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Challenge: Puzzle Macro III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Date: Dec 19, 2009
Aperture: 5
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 20, 2009

oil, ink and water.

Thank you everybody for your nice comments and appreciation!
I was expecting a good place from the first day but the blue ribbon is really something!!

As most of you guessed, this is squashed oil, water and blue ink in a glass pot placed on matte glass table, lightning from below. Quite difficult to get a proper image; I was close to abandon the idea when I realized that more water was needed + it should be squashed quite strongly in order to get nice bubbles. This is the best image from like 500 photos I've made that day.

Editing: quite simple, raw conversion then curves, levels, color balance, spot editing and cloning, usm and save for web.
Below is another outtake from that day.


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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 137
Avg (all users): 7.2550
Avg (commenters): 7.8485
Avg (participants): 7.0694
Avg (non-participants): 7.4286
Views since voting: 5933
Views during voting: 412
Votes: 149
Comments: 57
Favorites: 22 (view)


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12/31/2009 03:14:32 PM
Just saw this on 1x.com too! Well done - to get a blue here and published there is very good going. I'm not sure I'll ever manage such a feat.
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12/31/2009 10:41:59 AM
Great shot, congratulations on your blue.
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12/29/2009 02:20:32 AM
Few people asked what do I mean by 'squashed oil' and, as i'm not an English native speaker, here are a few more details: by squashed oil I mean, basically, that all 3 'ingredients' - oil, ink and water - should be quite strongly shaken/mixed/agitated with a stick or something else. By doing this you get lots of small bubbles which immediately start 'moving' and then getting back together and so on...
Hope this is quite clear. :)

Message edited by author 2009-12-29 04:37:09.
12/28/2009 11:38:32 PM
Great work! Thanks for the explanation, as I am going to try that combo. I just recently received my macro lens, so the fun is just starting!
Love the tones and colour in this! A well deserved Blue.
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12/28/2009 07:57:28 PM
This HAD to be the winner...awesome and congratulations...thanks for explaining the image
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12/28/2009 06:54:58 PM
Way to go, congrats on the blue for this beautiful shot!
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12/28/2009 05:50:35 PM
Oil is so beautiful and perfectly round........... interesting stuff. Never comment after Holiday imbibing. It never makes sense
Beautiful
Debbi
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12/28/2009 02:05:10 PM
Great image! What does "squashed" mean in terms of the oil?
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12/28/2009 01:10:03 PM
Gorgeous. Congrats on the blue!
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12/28/2009 09:15:40 AM
I got ink too in my oil and water shot. But it was just a remain of previous tests.
Yours is so perfect, glad you got the blue. Great work !!!

Message edited by author 2009-12-28 09:16:12.
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12/28/2009 07:34:33 AM
Felicitari si la mai mare!!!
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12/28/2009 02:55:37 AM
I love this, it's so beautiful. Many congrats on your blue ribbon and new PB, Lucian.
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12/28/2009 01:28:30 AM
Felicitari pt. primul loc! O idee pe cat de simpla, pe atat de originala!
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12/28/2009 12:43:36 AM
You chose correctly... this is a beautiful image. Congrats on your ribbon.
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12/28/2009 12:43:29 AM
Splendid image. Congratulations on your Blue.
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12/28/2009 12:37:59 AM
Congratulations, and thanks for explaining how you did it.
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12/28/2009 12:27:25 AM
Thank you everybody!

Va multumesc!

Message edited by author 2009-12-28 00:29:08.
12/28/2009 12:13:14 AM
Congratulations. This is beautiful. I couldn't guess what it was.
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12/28/2009 12:03:07 AM
Bravo, felicitari pentru albastru. Sper sa fie totul bine si Craciun Fericit.

Congrats for the Blue. Merry Christmas.
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12/28/2009 12:02:13 AM
Felicitari! Foarte frumos.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2009 10:22:40 PM
Very Good!
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12/27/2009 11:15:07 AM
great mechanical elements from some kind of fluid.
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12/27/2009 10:31:19 AM
Immiscible liquids... Probably oil and water...

Edit: Color makes me wonder on this one... Is it just inverted on the yellow channel, or is it dishsoap?
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12/27/2009 02:21:59 AM
This is the cloning chamber where DPC ribbon winners are created.
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12/27/2009 02:01:05 AM
oil in water.
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12/26/2009 10:34:08 PM
If only the full circle was included!
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12/26/2009 05:10:20 PM
Can't wait til this contest is done to see what this is and how you did it. I didn't want to guess bubbles, so I'll go with different liquids merged together.
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12/26/2009 11:21:58 AM
Looks like oil and water squashed behind a piece of glass or even a petrie dish. The clarity is amazing. And the color gradient within each circle is spectacular.
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12/24/2009 02:01:50 AM
oil and water
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12/23/2009 06:00:51 PM
oil & Water/Liquid, nice color....well done
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12/23/2009 09:49:29 AM
The visual contrast of this shot is just brilliant!
GREAT lighting, and well pulled of.
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12/23/2009 12:11:07 AM
No idea what it is, but it looks really cool! 10 Love the composition!
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12/22/2009 09:26:32 PM
(Carbonated) Water bubbles?
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12/22/2009 07:13:18 PM
great eye for composition and arrangement of bubbles -- pleasing tones and strong graphic elements make this one of my ribbon picks.
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12/22/2009 06:31:20 PM
I don't have a clue what it is, but I know its a good shot... Well done 9
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12/22/2009 02:35:14 PM
One of my favs in this challenge.
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12/22/2009 02:35:06 PM
Wow, I really like this, sharpness and light does it.
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12/22/2009 01:07:51 PM
bubbles of some sort
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12/22/2009 12:20:03 PM
Nice
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12/22/2009 09:03:50 AM
Oil drops on water? Done so well - it might be Irene.
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12/22/2009 08:27:49 AM
I especially like the composition and balance of this image. I'm not sure though what it is. Did you experiment with different kinds of fluids? Oil and water maybe? Welldone
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12/22/2009 04:01:38 AM
Oil and water, in something, in some liquid.
Great composition with a mix of sharpness (for details) and softness (for curves and color).
Lightening is really nice. I really love the reverse reflection in the right bubble.
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12/21/2009 11:17:08 PM
oil water
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12/21/2009 09:37:12 PM
sharp, clean, good lighting, nice composition, beautiful shape and color
should be in top 10 and my blue ribbon of this challenge, 9
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12/21/2009 09:03:18 PM
cool, i like it.
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12/21/2009 08:58:09 PM
oil in water?
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12/21/2009 02:13:30 PM
bubbles in a petre(sp?) dish?I like the simplicity and the purple tone. The double bubble is cool.
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12/21/2009 01:57:40 PM
Nice and clean. Looks like something that contains at least some glycerin. 7
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12/21/2009 12:32:05 PM
I love shots like this but can never do them myself. Oil on water I assume?
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12/21/2009 12:20:56 PM
Lovely tones and shapes. Love the duotone on this. Oil and water? Front page material.
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12/21/2009 11:51:41 AM
Pretty. From space!
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12/21/2009 11:38:02 AM
Oil on water?
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12/21/2009 11:31:59 AM
water and something(s) on a filter ...
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12/21/2009 06:11:59 AM
Water with oil drops?
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12/21/2009 03:09:33 AM
well composed, excellent clarity. definitely top 10
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12/21/2009 03:02:31 AM
super smoothe...great image and a clever title...9
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12/21/2009 01:18:39 AM
Simply amazing! Great detail, composition and light
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