2009 03:38:40 AM
I like this, simple but lots to look at
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03/11/2009 12:50:21 AM
Oh, this is so cleverly titled!
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