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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Masters' Free Study II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Miscellaneous
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: San Diego
Date: Nov 24, 2008
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 9, 2008

[Dec. 1st, 2008 09:14:25 PM]

maybe I should write a few words about the setup. not too complicated, really. Soldered a couple of wires to the bulb, drilled a hole in the egg shell and ran the wires through that. You can't see the wires and the hole because they are obscured by the bulb. Wires were thick and sturdy enough to hold the weight of the bulb, so it could stay up in the air without support. then I ran the wires through the background sheet of dark cardboard to a single 1.5V battery. I used one strobe on the left to light the whole scene and internals of the shell, and then I used a small flashlight to highlight the shell from the right (and somewhat back) side, a typical portrait setup :). The cross coming from the light is due to a standard Cokin 4-end star filter which I had for a while but never really used before. Oh yes, making a nice reflection was a little tricky. A mirror works badly because of dual reflections, I could not find a polished metal plate on a short notice, which would be ideal, and I did not want to risk DQ by erasing the dual reflection as it happened to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' techo once before. So I used a standard transparency sheet which was thin enough so the double reflection would not be noticeable. Took me some time to balance the three light sources, but with a static object like this it is just a simple matter of trial and error.

Statistics
Place: 51 out of 170
Avg (all users): 6.5280
Avg (commenters): 8.3750
Avg (participants): 6.4022
Avg (non-participants): 6.5749
Views since voting: 1202
Views during voting: 657
Votes: 339
Comments: 21
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06/25/2010 06:18:35 PM
Fascinating image, Lev! I'm really glad it did so well in the Master's challenge!

Thanks for the info.
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12/11/2008 07:37:51 PM
51st place? You were robbed!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/05/2008 08:18:47 PM
nice reflection, don't really get the context of the light in the egg though.
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12/05/2008 07:51:56 PM
I like how you used the egg shell.7
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12/04/2008 02:40:37 PM
Excellent set-up and not just a random 'snap-shot' of a pretty place where nature did all the real work. To me, this looks like the work of a True Master. Good luck to you: 10
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12/04/2008 11:11:01 AM
Wonderful shot. I'm guessing wires through the back of the shell soldered to the bulb? Excellent lighting. This should score very highly if not ribbon!
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12/03/2008 02:05:57 PM
I gave you a high score primarily because your shot is different. Of course it is also technically well executed. I hope this shot does well.
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12/03/2008 11:26:50 AM
Very cool concept, indeed :) Excellent control of the lighting. Clever setup, as well. Kudos to you.
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12/03/2008 09:32:43 AM
Fantastic concept and well executed. 9
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12/02/2008 05:46:48 PM
Where did you get the surface for this picture? Is it granite?
PLEASE let me know
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12/02/2008 03:44:51 PM
enlighten us - pleeease
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12/02/2008 01:51:47 PM
Cool idea. I'd like to know how you did this.
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12/02/2008 12:35:13 AM
What a fun image! I love how light plays off an eggshell exterior... -- 8 --
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12/01/2008 11:30:16 PM
Neat idea, I like how it appears to be floating (bulb) and the reflection is nice, 8.
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12/01/2008 08:48:06 PM
A stellar example of technological & photographic wizardry! Truly an excellent work! This is so clean and so perfect in so many ways. What incredible innovation & execution. How on earth did you even conceive of this, much less pull it off? Fav & 10
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12/01/2008 01:09:27 PM
wow, beautiful!! 10
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12/01/2008 01:02:41 PM
Love the light, reflection, and high contrast.
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12/01/2008 10:02:43 AM
wow!! cool execution. 8
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12/01/2008 05:20:56 AM
Interesting take - in my top 20.
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12/01/2008 12:16:44 AM
egggcellent...well done 8
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12/01/2008 12:16:16 AM
Nice trick shot. The star adds nicely. A small nitpick, but my eye wants the bulb a bit to the right, maybe so the edge is past the crack. Still, it's well done and I don't get any sense of the wires that were used to light the bulb. 8
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