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Challenge: Stopped Motion II (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S7000
Location: My Basement, Kamloops, B.C.
Date: Sep 18, 2004
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/8000 sec
Date Uploaded: Sep 13, 2004

Set up a dart board on a table, put lights all around it, then used a shutter release cable as I dropped darts onto the dartboard from above, to simulate throwing them. (I had no help for actual throwing, so I had to resort to this method. I can guarantee that the darts *were* moving, and it was *extremely* hard to use a cable release to grab this shot! Hundreds of tries..) I used a flash with a 1/8000 shutter speed, and the background was far enough away to stay completely black.

post production: brightness/contrast, USM, noise reduction, some cloning to get rid of annoying background artifacts, cropping, and resizing.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 170
Avg (all users): 6.7089
Avg (commenters): 7.0588
Avg (participants): 6.5487
Avg (non-participants): 6.8548
Views since voting: 5172
Views during voting: 546
Votes: 237
Comments: 30
Favorites: 4 (view)


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01/27/2006 07:25:21 PM
perhaps a lot over-done.

This is in my early processing career..

Ahhh, the good ol' days.
05/27/2005 10:43:04 AM
I like this photo, the concept is great. But I think I am more struck by the strong USM use here... perhaps a little overdone?
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09/30/2004 03:35:01 AM
Well thought out and well captured!!

Definitely one of my favourites in this challenge.
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09/27/2004 09:19:20 PM
Congrats on the placing, the score (highest you have yet, by far), and the awsome shot.
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09/27/2004 06:30:32 AM
congrats on your top 10 Artyste ^_^
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09/27/2004 03:15:12 AM
Congrats on your top 10 finish. A great stopped motion shot!!

sue
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09/27/2004 01:49:35 AM
congrats. great shot. i had a feeling you did the dropping thing. :)
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09/27/2004 01:15:31 AM
Yeah you. Good job!
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09/27/2004 12:15:23 AM
Congratulations on your 9th placing. A very convincing shot. Your skills are well displayed with this shot.
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09/27/2004 12:15:02 AM
Ok.. for everyone that was wondering.. I DIDN'T CHEAT.. exactly.

I wasn't throwing the dart at the dartboard, but instead, was dropping it ON to the dart-board. However, it wasn't an easy shot to do still, and I have a couple of outtakes to show you.

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This is an outtake of the shot I submitted... showing a slightly weaker compositional shot.

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This is an outtake from when I *DID* capture the dart after it was thrown (by my roomate). However, because of the background on this one, (plus the other dart), I chose to re-do the shots the way I did them instead.

Anyway, so I did capture the dart *in* mid-flight.. there were no strings.. I didn't balance it on anything, no tricks. It was moving toward the dart board, and I took over 200 shots to freeze it where I did, and finally get what I wanted.

Thank you to everyone that made this my highest placing entry, that gave me the highest rated shot for my camera, and generally made me feel really good :)
09/27/2004 12:12:58 AM
Congrats on 9th :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/25/2004 10:59:13 AM
Great shot, not sure about the lighting though, and maybe a better angle of view to the board might have helped. Great shot all the same.
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09/25/2004 07:57:23 AM
wow, either you cheated....or your the supreme being of timming! Congrads!!!
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09/25/2004 07:47:58 AM
I wish! Nice shot.
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09/24/2004 07:21:06 PM
Good shot both towards the dart and towards the dartboard. Well done photo.
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09/22/2004 04:41:53 PM
I keep looking for strings or something ... Nice image. Too bad that closest side of the target is so blurry. Not sure if cropping would help or not. But, it IS a cool image. Good luck with the challenge.
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09/22/2004 10:36:14 AM
Very nice. All around I like this image very much. The only negative I can say about this image is the lighting...its a bit too harsh for my taste. Though technicaly I understand the need when using high shutter speeds. Its just a shame that you came away with that highlight on the dart shaft.

Good luck!
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09/21/2004 11:48:42 PM
Love the texture of the dart board.
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09/21/2004 08:32:27 PM
Very sharp and clear.
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09/21/2004 01:58:20 PM
This meets and surpasses the challenge. My question is: was it thrown in the direction it is travelling or was it thrown up from the bottom? Either way, you get bumped upwards. Good image.
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09/21/2004 09:52:43 AM
amazed!!!
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09/21/2004 12:57:39 AM
Very well executed! Good luck...
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09/20/2004 11:36:16 PM
Cool idea, you captured the motion perfectly. Minor point, but I would have lowered the light on the dart board and blured it by using a wider appature to narrow the DOF. This would minimize the distracting nature of the board. 6
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09/20/2004 09:25:52 PM
Great photo! Like the angle of this dart. Like the black background.
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09/20/2004 01:06:16 PM
If this is actually an action photo, that is AMAZING! If it's not, it's still amazing that you make it so convincing. 10
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09/20/2004 12:17:59 PM
Good image but a bit over sharpened.
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09/20/2004 09:17:03 AM
I love the idea! Nice composition, did you hang the dart up with a black thread?
Only - is the flash/overexposure on the dartboard. GL
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09/20/2004 02:24:32 AM
My only complaint about this shot is that the lighting is a bit harsh. Other than that, this is a well conceived photo and a great example of freezing motion. Very nice job.
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09/20/2004 02:03:38 AM
Terrific mid-air capture.
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09/20/2004 12:37:27 AM
Awesome shot! Dead on clarity and stopped action. 10.
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