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"To see the world in a grain of sand..."
"To see the world in a grain of sand..."
mycelium


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Bokeh VI (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro Super for Canon
Location: Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA
Date: May 16, 2010
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Nature, Fish Eye
Date Uploaded: May 18, 2010

William Blake - Auguries of Innocence

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

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Thank you all for the high votes, comments, and favorites! I am pleasantly surprised and quite pleased to have gotten an honorable mention in this challenge amid so many talented photographers and great shots. It's my highest-scoring image in years, my second-best score of my DPC career, and the third-highest-scoring image with this lens!

Many thanks to DPL2 Team Critical Mass for all their helpful criticism before the challenge began. If not for the group critique, this photo would have come out looking rather differently.

I got a few comments asking how I did this, so: this is a standard-issue crystal ball, sitting on a granite boulder in a stream. I rotated the image 180 degrees to get the image in the ball right-side up.

Here's an earlier version:

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The hardest parts were finding the right spot to shoot from--moving just a little changed the image in the crystal significantly--and having the patience to wait for my rock to get shady so the reflections were at a minimum.

Thanks again!

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 347
Avg (all users): 6.7926
Avg (commenters): 8.7000
Avg (participants): 6.4205
Avg (non-participants): 7.1200
Views since voting: 5930
Views during voting: 431
Votes: 188
Comments: 25
Favorites: 23 (view)


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05/29/2010 02:51:20 AM
Originally posted by BrennanOB:

So one wonders how this great shot could possibly garner two one votes. Just lovely work Damon, and the flip was a great idea.


Kind words--thank you. I suppose the old bell curve accounts for the inevitable low votes on any photo. As for the 180° rotation, I must give credit to the DPL team for that suggestion. League play has taught me a lot about the value of critique from one's peers.
05/29/2010 02:41:52 AM
So one wonders how this great shot could possibly garner two one votes. Just lovely work Damon, and the flip was a great idea.
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05/27/2010 10:30:09 PM
Great shot. I have to admit that it took me a couple of looks to figure out that this wasn't a new take on a water drop!

Thanks for the notes on how you did this. I'm going to try it some time.
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05/27/2010 08:43:30 PM
Instant fave, like a mini world. Well done
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05/27/2010 05:44:20 PM
Love it....Good work!
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05/26/2010 10:11:56 PM
This is gorgeous! Nice job on HM!!
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05/26/2010 01:04:58 PM
Such a sharp image, 10 from me!!! Congratulations!
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05/26/2010 01:03:51 PM
Congrats on your HM. Great shot and idea.
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05/26/2010 07:55:21 AM
great job, Damon
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05/26/2010 07:43:07 AM
Damon, congrats on the 5th place finish! I thought this would ribbon, too!
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05/26/2010 02:58:14 AM
Wow!
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05/26/2010 12:45:16 AM
Congrat's Damon. What a great image.

I was thinking you'd get your first ribbon on this, but hopefully next round. In the last DPL, we had two first time ribboners during the league!
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05/26/2010 12:06:50 AM
Sweet! Good job Damon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/23/2010 11:45:03 PM
The world is looking pretty good!
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05/22/2010 04:52:32 PM
Absolutely superb & imaginative take. I love this!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/21/2010 06:33:23 PM
This is a cool image. Good bokeh too.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/21/2010 10:36:07 AM
My pick for the blue... Very nice...
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05/21/2010 07:31:08 AM
cool photo but how did you do it?
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05/20/2010 11:42:53 PM
Wow, amazing! I love it! *10*
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05/20/2010 02:20:17 AM
Cool setup, just how oh how did you get the crystal ball to stick to the tree branch? Lol :-P
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05/19/2010 09:00:46 PM
This is just great. Original and breathtaking clarity in the globe. The flipped image seals the deal. Front page.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/19/2010 03:13:07 PM
Oh Wow!!!!!! Fantastic picture!!!!
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05/19/2010 02:06:24 PM
great effect now I want to know how they did it so I can do it to
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05/19/2010 12:47:37 PM
Beautiful, really well done. Just WOW, Absolute 10 from me.
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05/19/2010 03:12:52 AM
10...this is going in my favourite
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