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A Drop in the Ducket
2nd PlaceA Drop in the Ducket
scrybz


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Ducky II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
Location: My Kitchen
Date: Aug 10, 2008
Aperture: 11
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1
Galleries: Humorous, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Aug 11, 2008

Thanks fellow dpc'ers!

Technical:
It's a water drop into a blue coffee mug, lit by two flash guns off camera (they make the two hot spots seen on the top of the drop). The drops are from an inverted soda bottle hanging over the mug. there's a small hole poked in its cap.

I took the vibrancy all the way to the top in ACR and fixed the exposure. In photoshop, I pulled up the red midtones in curves, then started using the sliders in HSL to get as much saturation in it as I could without posterizing it too much. Did a noise ninja, crop/resize/straighten, then did a light USM and saved it out for web.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 151
Avg (all users): 7.2362
Avg (commenters): 8.3913
Avg (participants): 7.0769
Avg (non-participants): 7.3134
Views since voting: 7680
Views during voting: 468
Votes: 199
Comments: 38
Favorites: 11 (view)


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AuthorThread
08/26/2008 07:09:54 PM
I just love the title. It makes me laugh every time.
You can just laugh your way to the Red Ribbon Bank, huh? Good for you! Well earned with a wonderful shot.
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08/24/2008 07:26:38 AM
Excellent shot, congrats on your first ribbon!
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08/23/2008 12:05:03 PM
Thanks for sharing the technical notes. This is a beautiful shot, as well as being interesting. Someday I will get up the nerve to try a water drop shot.
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08/21/2008 04:50:57 PM
I wonder how many thought this was Irene?

I'm getting the feeling that if you take a shot that looks like an Irene shot you will start out with a +2 in the points.

If your pic is a true 6 you will get an 8 if they think it's Irene.

Originally posted by doctornick:

Another ribbon for IreneM! This is quite a shot!
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08/21/2008 02:17:44 AM
Congrats and well done!!
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08/20/2008 08:20:44 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. This was my favorite entry in the ducky challenge.
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08/20/2008 05:48:04 AM
Irene, thanks! I was trying to do a re-creation of your drop collision stuff, rather unsuccessfully, but getting lots of pictures of drops after the bounce hanging in midair refracting some glasses that happened to be sitting behind the coffee mug. Using the setup for a ducky ii entry came to me when I happened to be at a store that sold rubber duckies.
08/20/2008 03:32:29 AM
Bryan, this is gorgeous. What a beautiful shot. Huge congrats on your Ribbon!
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08/20/2008 01:12:19 AM
Congratulations!! Awsome shot!!!
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08/20/2008 12:52:03 AM
Wow ! Knew this would do very well. Congrats !!!!
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08/20/2008 12:30:18 AM
Many congrats on the RED!!!
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08/20/2008 12:06:40 AM
Thanks guys!
This is definitely a new personal best for me.

Awesome comments too!
08/20/2008 12:05:25 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon and PB, great shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/19/2008 04:50:51 PM
Wow. Well done.
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08/18/2008 04:57:16 AM
Wow, this is beautiful.
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08/17/2008 09:05:42 PM
Holy Moly!!!! Great idea, great execution, and great title! Either you got super lucky ducky with capturing the waterdrop with the refracted ducky in the first 20 shots or you have extreme amount of patience to have gotten this shot. Either way - kudos for capturing such a great action shot! Love the colors too - nice deep blues, purple, orange and yellow hues that are pleasing to the eye. Composition has sharp clarity and we can clearly see all the details of the ducky refracted in that waterdrop that has been forever frozen in the act of falling. Great job - coming back to comment and bump to 10
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08/17/2008 07:42:06 PM
Wow, amazing shot!
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08/17/2008 04:50:26 PM
good job on the focus and timing.
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08/17/2008 09:26:02 AM
wow what a capture! 10
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08/16/2008 05:59:58 PM
Nice catch in that drop's reflection!!
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08/16/2008 02:11:54 PM
nice work
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08/15/2008 10:11:16 PM
wow
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08/15/2008 06:40:58 PM
very cool, tutorial please! 7
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08/14/2008 07:41:15 PM
Wow, that is by far and away my favorite pic of the challenge. Very nice work, From color to the stop motion, it is absolutely wonderful, very nice job. 10 from me.
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08/14/2008 07:20:12 PM
sickeningly DPC - quite a brilliant capture though.
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08/14/2008 02:37:36 AM
Stunning! 10.
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08/14/2008 01:04:01 AM
Super capture, the drops are fantastic.
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08/13/2008 07:13:33 PM
wow wow wow..totaly brilliant.
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08/13/2008 06:53:01 PM
strong idea and colours but how about more DOF?
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08/13/2008 04:19:09 PM
killer, how did you do it?
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08/13/2008 04:04:05 PM
well that is just ridiculous. frick. i gotta learn how to do that. unreal.
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08/13/2008 03:17:19 PM
Oh I see, you are trying to cover multiple DPC "favourites": the water drop AND the reflection in the drop. Nicely done. The colours work well.
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08/13/2008 01:22:27 PM
Superb colours. I wish I could get shots like this. Plz PM how you did this.
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08/13/2008 09:29:53 AM
wow
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08/13/2008 07:46:43 AM
Good capture..
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08/13/2008 06:48:14 AM
nice
the colors and the clarity are great
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08/13/2008 05:25:46 AM
spot on focus , must have taken a lot of effort , 8
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08/13/2008 04:13:06 AM
Another ribbon for IreneM! This is quite a shot!
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