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Homage to Jacko & Rackat
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hughletheren

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Challenge: Deja Vu (Advanced Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: Kitchen Studio
Date: Dec 19, 2004
Aperture: f/20
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Water, Studio
Date Uploaded: Dec 19, 2004

Coloured paper background. Beam breaker to fire two 550EX speedlights, behind glasses to backlight the glasses and splash. One glass raised to provide interest.
Post processing: crop, levels, increase saturation, USM, cloned out some spots. Cleaned up the "floor" using a layer mask - darken, flatten,add borders, resized, USM.
This took a great deal of time and effort but I learned a great deal. In the unlikely event that it does well, I will explain further some of the lessons learned.
This was a homage to two ribbons, 20998 and 9482 from Jacko and Rackat respectively

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 106
Avg (all users): 7.7402
Avg (commenters): 8.8182
Avg (participants): 7.4225
Avg (non-participants): 7.9098
Views since voting: 9813
Views during voting: 385
Votes: 204
Comments: 61
Favorites: 45 (view)


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12/30/2004 08:08:24 AM
Wonderful shot Hugh!
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12/30/2004 12:55:57 AM
So colorfull and so well contrasted. good job indeed.
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12/29/2004 02:16:49 PM
This is so cool! I like it. It looks like a painting to me unless I look at it up close. I like it really much. Just like Gatorguy said, Congrats you really deserve it!
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12/28/2004 08:37:16 PM
Congrats!! Very well deserved.

I'm anxious to learn more about the beam breaker.
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12/28/2004 07:51:53 PM
Terrific picture! I've added this one to my favorites! :)
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12/28/2004 04:13:48 AM
One of the neatest snaps I have ever seen. Excellent!! I need to learn a lot from you aloso!
Great work!
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12/28/2004 01:46:11 AM
One of the neatest snaps I have ever seen. Excellent!! I need to learn a lot from you, Hugh.
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12/27/2004 10:59:35 PM
Congratulations! A blue ribbon and a personal best with 7.740! Woo hoo! Great job!
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12/27/2004 07:32:10 PM
Congrats Hugh. Wonderful set up and terrific photo.. Bravo, well deseved ribbon !
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12/27/2004 07:11:34 PM
An excellent set-up, attention to detail and execution has really paid off. Well deserved result. Colours, for me at least, are quite refreshing.
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12/27/2004 05:53:49 PM
Well Done!! Congratulations on your first and well deserved ribbon and top spot!
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12/27/2004 02:33:55 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon!
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12/27/2004 02:08:58 PM
Hi Hugh,

many congratulations on the Blue, very much deserved.
Reading your notes above I would be very interested in how you set up the Beam breaker to fire two 550EX speedlights. - What components these are and how you have them rigged. I can see multiple uses for just such a setup, but have no idea where to start.

Any help would be appreciated.

Falc
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12/27/2004 10:03:49 AM
First - thank you so much for your kind words.
and before anything else - let me congratulate you on your new grandchild!

Your shot is wonderful! While I was only working on the technique, you added your creativity to it, and turned it into a really amazing image.
Well, apart from the fact that I just love any shade of orange in general, I think that your choise of colors added much more interest to the shot.
One thing I simply can no understand though... How on earth were you able to get the shot of the glasses so great, AND add the drop to it?! This takes so much work!
Your ribbon is so well deserve! :-)
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12/27/2004 10:01:13 AM
A great combination and thoroughly deserving the ribbon.
Well done & congratulations Hugh.
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12/27/2004 09:39:20 AM
You have managed to replicate and then combine two ideas to pull off a unique image that has impressed us all. Congratulations on your well earned blue. Your entry exceeded all expectations.
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12/27/2004 06:48:41 AM
Deja Vu was all about past ribbon winners - so my grateful thanks to Jacko and Rackat who provided the inspiration and creativity. All credit to them.
Thank you voters and especially you commentators for such kindness, you have been a geart motivating force throughout the week!
I will write a "how did they do that" shortly because I learned so much from this exercise, some of which it may be worth sharing.
For the moment: it took 4 sessions to reach my goal, spread over two days - the bisected splash was there by design, not chance!
My daughter-in-law went into labour between sessions 2 and 3 and gave birth to our first grandchild during session 4. As she was 3,500 miles away in MD USA, I needed something to take my mind off the "what ifs" that were crowding in.
Ellie Grace Letheren was born at 9.26 am EST on Sunday 19 January - pictures here.
How I succeeded with the PS bit and the actual submission, after the news had broken, I know not!
12/27/2004 01:47:58 AM
Truly great photo, Congrats on an amazing capture, and the blue ribbon!
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12/27/2004 01:13:15 AM
i am in awe. i thought it was a painting at first. it is so perfect.
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12/27/2004 01:11:56 AM
from your description:
"In the unlikely event that it does well, I will explain further some of the lessons learned."

i guess you have some explaining to do!
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12/27/2004 12:38:46 AM
Originally posted by jpochard:

Just about perfect. I think this one will be near the top.

This was my exact thought when I saw this. Great job and big congrats on your ribbon! RoB
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12/27/2004 12:38:00 AM
Conrations on your blue ribbon I really like the colors you have used
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12/27/2004 12:37:19 AM
You did a fabulous job copying Jacko's photo!
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12/27/2004 12:21:09 AM
Congratulations, Hugh, on a well-deserved blue ribbon!
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12/27/2004 12:19:33 AM
Congratulations! Very nicely done. Another first timer. Wow!

Message edited by author 2004-12-27 00:20:06.
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12/27/2004 12:03:37 AM
Congratulations on your blue! :o)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/26/2004 10:53:18 PM
Just about perfect. I think this one will be near the top.
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12/24/2004 09:38:48 PM
Awesome job! 10
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12/24/2004 07:51:10 PM
Great combination of two ideas.
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12/24/2004 04:32:09 PM
The colors here are very good and the execution great. Bumping up.

Message edited by author 2004-12-27 12:50:18.
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12/24/2004 05:14:23 AM
beautiful. my first 10 thus far.
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12/24/2004 04:48:10 AM
interesting color choice, well done
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12/23/2004 08:47:03 PM
This is an awesome capture...
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12/23/2004 08:41:18 PM
Wow! what a capture. Great work. Jacko. 10
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12/23/2004 08:17:16 PM
really excellent water droplet :-) Colors would not have been my choice, but to each his/her own.
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12/23/2004 10:42:51 AM
Awesome, great tribute and by itself a flawless shot, could be in any catalouge of commercial I could imagine. 10
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12/23/2004 04:31:46 AM
Excellent creativity! I think you executed this one very well. Must have been difficult to get the water drop just right. I wish you had addressed the glare on the table surface. Other than that, executed to perfection.
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12/22/2004 11:51:39 PM
really like the colour choices here, and the drop adds a nice dimension to this image. 9.
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12/22/2004 04:48:28 PM
this is very well done. I can understand why you used different colours but these colours really don't appeal to me.
Other than that, the setup is perfect.
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12/22/2004 08:44:23 AM
One word: excellent!
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12/21/2004 11:44:16 PM
Now I bet that took you five minutes to set up and shoot right? (not!) Exceptional. 10.
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12/21/2004 04:52:28 PM
Stunning. The splash is bisected perfectly by the color-band. This photo captures the feel of illumination very well. I'd love to see if a print of this would also be able to communicate that radiance. Wonderfully done. Congrats!
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12/21/2004 03:23:38 PM
very well done, I like the new colors a lot! The droplet adds to the photo, and it looks really cool with the split colors in it!
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12/21/2004 10:04:57 AM
By far the best image on this contest...10!

Wonderfully captured.
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12/21/2004 07:35:39 AM
excellent ... 10
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12/21/2004 07:15:45 AM
Superb.. stands firmly as an image in it's own right.
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12/21/2004 01:24:36 AM
great shot ... although i am not really a fan of glasses of water and colored cardboard kind of setup ... the drop in midair makes it quite cool though
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12/20/2004 11:45:35 PM
Awesome picture as well! Again, too bad I can't vote ;) Good job!
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12/20/2004 08:00:33 PM
very nice 6
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12/20/2004 07:41:03 PM
Now these are my colors! This is exquisite, and for me personally, even better than the originals due to my personal tastes.
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12/20/2004 06:33:25 PM
well that's outstanding !!
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12/20/2004 04:00:27 PM
Very nice mixture of the glass theme and the drop. I guess this took alot of shots! Superb.
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12/20/2004 03:30:39 PM
I'm not a great fan of those colours I fear. Decent approach to two techniques.
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12/20/2004 03:29:47 PM
holy cow that is cool.
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12/20/2004 01:00:06 PM
So this is Jackat? A nice, clean combination of the two originals. I would have cloned out some flaws on the left glass, but this should score very well.
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12/20/2004 12:02:08 PM
Nice.. putting two together is very cool.
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12/20/2004 09:21:33 AM
cool, just cool
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12/20/2004 07:45:27 AM
It's amazing all of the things you were able to accomplish in this photo. That slight splotchiness in the orange band is the only small detraction from this absolutely outstanding shot. Really great job!
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12/20/2004 06:29:08 AM
Perfect placement of the water drop. Excellent photo.
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12/20/2004 01:54:30 AM
WOW 10
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12/20/2004 12:33:49 AM
WOW that must have taken some work!
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