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2nd PlaceCradle
hanserik


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Challenge: Still Life V (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Oslo, Norway
Date: May 23, 2009
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60s
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: May 23, 2009

This is a reproduction of Dave Nitsche's Cradle as seen on onexposure.

Missing a light and a decent/seamless background to make it perfect.

Steps:
-Adjustments, rotate and convert to b&w from raw
-Crop, add border, resize, USM, resize
-Save for web

Post:
Wow! Thanks for all the votes and favorites! Hope I don't disappoint too many by this being a copy and not original work.

I saw Dave Nitsche's picture and thought; wow, I want this on my kitchen wall! This was over a month ago. While I had it in my mind, I kept forgetting to buy eggs. Then along came this challenge, and extra motivation :)

I completely agree with what 21.gif yanko say, and I plan to keep working on it to get it up to the standards of the original. But that wasn't gonna work in basic.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 166
Avg (all users): 6.8333
Avg (commenters): 7.6154
Avg (participants): 6.6667
Avg (non-participants): 6.9111
Views since voting: 5556
Views during voting: 393
Votes: 198
Comments: 32
Favorites: 13 (view)


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06/03/2009 11:20:27 PM
Nice work, congrats
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06/03/2009 07:03:00 PM
Congrats on your ribbon!
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06/03/2009 05:59:31 PM
Thanks Dave
I just checked out those light tables...sweet!
Debbi
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06/03/2009 05:46:25 PM
I didn't think you would, thanks so much!
Debbi
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06/03/2009 03:42:44 PM
Nicely done. Congrats on the Ribbon!!!!! For those interested mine was shot on a smith victor shooting stage with seamless white plexi. Really nice stuff. Flashing behind it gives some nice 'sunspot' lighitng.

Again, congrats!!!
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06/03/2009 02:11:01 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon and PB, Hans. You did an super job on the lighting.
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06/03/2009 02:07:38 PM
Originally posted by Debbi:

I'd love to see a setup shot on this

The setup is pretty straight-forward:
-Forks and egg on edge of the table on a glass plate (tried to get some reflections, but that didn't work out too well)
-One SB-900 really close in front and below on 1/128 power
-One SB-600 behind lighting the wall on 1/32 power (I think)

You can see the SB-900 on the original:
796441.jpg
06/03/2009 01:43:54 PM
I'd love to see a setup shot on this
Debbi
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06/03/2009 08:01:34 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon!
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06/03/2009 07:41:53 AM
Excellent! and congratulations!
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06/03/2009 07:02:28 AM
Great shot, I saw this and considered doing a retake too. Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! Congrats on the ribbon.
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06/03/2009 04:20:39 AM
Congrats on the Ribbon Hans

Whilst this shot has been done before don't let the comments get you down, the voters still placed it where it is. There's very few original works on this site anymore anyway.
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06/03/2009 03:09:00 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, Hans! Nice job.
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06/03/2009 02:10:08 AM
Originally posted by LevT:

I just wonder how you felt when voters (unknowingly) praised your creativity in this shot?

First thought: Ouch, sorry! Second: I hope they read my comments and understand why I took this picture.
06/03/2009 01:52:25 AM
It's good that you refer to the original work. I just wonder how you felt when voters (unknowingly) praised your creativity in this shot?
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06/03/2009 12:42:40 AM
Fascinating. Congrats!
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06/03/2009 12:16:30 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon and PB!! Great design!!
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06/03/2009 12:07:30 AM
Congrats on the red !! Beautiful shot & into my favs
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/02/2009 11:31:44 PM
Interesting Aspect created by the Back-Lighting! Superb Photo! :) 10!!!!!!!
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06/01/2009 09:33:13 AM
What is that - a crystal egg?? Interesting arrangement
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05/30/2009 08:38:52 AM
Interesting use of objects for your still life..nice!
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05/29/2009 07:40:07 PM
Neat idea. Great execution.
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05/29/2009 02:55:20 PM
I love it: great composition!
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05/28/2009 02:46:03 AM
The problem with copying someone else's shot is you need to meet or exceed the original otherwise you're doomed to the inevitable comparision. Unfortunately, since this one doesn't have the originality/creativity associated with it your technicals needed to be better just to break even, which is why it's better to just try out something new. It's that whole risk/reward thing, which you're avoiding here.

That said, I understand people try to recreate a photo just to learn but bare in mind that as a voter I must consider more than just the technicals, which is all you have focused on here so you lose a lot in the voting from me.
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05/27/2009 09:37:41 PM
I love the ethereal quality of the light. Beautiful composition, too.
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05/27/2009 08:26:07 PM
Very creative use of a simple subject matter. shows a creative mind.
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05/27/2009 01:01:31 PM
This is fun. I like the arrangement of objects and the overall composition. The heavy side borders is becoming an item when it shouldn't be. This would have really popped with a simple single white pixel with 5-10 pixels of black outside the white.
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05/27/2009 12:02:34 PM
very original~nice work!
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05/27/2009 10:06:10 AM
Delightful, just delightful.
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05/27/2009 09:26:54 AM
I like it!
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05/27/2009 09:08:51 AM
Very artfully presented.
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05/27/2009 05:55:00 AM
Wonderful idea!!
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