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IreneM


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Challenge: Water Bottle (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: My kitchen
Date: Mar 14, 2011
Aperture: f9
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/125 s
Galleries: Still Life, Textures
Date Uploaded: Mar 15, 2011

Hi everyone.. itís SO nice to be back.
As some of you know, Iíve been going through some very unpleasant health issues these past six months (well, I suppose health issues are never pleasant ;-)
Sometimes I felt so ill, I couldnít get up enough energy to pick up my camera. This challenge entry is the first image Iíve taken since October 2010Ö
I had surgery a week and a half ago and, as Iím signed off work for a couple of weeks, I finally ďpushedĒ myself into entering this challenge (as a sort of challenge to myself).
The challenge title sounded nice and uncomplicated but I found it incredibly difficult coming up with something I was really pleased with (whatís new.. ;-)
Anyway, Iíll be trying to enter on a regular basis, Iíve missed you all a lot and itís given me such a push reading the comments welcoming me back as well as the constructive criticism.
Thanks so much for the wonderful score, youíve really made my week.

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BIG thanks for the ribbon!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 121
Avg (all users): 7.1314
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.5263
Avg (non-participants): 7.3240
Views since voting: 5207
Views during voting: 463
Votes: 236
Comments: 63
Favorites: 8 (view)


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03/26/2011 12:31:46 PM
Ace shot,Congrats.
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03/25/2011 10:51:05 PM
Good to see your doing better. Nice way to keep the spirits up :-)... Great shot....Congrats!!!
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03/25/2011 12:31:40 AM
Hi Irene! Nice to see you back! Someone needs to keep Timfy and Oliver on their toes, and you're just the woman to do it! :-)
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03/24/2011 02:06:03 PM
Irene! This is so beautiful! So "Irene". I have been so busy and have had to be sporadic about challenges myself, but I did notice that I wasn't seeing you as much and was hoping you were okay. I am so sorry you've had such a hard time with health issues!! But what a treat to be welcomed back with a glorious blue ribbon! I pray every day will find you closer to 100% and we can start seeing those Irene ribbons every week like before :)

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03/24/2011 12:41:49 PM
Great you are back Irene. I hope you heal and feel better more and more. Congrats on the blue. Love seeing your gorgeous images on the front page again.
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03/24/2011 12:39:11 AM
Good to see you here, welcome back and good luck!
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03/23/2011 10:30:56 PM
Welcome back, and a great start :) Congratulations on your Blue
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03/23/2011 09:29:09 PM
so glad you are back Irene...sorry I didn't know you were not well, but I'm delighted you are doing better..you certainly were missed, you and that sweet 60mm f2.8 lens...I will get one some day...then you will have to look out...(ya right, a gal can dream)
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03/23/2011 06:33:02 PM
What a comeback! Congratulations
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03/23/2011 05:47:30 PM
Congrats Irene, wonderful way to come back! Missed viewing your incredible works.
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03/23/2011 05:04:43 PM
Congrats on the blue and welcome back!!
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03/23/2011 01:37:57 PM
Irene is back! I'm so happy to see you again. Congrats on your blue.
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03/23/2011 01:22:33 PM
YAY! what a great come-back
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03/23/2011 11:24:30 AM
Oh, welcome back, Irene. While I am sorry to hear you have had health problems, it sounds as if you are on the road to wellness again. Certainly your photography has not suffered.

This is soooo good, and yes, I was one of the '23'.
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03/23/2011 11:06:58 AM
Congrats and welcome back!

LOL
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

congrats_irene3.png

(Sorry, it's been in storage for a long time) ;-)
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03/23/2011 10:29:09 AM
Only you can make one of these ordinary things interesting. Congrats. :)
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03/23/2011 10:17:03 AM
How great it is to have you back!

And what a way to come back, with a blue ribbon!

Congratulations, and I'm very glad to hear that you are feeling better.

As Lydiatoo would say, Life is indeed good...
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03/23/2011 09:25:47 AM
Originally posted by vawendy:

wheee!!!! Irene is back!!!

Ummmm... wait... Irene's too good. That means less ribbons for everyone else...

Drat!!!!! Irene is back!!!

Wait... but I didn't enter water bottle...

Wheee!!!! Irene is back!!!


LOL!!!!!!!!
there is nothing in the world that can cure you better then self acomplishment and the joy of creation.

by the way..I rad an article that found after a long statistics research that photographers live longer then other occupations..:)
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03/23/2011 07:35:01 AM
Glad to see you back. I hope you feeling better and I look forward to seeing your wonderful pictures again.
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03/23/2011 06:43:56 AM
I have missed you so muh Irene..welcome back
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03/23/2011 06:31:22 AM
Irene, I was so missing your entries! I am so happy that you are back. I really hope you will be able to enter as much as you want in the upcoming challenges.
By the way, that's a fantastic way to come back :-) Congratulations on the blue!
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03/23/2011 06:15:31 AM
wheee!!!! Irene is back!!!

Ummmm... wait... Irene's too good. That means less ribbons for everyone else...

Drat!!!!! Irene is back!!!

Wait... but I didn't enter water bottle...

Wheee!!!! Irene is back!!!
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03/23/2011 06:03:42 AM
Good to see you back Irene. I hope you are starting to feel better - health issues are rough stuff.

I left a comment during voting and was editing it but somehow it got lost. Anyway, I loved the composition and the colors but I almost wonder if the image is a bit oversharpened around the cap of the bottle.
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03/23/2011 05:58:03 AM
Welcome back!!!! And congrats on the ribbon.
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03/23/2011 05:44:27 AM
Beautiful shot. Welcome back. Best of luck with your recovery.
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03/23/2011 05:11:53 AM
Congratulations! Nicely done.
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03/23/2011 04:48:47 AM
First shot in 6 months and it still takes the blue? Outstanding!
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03/23/2011 04:34:21 AM
congrats_irene3.png

(Sorry, it's been in storage for a long time) ;-)
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03/23/2011 04:03:40 AM
Amazing shot, the colors and DoF are brilliant! congrats!
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03/23/2011 03:45:18 AM
Welcome back!!!!
Great image and a great comeback!

Congratulations
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03/23/2011 03:19:56 AM
Missed having you around. Miss your work. You picked up where you left off. You made a very ordinary subject look incredible. Wishing you a speedy recovery and hopefully you will get back to doing what you love doing best soon. Keep clicking!
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03/23/2011 01:37:40 AM
Irene, congrats and feel better. love the shallow dof and the color transition, bravo
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03/23/2011 01:20:16 AM
Looks like sickness has'nt effected your photography, hope you get through whatever sickness you've had.
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03/23/2011 01:12:13 AM
Congratulations, this is great.
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03/23/2011 12:46:10 AM
Irene!!! Great to see you back. And with your usual blue ribbon no less. Hope you get feeling better soon and get back to shooting. :)
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03/23/2011 12:43:55 AM
Welcome back Irene! Congrats on your ribbon with your first shot back in the saddle. :) May your path be towards the better now. :)
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03/23/2011 12:25:33 AM
First entry this year, and a blue :)
Congrats
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03/23/2011 12:13:54 AM
Congratulations....
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03/23/2011 12:08:33 AM
We missed you too. You made quite a "splash" with your welcome back shot. Wouldn't you know it would be a water drop shot LOL.
Contrats, and hope you get back to feeling great soon.
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03/23/2011 12:06:58 AM
Uhhh... this is so IRENE! *mumbles under breath... but oversharpened*

Congrats, my friend! (pay no attention to the mumbler behind the curtain)

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03/23/2011 12:06:54 AM
welcome back! good to see you up and winning again :D (and best of luck to you on your health stuff too)

Congrats on the blue!
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03/23/2011 12:05:49 AM
Irene...Haven't seen you in soooo long (or I haven't paid attention) Congrats to you!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/22/2011 10:26:00 PM
Beautiful colors
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03/22/2011 09:07:57 PM
hyper shart, borderline overprocessed. Depth of field is nice. Not enjoying the duotone in the water droplet as much though.
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03/20/2011 02:54:44 PM
The BLUE...
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03/20/2011 01:03:35 AM
Excelent use of subject isolation. It looks like there's some banding in the lower left corner, did you sharpen it much?
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03/19/2011 04:01:14 PM
Incredible work!

Message edited by author 2011-07-30 15:11:02.
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03/19/2011 03:43:20 PM
Nice lighting.
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03/18/2011 07:55:23 PM
So simple and so stunning - 10
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03/18/2011 03:21:12 PM
Great macro the DOF really makes this.
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03/18/2011 10:24:55 AM
Great shot, well done. 7
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03/18/2011 04:29:57 AM
very well done!
looks like Irene is back :-)
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03/17/2011 06:26:14 PM
This is one of 4 very similar submissions in this challenge. After looking at all images, these 4 pictures get jumbled into "deja vu" zone and the merit of each one gets diminished by redundancy. I think that we shall strive for more imaginative solutions here, at DPC. A marked them all with 5.
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03/17/2011 01:31:58 PM
Superb quality make this a top shot.
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03/17/2011 01:13:19 PM
Best in the lot IMO - Well done!! 10
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03/16/2011 08:13:22 PM
Looks more like glass, than a water bottle. Maybe vodka? A good shot nonetheless. Maybe a bit oversharpened. Could be compression issue, though. Tie goes to the shooter. 8.
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03/16/2011 12:45:42 PM
gorgeous! love the brown and green, the neck of a barely noticeable bottle with one single drop - this is one water drop image that I FOR REAL like
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03/16/2011 12:41:29 PM
Nice shallow dof. I like the color in the droplet.
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03/16/2011 12:03:13 PM
good lighting and DOF, bit much sharpening
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03/16/2011 10:02:16 AM
Excellent, love the colours.
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03/16/2011 07:53:16 AM
Loveliness in a bottle. Welcome back. ;)
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03/16/2011 06:20:50 AM
I love the depth of field and the colors! I gave it a 10 :)
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03/16/2011 12:21:30 AM
Just stunning to the Max, I guess this is a ribbon for you.
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