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Challenge: 2-Second Exposure (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: home
Date: Mar 17, 2006
Aperture: 16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2 sec with strobe
Galleries: Action, Studio
Date Uploaded: Mar 17, 2006

First: you never really want to break glass live. There is always the danger that you or your equipment will suffer damage. Then too, those fragments will lend where they will not be easily found. My advise: do not break glass for a shot instead:
go for the illusion.

Hammer has hole drilled and mounted on a piece of wood with a bolt and nut. This allows you to swivel it. You place it in the down position. You then gather broken glass from the bulb on a piece of cardboard, which was broken inside a brown paper bag. You have flash ready to fire independent of the camera. You put timer on and the moment the shutter opens you throw glass over the hammer head and fire flash. This freezes the chards. The exposure is 2 secs. You grab hammer by rear handle and move up timing yourself so that it will not reach a standstill position. Of course you compute the exposure by deciding how much time you need and then decide the dof then add whatever tungsten lights you need to execute. Mixing lights works well in a.e. because you can select the higher flash temperature or the cooler one and match them. In b.e. you are stuck with just the overall adjustment. This image was exposed to favor the tungsten because that is the bulk of the image. This left the falling glass too bluish. This area was selected and the w.b. adjusted.

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 192
Avg (all users): 6.7295
Avg (commenters): 7.5909
Avg (participants): 6.2967
Avg (non-participants): 7.0690
Views since voting: 5049
Views during voting: 579
Votes: 207
Comments: 53
Favorites: 9 (view)


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10/18/2006 01:59:37 AM
this is such a darn good photo, i'd be so proud if it were mine.
have to fav it
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03/28/2006 03:58:33 PM
Dan,
I applaud you for the lengths you go to in order to perfect an image such as this, and could only aspire to someday be able to even come close to being able to do a shot such as this.
Your creativity is nothing short of amazing!
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03/28/2006 01:24:59 PM
Excellent!
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03/28/2006 02:57:36 AM
wow!
what a setup
this was worth a ribbon simply for the technical difficulty

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03/28/2006 12:56:40 AM
It's a shame that we can't see comments during the voting - had I known how you produced this I would have vote at least 2 points higher. I simply could not believe that this was a 2 second exposure - knowing how fast such an event would really occur.
Now that I know - WELL DONE, very creative!
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03/27/2006 06:54:26 PM
What an amazing way to set up your shot-very creative.

Excellent shot, it really came out well !
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03/27/2006 06:46:10 PM
Thought this would nail a ribbon! You are a master at your craft. Congrats on another outstanding image!
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03/27/2006 04:53:02 PM
Outstanding! A great image and a very thoughful, precise technique.
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03/27/2006 12:52:25 PM
Thank you very much for another lesson. I have learned so much for you.
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03/27/2006 12:24:16 PM
Extrememly well done, and thanks for sharing the setup!
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03/27/2006 10:03:09 AM
Congratulations. One of my faves from the challenge. Not a landscape or watch shot, not that I didn't enjoy those but seeing something done different was fun.

Of course always do appreciate the details of the shoot you share with us.

Message edited by author 2006-03-27 10:04:24.
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03/27/2006 09:33:52 AM
Congratulations... an effective, well lit and executed shot. And SAFELY done. Thanks for posting the details.
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03/27/2006 09:27:59 AM
Very cool. I would never think it was backwards. :-)
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03/27/2006 08:02:26 AM
nice work ! well conceived.
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03/27/2006 07:35:05 AM
What an AMAZING SHOT! I thought for sure this one would be one of the top 3! Congratulations on another top 10 -- in such a tough, high scoring challenge!
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03/27/2006 07:06:13 AM
Dude, I was astounded at seeing the shot.

At reading the illusion of it, I'm doubly blown away.

I've got a shot that I want to do like this for my eyeglasses (since spending a boatload of cash on laser surgery) and this is the ticket to my future modus operandum. Sweet!

Thanks!
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03/27/2006 03:18:02 AM
Brilliant, what else to expect from the master!
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03/27/2006 02:42:46 AM
you're good at these, Dan!
Read your description and still dont think I could have pulled it off at all, lol. Congrats on the top 10 finish - well deserved.
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03/27/2006 01:51:12 AM
you're so good at these! well done
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03/27/2006 01:38:59 AM
Was so sure this would ribbon. Fantastic illusive shot Dan!
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03/27/2006 12:49:12 AM
Haha sneaky sneaky. Really well done, I wouldn't have thought it an illusion just by looking.
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03/27/2006 12:33:49 AM
Nice one Daniel!
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03/27/2006 12:17:59 AM
Another great illusion from the Master of Illusions.

Congratulations on 8th place.
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03/27/2006 12:17:00 AM
Nice job! I really like this picture. Congrats on your top 10
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/26/2006 09:16:42 PM
I love this image. Very clever idea and beautifully done.
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03/26/2006 07:10:08 PM
Cute title and good photo
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03/26/2006 04:20:22 PM
Opa!
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03/26/2006 03:29:29 PM
Great shot!
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03/25/2006 03:47:02 AM
One of my favourites for this challenge. How did you get the motion blur of the hammer, but yet the glass is frozen?
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03/25/2006 12:40:39 AM
Great Work!!
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03/24/2006 11:26:27 PM
I like the show of motion and the sharpness of the falling pieces.
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03/24/2006 12:55:12 PM
Interesting how only the hammer blurred and not the breaking glass; how did you do that?
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03/24/2006 06:47:49 AM
Good blur for the motion, but still detail in the glass! Loved it!
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03/23/2006 09:06:30 PM
after so many darn clocks where the second hand moved two spots, this photo is refreshing... thanks...
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03/23/2006 03:46:37 PM
seen this before and like this one a lot better!
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03/23/2006 11:33:59 AM
Wow! Very cool. That is a lot happening in 2-seconds, isn't it! Great job. Very interesting. I wonder how many glasses you had to break to get this oh-so-perfect shot :) It was worth it tho. . .this is awesome!
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03/22/2006 09:18:00 PM
Please give insight on this shot 8
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03/22/2006 05:25:14 AM
Wow! Great composition, sharpness and timing.
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03/21/2006 05:57:31 PM
I'm usually bored by the action-stopping strobe shots I see on DPC, but this one appeals to me. I like the contrast between the blur of the hammer and the crispness of the shattered bulb.
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03/21/2006 01:12:16 PM
I would be very interested to see how you did this with a two second exposure. How did you get the bulb to be fozen in time while still showing the motion of the hammer???

Thanks for the PM explaining how you did this!!! You got me thinking about a whole new way to shoot! (bumping up)
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03/21/2006 06:06:13 AM
Very well done. I give it a 10. I look forward to learning how you made this image. After I voted on all the images in the challenge for mine this is the best.
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03/21/2006 05:05:11 AM
Great shot! I predict a ribbon for this beauty. This almost looks like a continuation of an image I entered in Too Early ;) Great job!
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03/21/2006 02:06:41 AM
I really like this... there is so much action, emotion, and it seems that time is standing still, yet it's moving at the same time. Great work --10
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03/20/2006 04:24:47 PM
Like how you got motion blur on the hammer and used flash to freeze the breaking glass. Great capture.
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03/20/2006 02:24:02 PM
Very nice! One fo my favorites in the challenge. Good creative thinking
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03/20/2006 12:54:07 PM
Pretty cool but I am not 100% fond of the composition, somehow I wanna see more of what is in the foreground, the lowest part of the shot. Nice stop motion though, I gave this a 7, technically it´s very well done.
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03/20/2006 08:13:35 AM
How many light bulbs suffered so that you could capture this? Excellent shot. I'm assuming a 2nd-curtain sync here? Good work an good luck.
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03/20/2006 07:04:24 AM
Great image.....
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03/20/2006 04:59:29 AM
Good job!
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03/20/2006 01:47:25 AM
great shot...the bottom is a little tight in the cropping, but wow, excellent 8
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03/20/2006 01:04:19 AM
"can't touch this" :D been done before but this is GOOD!
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03/20/2006 12:44:19 AM
Nice idea, and well executed. Is this Rikki, or a tribute to him? Or neither.
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03/20/2006 12:42:31 AM
this reminds me of that split second shot from along time ago
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