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Baitcaster X-ray
Baitcaster X-ray

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Challenge: Mechanical (Advanced Editing III*)
Camera: Olympus C-740UZ
Location: My living room
Date: Dec 28, 2004
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 6 seconds
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2004


Place: 61 out of 243
Avg (all users): 5.5000
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.3241
Avg (non-participants): 5.6218
Views since voting: 718
Views during voting: 367
Votes: 264
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/05/2005 08:41:33 AM
Thanks for all the comments. I really enjoyed reading them.

The photo is not really a X-ray.

I took the baitcaster (fishing reel) and removed the side plate.
I then removed the spool from the inside so I could see the gears.

I set the shot up. Turned the lights off.
The room was pitch black. I set the camera self timer. The shutter opened for 6 seconds.

Then I took a manual flash that I just held in my hand and flashed the reel from one side. Then I removed the side plate from the baitcaster and flashed it from the other side. All before the shutter closed.

I used paint shop pro 8 one step photo fix to auto adjust color and sharpness.

Then I used the "Negative Image" button to get what you see now.

I did try to place it on a diagonal as I thought it would look better with the fishing rod, but I just could not seem to make it work without the reel being so much smaller looking in the photo.

I took about 8 photo's of the reel and this one turned out the closest to what I had in mind.

There are a number of things I would do different next time for a photo like this.

I'm very happy with my 61st place being this is my first challenge.

Thanks again,
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/04/2005 11:47:13 PM
Stunning. Bumping up.
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01/04/2005 04:39:08 PM
Very unusual image. It almost looks like an old drawing of a mechanical item. The colors work very well for me.
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01/03/2005 11:04:16 PM
Very interesting photo. Great idea. Fits the challenge well and is creative. However, I'm thinking the static composition is a little weak. Perhaps using the rule of thirds, or placing on a diagonal would be a big improvement?
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12/31/2004 08:35:43 PM
Is this really an X-ray?? I've never seem an X-ray that looks anything like this. Great idea, but the execution just looks like someone got trigger-happy with the Photoshop filters, and that doesn't do anything for me. Still, I like the idea.
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12/31/2004 05:14:13 PM
curious as to how much editing you did on this, but a great picture none the less. Good job
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12/31/2004 04:50:26 AM
This is the photo that has made me stop and look. Except for time exposure I don't pretend to know how you did this.
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12/30/2004 11:54:55 PM
Composition: 9
Technical: 6, I don't like the results of your efforts in post processing.
Appeal: 3
Challenge: 10
Overall Calculated Average Score: 7
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12/30/2004 06:24:48 AM
Cool, how did you get an X-ray shot of this? There are no X-ray filters for cams, are there? I guess you work at an airport or something. I don't know what a baitcaster is but it looks cool.. The colours are kinda psychedelcic, but I like the orange blue-contrast. There's just too much 'empty' spae around the two (?) objects. 7.
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12/29/2004 02:20:15 PM
Gonna be fascinating to see how this was pulled off within the rules. Give it an "A" for technical wizardry. I just wish the resultant image pleased me more, but my aesthetic reaction is "heh!".
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