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To spike a drink
2nd PlaceTo spike a drink

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Literalisms (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Location: Hull
Date: Nov 11, 2003
Aperture: f3.7
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Macro, Water
Date Uploaded: Nov 11, 2003

Shot in my sink in auto mode with macro setting. Used flash cuz not enough light source.

I hope people outside the english language world will get it! I'm going a bit on a limb!

Greyscale, RGB, levels, crop, resize, NI, unsharpmask.

Love this shot! :-)

Place: 2 out of 109
Avg (all users): 6.9720
Avg (commenters): 7.0667
Avg (participants): 6.7568
Avg (non-participants): 7.2029
Views since voting: 9731
Votes: 143
Comments: 44
Favorites: 43 (view)

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11/21/2005 07:02:13 PM
superb shot
11/09/2004 10:24:34 PM
That picture is astounding. Talk about capturing a moment in time!!!

Superb. I like the brown/sepia tone effect very much.
12/02/2003 08:12:12 AM
Congrats on 2nd place. Very nice macro and stop motion.
11/30/2003 07:58:42 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Oh wow! I just clicked on the button to do a CC crit, and this shot popped up!

Your flash use was obviously very effective here. It really put highlights in the shot where there wouldn't have been any otherwise. Your idea is great, definitely fits the challenge, and your composition is well chosen - I like the horizontal centering, and vertically, it seems both the droplet and the spike head are on thirds lines. Of course, the focus is tack-sharp, as it needs to be for an effective water macro.

I guess the reflection in your water droplet are the faucet and handles of the sink, right? I guess the only thing that I would have done differently is the toning - I wonder what it would have looked like with a slight blue toning added to it, instead of the greenish-brown it has here? Anyway, congratulations on a great shot!
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11/26/2003 04:23:41 AM
excellent pictre - love the reflection on the drop of water.
11/25/2003 09:25:19 AM
Me too. I love it. bravo ;-)
11/25/2003 06:57:20 AM
Congrats Yanik. Love the inverted image in the waterdrop, great work.
11/24/2003 07:01:14 PM
My favorite of this challenge. Congratulations!!!!! Really impressive.


Message edited by author 2003-11-24 19:02:04.
11/24/2003 01:16:19 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon, great photo
11/24/2003 10:32:58 AM
Congratulations! Double congratulations!! DOUBLE THAT!!!! This is beautiful, it was my favourite, and I thought it would definitely come in first. Good job, and without a D10 :))

11/24/2003 09:15:24 AM
Congratulations on a second place tie, impressive.
11/24/2003 08:19:13 AM

Thanks to all of you! It's always a rush to win a ribbon!!!!

It took me about 60 shots to get this one. I have other good ones and I'll post them 2nite.

11/24/2003 08:08:17 AM
I LOVE this photo ! I love the old bottle you used. Wonderful perfect tone !
11/24/2003 07:32:56 AM
Nice and crisp, hate to even guess how many shots it took to get it this good, congrats!
11/24/2003 05:15:34 AM
Congrats Yanik, the old fashioned kind of sepia toning does this pic wonders.
11/24/2003 04:26:45 AM
Congratulations on a job well done! Great shot
11/24/2003 03:40:33 AM
Wonderful shot, I like this one a much! And congrats on well deserved your ribbon! :-)
11/24/2003 12:59:26 AM
this was too cool. love it. congrats. very well deserved win.
11/24/2003 12:50:47 AM

Message edited by author 2005-04-09 00:09:58.
11/24/2003 12:39:11 AM
Nice job Yanik - very well executed...how many trials before you got one as crisp as this?

11/24/2003 12:18:10 AM
Just a wonderful, magical shot. It's superb. Congrats!!!!!!!!!
11/24/2003 12:15:03 AM
great shot...congrats!
11/24/2003 12:07:49 AM
Lovely work, Yanik! An outstanding photograph!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/23/2003 06:26:28 PM
Wow! What a gorgeous reflection in that droplet! I like the shallow DOF - really highlights the sharpness of the front of the spike and the droplet. Great detail, lighting. 10
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11/22/2003 04:24:45 PM
I like this one a lot, the clear texture of the nail and bright reflection of the drop of water. well done
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11/21/2003 06:29:52 PM
cool shot and neat idea...don't see the greatest connection with a drink but very close. really nice macro.
11/21/2003 06:27:12 PM
How did you do that? You need to put this picture in the tutorial.
The detail behind the drop of water and the way you caught the reflection is totally amazing!
11/21/2003 10:48:04 AM
Beautiful shot - great original take on the contest. Your b/w tones are just perfect, as is the focus. Your effort was well worth it. 9
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11/21/2003 09:07:25 AM
This is a great shot, but it's showing the opposite of the saying. Maybe if I could see a glass rim in the shot it would have been scored higher. 7
I like the color,lighting and clarity of the water drop.
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11/20/2003 07:53:48 PM
Truly Amazing! Nothing else can be said.
11/19/2003 06:30:00 PM
I really like this shot. Well done!
11/19/2003 09:58:16 AM
This looks more like you're splashing a spike. Good capture of the drop though. It creates a very interesting photo.
11/18/2003 11:46:38 PM
While this technically accomplished photo may provide considerable delight for those with a particular interest, both the emotional appeal and sensory range may be considered too limited for the generalist. The central composition, IMHO, contributes staticity.
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11/18/2003 06:25:41 AM
Haunting stuff. I really like the DOF field the way it is, hope you don't get knocked for it too hard.
11/17/2003 08:37:38 PM
This is a good photo, and a good literalism. I think the spile could be a little more "instantly" recognizable if you included more of the context. I think the contrast and tones of the photo are compelling, but the centric design is less-so.
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11/17/2003 05:17:56 PM
This is my fav of the challenge. b&w works well, good focus - 8
11/17/2003 11:35:20 AM
Pretty shot....I mean it's just beautifully done. WOW you did this so well. I can't add anything constructive....it's just perfect. LOVE it.
11/17/2003 10:34:36 AM
amazing macro shot.
11/17/2003 10:23:40 AM
Nice composition! How many shots you've done before you got this one? :D
Well done!
11/17/2003 10:10:57 AM
This is a truly amazing shot. Excellent tie in with the literalisim you've chosen as well. The Sepia tone works perfectly, in my opinion, because color would add another dimension to this image...and it doesn't need that. All color would do is draw away from the amazing subject. I feel the depth of field is perfect for this image and the clarity is awesome.

This is a great shot and deserves a ribbon, no question.
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11/17/2003 08:52:37 AM
Cool picture, but I guess I don't get it. I don't see the "drink" part of your literal title. I just see a drop of water and a nail (which if large enough, is also called a spike). I like the concept of "spiking a drink", but I probably would have put a "spike" in a martini glass and photographed that...
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11/17/2003 03:37:34 AM
woooowww... excelllllllllent :) you win.. i don't even need to see the others. i can't vote, but i'd give you a 15 if i could. i don't even need the nail to be there.. the water droplet is great ;) if you split this photograph into two, i'd give the water droplet alone a 10.. and the nail would probably get around 5-6 ;)
11/17/2003 03:12:24 AM
GREAT colors! I love the look in this photo
11/17/2003 01:51:47 AM
This photo certainly has the wow factor! Excellent light, capture, everything. Has to be a serious ribbon contender.

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