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Washing Dishes in Blue
Washing Dishes in Blue

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Bubbles III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: Kitchen sink
Date: Jan 18, 2010
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Abstract, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2010

Note to DPC/SC: My camera's date/time is set to UTC; I had this approved by the SC when I first joined dpchallenge.

A little more abstract than what I usually shoot, so this was fun to play with. I doubt it will do well, but I'm trying to put myself back into submitting to challenges for a while.

Shot in my kitchen... Dishes soaking in the dish-water. The black background in a knife handle. Lighting was an SB-800 off-camera right and an SB-R200 with blue gel off camera left, both fired wirelessly via CLS. Played with the flash settings to balance the blue/white dominance.

I expect voters will think I've jacked up the white balance to get the blue -- but it's the blue gel on the SB-R200 speedlight.

"Just submit it."

Shot indoors, on tripod, wired remote. Shot with Sigma 70-300/4-5.6 macro lens at 300mm, iso 200, f/16, 1/200. CLS flash - group A, SB-800 off camera right at -2EV; group B, SB-R200 off camera left at +1EV.

NOTE: I AM NOT REQUESTING "CRITIQUE CLUB" FEEDBACK. If you are in the Critique Club and feel the need to leave a critique... let that feeling pass, please. Thanks and have a great day.


Note, for those who have trouble understanding Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw: By listing my development settings here, I am showing the current develop / ACR settings used to convert this image from raw/NEF to a jpg image. It does NOT mean I have actually adjusted all of these settings. However, anyone can set development defaults to *any* setting they choose, so there is no true "default" for any setting, aside from zero, which is perfectly flat. To correctly reproduce a challenge submission from an original camera file, as the challenge rules require, *all* development settings need to be retained and verified. To look at this list and say "that's a lot of post-processing" is missing the basic concept of Lightroom, development settings and default values.

RAW/NEF -> Lightroom
Crop (custom)
WB Temp -> 5150 (as shot, flash setting)
WB Tint -> -4 (as shot, flash setting)
Exposure -> +1.02
Recovery -> 0
Fill Light -> 0
Blacks -> 31
Brightness -> +52
Contrast -> +25
Clarity -> +45
Vibrance -> +18
Saturation -> +0
Tone Curve: Strong Contrast
HSL: (all settings 0)
Amount -> 110
Radius -> 1.2
Detail -> 70
Masking -> 52
Noise Reduction:
Luminance -> 0
Color -> 25
Camera Calibration:
Adobe Standard
All other settings 0, unless noted
Export as JPG, sRGB, quality 100, 800 longest edge, minimize metadata, processed by LR2/Mogrify to set quality to constrain output file to <300kB.

Place: 21 out of 101
Avg (all users): 6.0912
Avg (commenters): 7.5714
Avg (participants): 5.9038
Avg (non-participants): 6.1351
Views since voting: 1253
Views during voting: 404
Votes: 274
Comments: 8
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/27/2010 12:01:57 PM
One of my favourites from the challenge.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2010 04:25:15 PM
I really like how these bubbles look with the white outlines.
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01/21/2010 09:39:23 PM
This has a very geometric feel to it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/20/2010 09:27:30 PM
The beauty of the detergent bubbles almost makes the task of washing the dishes an honour rather than a chore. There is so much we miss in the everyday ordinariness of Life because we do not see it - until someone brings it to our awareness and attention once again. Thank you for that looking.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/20/2010 07:58:07 PM
Wonderful color and great, great bubbles.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/20/2010 06:57:14 PM
A definite maze of bubbles in blue. Very creative.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/20/2010 03:05:49 PM
Wow. Very cool.
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01/20/2010 04:06:12 AM
Wow, gorgeous colours!
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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