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A Splash of Color
1st PlaceA Splash of Color

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Challenge: Free Study II (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Kitchen
Date: Dec 8, 2002
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40 sec
Galleries: Water, Studio
Date Uploaded: Dec 8, 2002


Place: 1 out of 67
Avg (all users): 8.5714
Avg (commenters): 9.0192
Avg (participants): 8.7258
Avg (non-participants): 8.2414
Views since voting: 6398354
Votes: 91
Comments: 137
Favorites: 490 (view)

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10/31/2023 12:12:43 AM
I would love to use this image in my kitchen. Is it available for that? I sent a dm. Thank you!
02/13/2013 02:37:22 AM
Really cool splash.
08/06/2011 09:45:55 PM
If there wasn't that 1 this pic would have been top rated pic on dpc... it would have 8,6555 avg... unbelievable
06/19/2011 10:37:21 AM
Hi Rackat, I would love to use this image on my business card and letterhead (properly credited of course). Is it available for this purpose?
11/13/2010 04:09:41 PM
i have never seen scores like that, looks like you received more 8,9, and 10's for one photo than anyone.
10/29/2010 04:54:21 PM
WOW!! So rich and colourful..wonderul picture!!
10/07/2009 08:52:24 PM
Originally posted by ArtistGary:

Remarkable!! What idiot could possibly have rated this a '1' out of 10?

Well, it isn't real obvious whether 1 or 10 is the highest rated score, now is it? Perhaps they meant to score it a 10. For a long time looking through other photos I wondered whether a 1 or 10 was the high score. The problem comes from the fact that "we're #1" makes sense and the fact that 1 is at the highest (on your computer screen) or "top" rated spot, which you would tend to think of as the highest mark from its position as well. Why isn't there an indication anywhere by the owners of this website of what's high and low? It should be made plainly obvious with a legend or key right beside all ratings, wherever they appear.
06/18/2009 03:11:12 AM
06/01/2009 03:54:38 AM
I love it!
12/31/2008 02:01:09 PM
Remarkable!! What idiot could possibly have rated this a '1' out of 10?
11/09/2008 02:51:39 AM
Unique, beautiful, and well done. Fantastic.
09/22/2008 07:17:04 PM
That's beautiful!
09/05/2008 01:25:09 PM
I love it.
04/16/2008 05:31:21 AM
This gives me the feeling new toys like marbled rubber balls and new coloured pencils and paint sets and Christmas wrapping papers and story books gave me as a child long ago.
02/21/2008 08:03:06 PM
Well the droplet is a.. little to the left of center< No just kidding! This is Most Wonderful- Wm. oh... p.s. yelo is rely Deep Man!
02/13/2008 05:53:33 PM
I LOVE this pic!
12/02/2007 11:20:10 AM
I am sad when I watch this photo. All is unavoidable. A drop has fallen. I till not rise back. That bounce up, "action and reaction", when caught as a slice in in the dimension of time, is a hopeless attempt to escape from inevitability. The tiny column of water will fall down and then push up a similar hope. Temporary. Sad... Colours are sharp and crude. Nothing subtle. Almost like black and white, only multidimensional. This is why it is so BEAUTIFUL. So CRUEL !!!
12/02/2007 11:13:10 AM
Stuff thoughts. Any FEELINGS?
12/02/2007 11:11:48 AM
OK, OK, it is beautiful. But I still have not a foggiest idea what the author thinks. ANYTHING? hehe
07/25/2007 07:54:22 PM
SPECTACULAR! I love water shots and color shots! The best of both right here!
05/05/2007 12:27:24 PM
Oh wow thats amazing. its just simply a beautiful picture!! So many peopel try to do the whole "splash" photo, but i've never seen one so well done before! Its deffinetly a fav
04/08/2007 09:48:38 AM
This picture is so sick! Its really quite amazing because it apears that time is standing still and that you're staring at glass...but its not...its water.I love it
03/25/2007 09:15:58 AM
This is a very pretty pic! Very nice job!
03/15/2007 06:35:14 PM
I LOVE this pic
01/29/2007 09:04:50 PM
heck yes
01/21/2007 02:02:10 AM
im so suprised that prints were never made available!! 444,000+ views! Im sure they'd make a hefty profit on this picture lol, i know id buy one.
11/07/2006 03:32:42 PM
This is such an awesome picture. I would love to be able to hang this in my room somewhere. Nicely done
10/24/2006 03:57:33 PM
Originally posted by Virus610:

Wow, this is really cool. Everytime I tell someone to look at this, I end up coming back to look some more. It's so fascinating to just stare at.. It's really enjoyable to stare at for a long time. But one thing has me confused.. Shutter 1/40?

How do you get such a clear picture with such a low shutter speed? Come to think of it, everybody seems to be able to do that but me. That water must've been splashing awfully sowly to get such a clear shot of the splash. Whatever the case, I'm impressed. Definitely a favourite.

A nice fast flash could have done the trick.
10/24/2006 03:56:25 PM

Message edited by author 2006-10-24 15:57:08.
09/08/2006 02:31:15 PM
Just fantastic. Total WOW factor!
07/05/2006 08:19:09 PM
Oh...wow. Just...wow. Man, this is a great shot! Love the colors, love the ripples and the drip, love it all! You certainly deserved a blue ribbon for this one! :)
06/25/2006 06:18:18 PM
gorgeous photo...
06/24/2006 12:54:26 PM
The whole "water drop" concept has been done blandly so many times... THANK YOU for spicing it up a little bit!

Message edited by author 2006-06-24 12:54:47.
03/09/2006 07:18:05 PM
i don't see why this is the most beloved of all the pictures on this web-site.... it just ain't that rad, sailor
02/08/2006 04:45:44 PM
cool, its a piece of art man
01/24/2006 06:53:25 AM
man...its so....WOW! and i dont even know why it make me thristy...???? haha good job and keep it up im relly in love with this picture, dude...=)
12/24/2005 09:14:46 PM
Colorisimo!!! Such a dance of richness & vibrant colors!
What a great example of my personal favorite view of photography...
the camera is brush, medium & canvas...all in one!
12/22/2005 05:32:19 AM
So clear, vivid and crisp! The water has so much thickness to it, it almost seems like crystal clear paint featuring random blotches of paint!

I love this picture.
09/20/2005 11:19:20 PM
Wow, this is really cool. Everytime I tell someone to look at this, I end up coming back to look some more. It's so fascinating to just stare at.. It's really enjoyable to stare at for a long time. But one thing has me confused.. Shutter 1/40?

How do you get such a clear picture with such a low shutter speed? Come to think of it, everybody seems to be able to do that but me. That water must've been splashing awfully sowly to get such a clear shot of the splash. Whatever the case, I'm impressed. Definitely a favourite.
09/06/2005 08:34:20 PM
Haha, I agree with picnut. I keep coming back to look at it, even though I could just minimize cuz I put it as my desktop.
08/30/2005 07:19:55 PM
An amazing photograph. I kept coming back to view it so I finally put it on as my desktop wallpaper!! One of my favorites!!
08/26/2005 07:13:49 PM
WOW, and no print avalable? are you crazy? great job~!
08/24/2005 11:05:54 AM
I absolutely adore this picture. It's amazing.
07/29/2005 10:13:25 AM
This photo is simply amazing.
06/21/2005 01:53:43 AM
Great colors!
03/09/2005 03:35:18 PM
01/22/2005 09:21:04 AM
Excellent background!
09/18/2004 03:49:47 PM
noooooo, I guess the technique is a secrect......
08/26/2004 12:30:26 PM
Inspiration to us all
07/19/2004 10:42:55 PM
I can say many things. How about I stare at it in awe !
03/10/2004 01:59:56 AM
One of the most beautiful pictures I have seen on this site
02/06/2004 01:32:20 AM
A favorite saying of mine came to mind when I saw your excellent photo. "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity" I, like many others, would appreciate learning something about the technique you used?
Thanks for adding color to our lives!

01/23/2004 12:43:33 AM
Great colors....Love this shot!
12/16/2003 09:16:28 PM
That picture is one of the best color photos I have ever seen! I'm speachless.
12/11/2003 11:20:30 PM
Originally posted by moo47:

Wow. Just Wow.
I think it would be really cool if you could reveal your technique for this shot.

That would be cool if we knew how you did this
11/18/2003 01:41:40 AM
11/17/2003 09:24:05 AM
Great job here. bravo for the capture. well done. regards,biliana
09/22/2003 11:31:09 AM
Excellent shot! Great colors and sto action.
07/28/2003 11:11:44 AM
This is the bomb!
04/28/2003 01:51:24 PM
wonderful color and clarity!
01/04/2003 10:13:07 PM
Wow. Just Wow.
I think it would be really cool if you could reveal your technique for this shot.
12/20/2002 02:26:08 AM
Wonderful shot... My highest rated shot for this challenge... Congratulations Rackat and I agree with PTL's comments earlier you are just getting better with each challenge!!!

It's hard for me to believe that a member would be so callous as to score anything that was sincerely attempted a 1 much less give something as nice as this a 1.

Good luck in the upcoming challenges.

PS... I would love to see a tutorial on this shot. I love this type of photography and would love to be able to reproduce this stop action.


Message edited by author 2002-12-20 02:27:53.
12/19/2002 06:06:31 PM
I'm brand new to this site, but I made your colorful photo as my desktop background as soon as I saw it. It's ourstanding. Hope to add a few shots as time goes on.
12/17/2002 06:11:08 PM
Kate, you are amazing! Congratulations! Again!
12/17/2002 08:30:27 AM
I don't know who gave you the 1 (i'm not a member, so it wasn't me) but I wonder if that person would have given you the same critique as mine :)) ...and mean it!

Kate, I personal congrats on this fabulous photo. I think it would be worth doing a 'How To' for this one. Regards.
12/17/2002 05:32:05 AM
congrats on a great photo and a great score :) i wonder where that nasty single vote of 1 came from... ugh... Keep up the great work :)
12/16/2002 10:45:20 PM
Originally posted by zadore:

...from Critique Club...

Horrible shot...what were you thinking????

Your critique totally made my day! I smiled from the beginning to the end as I read it. Thanks for making me laugh! ~Kate
12/16/2002 10:31:08 PM
...from Critique Club...

Hi Rackat...ain't I lucky..they assigned your photo to me..ha

Horrible shot...what were you thinking????

Totally off. It would have worked much better if it were upside down...and reversed horizontaly.

Focus is toooo sharp. Lightin is poor, cause the dark parts are dark...and the light parts are light. DOF is hard to tell, so I won't comment on that.

Completely boring to look at. There is no dynamic to your photo, it's flat, uninteresting. Oh, and it does NOT meet the challenge...there's nothing 'Free' about this 'Study'

I am very disappointed in you, Rackat. I enjoyed most of your work, but this is just plain horrible. I expect better next time.

Best of luck in the future. Don't hesitate to PM me if you have any questions about this critique.


...and now the serious part :) I don't have to repeat what everyone has already mentioned about this photo. I hope some day to create a piece of art as great as this.

  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/16/2002 07:44:22 PM
I tip my hat to you, ma'am. Excellent work, and I'm still totally jealous.

And please ignore any horrible rumors about me wanting to kick your bootie. They're lies!! All lies!!! LOL

Rob :)
12/16/2002 04:53:04 PM
Look at that score breakdown! I've never seen such a lack of low numbers! Well deserved score! Lots of WOW factor in this one.
12/16/2002 10:22:04 AM
Kate, this is by far my favorite of the week and it rated 10 from me. Please tell us more about it. Your work is inspiring.
12/16/2002 10:02:10 AM
Congrats on a truly inspiring shot. I echo the question of details on this shot. While you're at it, perhaps you could give us a few on your profile as well. After all you are the hottest thing going here besides possibly Jacko. Six top twenties in a row and FIVEof those have been top 10! Way to go, I am in awe!
12/16/2002 08:52:24 AM
Congrats! Incredible shot...one of my all time dpc favorites :)
12/16/2002 07:48:51 AM
nice work. looks like a render. :)
12/16/2002 06:27:31 AM
This is the best entry I`ve seen in a long time. Could you please give us a bit of details on how you did the shot. Is 1/40 sec really all that was needed? Congrats! You da woman :)

12/16/2002 01:56:59 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments and for taking the time to do so! You are all very kind and helpful, and I really do appreciate it a lot! ~Kate
12/16/2002 12:30:20 AM
Congrats!!! I think this is tangible.. Luv it!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/15/2002 09:29:44 PM
This is just a pleasure to look at. This is my highest rated photo in the members' challenge, congratulations. The colors are to die for. I have no idea how to improve on this shot, this is not typically my favorite type of art, but I can't help but smile when I look at this. Good Luck, I think this will do well for you in the challenge. - 10 Gotcha
12/15/2002 02:34:29 PM
Circus psychotropics!
12/14/2002 08:34:46 AM
Fabulous! A great capture!
12/14/2002 04:04:33 AM
this is just gorgeous! im trying so hard to figure out what the bottom is made of...whatever it is, it makes this one of the best of these shots i have ever seen! the clarity of the drops and even the ripples is perfect. i wonder what it would have looked like with the drop a little less centered and backed up towards the left? no matter, tho, i love it! very nice work!
12/14/2002 12:25:30 AM
Fabulous! Totally!
12/13/2002 08:50:06 PM
Now that is cool!
12/12/2002 09:07:34 PM
Excellent color work. This could be a tutorial on how to effectively include all the primary colors in an image, and the stopped motion is beautiful. 9
12/12/2002 08:24:05 PM
Excellent work, I love the focus on the drop in front.
12/12/2002 06:34:17 PM
THis is a beautiful picture!! What a shot you got!! I love the bright colors!! The only thing i'd like is to see a little more of the ripples on the bottom. I love the frame also. I just looked again at this and noticed a distracting shadow on the right center, still a 10
12/12/2002 01:24:05 PM
amazing. I think this one should win and will be surprised if it doesn't. It has definite visual appeal in the composition, and is taken as well as a photo can be. I'm sure someone will grumble about the rule of 3rds or something like that. This is super. This is my odds on favorite though - Inspzil
12/12/2002 01:16:34 PM
This is, of course, something we've seen before, but this is a very well done attempt! Great colors!
12/12/2002 12:58:41 PM
Gosh, this is soooo colorful! Very nicely stopped action. The colorful background both confuses and adds interest to this (usually great, but cliche) shot. I really like this and your addition really makes this photo much more unique and very, very striking! 9 Swash
12/12/2002 08:18:05 AM
Very good work, technically. The colours below the surface were a great idea. I just feel a bit cold looking at this though, because I've seen so many water drop photos before. For what it is, it's very good, and deserves a high rating, and originality isn't everything, but it doesn't grab me on an emotional level I'm afraid.
12/12/2002 08:06:17 AM
Love this- I'll be anxious to read the details! 10
12/11/2002 10:56:06 PM
Omigosh!, this is awesome! The first thing to strike me, as you might expect, is the vibrancy of the colors. Upon closer study I am captivated by the circles suggesting movement and the drop. Very, very nice work. You should be proud of this and this may be the winner! 10
12/11/2002 07:31:32 PM
Very nice and colourful very greative.
12/11/2002 03:47:00 PM
absoluterly beautiful
12/11/2002 01:51:45 PM
Great stopped motion shot this (you could have entered it in both challenges this week ;o). I'm curious as to whether the colours on this are part of the bowl, or whether they are actually in the water itself.
12/11/2002 12:39:30 PM
I have seen this been made before and this one is very good too. The water is perfect but I´m not so happy about the background. Everything is perfect except the colours in the water. But it´s me - I´m not so fond of strong colours. (7)
12/11/2002 08:25:58 AM
very nice! The detail here is excellent. My personal preference on this would have been less centered, but this is a great shot... good work :) - 10 - setzler
12/11/2002 01:25:10 AM
very nice.
12/10/2002 11:38:46 PM
Unique, beautiful, and well done. Fantastic.
12/10/2002 11:24:44 PM
ahh haa! great thing my girlfriend is here.. she figured it out! it is a colored bowl! very good idea and great capture of the water splash! Perfect!
12/10/2002 09:53:26 PM
Great stop action, I absolutely LOVE the colors in this. This picture is really neat. The only thing I think would have improved it, was if you had not had the photo centereed... maybe to the right corner would have been nice? Just personal preference. Solid 9!
12/10/2002 09:06:32 PM
Wow, amazing stuff. The colors are great, the only problem I have is the lighting -- it should've been more uniform so less shadows appeared.
12/10/2002 08:44:23 PM
Very cool. It'll be interesting to see how you created the background.
12/10/2002 04:21:42 PM
Very cool shot, would love to know how you accomplished it. The colors are wonderful, and I love the clarity of the droplets. 10. lhall (PS - not crazy about the white border.JMO.)
12/10/2002 02:56:12 PM
This photo will win! (probably).
12/10/2002 10:33:54 AM
OOOOOOOOOOooooooo... and I though by blue drop was goooood. ;o)
12/10/2002 10:31:16 AM
The colors are great in this and makes it a really ineresting stop-motion. Without the colors, this would be a fairly typical, been-there, done-that stop motion. Your lighting is perfect, not hot spots to speak of. Great job!
12/10/2002 12:47:48 AM
I simply love it. Colors, focus, clarity, angle and framing/cropping. Everything. You've done a great job with this. I guess I do have one tiny nit pick, which is probably difficult to avoid, but the reflection of the water "tower" in the bottom center of the photo is a little out of place there. Not distracting, but odd. possibley cloned out outside of the challenge? I could look at this shot for a very long time. Good luck in the challenge.
12/09/2002 11:13:52 PM
I did vote this a 9 but came back and decided to give you a 10. I love the colors! The lighting is great. The water looks so smooth. The focus is perfect. Very creative. Good luck, but I am sure you don't need it. ;)
12/09/2002 09:58:14 PM
GREAT shot. All of the colors captured in the drop are wonderful, it was a great idea and was executed very, very well. The bottom of the shot is maybe a tad dark, but it doesn't detract from the overall effect. 10!
12/09/2002 09:48:39 PM
Awesome shot. The only flaws in the shot are dust specs or something of the like. The most noticable one is the white spec on the orange blotch on the right. Outstanding picture though, nearly flawless.
12/09/2002 09:40:29 PM
Very cool! Is this different color oils on the water to create the effect? Or something under the water? Either way this shot = 10
12/09/2002 09:34:44 PM
Fantastic, amazing colour and capture! Is it the bowl that has this pattern on it? Good Luck, but I think you dont need it with this picture!!
12/09/2002 09:26:40 PM
Really beautiful! Clarity and color are superb!
12/09/2002 09:16:34 PM
nice variation on the drip. good clarity and color. good choice on border.
12/09/2002 09:09:00 PM
Wow! you took a cliche shot and turned into something breath taking. Good job. My first 10 this week! Good luck in the challenge. Jacko
12/09/2002 08:24:22 PM
excellent photo... love the colors. I've seen the water droplets many many times, but you managed to make it unique!
12/09/2002 07:47:52 PM
Interesting twist to an old theme. Good clean shot.
12/09/2002 05:27:44 PM
Smoooooooth. Love this, great colors, light, action, dof, focus. Wonderful work.
12/09/2002 05:07:01 PM
Nice use of color to make this an original shot.
12/09/2002 04:10:04 PM
The way, a single instance is captured in this image is exceptional; and the way it is returned back into the mosaic of time, through your use of coloured background, is even more astounding! The saturation is perfect, and the clarity is excellent. A very fine example of what it means to be a photographer, congratulations!
12/09/2002 03:12:32 PM
And the winner is. Congrats on catching this perfect shot.10
12/09/2002 02:53:12 PM
Gorgeous detail and a great capture!! This would have been sooooo excellent for the motion challenge as well. This is as good as it gets.
12/09/2002 01:35:54 PM
Well done great photo
12/09/2002 11:39:21 AM
This is truly quite magnificent...
12/09/2002 11:32:15 AM
The is by far my favourite photo in this challenge. To be honest, this concept has been done many times, but not so such an excellent standard as this. I love the array of colours you have used, and it just looks fantastic! My only 10 vote this week!
12/09/2002 11:10:49 AM
Very cool shot. Colors are great and the stop motion very nice. I see some shadows that I don't quite like, but it is a nice shot.
12/09/2002 10:58:03 AM
This is amazing! I can not wait to find out how you did it.
12/09/2002 09:31:42 AM
My absolute fav from both challenges...great stopped motion and incredible color. 10 (only cuz i can't do 11) Lisa
12/09/2002 08:24:44 AM
Beautiful drop and color. I've done a few of these but can't seem to get the color up into the water. And my angle shows the sink behine the drop and not the water. I hope you have details and camera settings in your info on this. Nice !!!! =10 Siiizzzam
12/09/2002 03:22:52 AM
This is awesome I love all the different colors in this and you've got the detail perfect.
12/09/2002 03:10:09 AM
I've been trying this too for a while and am almost bored with doing it . But you give it life. Very good.
12/09/2002 01:36:52 AM
Very pretty, cool photo
12/09/2002 01:08:47 AM
Just when you think that water drop photos are old hat, a dime a dozen, along comes one that makes you sit and stare. Amazing! Wow! Beautiful! The color, the lighting, the contrast, the focus, wow! 10-10-10! Wish it could go higher.
12/09/2002 01:08:02 AM
Woo...this is a neat one. Ive seen this idea a million times but not like this. This ones gonna be near the top. The only thing I dont like is how dark the reflection of the faucet is.
12/09/2002 12:44:28 AM
Very pleasing effect.
12/09/2002 12:30:48 AM
gorgeous!!! nice work,...and nice spin on this subject!

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