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Double Homage - Love Waterdrops
Double Homage - Love Waterdrops

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Challenge: Masters' Free Study II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Kitchen
Date: Nov 26, 2008
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1500
Galleries: Macro, Water
Date Uploaded: Nov 26, 2008

I don't think I really belong in "The Masters" - just had a couple of lucky shots but it is nice to be invited all the same.
This is a homage to all those heart shapes produced with books pages folded, most recently inspired by IreneM and to all those who produce great waterdrop images. As ever, bereft of imagination, I fall back on borrowing ideas from others!
I shot the book heart as an exercise but could not offer it as an entry because it was too like, at least in composition, Irene's superb shot in Heart II. Then I thought I might be able to use it as a backdrop to a waterdrop shot. DoF was a challenge but it seemed to work for me. I used my beambreaker and a similar setup to Homage to Jacko & Rackat - the tutorial is still in the Learn section.
Processing was largely done in ACR 5.1. I cleaned up a couple of stray droplets and a couple of bubbles, used the post crop vignette (crop to straighten a smidgeon), tweaked the exposure, clarity, sharpness and converted to PS, where I used Neatimge a bit, smart sharpened, resized and saved for the web. I also did a selective boost to the saturation in the heart shape.
I have no idea whether or not this will appeal but I had fun doing it and I love my new 50D.

[Dec. 6th, 2008 07:32:09 AM]

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Place: 65 out of 170
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Votes: 339
Comments: 17
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2008 11:21:41 PM
Nice colors, and capture, 9.
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12/07/2008 11:08:32 PM
=) so you should get 2 ribbons? =P
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12/07/2008 10:49:16 PM
Irene would be proud.
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12/07/2008 12:42:52 PM
Hate Waterdrops. Never saw the point after I saw the first one.
12/06/2008 09:42:49 PM
looks like an IreneM thing, but not quite. lovely set up, looks great. great color choice as well
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12/05/2008 07:22:07 PM
perfect timing , perfect focus. if only the white line on the left was not there , would have been perfect. 8
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12/05/2008 06:55:33 AM
you might want to experiment with some more engaging colors, now that you have proven your technical abilities.
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12/05/2008 06:30:26 AM
outstanding macro work - love the sweeping lines of the background to counteract the sharpness of the drops
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12/04/2008 09:16:20 PM
What impresses me most about this image is how clean the glass is....not a drop of water on it, no smudges at all. Attention to detail is amazing.
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12/04/2008 01:03:03 PM
An incredible technical masterpiece with stellar composition for the artistic palate. REALLY like this! Fav & 9
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12/03/2008 02:28:20 PM
An excellent capture, and awsome colors.

An example of a master.

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12/02/2008 11:26:41 PM
Somehow I don't think this is Irene s. While certainly clique it's done mighty well! Congrats.
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12/02/2008 11:52:13 AM
These kind of shots fascinate me because I can't do them well at all. Good job!
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12/02/2008 12:39:44 AM
nice deep color, great capture...
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12/01/2008 06:13:41 AM
This has to be Irene, and Irene at her BEST.....shez
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12/01/2008 01:12:22 AM
Dang, that drop looks just a tiny bit blurred. Nice composition though. Nice colors as well. I could give this an 8 other than that blur. I'd also have cloned that little air bubble at the edge of the glass. 7
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12/01/2008 12:05:08 AM
has to be irenem... so signature...if it's not I am a monkey's uncle! 9
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