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Challenge: Spinning (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Shanghai, China
Date: Mar 22, 2007
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Mar 22, 2007

I had the idea of taking ink spinning in a vortex shape inside an aquarium. After spending a whole morning trying to get satisfactory results by taking a side on photo the results were really disappointing, until I looked from the top down and loved the swirl effect. So...

The set-up:

Camera over head looking down.
White foamcore on the table top.
A glass flower pot flipped upside down to let light get under.
On top of the flower pot a jar, juice jar with nice round edges.
On one side had a strobe (800w) with a big cup and Waxing paper in front (1/4 power).
On the other side a strobe (800w) with a softbox (1/1 power).

After that it's fairly simple. Put in red colorant in the water. When I had my desired red shade, I swirled up the water with a stick and added blue colorant.

I had to repeat this a number of times... but after a few hours I had the "perfect" swirl... or maybe I've just seen too many and got tired so I chose this one! who knows!?!

Post-production:

PhaseOne (RAW file): White balance, brightness, contrast, saturation convert to TIFF.

PhotoShop: Saturation. Contrast. Clean-up lens dust. Unsharp-mark. Resize. Save as jpeg.

Statistics
Place: 28 out of 156
Avg (all users): 6.0870
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
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Views since voting: 1017
Views during voting: 401
Votes: 230
Comments: 16
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04/04/2007 05:26:10 AM
Originally posted by bvlindalou:

love the comp....is it smoke or paint? hope you will tell us


As you can now read, it's ink in water so not smoke or paint!

Oh well, I really thought it would do better than that... maybe abstract doesn't fly here.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/03/2007 06:24:13 PM
love the comp....is it smoke or paint? hope you will tell us
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04/03/2007 01:54:35 PM
when i saw thumbnail, i was like..."oh no! a rose???" but then i was positively surprized. nice translucent effect.
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04/03/2007 01:43:18 PM
I like the rich intensity of the colours - good luck
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04/03/2007 11:52:32 AM
Beautiful Photo
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04/02/2007 04:17:47 PM
Fantastic, I hope it does well.
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04/01/2007 01:44:25 PM
Abstract, but absorbing. I like the motion in the photograph.
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03/31/2007 07:47:19 PM
Reminds me of the Bond challenge.
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03/31/2007 03:32:06 PM
thats cool
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03/31/2007 08:01:09 AM
Yesm, this is spinning in color.....
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03/30/2007 08:51:47 PM
Very cool image and idea. Looks almost like an abstract rose.
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03/30/2007 02:31:53 AM
cool abstract; like the colors and form
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03/29/2007 10:19:06 PM
It's a nice abstract image. Is it smoke or liquids?
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03/29/2007 03:23:51 PM
Wonderfully abstract. Meets the challenge very well.
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03/29/2007 01:41:07 AM
Gorgeous colors. Bravo.
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03/28/2007 07:31:47 PM
Beautiful!
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