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Between Heaven and Earth sits this Balloon
Between Heaven and Earth sits this Balloon

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Challenge: Motion Blur II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G5
Location: Vancouver BC Canada
Date: Jun 23, 2006
Aperture: 8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 0.81sec
Galleries: Studio, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Jun 23, 2006

Rule #1: Do not buy ballon's from Safeway ($2.50 for 8!)
Rule #2: Do not attempt to pop balloons with flour in them in a closed room, not good for health
Rule #3: Sounds triggers are amazing!

After seeing lumbardh's Fine Wine entry for Glass I was inspired to make my own sound trigger.

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Two nights later and after much frustration I finally got it to work. Played around popping a few balloons and capturing the moment. Decided that I might then enter the motion blur challenge. So I headed up to Safeway to grab some more balloons (the only place open at 11:30pm who would sell them) and popped a few more. Here are a couple out takes:

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Adjusted Levels (a very small amount)

Place: 35 out of 177
Avg (all users): 5.9900
Avg (commenters): 7.8125
Avg (participants): 5.8026
Avg (non-participants): 6.1040
Views since voting: 961
Views during voting: 340
Votes: 201
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/05/2006 03:56:41 AM
Hello from the Critique Club...

Hi Chad,

This is really an amazing picture and sits well in your impressive portfolio. I am suprised that you have not scored a ribbon as yet, but am sure it will come very soon. Your photography is of a very high technical standard.

The balloon shot represents an interesting take on the motion blur challenge and this may have contributed to some low votes. Some voters can be very picky on what they expect to see.

The focus point on the tie of the balloon really helps make this stand out for me, although if I can offer any feedback it would be that overall the composition seems a little cramped. It might be nice to givce the balloon a little space to expand in to.

Keep up the great work. This is exceptional and inspirational

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/02/2006 07:27:59 PM
These shots are rather incredible once you figure out what they are.
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07/02/2006 05:50:19 PM
Wow, wow, wow - what a capture! This looks very complicated to do. Hope you write about how you did it afterwards in the photog comment area. Even the title is perfect.
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07/02/2006 03:32:30 PM
What an original capture. Would usually expect this to shot in total stop action style where there's no blur at all but this has a totally different effect, which I really like. Great work.
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07/01/2006 09:10:46 PM
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06/30/2006 07:06:20 PM
Very creative, with great results.
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06/29/2006 09:12:39 PM
interesting.... i'd like to learn how you did that!
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06/29/2006 05:49:33 PM
It's a very imaginative picture and I gave it one of the highest marks. I think, however, there's room for improvement: can you make the remnants of the baloon a bit clearer and the needle more basic, so the complex form of it wouldn't take our attention. In fact, it took me a few moments to realise it's just a pin, not something else. But, again, a great picture overall.
06/29/2006 03:23:48 PM
I like shots like this. I love to see explosions captured on film--so amazingly dynamic. That being said I think this one should be a bit sharper (ie the shutterspeed maybe was a bit slow), it would be better in my mind to see the plastic rupturing rather than just see a shadow of it.
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06/28/2006 07:51:23 AM
Very clever work.
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06/27/2006 10:44:52 PM
Very cool and creative.
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06/27/2006 09:23:51 PM
Brilliant timing!! This is simply extraordinary!
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06/27/2006 06:27:03 AM
great originasl idea 7
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06/27/2006 02:14:44 AM
What'd you put in the balloon to leave the outline when it popped? Please tell us how you did it!
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06/26/2006 11:05:47 PM
wow! I wondef how many takes to get this shot......well done, I hope this shot does really well for you
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06/26/2006 04:35:11 PM
This is my favorite photograph in the contest. Excellent job!
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06/26/2006 02:15:01 PM
wow! phenomenal! 10!
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06/26/2006 09:59:12 AM
nice idea! and nice image!
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06/26/2006 12:35:55 AM
Wow this is very well photographed! just a great job, the way the point of the ballon (the tie part) stayed in focus makes the shot-- 10
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