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Tungsten: Lighting Up the Periodic Table!
2nd PlaceTungsten: Lighting Up the Periodic Table!
leugim_seven


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Periodic Table (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: my dining room
Date: Nov 8, 2008
Aperture: f32
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500s
Galleries: Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Nov 9, 2008

I was wracking my brain all week for an idea for this challenge. I'm a chemist and I felt obligated to enter this challenge. I had ideas of pure sodium metal and water reactions (makes big flame); magnesium with acid fires and the list goes on.

In the end I tried this out and am happy with the result. This is only my third submission into a challenge and I'm hoping to achieve a new PB.

POST CHALLENGE:

Looks like third submission was the charm =)

I want to thank all who voted for the pic and all who left all those great comments.

Once again to all thanks so much for all the positive support.

Nov 19 2008,

I know I'm a little late posting this but better late than never.

The shot was set up using my sigma 100-300mm f4 HSM mounted to my D300. Two flashes were hooked up to my D300 via pc-sync cord. The camera was mounted on a tripod about 12-15 feet from the lamp. The lamp was set up on my dining room table about 1 foot from the periodic table. One flashes were aimed at the periodic table one from the top left and the other from the bottom right. I made paper snouts for the flashes so the light would only hit the periodic table and avoid reflections on the bulb. The lamp also has a three way dimmer, and the lamp was lit on the lowest setting. look at the setup photos.

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The capture was made by setting the lens at 300mm and the camera to ISO 200, shutter 1/500 and f32. The distance of the camera, and settings were chosen to limit the amount of light getting to the camera so the filament would not be blown out. The only draw back to these settings is that since I was using flashes and the camera shutter speed was above the sync speed I was taking a picture of the shutter curtain as well. look at the original file.

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Editing was rather simple, made a few different jpegs in camera raw from the original raw file, focusing on different elements. layered the jpegs in photoshop erased through keeping what I liked. The cropped, cloned out unwanted reflection of the filament and save for web.

Once again thanks to all for your votes and positive comments!!!!!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 102
Avg (all users): 7.0307
Avg (commenters): 8.3182
Avg (participants): 6.8696
Avg (non-participants): 7.0940
Views since voting: 5656
Views during voting: 366
Votes: 163
Comments: 43
Favorites: 10 (view)


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11/22/2008 07:22:14 AM
Congratulations!

The bulb is used as an icon for ideas. Here is a real bulb used in a creative shot. It is a brilliant shot indeed. Goes into my favorites!

I appreciate the story of how the shot was created supported by the illustrations. It is really educative. Tnx for sharing so much.
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11/20/2008 02:01:07 PM
I like the use of an old camera as hot-shoe mount.
Creative thinking in all aspects.
Congrats.
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11/19/2008 11:55:55 AM
Great job! I think you should have won this challenge!
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11/19/2008 03:47:18 AM
My Canon got stolen a while back and I still need to replace it. Seeing photographs and ideas like yours is great inspiration to (I believe) alot of the amature photographers out there. Looking forward to see more of your stuff and hoperfully compete against you soon!
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11/18/2008 01:19:19 PM
Congrats, well done.
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11/18/2008 12:17:28 PM
how'd ya do that....need to finish the post....
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11/18/2008 11:54:08 AM
Wow! Fantastic!
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11/18/2008 09:55:49 AM
Wow... How did you achieve this?
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11/18/2008 08:48:37 AM
congrats on the new PP........I knew this one would be on the front page!!!
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11/18/2008 08:41:11 AM
Excellent, wonderful idea! Well done!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/18/2008 08:18:51 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon.
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11/18/2008 05:55:17 AM
brilliant shot. love it. congratulations on the well deserved ribbon
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11/18/2008 05:04:54 AM
well done, what a fantastic result for only your 3rd try!
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11/18/2008 03:25:39 AM
Whooot! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon for this beautiful shot!
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11/18/2008 12:48:45 AM
Congrats Miguel...a new PB and a ribbon to boot. Well done.
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11/18/2008 12:44:17 AM
Very good idea, it looks great. Congrats on your ribbon, Miguel.
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11/18/2008 12:02:39 AM
Nice!!! Hahahahaha I jinxed your blue =P
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/17/2008 08:55:45 PM
I think we have a ribbon here...
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11/17/2008 02:25:44 PM
Very well photographed, in my top 10.
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11/16/2008 09:28:26 PM
Clean, clear, and simple. Perfect blue color. Very nice.
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11/16/2008 07:45:30 PM
This is a super cool shot. Maybe a slightly wider crop would have been better but I really like this. Great job! 9 if I could vote.
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11/15/2008 07:52:08 PM
Thank you for not making me grab my periodic table for the 30th time! I should know it by heart by now :) Excellent shot! Technically perfect, great concept, wonderful color. The only nit pick would be the shadow on the lower left. Great job!
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11/15/2008 06:32:39 PM
What a bright idea-8
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11/14/2008 08:45:37 PM
Nice! I like the way the element turned out~!
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11/14/2008 02:16:50 PM
This is my favorite pic of the challenge. I love the color, the composition, the dof, the idea, all of it.
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11/14/2008 02:53:58 AM
Very creative and excellent job!
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11/14/2008 01:55:38 AM
nice work
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11/13/2008 04:31:28 PM
very crisp and clear. one of my 2 favorites
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11/13/2008 04:00:41 PM
I wanted to enter this challenge using the same type of bulb, but couldn't find one :-( Anyway I think you did a better job than I'd have done, so you get top top marks from me, good luck!!
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11/12/2008 11:32:46 PM
Curious how you got this appearance. This could be an ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' IreneM entry. If not, then consider that a high compliment. Only one small critique. There is a slight skew to the image that stands out and bugs me.
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11/12/2008 07:28:03 PM
I love the concept and the color. I am really interested how got the bulb so dim.
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11/12/2008 12:52:49 PM
this is definitely one of my favs for this challenge. backlighting is great, color is great, and just the perfect amount of light in the light bulb-10
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11/12/2008 10:10:34 AM
Very nice. My pick for top three.
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11/11/2008 07:53:27 PM
Awesome job- you absolutely nailed the challenge. The background chart is a little crooked, but otherwise a perfect entry, and my pick for the blue! 10
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11/11/2008 06:13:29 PM
That's clever and nicely executed too...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/11/2008 05:34:51 PM
Very creative. Must have been a challenge to get this exactly how you wanted it.
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11/11/2008 04:44:00 PM
Nice idea and well shot
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11/11/2008 02:38:51 PM
very nice. great light
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11/11/2008 01:49:08 PM
Well thought up, well lit, well photographed. Congrats. 9
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11/11/2008 11:09:11 AM
Very nice diffraction of light through the bulb. Effective use of differential tones! Great idea, well executed. (8)
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11/11/2008 09:42:55 AM
bold bright and blue - a clear direct image.
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11/11/2008 06:41:41 AM
Fantastic!..using both the periodic table and the element..too good..
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11/11/2008 01:48:33 AM
Wow! We have a winner! Brilliant!
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