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Challenge: Spheres (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3,5-6,3 Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] macro for Nikon
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: Jul 12, 2010
Aperture: 9.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400
Date Uploaded: Jul 12, 2010

For some reason, I became obsessed with this challenge, doing four different shoots with my glass sphere. But I didn't like ANY of my results. I almost didn't enter. Finally, as I sat and pondered what to do, I thought of soap bubbles, but then fretted about how to present them.

Then it dawned on me that I had four playful foster kittens. Bubbles and kittens!! What could be better, right? Well, I didn't have time to go to the store for a proper bubble blower, so I had to make my own soap water, and fashioned the little wand by twisting some jewelry wire. Then I couldn't get the right soap consistency. I began to worry that I was losing my light (I only get about 45 minutes of good light in my office), and then that the kittens were approaching nap time and would care less about the lovely soap bubbles I was making for them.

Finally, I got it all together and started shooting, but quickly realized that auto focus wasn't going to cut it. I zoomed way out, chose a deeper focal depth, focused on the area where the light and the kittens and bubbles would (hopefully) all line up for me, and hoped for the best.

Then I had to blow bubbles, making sure they were big enough, close enough to the kittens, and in the light. Of course, when the kittens were paying attention, I couldn't blow a bubble to save my life. But if I'd blow 3 gorgeous ones in a row, they were off fighting each other and totally missing my handiwork. I almost gave up (my shooting arm was getting REALLY tired), and I finally got this one. I knew I had it even before I checked them all. There were several other fun shots, but this was the money shot, although I had to crop super tight to make it more about the bubble. I love how the shadow of the bubble frames Franny's little face. I wonder if anyone else will notice that detail...

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Sharpened, sharpened, sharpened
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I expect there will be some DNMC comments since the "sphere" is rather ephemeral, and not an in-your-face sphere. But I just love this shot and had to enter it.


Top 20! Yeah! Thanks for all the votes and wonderful comments. I love this little critter and the wonderful shot she gave me.

Place: 18 out of 113
Avg (all users): 5.9420
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.7358
Avg (non-participants): 6.0130
Views since voting: 776
Views during voting: 324
Votes: 207
Comments: 17
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07/26/2010 11:44:34 PM
This is heartwarming and delightful! And it sounds as though you had a good time getting it, too. Congrats on a lovely photo!
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07/26/2010 03:38:18 PM
WOW .. this is fantastic .. love the lighting and that sharp as bubble .. love the look on pussy's face & the reaching out is excellent .. great in b&w too .. :)
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07/21/2010 02:31:48 AM
Well done, Johanna!
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07/21/2010 01:58:52 AM
Excellent. Scored this well, very engaging.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/20/2010 11:45:37 PM
how neat, I like this. good job
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07/19/2010 11:58:25 PM
Oh how I wish his/her right ear was lit too.. I usually don't like out of focus shots, but this composition appeals to me.
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07/18/2010 10:59:27 PM
Lovely! And a fun way to tease your cat. :-) (Drive-by commenting only.)
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07/17/2010 08:57:46 AM
I think this is a cool shot -- I wish you could see the sphere a little bit better. It's still dreamy and cool -8-
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07/17/2010 04:57:51 AM
Kitty is full of character. I like the contrast in this one.
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07/15/2010 12:45:17 PM
Good catch. Nice B&W.
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07/15/2010 09:13:44 AM
love this. i like the look of intent on the kitty's face. looks good in b&w 8
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07/14/2010 09:48:48 PM
Great capture. The clarity in the face and the motion blur are perfect in highlighting the title of the image.
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07/14/2010 12:54:06 PM
Wonderful!!! Perfect lighting and focus. Excellent idea, very creative. I am sure this one was difficult to achieve, thus the nature of the cat.
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07/14/2010 09:56:51 AM
Engaging, full of life and spirit.
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07/14/2010 09:27:34 AM
this is the cutest thing ever!
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07/14/2010 03:05:29 AM
I like this picture a lot. I would liked to have seen the cat's paw in focus. Just my take though. In literature, there is no perfect reader. In photography, there is no perfect viewer. You have my highest vote. Even higher than mine.
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07/14/2010 12:16:45 AM
very cute
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