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Ice cold Artificial Moon
Ice cold Artificial Moon

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The Moon (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DL Macro for Nikon
Location: Home
Date: Jan 3, 2010
Aperture: F25
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Abstract, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jan 3, 2010

Since I don't have the equipment to shoot a descent photograph of the moon (a simple clear "something" against a dark background is not the way I wanted to present it), and by missing the presence of a clear moon at the right moment (a moment a: I was not asleep and b: without snow at night), I created my own artificial moon:
a transparent marble frozen in a layer of water, leaving a part of the marble above the surface. When the ice was halfway of being formed, I took a syringe and injected drops of blue ink at several places. The ink spread itself were the ice was not yet completely formed.

In no way this can approach the sensation of a photograph of our real moon, but I do hope that some creativity will be accepted in this challenge as well.
However, I think some (or a lot) of DNMC will come my way.

- levels
- brightness & contrast
- crop
- sharpened after resizing

Edit after challenge: feels good to see all those positive comments of people who could appreciate my creativity. Thank you :)

The voting round was rather controversial. On one hand I had those positive comments, on the other hand my score started at 5.4xxx and went downwards from there, kept going down,...and down...till a depth point of 4,8xxx. Only during the last voting day/hours it went back up.

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Place: 37 out of 72
Avg (all users): 5.1643
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 4.9756
Avg (non-participants): 5.1959
Views since voting: 969
Views during voting: 640
Votes: 286
Comments: 22
Favorites: 3 (view)

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11/17/2013 11:56:48 PM
well done.
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01/14/2010 05:37:34 PM
I really liked this shot. Its too bad many voters wanted something more literal to the challenge title/theme.
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01/13/2010 06:59:28 AM
Wow - this is absolutely gorgeous!
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01/13/2010 01:35:45 AM
This is very creative, and also artistic. I like it.
You can shoot the moon with a tripod, that 300mm and D2x very nicely. Try iso 200, 1/350, f8.
Here's an in camera double exposure with a 70-300 D ED Nikkor.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/12/2010 11:18:26 PM
ha - cute. can't wait to see how this finishes. Beautiful metallic colors.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/12/2010 10:06:39 PM
Way to fake it!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/12/2010 07:25:03 PM
I'll buy it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/12/2010 05:32:57 PM
Most original and fascinating in the challenge. Excellent. My Blue Moon choice for the Blue Ribbon. 10.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/12/2010 06:31:48 AM
What is this? Got my attention immediately! Good blue all around, including ribbon?
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01/12/2010 03:33:42 AM
shoehorn but beautiful 7
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01/11/2010 10:17:06 PM
This looks like a photo of a piece of art, so I don't see what the photographer added. But maybe I am wrong on that, will be interested in reading the photog's comments. 15 January - Well voting closed, and now I know from the photog's notes that this is a very creative image, created from a 'blank slate.' Excellent work.

Message edited by author 2010-01-15 22:30:12.
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01/10/2010 10:11:50 PM
Love the "out of the box" interpretation of this. Beautiful colors and metallic tones. Not voting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/10/2010 05:13:46 AM
Creative, very well done and strangely but cleverly meeting the challenge
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/09/2010 09:35:04 PM
That's weird and cool.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/08/2010 07:20:53 PM
A unique and aesthetically pleasing solution to this challenge. Well Done !
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/08/2010 11:22:32 AM
Well, I guess you could receive some DNMC, but I liked the originality.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/07/2010 11:46:09 PM
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01/07/2010 09:10:43 PM
Come On !!! Only commenting because I am voting less than 5
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01/06/2010 06:52:02 PM
10 for not pointing your camera at the moon and pressing the shutter release.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/06/2010 12:24:38 PM
The subject is beautiful. It has great color and texture but somehow the composition doesn't do it justice...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/06/2010 04:29:14 AM
Going for that "voters will get tired of seeing the same moon shots and will reward a change of pace" vote? Ok, ya got mine. :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/06/2010 12:23:39 AM
works for me - good job
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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