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water, water, everywhere, why must we pay to drink?
3rd Placewater, water, everywhere, why must we pay to drink?
tate


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Why (Basic Editing)
Collection: Photo Illustration
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Lake Erie, Edgewater Park, Cleveland
Date: Jun 5, 2007
Aperture: F25
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: Jun 5, 2007

I'm glad this image got some reaction. I realize that cases of bottled water are convenient but there is a better way. Plastic uses fossil fuels pure and simple, and some people don't consider that. My original idea was to have a bottle floating horizontally in still water where the reflection of the bottle took the shape of the 2nd half. Anyway, the lens has once again proven to happily help me translate an idea into a nice image.

Clean Water Petition

green plastics

Thanks everyone for the feedback and ribbon!

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 292
Avg (all users): 6.9622
Avg (commenters): 8.4545
Avg (participants): 6.6849
Avg (non-participants): 7.1429
Views since voting: 21699
Views during voting: 409
Votes: 185
Comments: 41
Favorites: 12 (view)


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06/18/2007 03:57:28 PM
Did you know that hard water is better for you than soft water? But it's better to shower in soft water. That nasty iron tasting hard water is the healthiest water you can drink. It's rich in minerals.

Just thought I'd say that. o.o
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06/18/2007 10:50:19 AM
Thanks for the comments. Here's a few alternatives to plastic bottles: In-fridge water-filter which will also make your ice-cubes filtered, refillable water coolers, Refillable jugs that you take to the store where you re-fill for a cost.

If bottles are a must as has been mentioned - biodegradable corn-based plastics are becoming more popular and are made from a renewable resource.
06/17/2007 01:10:18 AM
Here is your poster. Congratulations on your Yellow.

I must add my two cents on the water situation:
Yes, you are right with the premise that we should not have to pay for water. However, the alternatives are dismal. Look at any big city. Water here is treated and rendered totally dead with additives, Yes, it is clean, but dead. It meets the requirements because it is h2o. I buy bottle water, which probably has more dirt, but closer to real water in spirit. I am not going to dring tap water rendered lifeless with chemicals and they even have the nerve to charge you for it.
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06/16/2007 04:43:53 AM
Kudos, great image
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06/15/2007 01:47:29 PM
without the title, the question becomes "Why is he hiding his money in a clear bottle of water?"
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06/15/2007 09:57:01 AM
Nice one here.
Just got that same lens and am excited to see it ribbon!
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06/15/2007 06:38:50 AM
Glad you got a ribbon. Really well deserved.
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06/14/2007 03:37:44 PM
I'm totally there with you on your message. It's a wonderful shot, congrats!
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06/14/2007 02:18:32 PM
Congrats on ribboning with such a FANTASTIC shot. Great job!
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06/14/2007 01:42:00 PM
Great photo and even better message! :) It's nice to see someone who cares about what's happening to the dwindling global supply of fossil fuels. When will people see that M. King Hubbert was right...
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06/14/2007 10:51:18 AM
Congrats on the ribbon - an interesting concept well executed. Just as something to ponder - i think you over Neat Imaged this one - the sky looks strange (blocks of blur with sharp lines of contrast just to the right of the money in the bottle) and the detail of the hand and bottle has been plasticised too much. imo of course (i know water looks nice after NI - i've used that trick before) ;)
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06/14/2007 10:32:03 AM
I love bottled water. I live in New Orleans and our tap water comes from the Mississippi River. Every river from here to Canada empties into my drinking water.

Your picture reminded me to stop by the store today and buy a case of plastic bottles filled with water.

Thanks,
06/14/2007 09:33:48 AM
I'm going to get some water from there and let you drink it for *free*.
There is a highly compostable (in 12 weeks), made from corn, bottle from Colorado, BIOTA, biotaspringwater.com You pay for quality and convenience, and consumer demand. At amusement parks and deserts there the highest.

Excellent photo tribute to our "Water Planet".

At Whitehouse Springs (Elyria-OH), you can come and fill your own reusable containers, at about 75-cents/5-Gallons.
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06/14/2007 08:58:17 AM
Very nice photo...congratulations on winning the yellow ribbon!
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06/14/2007 07:48:31 AM
CONGRATS!! :D
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06/14/2007 05:36:33 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon! Very cool image and I love the message. It is rediculous and irresponsible how much money we Americans spend on bottled water (especially since much of it is NOT of better quality than what we lucky people have coming out of our taps). Many times those plastic bottles are not recycled either - filling up the landfills! AND how much of our limited petroleum resources are we using to make those stupid plastic bottles anyway?! OK - that was my environmentalist rant - you'll have to forgive me...that's my job. : )
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06/14/2007 04:49:52 AM
Congrats! Go ImageNation!!!!
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06/14/2007 01:40:26 AM
Congrat's on a well deserved ribbon Tate... This IS a wonderful shot :)
06/14/2007 01:35:21 AM
As much as I agree you do know that only 3% of the water in our world is drinkable right? and most of that drinkable water is in form of ice or in ground water in aquifers(squishy underground rock). So it is hard to get drinkable water so that is why we pay.
I think its sad how much water we waste in North America, with our 30 min showers and all that, which is also why we pay so much for our water.
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06/14/2007 01:29:03 AM
oh i called this!
i literally voted on like four images in this challenge.

& i saw this & was just like ; yes... this will ribbon.
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06/14/2007 01:03:06 AM
Super image, Tate. Congratulations on a fine win.
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06/14/2007 12:44:46 AM
Congrats Tate!
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06/14/2007 12:37:04 AM
Tate!!!! this shot is soo awesome...it's meaningful (Really, who should have to pay for water??!!!???) and it's well done!
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06/14/2007 12:25:44 AM
Clever and unique with a message that doesn't pander to the melodramatic. Well shot too, great job and grats.
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06/14/2007 12:07:24 AM
excellent! and it's already been validated!!
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06/14/2007 12:06:39 AM
Woohoo!!! Awesome, Tate!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/12/2007 10:42:20 PM
Good Why question. Nice depth and clarity.
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06/12/2007 09:40:23 AM
Great idea and awesome execution!
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06/12/2007 09:04:42 AM
The shot is exposed so well and the clarity is so nice that I can almost overlook the title. The neat image really benefits the glass with the money and I keeps wandering from the upper left part of the frame to the lower right part of the frame. Terrific-I can only expect that you will do the very well with this picture.
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06/10/2007 04:02:35 PM
Nice idea, the hand seems overshaped IMO, and the water falling into the sea? seems also strange.
Colors are great.
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06/09/2007 09:25:57 PM
Crystal clear image ;') very nice
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06/08/2007 09:22:23 PM
advert quality
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06/08/2007 08:02:56 PM
incredible photo. Im glad you chose this topic for the why photo. I happen to agree that bottled water is an unnecessary and false necessity (if that is what your trying to convey of course).

10, and my choice for the blue ribbon.
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06/08/2007 03:36:07 PM
Brilliant
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06/08/2007 06:05:36 AM
Very well executed. I like it a lot and it asks the question why. I like it 8

I am not a good photographer, I do not claim to be better than anyone, any criticism is meant to be constructive criticism......
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06/07/2007 03:43:10 PM
'why must we pay to drink' - I think it's probably the cost from getting it from point 'A' to point 'B'. And for filtering out all the bad stuff we put in it. Also, it's not everywhere. Where I live (which is not really 'Unknown'), it rains an average of 4 inches a year. Anyway, I like your photo. I'm wondering if you actually used a flash or had some extra lighting? Maybe something added in photoshop? I'll go with an 8 and wonder why somebody asked for validation. Strange to me.
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06/07/2007 01:13:53 PM
Impressive work!
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06/06/2007 11:19:54 PM
To maintain the water and keep it clean and coming fast.

This is my favorite image so far..
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06/06/2007 01:45:20 PM
Excellent!
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06/06/2007 09:35:31 AM
very excellent!!!
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06/06/2007 12:23:04 AM
Great lighting. I like the question you are asking here as well. The water looks a little unrealistic to me, looks kinda plasticized. Nicely done though.
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