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A Drop of Sue
2nd PlaceA Drop of Sue
mrorange002


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Backlighting (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: In my studio (dining room table)
Date: Sep 4, 2004
Date Uploaded: Sep 4, 2004

OK,
I had a really hard time choosing between 3 photos. My second pick probably would score better than this, but I really like somethinh about the crazy composition of this photo.

What I did was...
turned my 35-70 2.8 lens around, set my flash on a table top tripod and made a black snoot out of paper, pointed it at the flower in the background, the drop is sprayed onto a squash vine with a little mist, and fired away. It's really hard to get that damn drop in focus. So the only light visible is what is bounced off of the yellow flower. The drop and the flower are about 2 inches away from each other, it's the only practical way to fill the whole drop with the image. placed a non reflective black backdrop on a tripod to reduce any chance of excess light bouncing back into the lens. There are a few spots that I couldn't clean up for the challenge, but I've since removed for printing!

Hopefully I do well in this competition, I really love this shot. I think I might get some low scores for "Not meeting the challenge"
whatever to them! "Backlighting is the idea of shining light at an object from behind, or lighting areas behind the object you want to highlight. " I chose the second part!

Post Processing:
Crop, levels (just a tiny bit) and USM.
added a border to spite all those people who hate borders. :P

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 367
Avg (all users): 6.8057
Avg (commenters): 8.4828
Avg (participants): 6.7877
Avg (non-participants): 6.8248
Views since voting: 9773
Views during voting: 500
Votes: 283
Comments: 68
Favorites: 63 (view)


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08/02/2005 10:38:41 AM
superb composition and lighting

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07/14/2005 07:19:04 AM
amazing shot! Flowers in little drops are incredible
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09/18/2004 07:34:35 AM
Awsome shot Eric!! GO team Nikon!!! :P
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09/17/2004 12:18:57 AM
Really a great shot.
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09/16/2004 05:13:43 PM
You have a very fertile imagination Eric and two ribbons and a near miss in little over a month as a member shows a pretty formidable talent.

I don`t think that this is the last time that I`ll be congratulating you on a ribbon success. :)
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09/16/2004 12:57:36 PM
.....No words.....
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09/16/2004 12:39:15 PM
Originally posted by jmsetzler:

What was your inspiration for the title of this image?


Speaking out of line here, but I'm pretty sure this flower is called a Brown-Eyed Susan (or sometimes called a Black-Eyed Susan).

Eric, I really like this shot...good work!
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09/15/2004 05:45:40 PM
What was your inspiration for the title of this image?
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09/15/2004 04:13:32 PM
Congrats on your second ribbon, well deserved...
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09/15/2004 04:06:01 PM
Wow!!! Nice work and alot of thought here. Congrats on your ribbon!
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09/15/2004 03:39:43 PM
In order congratulations are Master Eric.
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09/15/2004 11:18:40 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon - very well deserved! You worked hard for this photo. Someday I hope to be able to produce studio shots as good as you have here.
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09/15/2004 10:12:01 AM
This is an amazing shot! You worked very hard on this and deserve the ribbon. Well done!

Congrats!
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09/15/2004 09:24:29 AM
Very nice shot! Congratulations!
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09/15/2004 08:44:53 AM
Originally posted by ericlimon:

wow!
I got 8 2's!!!


hey at least you didnt get any 1 :)
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09/15/2004 08:43:54 AM
your second ribbon from 7 challenges!
It will be interesting too see how many you got in a couple of months :)
way too go :D
Congrats!
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09/15/2004 07:30:29 AM
wow!
I got 8 2's!!!
09/15/2004 06:22:07 AM
Great shot! Congrats on another ribbon. More to come, I'm sure.
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09/15/2004 06:21:02 AM
Congratulations.
Love this shot.
You should be proud!
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09/15/2004 05:50:03 AM
Great image. Congratulations. I really loved this one.
Your work is excellent. keep it up.
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09/15/2004 05:44:36 AM
great photo and Congratulations on your ribbon
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09/15/2004 03:12:28 AM
Awesome shot ! I enjoyed the technical details of how this was set-up. Congrats on the red !
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09/15/2004 12:36:17 AM
Congrats -- very creative, and it paid off!
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09/15/2004 12:20:53 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon Eric! The photo is great. I really like the work you've been showing us lately, and I know we'll see more in the future.

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09/15/2004 12:17:39 AM
Congrats on your second! Enjoy the masters!
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09/15/2004 12:12:46 AM
Wow,l another, and well deserved ribbon. Way to go Eric!
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09/15/2004 12:09:14 AM
congratulations..incredible technique and artistic vision; ribbon well deserved.
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09/15/2004 12:08:22 AM
great job congrats
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09/15/2004 12:07:03 AM
Welcome to Masterhoodom =). Squeezed in with two reds this month. Congradulations, beatifully done.
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09/15/2004 12:03:44 AM
Excellent shot. Grats on the ribbon :)
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09/15/2004 12:03:39 AM
Ericlimon: I am so happy for you. Congratulations on your red with this interesting composition. You are hot, hot, hot.
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09/15/2004 12:03:32 AM
Great shot! Congrats on your ribbon.
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09/15/2004 12:03:27 AM
WOW!!!!
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09/15/2004 12:01:40 AM
Congrats, Master ericlimon!!! ;o)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/14/2004 11:51:54 PM
Definitely one of my favorites this time around -- I'll look forward to reading the details of this one!
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09/14/2004 09:56:57 PM
This is simply beautiful. This is probably the best execution of this technique that I have seen. It's definitely my favorite. = 10
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09/14/2004 05:11:24 PM
I'm interested to know how this was done. Very pretty colors. Nice detail, very sharp on the flower.
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09/14/2004 04:28:16 PM
Super, super macro. Well shot indeed.
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09/14/2004 01:03:21 PM
Haha, I did not see that while voting :)
Did you have a DQ request? Nice eh? Means that people don't believe it's a photo and that you are good...
I wish I would get one...

OK on a serious note. I like this picture love the color and the background, the only thing that disturbs me is that I can not make out what it is I am looking at.
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09/14/2004 09:14:05 AM
awesome ... 10
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09/14/2004 06:53:10 AM
This is a stunning visual effect.. Top vote from me!
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09/13/2004 11:52:07 AM
I don't understand the title but its a pleasing and interesting image.
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09/12/2004 04:04:57 AM
Very cool
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09/11/2004 06:56:48 PM
Very well done! 9
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09/11/2004 11:01:29 AM
I have no idea what this is exactly, but the warm tones, sharpness of the drops, focal point of the flower, bive many points of interest to creat a wonderful shot. Did I mention creative too : )
very well done. One of my top 3
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09/10/2004 03:20:39 PM
Very interesting mostly abstract with great floral focal point. Love the light on the tiny droplets.
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09/10/2004 01:09:52 PM
Love the flower in the waterdrop
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09/10/2004 12:16:30 PM
Impressive.... That must have taken a while to get just right I give it a.... 9
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09/10/2004 10:07:17 AM
I'm not sure exactly what's going on here, but the colours are lovely.
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09/09/2004 09:41:16 PM
Beautiful.
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09/09/2004 07:06:47 PM
Absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to see your remarks on how you did it! -9-
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09/09/2004 06:53:02 PM
A truly magnificient accomplishment. The refracted images, right down to the tinest drops, are just stunning. An amazing image and almost surely a top winner out of 370+ in this challenge! Well done!
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09/09/2004 06:22:38 PM
ericlimon? 8.
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09/09/2004 12:12:11 PM
Perfect title for a beautiful shot! Is that a shoelace? I want to try this :) -10
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09/08/2004 10:13:59 PM
Very cool reflection! I like this a lot. Nice light. Maybe you could have cropped it a little tigher on the bottom, but I wouldn't change much about it. Very nice.
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09/08/2004 04:43:41 PM
This is amazing! One of my favorites.
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09/08/2004 02:24:27 PM
Excellent! I must see the details on this one, hope you post them.
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09/08/2004 01:38:36 PM
Brilliantly executed. Awfully nice!
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09/08/2004 11:41:05 AM
Very unique photo...nice work!
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09/08/2004 11:37:44 AM
Wow, this I have to try myself. I am envious. A (10)!
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09/08/2004 11:22:46 AM
Rudbeckia in fish-eye view - great idea and overall image ; but the tiny suspended droplets are what I find most interesting
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09/08/2004 09:40:26 AM
I have been looking for a photo op like this. Nicely executed.
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09/08/2004 07:19:33 AM
interesting, cant see how the sunflower is in the droplet? but nice colours and feeling
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09/08/2004 02:34:59 AM
thats really cool...... the reflection must have been hard to get.
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09/08/2004 02:13:58 AM
Wow - one of the best photos I've seen, period. You can clean up those little spots later if you like, but everything else about this shot is incredibly beautiful and imaginative. Really great job!
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09/08/2004 02:00:31 AM
Hmm lets see .. winner? Oh yes, most definetely. Man .. I am loving this shot ... best yet. WOW.
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09/08/2004 12:40:00 AM
Perfect 10. I'd vote 11 if I could.
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09/08/2004 12:37:26 AM
wow. 10
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