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Challenge: Rubber Ducky (Basic Editing III*)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Seaside, Oregon
Date: Apr 1, 2005
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80th
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2005

Very fun photo shoot!
Last night around 2am while I was working on scholarships (I turned in 21 of them this morning, *whew*, 2 and half hours of sleep ). While at school, I thought of this idea. To have the duck on the beach with the grapes following it and the ocean and sky in the background. I originally wanted to shoot it like a migration, but the conditions changed that around. So I called my dad and asked him to get the stuff (camera, tripod, grapes, and duck). After Track practice we had to be at a Post-Hawaii-Trip get together (had a slideshow of photos show), so in between the end of practice and that, we went out to shoot this.

The weather throughout the day was very odd. I got the idea when I saw blue sky and saw this kind of setup in my head. Then it was raining. I was disappointed. Then it was sunny again. At the beginning of Track, it was raining, and we went out for a warm-up and they called us back in when it started hailing. Then it went to overcast (like you see here) and that's how it stayed for this photoshoot.

Conditions: overcast, raining, towards evening.
Equipment: Camera, mini-pod (didn't use), exterior flash (didn't use), grapes, duck, flashlight.

We (my dad and I) had a little pre-photo discussion before heading out. He bring down the stuff, we would setup and I would start shooting. I was thinking: ok, water is down there, got ducks, got grapes, sky looks a little bluer towards that direction, got the flash, natural lighting and flashlight, make sure to use large DOF.

When we got down there, we found a spot, set up quickly and began shooting. Partially way through my dad mentions 3 light sources (he was holding the flashlight). "Oh yeah, turn on flash. Arg wet, try not to get camera wet. Hey! Seagulls!" The seagulls must have been pretty hungry because as soon as we arrived, the were following us around. Many of the photos I took had the seagulls flying or doing other things, but many of those either had too many grapes (from feeding the seagulls) or no flash, so light source was messed up.

During the photo shoot my dad starts yelling "Water! Water!" Sure enough, I look over and there is a huge sneaker wave a few feet from me. We ditch the scene and begin running up the beach, pursued closely by the wave. Also turning and looking for the now gone duck. The wave receded and the duck showed up a few feet from us, along with two grapes. Well, that was the end of the shoot.

Editing: crop, colors, size, contrast, usm

Thanks to my dad for supporting me so much!

SDG

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 125
Avg (all users): 6.9741
Avg (commenters): 8.7778
Avg (participants): 6.6575
Avg (non-participants): 7.0584
Views since voting: 10478
Views during voting: 744
Votes: 347
Comments: 44
Favorites: 4 (view)


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05/26/2008 09:35:02 AM
I don't remember how I came across this rubber ducky challenge, but I just read your entire story, which was very amusing. The things we do to get the shot.
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04/11/2005 01:36:56 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Wonderful image, beautiful background!
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04/10/2005 11:27:13 PM
Congrats on another great Oregon Coast picture!
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04/10/2005 02:41:45 PM
What a fun shot...and more, to have your father working with you...I miss my sons...

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04/09/2005 09:42:45 PM
Cool one Zoom. Congrats.
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04/09/2005 06:21:57 PM
Congratulations!!! Very cool entry for this challenge!
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04/09/2005 06:00:56 PM
Thanks for all your votes and comments! I find it interesting that this image would almost score as high as some other shots that I prize much higher (it beat out 'Cannon Beach' and was a short ways from beating out 'Adrift'). But I guess that is the nature of the website, that the photo is creative, and meets the crazy challenge rules. In my own opinion, this isn't that great of a shot, it is just alot different from other shots in the challenge.

As far as setting up and taking it, the hardest part wasn't the shoot, it was probably my dad having to go and get everything. The photoshoot only lasted 5 minutes. I took 23 images in that time, only 7 with the flash on, and only one of those only had five grapes. I think this is one of the craziest shoots I've been on, and it was a ton of fun to do.
04/09/2005 01:11:12 PM
Great picture...Sounds like you have a great dad too! Congratulations!
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04/09/2005 11:16:14 AM
Kwak! :)
lovely picture!
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04/09/2005 09:38:13 AM
Congratulations! Wow, that was a lot of work to shoot..
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04/09/2005 04:20:13 AM
Cool ! Well done ! Congrats !
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04/09/2005 02:05:18 AM
Finally managed a red, eh?
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04/09/2005 02:04:35 AM
Only 2nd place? You're slipping Thomas. :) Great shot & story!
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04/09/2005 12:37:49 AM
rotflmao, great shooting story...
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04/09/2005 12:24:23 AM
Just a great shot. Congratulations. Love your story.. :)
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04/09/2005 12:11:51 AM
and old woman like myself can appreciate your youth...AND your father..lol...awesome talent and attitude you have there young man...Love your quote in the profile...you are your father's son (he MUST be something else to participate so indepth in your interests) and his efforts are not in vain...you seem to be very talented and gifted...good luck...AWESOME pics
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04/09/2005 12:10:18 AM
Thomas again: what a superior effort! Congratulations on your Red.
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04/09/2005 12:09:10 AM
ANOTHER.. great shot, congrats on your first ribbon of this sort :D
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04/09/2005 12:02:55 AM
AHA! You finally entered a beach shot that didn't win a blue ribbon... or red... or yellow... ;-P
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/08/2005 09:19:24 PM
Wow.. This is fabulous.. how'd you do this? 10
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04/07/2005 02:55:27 PM
really nice work.....I love the rubber duck, and the real birds in the background...
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04/06/2005 05:40:03 AM
Oh WOW..This is my favorite. I love the lighting, focus and scenery is wonderul. Good luck. (10)



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04/06/2005 12:40:21 AM
this is definetely one of the most creative ones out of all the others.
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04/05/2005 08:28:15 PM
I like this photo, but something strikes me as odd... can't quite put my finger on it ... wait... the seagulls aren't eating the grapes! ;-) Love the lighting for this, and I love the composition. Great details in the water and sand.
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04/05/2005 08:31:51 AM
Hmmm...no haystack rock, I see...
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04/05/2005 07:00:59 AM
If this truly complies with the basic rules - then it gets my high votes for composition and creativity
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04/05/2005 06:11:24 AM
loved it.... nice idea of shooting with an outdoor background.
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04/04/2005 01:05:35 AM
very pretty. i love the ripples in the water.
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04/03/2005 04:20:48 PM
This is very original..i like the lighting with the gulls in the background..how long before they ate the grapes? Did they go for the duck?...9
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04/03/2005 09:17:55 AM
Bold idea! this is just so surreal! Hope this stays on your profile page a long time! =) 10
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04/02/2005 07:57:03 PM
Wonderful! Looks so real and its funny too
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04/02/2005 07:15:48 PM
This is a very bizzare challenge, but I feel you've came up with a brilliant way to make this list of mandatory components in the photo useable and creative. I think however it would've been better if you'd make the duck face forward. Very Very Creative. Im not going to give you a ten, because the photo isn't very visually appealing, (well it is, but the whole challenge isn;t that great), but i will rate this photo the best out of all of them.

Well Done!
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04/02/2005 12:59:20 PM
Cute original idea
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04/02/2005 11:34:34 AM
This IS a stunning background ! We can't find a better one ! I love the water effect too.9
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04/02/2005 08:47:13 AM
Three lighting sources? Looks like a single flash plus available sunlight=2.

I do like the photo. How did you get the grapes to stay stationary in the surf?
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04/02/2005 07:53:42 AM
Nice, hold on, is that background blue? Oh well [10]
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04/02/2005 07:52:50 AM
beautiful
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04/02/2005 04:18:36 AM
oh that's great.
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04/02/2005 01:15:13 AM
This must have been a pain to get all set right! Great idea but the lighting needs to be brighter in the background. The flash kinda killed that.
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04/02/2005 12:42:59 AM
Is that a real beach? People must have thought your were insane!!! And all for a 24 hour challenge.. 10+++ :)
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04/02/2005 12:38:36 AM
At the beach? Now that's dedicated!! :)
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04/02/2005 12:31:32 AM
no ways, how did you do this?
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