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Challenge: Double Take III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DL Macro for Nikon
Date: Jun 7, 2010
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 7, 2010


[Jun. 11th, 2010 08:40:52 AM]

Well, this seems to be in a good way halfway through voting, I'm really happy!

A few notes on how it was accomplished:

It's really quite simple, the trick being in catching a moment when both drops fall simultaneously. Yes, fall, because the shot is inverted. The actual photo is taken upside down, with two pencils pointing down.

Then, position an image behind it (the correct side up), and I used glycerine drops because they're thicker, and as transparent as water.

Then used a remote flash and a remote trigger, and dipped the tips in glycerine. Then took a couple of dozens of shots, and found this one interesting.

Turned it upside down and it's done :)

Post Challenge

Thank you so much for all the kind words, it has been a great week watching this one roll, always on the edge of my seat :)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 152
Avg (all users): 6.9375
Avg (commenters): 8.8571
Avg (participants): 6.8000
Avg (non-participants): 7.0079
Views since voting: 6412
Views during voting: 487
Votes: 192
Comments: 37
Favorites: 21 (view)


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06/22/2010 05:58:58 AM
I love this , its a great idea and thanks for the info.Congrats on the ribbon.
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06/19/2010 05:28:19 AM
wow Joao, fantastic capture. very well done. comgrats for the ribbon :)
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06/19/2010 04:52:26 AM
Originally posted by smardaz:

obviously this is technically well done. I am, however, struggling to understand the context. is there supposed to be a correlation between the pencils the drops and the picture of the woman? or is the shot just there for its own sake?


Hi Jason!

You make a good point, and of course I can't tell you that it's a masterpiece ;-)

The goal in making the photo was getting two water drops simultaneously in the picture, hence the double take. Since two drops were lacking a bit of interest, I started thinking of background. I could have gone with a smiley face, a flower, a lot of things.
The choice for the woman was to make some eye connection with the viewer.

I used two black pencils because they were easier to work with, regarding drops.
The idea to turn upside down the image was so I could give the impression that the drops were bubbles ascending, thus the title.

So it was just a matter of getting the elements together, without having too much of a back story of intention other than the visual one.

Cheers,
Joao

Message edited by author 2010-06-19 04:52:52.
06/18/2010 07:40:30 PM
obviously this is technically well done. I am, however, struggling to understand the context. is there supposed to be a correlation between the pencils the drops and the picture of the woman? or is the shot just there for its own sake?
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06/17/2010 03:32:57 PM
This is incredible. A wonderfully deserved ribbon. I'm quickly becoming a huge fan of your work. Excellent, excellent stuff.
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06/17/2010 07:24:05 AM
This is clearly your best pencil picture ever!
Congratulations!
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06/16/2010 11:42:05 PM
This screams tutorial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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06/16/2010 07:08:55 PM
Thanks for posting your explanation on how you achieved this! It's very cool. Sorry I didn't vote in this challenge - you would have had another 9 or 10.
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06/16/2010 02:22:11 PM
C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s ! ! ! :)
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06/16/2010 06:59:48 AM
Congrats on the red! Wonderful idea, and very well done!
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06/16/2010 03:20:33 AM
Another one for the trophy cabinet. Nice one mate! :-)
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06/16/2010 02:54:32 AM
for me you should be the first step of the podium, but i want to make you my compliments for this awesome shot...
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06/16/2010 02:18:33 AM
Congrats on the red, stunning shot!
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06/16/2010 01:56:53 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! very creative design, well done.
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06/16/2010 01:28:53 AM
Congratulations! My favourite in this challenge.
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06/16/2010 01:26:05 AM
SUPERBLY executed , CONGRATS on the Red !!
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06/16/2010 01:19:53 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon!! Love this one!! Very clever, good composition and beautiful face in those drops :D
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06/16/2010 01:05:36 AM
Love this ..... going to try it. I will enter one in about ohhh 2 years or so after practice :) Congratulations.
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06/16/2010 01:02:50 AM
What an interesting image! It's really well executed. Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/16/2010 12:29:01 AM
Joao, Well done on a great image and a ribbon on the challenge. I enjoyed our season with DPL. Hopefully next time we'll do a little better :)
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06/16/2010 12:05:38 AM
Congrats on the Red!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/15/2010 10:29:22 PM
This is awesome! Well done. Superb work. I love the smallest drop on the left. top 5 for sure.
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06/15/2010 10:04:46 PM
Wow! That is so cool. I love the difference between the two drops. The distortion in the right hand one makes it look like she is licking the pencil.
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06/15/2010 04:14:36 AM
Clever and well done.
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06/14/2010 11:57:56 PM
Crap...you'll beat me. Ribbon here.
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06/13/2010 05:47:02 PM
Wonderful. Turning it upside down really adds the "wow" factor.
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06/12/2010 07:50:35 PM
This is my very favorite to win! Great shot!
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06/12/2010 02:45:47 PM
Very creative.
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06/12/2010 12:30:58 PM
You soooo need to do a tutorial!!!
Very interesting and creative!
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06/12/2010 06:48:13 AM
really excellent! 10!
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06/11/2010 08:15:40 PM
This is a 'gotta show my friends/family' shot!
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06/10/2010 03:36:31 PM
That's really impressive.
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06/09/2010 04:49:39 PM
how did you do this?
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06/09/2010 03:40:43 PM
Rather extra-ordinary !
Congrats for the idea and the technique. 10.
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06/09/2010 12:58:24 PM
creative
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06/09/2010 10:32:46 AM
wow, is it really a single shot?
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06/09/2010 05:31:34 AM
wow... this is a real great shot! 9 for me...
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