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Pitch In! (Inspired by Alan Freed)
Pitch In! (Inspired by Alan Freed)

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Challenge: Green* (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2008 Challenges
Camera: Pentax K100D
Lens: Pentax FA 35-80mm f/4.0-5.6 AF
Location: My Basement (Just like the original)
Date: Jun 28, 2008
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 10 second
Galleries: Advertisement, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jun 28, 2008

This is a remake of the classic shot "Swish" by Alan Freed. It was the first idea that popped into my head and it took me forever to find the image and after I did I noticed that it was in the Tutorial section where I had saw it originally. Anyway, it's a tribute to his shot.


Basically I tried a new approach which needs work and was not used here. In the end I did it just like the original with a twist. I used a can and a bottle! I linked the two together with a dowel rod and tied the fishing line to the rod. And just like Alan's, the whole thing wanted to spin or swing but I remedied that by pinning the backdrop to the dowel rod and weighing down the bottle with some water. I did let the unit stay in place for about 4 seconds then slowly lifted it giving you the image here.

Thanks again to Alan Freed for the inspiration behind this shot and for doing all the hard work six years ago.

Place: 18 out of 110
Avg (all users): 6.1000
Avg (commenters): 6.5556
Avg (participants): 6.0652
Avg (non-participants): 6.1140
Views since voting: 1249
Views during voting: 285
Votes: 160
Comments: 12
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07/08/2008 09:12:51 PM
Woo hoo! I inspired someone! :)

Nicely done. This is one of those shots that's more difficult to pull off than people can imagine. It's hard to believe it has been almost six years already! I did the original shot with a little Canon point-n-shoot -- my first digital camera. I can remember spending a whole night fiddling with various ways of doing it.

The one thing I regret is that I rarely get inspired to put that much effort into an entry nowadays. DPC was such a fresh, new thing for me back then, and now I find myself submitting for the sake of submitting, and I haven't been putting the real effort into entries nowadays. Maybe this will give me a gentle nudge in the right direction, reminding me of my "old days" at DPC :)
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07/08/2008 08:02:48 PM
Oh I know this photo from Alan. I think you did a good job. The visual effect is very clear (allthough the bottles are a little wiggly ;)) The colors might be a little too much saturated for my taste, but I can imagine that it works for a lot of people. Not your fault but just my taste ;)

Anyhow, good job!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/06/2008 08:02:32 PM
I recognized your inspiration -- worked pretty well. :-)
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07/06/2008 03:57:52 PM
Real nice effect in the bottles
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07/06/2008 03:09:31 AM
The moment I saw this, I remembered someone doing a shot like this, then I read the title. Nice take on this challenge.
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07/05/2008 10:32:41 AM
Well executed.
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07/04/2008 10:03:10 AM
Among the better entries of this challenge. - 6
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07/03/2008 09:28:11 AM
Nicely executed take on the challenge and IMO an upgrade on the original.
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07/02/2008 05:05:37 PM
Good one.
07/02/2008 02:03:41 PM
colors are vivid...lighting seems a bit harse.
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06/30/2008 10:10:46 PM
good shot, perfect lighting and colours!
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06/30/2008 07:15:54 AM
nice recycling shot - the drop lines work well - i think it might be a bit too saturated for my taste - but it's a solid shot
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