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Challenge: Silky-Smooth (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di for Nikon
Location: My kitchen
Date: May 10, 2007
Aperture: f16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500 s
Galleries: Macro, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: May 15, 2007

This wasnít meant to be a challenge entry. I was doing some milk drop hitting milk experiments (did about 500 shots and trashed all but 4 of them ;-) Anyway, of the few left this was the most unusual and also looked Silky Smooth Ė so thatís when I thought of using it as a challenge entry.
I hope people arenít getting sick of seeing this type of image. I stood looking at this in the camera display in utter disbelief (and joy) at getting such a capture.
In fact, I like this so much, I donít mind it bombing (well, not too much anyway.... ;-)



Woohoo!!! Thanks for the votes and comments (constructive criticism and great encouragement, brilliant!) and also thanks for the great score. Iím just so over the moon about this, Iíll leave for work in a few minutes with a huge grin on my face. Donít think Iíve ever hit the update button as much as I have in this last week (itíll probably fall apart soon ;-)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 144
Avg (all users): 7.4570
Avg (commenters): 8.3415
Avg (participants): 7.0984
Avg (non-participants): 7.5522
Views since voting: 16191
Views during voting: 704
Votes: 291
Comments: 98
Favorites: 51 (view)


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04/23/2008 05:08:53 PM
Love the separation of the outer ring
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09/05/2007 11:26:25 PM
just going thru some of the old shots and this one is fantastic and i have added it you to my fav's, i'm sure this could not be done again one in a million if you asked me and what a shot
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05/29/2007 04:42:20 AM
i agree with Leroy:) i still have no idea how you create these:) very very cool! congrats!!
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05/29/2007 01:00:38 AM
You are sooo extraordinarily gifted at getting these captures :-)
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05/28/2007 09:07:59 AM
This has to be the best ever!! Many Congratulations on your blue!
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05/26/2007 01:47:52 AM
Each of your drops seem to have personalities of their own and I admire the patience and technical knowledge it takes to capture them so artfully. Congratulations on a great finish.
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05/25/2007 11:56:16 PM
The master of the "drop" wins again!!
Mucho Congrats on a stellar capture!
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05/25/2007 10:06:14 AM
Congrats!!! I knew this was yours!
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05/25/2007 12:58:11 AM
I am in disbelief as well... I registered on this site just to put a comment on this incredibly perfect shot. Mother nature is so perfect that makes me think of American Beauty when they say that sometimes there is so much beauty that it hurts...
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05/24/2007 06:44:29 PM
You gotta get a life girl....well done:)
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05/24/2007 05:38:17 PM
extraordinarily cliche
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05/24/2007 09:54:37 AM
Congratulations on the Blue with this fantastic capture!!
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05/23/2007 09:10:42 PM
Originally posted by IreneM:

Originally posted by skylen:

Congrats on the red!
Also, I disagree with the commenters who said that the DOF is too shallow. IMO, having the far side of the splash slightly out of focus is fine given that the nearer half of the splash is quite sharp. The near part keeps the viewer's eye, since it's brighter, in focus, and has a closer view of the most interesting details (the small round droplets around the outside of the ring).
I like your DOF, and given that you shot at f/16, I wouldn't have gone any smaller with the aperture either. Nicely done!


I'm glad you mentioned this, Colin. High speed photography has itís own rules and you take what you get. There is no aperture I havenít tried, no light variations I havenít tried in the tens of thousands of experimental images Iíve done trying to get good splash images.
Getting the focus perfect is practically impossible because the photographer has no perfect control over exactly where and if the drops will meet. Under the circumstances, not only was I completely satisfied with the focus, I was thankful to get such an unusual capture.


While I was a little off with my comment during the challenge, I still stand by my feeling that something wasn't right. It's over-sharpened, and when I see over-sharpened I think out of focus and motion blur. The center pillar looks all kinds of funky.

Don't get me wrong.. if I had taken the shot I would be thrilled with myself, but I wouldn't expect it to score well. Now that I know it was you, I know you've done better. The colors are blah, and I still don't like the lighting. This just isn't your best even though it managed to score so high.
05/23/2007 07:37:19 PM
Congrats, Irene. Great one. I admire your patience to get these stunning shots.
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05/23/2007 06:52:46 PM
Another great shot and I knew this is going to be on the front page.
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05/23/2007 06:44:24 PM
great Red pic that made it Blue! :)

Message edited by author 2007-05-23 18:49:26.
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05/23/2007 06:03:10 PM
This is just magical! It's a peek into a world we cannot see normally. I love the milk ring! I've never seen anything like this before. Wow! I hope you never stop submitting these shots. Your passion inspires me to find my own little photographic niche like you have. Your splash shots are the best, anywhere!! Congratulations on the blue!
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05/23/2007 04:07:23 PM
heck yeah, got you another blue :D

great job :D
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05/23/2007 03:45:39 PM
Now a Blue....Way to go.....sad about the DQ for the origanal, alls fair in love and photography.
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05/23/2007 03:42:06 PM
Irene you rock, what a great shot. CONGRATS!!!!
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05/23/2007 03:37:07 PM
Originally posted by electrolost:

this is a awesome image what patience it must have took to get it just right. But didn't the same exact picture win a few times already??? just curious trying to figure this site out.


Hi Robert, no way can you use the same picture here more than once. You have to do the picture within the given dates.
I did a similar one a while back using coffee and milk. Maybe you mean that one.
Thanks for commenting.
05/23/2007 03:31:34 PM
this is a awesome image what patience it must have took to get it just right. But didn't the same exact picture win a few times already??? just curious trying to figure this site out.
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05/23/2007 03:18:56 PM
Epicly Cliche :D
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05/23/2007 02:48:01 PM
congrats on the blue!
this is a crazy image..
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05/23/2007 02:14:32 PM
I love it ..
Woohoo! Congrats on the BLUE!
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05/23/2007 12:34:55 PM
Wow! that is an amazing photograph! Good Job!
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05/23/2007 11:32:07 AM
Irene,
That crown in the picture belongs to you.
You are the Queen of splash/drop shots. Iím glad your effort is being recognized. Congrats!
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05/23/2007 10:47:45 AM
Originally posted by skylen:

Congrats on the red!
Also, I disagree with the commenters who said that the DOF is too shallow. IMO, having the far side of the splash slightly out of focus is fine given that the nearer half of the splash is quite sharp. The near part keeps the viewer's eye, since it's brighter, in focus, and has a closer view of the most interesting details (the small round droplets around the outside of the ring).
I like your DOF, and given that you shot at f/16, I wouldn't have gone any smaller with the aperture either. Nicely done!


I'm glad you mentioned this, Colin. High speed photography has itís own rules and you take what you get. There is no aperture I havenít tried, no light variations I havenít tried in the tens of thousands of experimental images Iíve done trying to get good splash images.
Getting the focus perfect is practically impossible because the photographer has no perfect control over exactly where and if the drops will meet. Under the circumstances, not only was I completely satisfied with the focus, I was thankful to get such an unusual capture.
05/23/2007 10:00:21 AM
Oh Irene! Your specialty was taken to absolute perfection! What beautiful lavendar color. That milk just flawlessly formed for you! Mega congratulations on another ribbon for this amazing photo!

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05/23/2007 09:57:21 AM
Beautiful!! Congrats!!
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05/23/2007 09:37:51 AM
Congrats on the red!
Also, I disagree with the commenters who said that the DOF is too shallow. IMO, having the far side of the splash slightly out of focus is fine given that the nearer half of the splash is quite sharp. The near part keeps the viewer's eye, since it's brighter, in focus, and has a closer view of the most interesting details (the small round droplets around the outside of the ring).
I like your DOF, and given that you shot at f/16, I wouldn't have gone any smaller with the aperture either. Nicely done!
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05/23/2007 09:21:39 AM
Most stunning and unique drop in this photo...congratulations on winning the red blue ribbon!

Message edited by author 2007-05-23 15:24:18.
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05/23/2007 09:19:37 AM
Very well executed and a perfect splash. congradulations on your ribbon, it was well deserved.

Gave you a 10 knowing you would be a top contender.

Message edited by author 2007-05-25 22:41:33.
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05/23/2007 08:50:23 AM
It's sooo amazing, I always wanted to catch it, you're master in this kind of shots, colour and title is lovley ^^ If I could to know your method...
Youre my personal droplets splash master !

Bravo Irene!
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05/23/2007 08:03:31 AM
Should have got the blue!!
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05/23/2007 05:44:04 AM
congratulations on your well deserved ribbon, great shot and great colour.
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05/23/2007 04:31:39 AM
Amazing shot. Congrats.
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05/23/2007 02:45:04 AM
Congrats Irene, fantastic shot and an absolutely deserved BLUE ribbon!

Message edited by author 2007-05-23 15:07:28.
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05/23/2007 02:41:57 AM
Fantastic shot, my number one in this challenge!

Congrats!
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05/23/2007 02:36:30 AM
BIG , BIG Congrats, Irene!!!!!
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05/23/2007 02:32:15 AM
You are good at these! 4/500!!! Figured it might be yours.
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05/23/2007 01:09:56 AM
Nice capture!
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05/23/2007 12:44:29 AM
Congratulations on an amazing shot. Just beautiful!
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05/23/2007 12:40:42 AM
Practice makes perfect Irene, conratulations on the Red..
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05/23/2007 12:35:39 AM
I had a feeling this was yours - you're so good at them! Congrats on the ribbon and your new second-best score!
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05/23/2007 12:32:12 AM
Congratulations for your winning this red ribbon !!!
This is indeed a wonderful picture.
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05/23/2007 12:21:44 AM
A fabulous capture of a technically demanding subject. It is as good as the pros!
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05/23/2007 12:05:22 AM
wow, you ARE the master. congrats!

Message edited by author 2007-05-23 00:06:02.
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05/23/2007 12:04:35 AM
Yes... Yes... Yes..... You have done it again, a "RED" ribbon, and I am so pleased for both you, and the "Outcast" team.....
Way to go.......
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05/23/2007 12:04:04 AM
WTG!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2007 11:16:41 PM
Flat out winner. Very fabulously done! Simple, clean, sharp, gorgeous!
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05/22/2007 08:06:36 PM
What a splash!! Beautiful- a bit fallic, but beautiful.
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05/21/2007 11:49:19 PM
Wow! Cool shot & I love the color...
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05/21/2007 09:19:41 PM
Wonder photo. What did you use as your liquid?
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05/21/2007 09:50:26 AM
I love this shot ... creative, interesting and perfect for challenge
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05/20/2007 10:28:24 PM
Love this! Outstanding camera work.
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05/20/2007 10:11:57 PM
Spectacular stop motion!
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05/20/2007 08:27:37 PM
While the timing of the capture is impressive, the coloring and the DOF make the overall impression of the shot into something rather unappetizing and unattractive.
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05/20/2007 06:31:28 PM
COOOOOOOLLLL!!! this probably took a decade to capture, very different kind of spash shot great job
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05/20/2007 02:57:27 PM
cool..nice effect!
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05/20/2007 02:26:10 PM
bumping up 8
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05/19/2007 08:15:51 PM
What an amazing capture!
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05/19/2007 02:04:22 PM
I knew I was going to see one of these shots for this challenge, heh. I think you left your "milk shake" out too long.

I've never tried a shot like this, but I'd imagine the focus is tough to nail. Unfortunately I don't think you nailed it. The front bits are in focus, so it looks like a DOF issue. Which would mean you'd want a bigger aperture.. which means more light.. let there be more light!
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05/19/2007 05:58:26 AM
Very effective capture, with good light and color...9
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05/18/2007 11:36:20 PM
A bit oversharpened, but this is a very fun droplet shot and a heck of a nice capture. Very cool!
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05/18/2007 09:20:16 PM
smooth
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05/18/2007 08:52:53 PM
Wow this would do well in "shapes III"!! cool picture!
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05/18/2007 06:27:26 PM
Wow - that is one of the coolest splash shots I've ever seen. What a shape!
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05/18/2007 11:01:03 AM
Very cool!
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05/18/2007 10:06:30 AM
awsome that looks pretty cool
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05/18/2007 07:54:40 AM
Neat :-)
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05/18/2007 04:54:58 AM
Technically excellent - but I'm sort of fed up with drop shots, so I'll just skip voting on this
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05/18/2007 12:18:44 AM
nice capture! 9
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05/17/2007 07:33:34 PM
Cool!!
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05/17/2007 03:09:29 PM
looks a teeny bit oversharpened but great otherwise, 8
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05/17/2007 03:00:40 PM
seen this before. this ine has a different but appeling color
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05/17/2007 01:48:41 PM
Cool!
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05/17/2007 01:08:12 PM
Nice capture!
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05/17/2007 12:12:30 PM
great execution!
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05/17/2007 12:08:37 PM
I love this image. Definately meets the challenge of silky smooth. I like the angle this shot was taken at.
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05/17/2007 11:32:36 AM
very neat I love the color and that you capture it like that
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05/17/2007 12:34:26 AM
Nice Capture!
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05/16/2007 11:11:45 PM
Awesome
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05/16/2007 10:25:31 PM
wonderful shot-
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05/16/2007 05:10:56 PM
OK, I've done some milk drop shots, unless you are very good or very lucky you must have taken a huge number of pictures. This is a great image. 10
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05/16/2007 04:57:31 PM
I hope you have a "How'd they do that?" this is a sweet photo.
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05/16/2007 02:42:00 PM
WoW! Exellent work as usual! Good luck, Irene! :-) Whish you the blue!
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05/16/2007 01:59:16 PM
Damm those bright spots!!! Great stop motion. 8
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05/16/2007 11:22:54 AM
IreneM style !!! and i see that you've captured those two Alien eyes !!!
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05/16/2007 10:39:26 AM
This will win, Damn it, wish I could do it
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05/16/2007 10:11:50 AM
excellent timing and a great image overall...love the purple tones 9 from me
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05/16/2007 08:16:52 AM
Very nice, but it seems overdone. I think what might make this one special is the symetery of the splash.
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05/16/2007 05:54:45 AM
Piece of art!10+
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05/16/2007 04:40:06 AM
WOW! Blue for sure, Irene!
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05/16/2007 04:18:41 AM
Ok, there's a ribbon!
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05/16/2007 02:04:56 AM
Great timing. How many shots did that one take to pull off?
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05/16/2007 01:27:13 AM
Ooo, that's really cool. Wow, that's a perfect little splash isn't it? I like how it's a little off-center. Great job!
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05/16/2007 12:51:02 AM
Excellent capture of a spectacular macro drop
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