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Challenge: Never Seen on DPC! (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Tamron AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Nikon
Date: Jun 25, 2009
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 33.0
Galleries: Emotive, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Jun 25, 2009

This was a challenging shot for me to execute and took a lot of tries to get (sort of) right. The setup was this:

Shards of glass arranged on a glass table, tripod balanced precariously on the table with the camera pointing down. Put the camera on bulb (hence the 33 second exposure!), then set off a flash towards the glass pieces, trying to light the edges. Then positioned myself below the table, holding the flash in my extended arm, set it off again with fingers partially covering it to make it warmer and somewhat more diffuse/dim. Closed the shutter with remote in my other hand. It was tough to get both flash exposures right at once; there were a lot where I was in the right position but the glass wasn't lit well, or vice versa, so this was the closest I got.

I do wish the cracks had turned out stronger and positioned slightly differently, but I'm happy with it nonetheless. This image actually means a lot to me for personal reasons and was the expression of something I was/am going through. So thanks for the comments and positive criticisms.

Place: 38 out of 110
Avg (all users): 5.6914
Avg (commenters): 5.8667
Avg (participants): 5.3654
Avg (non-participants): 5.8455
Views since voting: 949
Views during voting: 474
Votes: 162
Comments: 18
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/02/2009 11:24:48 PM
I like your concept with this photo. I love the lighting. The lines on the arm are a little distracting, but other than that - very well done! Great job!
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07/02/2009 05:39:48 PM
There have been a few shots like this -- but this one is much better.
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07/02/2009 03:39:33 PM
imo i would have not had the border.
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07/02/2009 11:45:59 AM
like the concept
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07/01/2009 05:14:18 PM
Very deep picture. Very creative and ribbon worthy =)
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06/30/2009 08:43:21 PM
too soft and orange looking
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06/28/2009 10:22:13 AM
very nice
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06/27/2009 06:58:10 PM
I like the concept but wish the shattered glass/mirror was more distinguishable.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/27/2009 04:28:09 PM
wish the face was more in focus
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06/27/2009 02:58:35 PM
Very well done. A very emotional picture that was nicely executed.
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06/27/2009 02:22:16 PM
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Nice image with great lighting. My only nitpic would be the crack on the models nose/eye and I'd rather it was over her cheek.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/27/2009 02:03:53 PM
I like this... the lighting is wonderful. I wish the crack didn't go right across the eye, though, since that's the focal place for the eye to rest and it's disturbed. Just me, though... (not voting)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/27/2009 12:06:12 PM
not sure what to say...but I like your picture...great processing
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06/26/2009 10:42:24 PM
very thought provocative image. well done
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06/26/2009 10:22:39 PM
I like this broken glass idea... just dont think that it is enough to make it really meeting the challenge...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/26/2009 12:25:20 PM
Hm... doesn't really look shattered... more like, cracked...
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06/26/2009 05:44:44 AM
This would be way better with bigger cracks, or somehow much more emphasis on them. A little bit of drama, needing some amplification. Nice idea.
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06/26/2009 01:11:01 AM
great effect, 8
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