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anireno


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Challenge: Lucky 7 (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Laguna de Duero, Spain
Date: Nov 28, 2004
Aperture: 36
ISO: 100
Shutter: 10
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2004

7 roller bearing balls inside a custom cylinder with the title of the challenge (printed inverted). A small cap at the top with the same text to hide the camera lens. Three sources of light, two lamps for the cylinder and one lamp over the bearing balls. Then cropped, levels, sharpen edges and a thin black border.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 260
Avg (all users): 7.1443
Avg (commenters): 8.6154
Avg (participants): 7.1138
Avg (non-participants): 7.1667
Views since voting: 7128
Views during voting: 428
Votes: 291
Comments: 73
Favorites: 36 (view)


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12/15/2004 06:04:12 PM
Great picture , but what did he use to change it with
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12/15/2004 01:31:30 PM
out standing

HOW???

10/10
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12/14/2004 11:59:16 AM
Very Impressive...

You should take that tallent and try to get a job professionally, advertising or marketing perhaps...

10 from me.

:)

D.
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12/14/2004 12:01:11 AM
I didn't vote this challenge, but I wish I did. This is awesome.
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12/11/2004 04:55:00 PM
awesome photo. would love it if you did a tutorial breaking down your explanation of how you did it.. maybe even show some shots from a 3rd person point of view
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12/11/2004 05:43:36 AM
I'm sorry, I just do not recall seeing this during the challenge, I'm certain I would have remembered such a magnificent shot which would have got one of the very few tens I've ever given. Anyway, very well done - a truly deserved winner - such care in the setup has paid dividends.
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12/09/2004 01:56:10 AM
Originally posted by samtrundle:

Okay the setup here is ridiculous, I scored you a 7 during the challenge, but clearly without stopping to think about how challenging the creation of this photo must have been.

If I had thought it through you would have got a 9 or a 10 from me.

I would apologise, but you've got a blue ribbon for your troubles, so I don't think you are feeling particularly horrible about it.

Congratulations on a brilliant effort.


Congratulations, anireno! My sentiments perfectly mirror what samtrundle already said. On more consideration, I agree that this was quite an impressive and creative setup. Good luck!
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12/08/2004 09:06:26 PM
Great job! Congratulations you deserve it! Very unique.
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12/08/2004 06:11:20 PM
Wow! Congrats on your Blue! Very creative and well planned. Its like rocket science to me how you cleverly attended to every detail. cool!
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12/08/2004 05:40:04 PM
This is a great shot. I don't know how I missed it.
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12/08/2004 05:16:26 PM
Congratulations of the blue. Hope to see more of your creativity.
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12/08/2004 02:07:31 PM
Nice work, I seemed to have missed this one durring voting. Good job and congrats!
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12/08/2004 01:27:15 PM
Ah, I finally figured out your setup. You have highly polished "ball" bearings, not "roller" bearings that are cylindrical with flat ends. (Does not diminish my opinion of your photo in any way, however.)

Excellent imaginative shot, and a well-deserved win!
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12/08/2004 10:46:20 AM
Wow, a truly amazing creation! I kept staring at this photo during the voting period trying to figure out how you'd done it. Glad I gave you my highest score and congratulations on your ribbon!
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12/08/2004 10:12:12 AM
Great shot and thanks especially for the setup details. Very well done.
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12/08/2004 09:25:18 AM
Wow -- what a set up! Congrats on an impressive image.
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12/08/2004 09:14:08 AM
Okay the setup here is ridiculous, I scored you a 7 during the challenge, but clearly without stopping to think about how challenging the creation of this photo must have been.

If I had thought it through you would have got a 9 or a 10 from me.

I would apologise, but you've got a blue ribbon for your troubles, so I don't think you are feeling particularly horrible about it.

Congratulations on a brilliant effort.
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12/08/2004 09:13:26 AM
WOW!!!
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12/08/2004 08:49:28 AM
Thanks for sharing your technique. Too bad it wasn't a members challenge you could have saved a step or two. Very ingenious. Congratulations.
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12/08/2004 08:47:19 AM
Congratulations! Excellent shot and creativity! I like this fractal like effect.
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12/08/2004 08:31:20 AM
INCREDIBLE SETUP!! Very original!!! Keep inspiring!!

Message edited by author 2004-12-08 08:31:30.
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12/08/2004 08:03:57 AM
well done image, and nice set up.

congrats
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12/08/2004 07:26:38 AM
Congratulations on your first and a blue. That is interesting how you set this up.
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12/08/2004 06:36:52 AM
An amazing shot, congratulations on your ribbon! Also thank you for sharing your setup.
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12/08/2004 04:38:48 AM
Thank you all for comments. I´m very happy with my first ribbon. I´m sorry because I don´t have a shot of my original set up, but I´m going to try to explain. It´s easy but I´m a bit perfectionist and it took me near three hours to achieve the final shot.
First of all I printed a sheet with the title of the challenge. this was done using Powerpoint (for example) and then printed reversed (with the aid of a postscript printer driver)
Text' . substr('//img33.exs.cx/img33/2364/background14cu.th.jpg', strrpos('//img33.exs.cx/img33/2364/background14cu.th.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
This printed text was folded and glued carefully to achieve a perfect transition in the words
Cylinder' . substr('//img23.exs.cx/img23/1458/img125226kq.th.jpg', strrpos('//img23.exs.cx/img23/1458/img125226kq.th.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
Still we have a problem beacuse if we take a photo with this setup and look at the center of the balls we can see the body of the rebel
close-up' . substr('//img7.exs.cx/img7/9844/background20bv.th.jpg', strrpos('//img7.exs.cx/img7/9844/background20bv.th.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
These are the kind of details that scores down our shots in this site. to fix this we can use this close-up to create a mask for our lens and put it at the top of the cylinder
' . substr('//img7.exs.cx/img7/8563/background39js.th.jpg', strrpos('//img7.exs.cx/img7/8563/background39js.th.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' ' . substr('//img23.exs.cx/img23/2007/img125236nu.th.jpg', strrpos('//img23.exs.cx/img23/2007/img125236nu.th.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' ' . substr('//img130.exs.cx/img130/5528/img12534gr.th.jpg', strrpos('//img130.exs.cx/img130/5528/img12534gr.th.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
With this trick we can hide our camera "completely".
This is a shot without backlighting
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And this is the final shot with backlighting (the setup over a glass table) and without processing.
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12/08/2004 02:58:19 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon, a blue one! Imaginative reflections and great lighting. A fantastic photo.

Message edited by author 2004-12-08 02:59:49.
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12/08/2004 02:26:48 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. Fantastic job with reflections and light.
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12/08/2004 02:02:16 AM
Congratulations on your blue.
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12/08/2004 01:27:06 AM
winner
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12/08/2004 12:31:32 AM
Superb. Great work on the the set up and an excellent image. Big congrats on your blue! RoB
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12/08/2004 12:12:08 AM
Very cool! I wanna see a pic of your setup.
TC
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12/08/2004 12:06:48 AM
Congrats, I knew this would win =)
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12/08/2004 12:05:55 AM
Cngratulations on your blue. A most amazing image with meticulous lighting and the detail involved is indeed astonishing. a great feat for basic editing.
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12/08/2004 12:01:57 AM
I knew it when I seen it....WTG!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2004 11:59:24 PM
interesting reflections
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12/07/2004 11:52:11 PM
Returning for comment.
This is an excellent image. Nice lighting, focus, symmetry. I like the added touch of the text on the balls - as well as the added design formed from the reflections.
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12/07/2004 11:41:50 PM
Very nicely done. I give this a 9. A 10 if you had brought some color into it.
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12/07/2004 03:44:35 PM
This is a great picture. I can't help but listen to the echo in my mind which says 'Lucky seven, lucky seven, lucky seven,...' all the time. Very nice symmetric composition, flawless I'd say. The reflections make a nice star. The border is too close to the bullets for my taste. The picture would have been better without it. A stunning shot. I hope you'll get rewarded for it :) 10.
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12/06/2004 08:12:27 PM
came back to bump you to a 8
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12/06/2004 05:05:11 PM
amazing feat!
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12/05/2004 09:29:26 PM
Excellent shot! You did a very nice job controling the light in this image. I can't wait to see how you did it. 9
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12/05/2004 01:44:00 PM
wow -- cool! welcome to the top 20!
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12/05/2004 01:38:44 PM
My top pick for the challenge. The image features a great concept & flawless execution. It took a couple of minutes to figure out how you carried it out. I think I got it figured out;-). Great work.
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12/05/2004 01:09:44 PM
Superb shot, strong lighting, excellent reflections. Great way to incorporate the theme and an abstract picture. Well done!
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12/05/2004 06:03:06 AM
Really interesting photo.
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12/05/2004 01:57:55 AM
Wow. This is so incredibly precise! I'm curious to see how you got the word reflections to work like that.
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12/04/2004 04:52:33 PM
High quality shot and nice interpretation of the challenge. I expect you will be in the top three. Congratulations!
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12/04/2004 12:18:56 AM
Saw this one in the validation section, so thought I'd come comment since I really like it. I love the reflections, and the lighting is beautiful. The set up is perfect, and I like the pattern that the dark reflections of the balls make. a neat star. background is perfect, and this was simply very well done. VERY well done. Haven't seen too many 10's in this challenge, but I think this will be on the front page with the 7 frames shot. Congrats and good luck. ~Heather~
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12/03/2004 08:36:16 PM
I really like the symetry and geometric design you have achieved here. Very nice. My favorite of the challenge.
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12/03/2004 03:42:58 PM
nice job. Looks like a ribbon is on its way. Very creative.
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12/03/2004 02:35:54 PM
creative and interesting shot...very well done
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12/03/2004 12:43:54 PM
Definitely a winner! Nothing else to comment on. Great!
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12/03/2004 12:16:49 AM
Interesting. What is it? cool shot.
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12/02/2004 10:40:18 PM
Now i know i wont win, fabulous, perfect, etc. This i predict will win without seeing all entries.
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12/02/2004 03:12:09 PM
hmmmm very interesting -- I can't figure out your set-up. I'll come back after the challenge to find out more. I haven't seen one I like any better :)
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12/01/2004 11:29:04 PM
ribbon for sure :)
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12/01/2004 09:49:03 PM
Wow, this picture is just mind boggling. Im interested to know how you achieved this awsome picture. Keep up the good work!
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12/01/2004 09:45:09 PM
Very nicely done!
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12/01/2004 04:04:43 PM
Wow -- very well executed! Congrats on a job well done -- I'll betcha you'll be seeing a ribbon on this one!
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12/01/2004 03:11:47 PM
Rather than hitting us over the head with "Lucky 7", perhaps plain white would have worked better. Still, this is visually interesting overall and I'll give you a lucky 7 for it.
12/01/2004 03:09:35 PM
Very nice, I think we have a ribbon here. Technically it seems perfect, would like to see how you did it!
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12/01/2004 01:37:38 PM
Very unique! Nice job!
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12/01/2004 01:27:30 PM
That's pretty darn cool, and a clever use of text. Nice job keeping your own reflection out of the shot. 8
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12/01/2004 10:13:18 AM
Interesting study in physics and geometry that fits the challenge theme perfectly. This one gets a 10.
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12/01/2004 09:03:26 AM
Very effective shot
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12/01/2004 08:43:08 AM
Very nicely done and very creative. My favorite so far.
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12/01/2004 07:04:10 AM
Very interesting and creative shot. I like the extreme white background so the balls look to be floating.
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12/01/2004 03:12:08 AM
I think its fantastic shot. How can you disable the camera?10
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12/01/2004 02:11:08 AM
WOW, a 10!
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12/01/2004 01:56:37 AM
great idea and execution. like the subtle green tone.
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12/01/2004 01:25:18 AM
Nice, very creative.
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12/01/2004 01:15:39 AM
Interesting geometry -- the reflection in the orbs was a great idea. I'm curious -- did you use a printed cone around the lens?
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12/01/2004 12:39:33 AM
winner
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