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Binary; The Universal Language
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Challenge: Language (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon MF Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 AI
Date: Mar 22, 2009
Aperture: f/ 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500 sec
Galleries: Water, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Mar 22, 2009

Binary; The Universal Language

[Mar. 28th, 2009 06:08:53 PM]

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[March 28 - 2009]


I can't remember If i added a description to this pic when I submitted it, so i'll add it now... this is just like a pic I did a couple months ago (you may remember it) I always wanted to re-do it because I knew that I could doa better job at it... I was just waiting for a reason, and the Language challenge seemed like a PERFECT time!!! so here it is... I have a D90, but I needed a Flash sync speed of 1/500 sec, so I had to use my D40 (luckily I just picked one up last week for a little backup camera) I used my nikon 55mm MF macro lens that I got on ebay for $30 WITH a nikon FM camera... this lens is one of Nikon's SHARPEST lenses!!! and MF is usually better than AF for macro work... for lighting, there is a SB-800 on the right of the camera with a garry fond lightsphere with a SC-29 cord to the camera, and using nikon's wireless flash system (?CLS?) I had a SB-600 on the left side to help light the background and do a bit of fill light on the left side of the cable... This shot is quite tricky... about 4 hours hunched over my kitchen sink trying to get the water to flow just right so that it would run down the right part of the cable, drip of the right part and flow at a constant, but VERY slow rate so that the drips have time to build up and then fall is little spheres as the one in the pic is... it took about 4 hours to get it all setup right, then anther 30 min and 50 shots to perfect my timing, then once that was all done, I was able to get this little sphere drop in almost all the pics I took, so I jsut had to work on framing and angling the camera (which was hand held by the way) just right so that the drip was smack dab in the middle of the black area WITH a nice refraction in the drip...

LOTS of work, but I think it turned out quite well =)


My scores are usually off, so I don't know how the pic is doing, but there are already three favorites, so I figure that I should add some setup pics because they will be appreciated =)

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Wooo HOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!


Thanks for all the amazing comments anf Fave's!!! Wooo Hoooo!!!!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 116
Avg (all users): 7.1675
Avg (commenters): 8.3810
Avg (participants): 6.8974
Avg (non-participants): 7.2294
Views since voting: 10725
Views during voting: 410
Votes: 209
Comments: 58
Favorites: 32 (view)


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04/05/2009 03:04:11 AM
Wow, what an amazing shot - to think of it in the first place was fantastic enough, and then to go to all that effort to set it up! Well deserved on your blue, congratulations, a stunning concept well executed.
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04/04/2009 10:58:37 PM
I love how the water looks like a 0 dripping off of a 1
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04/04/2009 12:08:45 PM
Congrats on the blue and OMG I am so jealous! Next time I make it to TO we must try and get some shooting done!
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04/02/2009 11:16:14 PM
I really like this shot, even though it's "yet another one using the through the drop" technique. I always like it when people use a known technique and make it their own. Very nice contrast, and insanely perfect water droplet.

Did you have to meter manually with that lens? I have a D40 and as far as I know, metering is limited to AF-S lenses, and focusing to internal-focus lenses (doesn't have an AF motor?).
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04/02/2009 07:58:22 PM
See my comment 4 steps down and you'll see what I thought of the drop.

Originally posted by trnqlty:

Excellent execution of the concept. To be honest though, I'm a bit disapointed to see a water drop shot at the top of a language competition. After all, why would water of all things be included in a shot with an ethernet cable. I know its cool but other than that it really doesn't make much sense. Not the first time I've felt like that. We've all got our water shots on this site, at least yours is way better than most. Congrats on the ribbon


Message edited by author 2009-04-02 20:12:26.
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04/02/2009 05:12:47 PM
Man this is just amazing strobist how to :)
David Hobby should be proud of you :) Very well done and thanks allot for the how to :)
Very well done again :)
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04/02/2009 10:56:06 AM
Excellent execution of the concept. To be honest though, I'm a bit disapointed to see a water drop shot at the top of a language competition. After all, why would water of all things be included in a shot with an ethernet cable. I know its cool but other than that it really doesn't make much sense. Not the first time I've felt like that. We've all got our water shots on this site, at least yours is way better than most. Congrats on the ribbon
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04/02/2009 06:26:13 AM
Congratulations! Sensational work.
love seeing the set-up too
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04/01/2009 08:01:43 PM
The way the trailing water line...(above the drop) interacts with the drop to seemingly form a 1 (one) and a 0 (zero) does it for me.
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04/01/2009 02:38:23 PM
You are my hero! Not only do you post a remarkable image, but you actually share everything about how to do it. You are very generous and talented
Thanks
Debbi
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04/01/2009 12:09:13 PM
Glad your hard work paid off. Great and creative shot, Eric.
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04/01/2009 11:58:01 AM
Dude, you freaking own that lens. well done.
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04/01/2009 10:59:56 AM
Congratulations on your first place finish. I can't understand how someone could give you 1's or 2's since this language is evident in every aspect of our lives, only if you are living in the 21st century. Excellent finish...
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04/01/2009 10:34:44 AM
Congrats... superb and out of the box idea...
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04/01/2009 06:49:48 AM
Very nice job . Congrats on great finish.
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04/01/2009 06:44:32 AM
Go Canada! Congrats on your first place finish.
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04/01/2009 05:12:59 AM
Well done Eric, wondeful shot as I said during voting and what a lot of work...very well deserved blue ;-)
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04/01/2009 04:16:22 AM
Absolutely awesome shot.

I am so impressed, I might try it out for myself!
Would look wicked on the wall of a home office above a PC!
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04/01/2009 03:10:06 AM
I knew this should be to produce and, by reading your description, I should have scored it 12 instead of only 10.
Much well deserved blue, congratulations!
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04/01/2009 02:26:45 AM
2 for 2 eh? This one is lit better than your earlier attempt but the background is weaker. If you go for the trifecta try and do it without revealing the magician's hand (i.e. don't show the source of the reflected image). It is possible.
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04/01/2009 02:25:07 AM
Congrats Eric, absolutely deserved win. I guess you owe me a beer now :)
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04/01/2009 02:02:19 AM
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04/01/2009 01:53:50 AM
Well done! Great job.

Go Snowmen!
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04/01/2009 01:41:53 AM
Well done Eric, this was always a blue ribbon winner. Great work
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04/01/2009 12:33:54 AM
congratulations for your excellent work on this shot , and the ribbon!!
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04/01/2009 12:27:51 AM
Congrats on the ribbon ... I knew this was gonna win
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04/01/2009 12:22:29 AM
Congratulations! Work well done and appreciated.
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04/01/2009 12:17:49 AM
Love the dishes in the sink!!! :) Great shot and well done
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04/01/2009 12:15:28 AM
Congrats! Way too go!
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04/01/2009 12:05:18 AM
Congrats on your first Blue. WooHoo!!!
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04/01/2009 12:03:16 AM
WOOHOO! Congrats.. LOOK AT THAT SCORE!

Proud to be on the front page with you!
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04/01/2009 12:02:50 AM
Congratulations! Fantastic shot.
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04/01/2009 12:02:02 AM
Sweet... ONE TWO Finish

Congrats on your blue :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/31/2009 01:33:19 PM
this is quite impressive. good work.
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03/30/2009 04:48:20 PM
I like this image. Always a question whether the numbers at the back or in the water should be the right way up? The light on the plug is a bit harsh, giving a glare to that part of the photo. Other than that, a great submission
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03/29/2009 12:18:02 PM
Great shot, winner for me. Nice take on the challenge. Great focus and DOF. The blue makes this shot pop.
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03/28/2009 06:32:20 AM
Well, out of the first 18 shots I have seen in this challenge, yours is the best by a mile. Most of the others are all not very good attempts at body language. Good luck. no vote.

Go Snowmen!
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03/27/2009 10:16:27 PM
I love this picture. It is easily one of my favorites and therefore got my highest rating within this competition. One small gripe. the picture to me says that the binary is flowing through the cable, and when unplugged, it drips a little out like a gas hose at the pump. But there is liquid on the outside of the plug. that's it. thanks.
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03/27/2009 10:11:18 PM
This is one of my favorites. I love the way that you caught the reflection.
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03/27/2009 12:07:46 PM
Good job on the waterdrop!
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03/26/2009 11:48:35 PM
my favourite of the challenge
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03/26/2009 05:24:46 PM
Nice take on the challenge. Binary AND a drop :-) Not voting.
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03/26/2009 08:04:01 AM
great idea and well executed, only the drops at the side of the cable are annoying
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03/26/2009 06:28:25 AM
Ok... the only reason the water drop is in there is to show off the whole 'picture in waterdrop' thing that's been done a billion times already. Usually it adds to the picture or is there for a purpose, but here it seems like a cheap attempt to score points from newbies who haven't seen it before.

The picture is technically accomplished, but going for the cheap vote with the water drop is something I find quite disappointing and bordering on the insulting.

Like I said, the picture is nice. It's actually nice enough without going for the water drop. All it needs is a purple sunset put on a computer screen behind a wine glass filled with water and you've summed up DPC's cheesiness.
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03/26/2009 06:19:45 AM
I'm guessing that's not water - good job, would like to know how it was done!
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03/25/2009 11:33:44 PM
Wow. This is great!
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03/25/2009 10:20:04 PM
Wow, coooool !!! 9
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03/25/2009 08:53:47 PM
Awesome!
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03/25/2009 06:57:46 PM
masterful
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03/25/2009 03:21:32 PM
love the colors and use of the water drop
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03/25/2009 11:45:46 AM
wow I think u have a ribbon here, great work must have taken hours and lots of coffee lol
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03/25/2009 10:27:12 AM
now i'm going to imagine little water droplets filled with 1s and 0s flowing through cat5 cables whenever i'm on a computer, which is all the time btw. very cool.

also made me laugh because it brought to mind ted stevens' series of tubes debacle. voted 0b1010 :P
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03/25/2009 08:55:13 AM
This is an absolutely amazing photo. Brilliant idea, filled with creativity. 10 out of 10. Definitely one of my favorites.
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03/25/2009 07:00:33 AM
Oh!..i've seen this before..is this a ribbon deja vu challenge??
but great take nevertheless..
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03/25/2009 04:26:17 AM
Brilliant! Hope it does well!
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03/25/2009 01:43:29 AM
it's a good photo and the water drop is cool; however, why it would be wet is a mystery to me. Good photo though
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03/25/2009 12:29:27 AM
Very creative. I can't imagine how long that must've taken to get just the right shot.
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03/25/2009 12:28:57 AM
Awesome shot .. Great idea .. Good Luck
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