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Vesicular Basalt
Vesicular Basalt

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Geology (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 EX Aspherical DF for Canon
Location: My Basement
Date: Jul 12, 2009
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 328 seconds
Galleries: Still Life, Textures
Date Uploaded: Jul 13, 2009

ISO - 100
Aperture - f/16
Shutter - 328 seconds
Sigma 28-70 2.8 EX HSM @ 63mm

I lit the spots on the lava rock using a penlight/maglight with electricians tape over the light's lens and a hole punched through it. I also combined yellow and magenta gels (also taped to the light) to create the orange glow. I went around and held the penlight right on each spot because the amount of light I was getting was really tiny.

I back-lit this with a regular flashlight and threw a gel on to fill in the shadow with some blue light. I'm not really pleased with the blue fill, but this was the best image I had so...I went with it anyway.

The sand is the same sand used in my "Sands of Time" image. Yeah, unfortunately I couldn't think of anything better for a background.

This is far from the "completed image" I was hoping to achieve. Every time I look at it I see something else that I could have done better. But frankly, after about 15 of these 5 minute exposures, I was quite fed up with the whole thing and just entered my best one.

No matter how I finish, I'm just happy I finally came up with something for a challenge! :D

Place: 19 out of 86
Avg (all users): 5.8859
Avg (commenters): 6.8571
Avg (participants): 5.3750
Avg (non-participants): 5.9934
Views since voting: 1189
Views during voting: 344
Votes: 184
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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07/22/2009 10:57:37 AM
I love your very creative technique. You pulled it off nicely and I think that had the details been available to voters, this shot would have been better appreciated and scored higher.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/21/2009 11:38:51 PM
An interesting subject. The crop on the sides though is a little tight, as is the crop above. A little mmore space would hve balanced the photo
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07/21/2009 09:39:39 PM
Reminded me of the Rolling Stones "...Hot Rocks"! It's a very nice presentation and the lighting is intriguing!
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07/21/2009 08:29:14 PM
Interesting. I like the glow.
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07/20/2009 04:22:19 PM
awesome rock, but might have chosen a different composition. still a 7
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07/19/2009 05:52:50 PM
great color and texture
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07/19/2009 07:36:23 AM
Interesting lighting. Gives this a real eerie feel
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07/16/2009 10:34:44 PM
Looks like kryptonite... only red :) never heard of vesicular basalt before.. I should look it up.
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