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Ducktini
Ducktini
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Challenge: Rubber Ducky (Basic Editing III*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Dining Room--of course!
Date: Apr 1, 2005
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Humorous, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2005

Had to go to a "baby store" on my lunch hour to purchase a duck (o.k. 2 rubber ducks and some floaty fish). Then I went to a supermarket to buy green grapes. As I couldn't eat the grapes for lunch and traffic had been bad and the service at the first store was awful, I bought a pre-made submarine sandwich and some chocolate milk to take back to work with me and eat at my desk.

I shared the "rules" with people at work who I thought were understanding friends--they're still friends, but I have come to realize how strange they think I am--I think they also came to realize how strange I am--I think I shouldn't have shared....

Went home with my understanding husband who helped me brainstorm the idea. The martini glass was his idea and I swam with it. (Everything else was my idea, but I still love him.)

I have an earlier opus that this refers to, "Blowin' Bubbles" for (oddly) the multiple light source challenge last year. It was inspirational to be able to re-visit an earlier, well-received work.

"Ducktini" was created with great care and over several attempts--I can't call this work (of art) "work" in the true sense, as every part of this opus has been enjoyable, from the lunch-time traffic, the uninspired salesclerks, the confused grocer, to the final result--each piece of the puzzle simply fit into the next as if this were the most natural thing I have ever done. (I am thinking of contacting a gallery to consider rep'ing my pieces.)

Editing was, of course, minimal. My intuition in setting up the shot made it simple to crop, adjust levels, alter the hue (ever so slightly) on blue, yellow and green, and sharpen for the electronic medium we engage in.

Best wishes to all those, who like me, have realized the "vision" and were inspired to engage in a truely 21st century art form!

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 125
Avg (all users): 6.5299
Avg (commenters): 8.0526
Avg (participants): 6.2329
Avg (non-participants): 6.6079
Views since voting: 4065
Views during voting: 595
Votes: 351
Comments: 27
Favorites: 4 (view)


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01/24/2008 12:09:32 AM
good lighting.good sharpness.thank u.
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04/03/2006 12:11:29 PM
This is really nice. Really great lightting.
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11/07/2005 09:32:41 PM
This is fantastic, not only is the image well lit and sharp, it made me laugh out loud.
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05/05/2005 03:22:01 PM
what a killer shot! there's nothing i can add except that i'm just going to sit back and enjoy this a bit. great effort!
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04/29/2005 10:05:43 AM
I like the lighting, the base , basically the whole setup! well done
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04/14/2005 12:00:24 PM
*Critique Club*

I'm sitting here trying to come up with a crit and I honestly can't see anything that I would have liked to have seen done differently.
Focus, angle, lighting, everything seems right on to me.
If I HAD to pick something that I would change, I might have gotten a different duck.
There are 2 things about the duck that if they were not there might have improved the shot, but to the overall shot, they are very minor details. First, the duck is yellow with a reddish beak, but what is the red on his chest? I cannot think of anything that would be red on a duckies chest. Is it a tie? Anyway, it's a slight distraction trying to figure out what it is. Second, there is a small bit of sailors hat sticking out from behind the glass. doesn't seem to be adding anything to the shot. It appears that it's not really suposed to be there, so the tiny piece sticking out is anothing tiny distraction. Again, these are 2 very tiny things that don't really take away from the shot at all, but might 'clean it up' a bit had they not been there.
Overall beautiful shot, love the bubbles, placement of the duck and grapes is great in my opinion. I like that he is behind the glass. I don't have anything else to add...congrats. ~Heather~
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04/09/2005 06:30:58 PM
Congrats on your top ten, this was one of my favorites for the challenge. Very well done!
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04/09/2005 12:16:42 AM
A consummate stroke of creativity. Executed with great precision and love. Congratulations on your 6th finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/08/2005 11:52:43 PM
Duckie as DPC stock shot, I find this hysterical
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04/07/2005 10:51:12 PM
Switch from the old "the tree/pole/sign/whatever coming out of the back of subject's head". I would like to have seen the duck a little more to the right. But I love the coloring, bubbles, foam, and reflections.
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04/07/2005 03:03:50 PM
I won't be asking for this drink at the local bar! very creative!
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04/06/2005 05:45:48 AM
I think this is a wonderfully creative shot. I love the bubbles. The lighting is great and I do like the nice reflections of color in the stir stick and the glass. It does make you want to move the glass over just a bit so you can see more of the duckie's face, but then it may lose some of it's appeal. Great shot and I really like it. (9)
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04/05/2005 05:29:15 AM
I'd have put the duck in front of the glass. I like the foam. 6.
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04/04/2005 08:02:20 PM
Nicely executed shot.
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04/03/2005 08:54:32 AM
I guess the duck is placed directly behind the glass to get those vertically flipped duck heads in the glass. That's a nice effect, but took a while for me to discover when looking at the picture. The immediate impression was that the duck is disturbingly hiding behind the glass and thus everything in the scene is too tightly packed into the center. Otherwise this is excellent - very nice background and lighting.
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04/02/2005 10:16:11 PM
Great lighting choices and composition which causes the eye to move around the frame seeming to understand the image. My only crit is about hiding the duck behind the glass, even cutting of the duck's eye with the glass. Overall, an excellent use of lighting and elements for a cool looking photo.
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04/02/2005 06:27:43 PM
i think i wouldn't have covered up the duck with the glass, but it's a good shot.
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04/02/2005 12:41:02 PM
Nice composition, you are going to get a lot of negative comments for not having more blue in the background showing, but I like the overall effect of this photo, good work.
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04/02/2005 11:12:11 AM
I would have liked to see the duck in front of the stem of the Martini glass ... but I like your thinking here.
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04/02/2005 10:29:25 AM
Classiest duck in the challenge. Great photo as well.
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04/02/2005 08:19:25 AM
That is awesome! I'm impressed with the lighting and overall creativity.
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04/02/2005 07:00:04 AM
Nice concept. It would be better if the the duck wasn't so obstructed.
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04/02/2005 02:22:13 AM
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04/02/2005 01:25:02 AM
GREAT!!!!!10
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04/02/2005 12:38:16 AM
imo the best shot in this challenge! my only 10... best of luck! I really hope this gets top 10 if not a (blue) ribbon.
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04/02/2005 12:16:46 AM
Very well done! Striking color use, sharp focus. All the elements required in a pleasing arrangement. Like the bubbles the rubby ducky floating on. The reflection in the water adds to the overall composition.
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04/02/2005 12:07:08 AM
Adorable...love it!
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