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James Bond's Assassination
James Bond's Assassination

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Challenge: Painting with Light (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Location: bedroom
Date: Jan 23, 2004
Aperture: 4.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 4
Galleries: Snapshot, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2004

Took me about 5 hours with a my friend to setup this shot. We're no experts, we used whatever household item insight to help us. Every step along the way was at least a ten minute discussion about how we could reduce a certain reflection or add a certain glow here or there. Every reflection was carefully crafted. Then of course a few were cloned out during post-processing.
Many mirrors, diffusers, a polarizing filter, two light sources with blue filters and, of course, the olive red laser pointer were all we needed. The martini glass is resting on a piece of beveled glass. Initially, we had two lasers, one for the olive and one for the trail, which proved to be so difficult, well... impossible to get a nice smooth line. So I had to clone a laser trail to life... most people won't be happy to hear this, but after 5 hours of work, I wasn't going to give up the laser idea because without it; well, there's no painting and therefore no photo for the contest. Hope it looks realistic enough to fool the anti-editing crowd over here. If so: Gotcha!! If not, the jokes on me!

For those who said: What the hell does this have to do with James Bond???
The laser glowing olive in the martini symbolises the sniper's precise aim, which is necessary considering James Bond's apparent immortality. If he could take out James Bonds' martini olive, he better be able to take out the man himself. And the martini being on the edge of the table, what can I say: James Bond lives on the edge (and has been been since 1962, or so), it's about time that martini glass fell off the table!

PS: Special Thanks to JonnyB for all the help

Place: 4 out of 120
Avg (all users): 7.1150
Avg (commenters): 8.3704
Avg (participants): 6.9765
Avg (non-participants): 7.2174
Views since voting: 10330
Votes: 200
Comments: 42
Favorites: 9 (view)

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03/22/2005 01:47:31 PM
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the laser trail wasn't even necessary! :) When I first look at this image I thought woah cool! But what's that red trail?!? What I saw was a miniature bomb stuck inside a martini olive!! Take a bite and go boom! Which would definately fit the James Bond "gadgety" feel of the films. Using the laser for the red glow of the olive would ensure it met the challenge, and eliminate the need for having to edit-in a "laser trail".

But I digress, this comment comes over a year after the challenge. :)
02/06/2004 08:36:34 PM
I am sorry that I have hurt your feelings. It was only my intention to encourage photography and discourage the inclination of digital art on this site. After viewing your other photographs, I must tell you that you seem to have a good base in photography that I, personally, would like to see shine here on DPC.
Please accept my apology for being harsh. I will post this as well under your photograph.

Best Regards,
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02/03/2004 01:20:23 PM
As a new member to DPC ,I am genuinley amazed at the stardard of pictures that are created within the time limits that are set.
Your picture is visually pleasing and works as a ''piece of art''.
The none photographic elements appear to upset the 'photograph' purists and detract from the quality of your work.I cannot go along with that point of view.As amatuer piccy takers we all have kit that we could only dream of 5 or 10 years ago. How we expand the use of our equipment ,continuely pushing boundries mean that there are no limits on the quality of work that can be produced.
Great work!!
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02/02/2004 09:19:13 PM
Well, I guess you got me... and a bunch of others. I know you stated that 'most people won't be happy to hear this' about adding elements to your photograph that weren't there. I think I feel a bit let down that this is actually closer to digital art than photography. Is it a great image? Yes. Is it a great "Photograph"... ... ... ?
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02/02/2004 03:11:29 PM
Congrats on 4th place. This is a nice image. I just feel that it is outside the spirit of of the rules that govern the member's challenges. It is 'legal' by the wording of the rules. It is also against the spirit of 'photograph integrity' as described in the rules. You used photoshop to add an element to this image that was not part of the original photograph. There is no 'painting with light' here so you sorta missed the point of the challenge. You didn't learn to effectively use the technique. :) - Just my opinion, of course...

Message edited by author 2004-02-02 15:18:41.
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02/02/2004 12:44:00 AM
awww, labuda, missed a ribbon by one! You're an amazing fotographer (although this one is not one of my faves) & you are bound to win one crazy soon. I suspect your next challenge!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/01/2004 06:15:40 PM
A piece of art. Well done.
02/01/2004 05:47:54 PM
Great colors, detail, exposure, ANGLE, composition. THis one hit me on the first walk through. Hope you post how you did it.
02/01/2004 05:06:53 PM
Very nicely done!
02/01/2004 10:39:03 AM
Interesting image, but I would have prefrerred just seeing the oilve pit lit up the way you have it now, but without that red tracer.
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02/01/2004 08:25:11 AM
Captivating and creative image. One of my top 5 picks.
01/30/2004 09:40:37 PM
I'd like to know the story behind this one. Very nice.
01/30/2004 04:42:36 AM
I dont know how to vote on this subject but I think this is very professional to me and nice idea not sure how you did this
01/29/2004 05:57:48 PM
Very clever, and looks like an '80s Martini ad. I love the composition (how the corner balances with the olive is particularly good), the colors are great, and it is just plain excellent all-round. The more I look the more I like
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01/29/2004 05:27:05 PM
Very nice!
01/29/2004 02:32:08 PM
Nicely balanced composition in form and tone,
01/29/2004 07:07:49 AM
ok now you're just showing off ! This has style, composition rocks, lighing is perfect and the colors just make me want to scream with pleasure. This better be on the front page or I quit ! = 10
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01/29/2004 05:19:01 AM
Real nice colour - i love the laser on the olive.
Good perspective and overall - a great picture
01/28/2004 05:20:14 PM
Very clever composition and fitting for this challenge
01/27/2004 11:04:49 PM
Clever use of light. I like the way you treated the olive. Good job
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01/27/2004 10:10:22 PM
Just superb composition. This is one of the very few that looks totally professionally done. The monotone blue with just touch of red is really great design. The photo is almost abstract - the shapes form harmony. I could go on and on, but simply put, this is one great photo.
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01/27/2004 08:41:22 PM
Love the setup and styling of this shot. Not quite sure how it was done, looking forward to the set up details. Looks almost like a computer render, very nice!
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01/27/2004 11:23:27 AM
beautiful clean lines and colors.
great job on this one ! 10
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01/27/2004 01:10:10 AM
beautiful, everything is so perfect, it would be even better if the laser would of been real, i know it would of taken probably 5 hours more, so congrats
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01/26/2004 11:25:22 PM
How did you make the glass look so cartoonish? I love the colors and the perspective.
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01/26/2004 09:23:15 PM
Excellent work 10
01/26/2004 06:24:00 PM
wow. dynamic composition. great use of color. elegant sweeps and angles bring the whole subject togther. Good work with the challenge. 10
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01/26/2004 02:43:50 PM
Very nice! I like how the red line stops right before touching the glass.
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01/26/2004 02:04:02 PM
I believe Bond prefers a lemon peel over an olive in his martinis, but nicely done just the same.
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01/26/2004 02:02:52 PM
Very cool blue and red. I love the composition.
01/26/2004 01:50:09 PM
Awsome effect! Nice colors, contrast, and compostion.
01/26/2004 12:08:48 PM
excellent idea, and executed beautifully! very imaginative!
01/26/2004 10:16:44 AM
This is realy great shot. Sharp and good tonal balance. I dont know how you have brought this red line into your pic but it makes somthing for it and expecially how it brakes at edge of the glass plate
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01/26/2004 10:11:39 AM
now this is cool. sort of along the lines of something i wanted to do--but of course, didn't get around to it. :)

the photographing of glass with colored lights is some of my favorite photography; and this has an art deco/pop art feel to it--very simplistic, yet makes a statement. i love the vivid blue with the splashs of red--even the black shadows are perfect. very cool composition, as well. great work, and well done. 10.
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01/26/2004 10:01:12 AM
very cool. great use of simple colors. I like the way the laser pointer path refracts in the glass table and the way you lit the red pimento. very creative! 10
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01/26/2004 07:31:52 AM
Wow, nice angle!
The red streak leads the eye from the bottom left corner to the olive! Very nice indeed! Nothing bad can be said about this pic! - 9
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01/26/2004 07:26:01 AM
What a great image! Gotta be a winner here!
01/26/2004 07:21:31 AM
Great shot, the blue background with the red really stands out. good job
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01/26/2004 04:47:28 AM
interesting concept. something seems slightly off to my eyes, but not sure what it is (color? sharpness? not sure)
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01/26/2004 12:45:50 AM
haha, this is a good one
01/26/2004 12:34:21 AM
Excellent photo! 10

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