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Challenge: Loud (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Date: Jun 4, 2015
Date Uploaded: Jun 4, 2015

Going for something a bit original. I did some searches, and didn't see anything that did this well. I see blacksmith hammers, but that doesn't count. I see sparklers behind the nail, but that looks dumb.

For this, I broke apart a sparkler, put a small piece on the nail, lit it, and rested a hammer on the sparks. At first it tried hitting the sparks, but the timing was terrible.

I'm curious to see how this is received.


Wow, another honorable mention. Crazy. I hit such a dry spell, then seemed to find my stride a bit.

Thanks to voters and commenters.

FYI, in case you are curious what it looks like with the sparkler behind the nail, check this out. Looks much less cool than mine :) http://nails.5wii.com/tag/sparkler

Place: 4 out of 64
Avg (all users): 6.4222
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 6.1935
Avg (non-participants): 6.5424
Views since voting: 750
Views during voting: 164
Votes: 90
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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06/22/2015 05:12:12 PM
True, a nail does not spark like that. However, this is an excellent shot, and thank you so much for explaining how it was done. A very refreshing change from the all too common N/A in the photographer's comments.
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06/19/2015 11:37:43 AM
Clever, and MUCH better than the shot in your link :)
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06/18/2015 02:36:41 AM
Being a builder, when has a soft metal nail ever sparked from being hit with a hammer?

Unless you've hit a power line and its arc'ing through you haha

Then it would make a loud bang, nothing quite like cutting through high voltage cables with an excavator to give you the shock of your life when they go boom.
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06/17/2015 04:27:20 AM
Brilliant shot, so creative! Congrats on the HM, Mike.
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06/17/2015 12:45:48 AM
Love this. Great image.
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06/17/2015 12:26:14 AM
Definitely one of the best in this challenge. Congrats!
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06/17/2015 12:21:12 AM
One of my faves, well done! Congratulations!
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06/17/2015 12:08:02 AM
one of my favorites.. glad to see this do well. congratS
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/16/2015 05:27:41 PM
How didya do it? Good one!
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06/16/2015 04:51:08 PM
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06/15/2015 01:13:34 PM
Nice effect.
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06/15/2015 02:08:23 AM
Very cool! Would like to know what you used for that spark, hope it comes in in the top 20
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06/10/2015 06:54:02 PM
Interesting effect. Iím assuming a sparkler is located behind the nail. I like the checker plate background too.
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