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My little escapist
2nd PlaceMy little escapist
nico_blue


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Light On White II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: room
Date: Oct 24, 2005
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Oct 24, 2005

I have wanted to do this for the longest time ever and figured this challenge would be a good time to give it a try. I really really wish i had advanced editing, this was a very hard shot to take. I picked this out of about 60 outtakes and then spent about 2 hours editing with raw, selective color, color balance, neat image, usm, and hue/sat. I almost gave up a few times but stuck with it.

The setup was a glass with water infront of a picture of a goldfish inside a homemade light tent (pvc frame + white bed sheet + lots of desk lamps outside). The splash was created by dropping a nickel into the glass, in retrospect the nickel worked great because it almost passes for a reflection of the goldfish on the bottom of the glass. And under the glass was white paper, which i had to change many times when when it got soaked. (originally i was pouring water from a cup from above to try to get the splash and by the end my dorm room was kinda like a little aquarium :-))

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 277
Avg (all users): 6.5484
Avg (commenters): 8.1944
Avg (participants): 6.3304
Avg (non-participants): 6.6769
Views since voting: 13299
Views during voting: 462
Votes: 310
Comments: 64
Favorites: 26 (view)


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11/27/2005 03:13:28 AM
Very very nice composition. Bravo!
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11/07/2005 01:38:12 PM
I agree, I think the nickel makes it more convincing as it does look like a reflection.. Has anyone asked if you took the picture of the goldfish? (Just kidding, I am sure ya did) I give ya a 20 just for the awesome dedication involved in this! Excellent!
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11/04/2005 11:06:27 AM
*Critique Club*

First of all does it meet the challenge? Yes I believe it does... as do others because you got a ribbon! Congrats on a wonderful job :-)

OK now on to specifics :-)

First of all let me say that I really like this image... it's just plain fun, which I like!

Composition wise - I think you did a very good job... even though the glass and fish are centered, I think that it works here, because of what you were going for. I'm glad to see that you left quite a bit of room at the top for your little fishy to fly into ;-) I think it would have felt quite cramped if you hadn't.

I am not against a little bit of trick photography... I think your idea was creative and fun, and who cares how you get the image, it's the image you get!

Great job with your lighting and exposure, as well as your post processing... I think you did an excellent job getting everything just perfect... and the fish looks absolutely gorgeous!! Interesting setup you are talking about... I'll have to play around with that perhaps in my own dorm room (when I can find a patch of floor to set up on :-).

I notice in your comments that you used a nickel to make the splash and that you feel it worked well because it passes as a reflection of the goldfish... this is my one nitpick. I disagree with you on the reflection thing, and I feel that the extra color in the bottom of the glass draws my eye away from the fish and the splash... that however is just my opinion.

Despite that... I think you did a wonderful job!! Congrats on your ribbon.

-Talya
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11/03/2005 09:08:20 PM
Outstanding
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11/03/2005 12:10:29 PM
It's a good shot, but I've always felt these kinds of trick-photography images shouldn't be allowed to ribbon. It takes a lot of skill get everything right, but it's essentially two photos composited together. I prefer au naturale.
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11/03/2005 11:56:08 AM
That's amazing! Great idea and great image!
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11/03/2005 09:48:16 AM
Awsome picture!!! Congratulations!! You're great!!
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11/03/2005 09:40:58 AM
What a beautiful shot, great job Nico!
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11/02/2005 08:13:24 PM
beautiful image that will go in my favs list
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11/02/2005 09:46:15 AM
This is one of those shots that you just KNOW is going to ribbon. All you can do is give it the requisite 9 or 10 vote and move on to the runners up. Later, you come back and shake your head at the fifteen people who gave this a 2 or 3.
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11/02/2005 09:32:53 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon with this wonderful image!! Wonderful demonstration of how skill and patience can produce great results without using expensive lighting and background equiptment!
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11/02/2005 08:19:14 AM
Great shot! Congrats on the ribbon.
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11/02/2005 03:08:34 AM
WTG Nico!! What a great concept and brilliantly executed!! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon!
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11/02/2005 02:55:57 AM
Ingenious concept. I'm always impressed by the humility you show in allowing us to read of how much work it really takes to produce an image. Thank you for the detailed explanation.
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11/02/2005 02:24:33 AM
Awesome! Thanks for putting the details on how you did this.
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11/02/2005 01:49:37 AM
Wonderful shot! Congratulations on the ribbon!
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11/02/2005 12:59:58 AM
Congrats Nico!!!
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11/02/2005 12:37:15 AM
Way to go Nico! Thanks for the detailed description of the setup also! Very inspiring! ...and what'ya know - it's not a picture of you. ;-) Congratulations on a great job - an example of great effort paying off.
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11/02/2005 12:33:50 AM
congrats nico, great idea
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11/02/2005 12:23:13 AM
What a capture with lovely subjects, and execution of concept. Bravo!
Congratulations on your RED.
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11/02/2005 12:20:54 AM
Great job on this nico and thnks for the detailed exp of how your setup and exec Congrats!
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11/02/2005 12:20:11 AM
Great shot!!
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11/02/2005 12:16:43 AM
Very creative. I gave you an 8 on this shot. Good job.
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11/02/2005 12:16:21 AM
You're something, you know that??? Great forethought and execution. Congrats.
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11/02/2005 12:10:30 AM
Congratulations on your second-place finish! :)
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11/02/2005 12:10:02 AM
congrats nico!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2005 10:30:17 PM
Would love to know how you did it
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11/01/2005 07:38:43 PM
Amazing capture!
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11/01/2005 05:39:49 PM
Interesting idea. The background could be whiter.
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11/01/2005 10:51:02 AM
Nice jump shot!!!!
How do you train a fish to do that ? lol
I gave you and the fish a 10.
I have difficulty photographing birds in flight......
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11/01/2005 06:42:35 AM
how ?
Its great and for sure 10
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10/31/2005 10:47:53 PM
wow... amazing shot!
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10/31/2005 05:12:51 PM
What a great catch!
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10/31/2005 04:01:31 PM
The picture is ammusing, but the fish is oversharp.
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10/29/2005 09:30:06 PM
Great original image!
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10/29/2005 01:06:39 AM
Very cool shot. Fascinating.
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10/29/2005 12:07:15 AM
good job - this is great, I'm wondering how that fish is there - on a string or tacked on the wall or what, perhaps it's another image !? hope you explain it and hope it does really well :)
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10/28/2005 10:09:58 PM
Nice shot!! I hope the fish is still swimming happily in the bowl ! It will be interesting to see how u did it
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10/28/2005 04:23:44 PM
Amazing shot. Right place at the right time, or did you actually plan it this way?
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10/28/2005 02:43:17 PM
wow. this is amazing. I can only wonder how many attempts it took...
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10/28/2005 02:13:35 PM
Wow how did you do that? Too cool
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10/28/2005 01:49:55 PM
ha, comical and very intriguing! 8
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10/28/2005 11:43:53 AM
very cool
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10/28/2005 08:45:36 AM
Did he go into shock after your little photo shoot? I use Stress Coat....get some! Awesome image!
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10/28/2005 04:40:56 AM
if it weren't for a few minor slashes on the backround ( or is it the glass keeping the camera dry?) this would be a great shot, as is it should ribbon. I like the way you gave the glass the gravity and framed for fishies hopefull flight. If only his scales were as well capptured as the water swirl.....
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10/28/2005 12:42:33 AM
Great shot!
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10/27/2005 08:38:33 PM
Great job... a little effort does go such a long way... top 10 for sure... well done... :)
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10/27/2005 08:34:09 PM
that is very cool.... great shot
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10/27/2005 06:54:13 PM
amazing shot!! I look foreward to hearing how you did it!!
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10/27/2005 06:03:55 PM
Neat! Having already previewed this for validation, I know how it was done but it's a great effect and you've pulled it off very well. Nice lighting, nice composition.
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10/27/2005 03:24:50 PM
LOL, great idea, but IMO goldfish is not a "light" color and there are grey/blue colors showing on the background
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10/27/2005 02:54:26 PM
Creative!
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10/27/2005 01:37:18 PM
Awesome action shot. Just a downright awesome picture. If there's anything I could suggest, which may be just a matter of taste though, it would be to up the shutter speed just slightly to freeze the splashing water even more. Hope to see a ribbon on this one.
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10/27/2005 01:12:14 PM
How in the world did you catch this so perfectly? Great capture!
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10/27/2005 12:16:59 PM
Excellent capture.
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10/26/2005 09:32:02 PM
Clever - Can I assume the fish is a print on the white background or did we go through a few fish or make them swim upside down?
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10/26/2005 08:33:08 PM
Brilliant...tell me how you did this when the challenge is done. 8
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10/26/2005 01:21:10 PM
Wow, Great picture. Love the action captured and his coloring is great. The angle is wonderful. - 10
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10/26/2005 01:13:37 PM
smart fish Grin
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10/26/2005 10:54:00 AM
finally! something with wow and interest! great job..u get the first 10(and only so far
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10/26/2005 10:19:11 AM
Clever and interesting. I'd like more negative space to one side, so that the glass and fish aren't bullseye target centered. Great execution of an action shot. The background has pale pink and blue striations - maybe it's my monitor.
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10/26/2005 03:23:35 AM
this is funny! I am really curious how you did this :-)
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10/26/2005 01:18:38 AM
I really like fish, this rocks.
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10/26/2005 12:50:16 AM
Can't wait to hear the explanation on this one! Great job - best so far.
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