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Purple Grace
3rd PlacePurple Grace

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The Color Purple (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Georgia - Home
Date: Jul 1, 2004
Aperture: F/22
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Macro, Water
Date Uploaded: Jul 4, 2004

For me, getting this shot was very difficult. The lighting has to be just right, the drip has to be just perfect, and the hand-eye coordination better be up to par. I specifically made this shot with "purple" in mind. I happened to have a dish that had purple flower thingies on the bottom. These made for some neat effects....

Post-Processing: Cropping, Straightening, Levels, some Contrast, some Saturation, Neat Image, and USM. That's it.

Exposure Info:
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Sigma 105mm Macro F/2.8 D
Aperture: F/22
Shutter: 1/500sec.
Speed: ISO800
Flash: On Board
White Balance: Flash
Metering Mode: Spot

Place: 3 out of 172
Avg (all users): 7.0308
Avg (commenters): 8.6957
Avg (participants): 7.0316
Avg (non-participants): 7.0300
Views since voting: 6731
Views during voting: 310
Votes: 195
Comments: 36
Favorites: 36 (view)

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08/07/2004 11:35:20 AM
Purple grace should have one the category. I didn't vote and i know I am responding late, but this photo is beautiful. Way better than the winner!
07/13/2004 08:20:39 AM
Mark, this is incredible. You're right--these water drop shots are difficult to get right in the first place, and yours is so very lovely to boot!
07/12/2004 11:30:23 PM
this is a gr8 photo congrats on ur ribbon :)
07/12/2004 06:28:15 PM
Hi Mark,

I see the voters agreed with my vote - a well-earned 10!

This is an awesome shot, and so happy it made to the top 3.
07/12/2004 11:08:43 AM
I think if I had released earlier this was a water drop I would have marked it higher. I assumed it was glass that you could position the lighting just so to get this effect. I do agree these seems as much about gold as purple but nice for either color.
07/12/2004 07:49:44 AM
I feel good all three ribbons in this challenge, I gave a 10. That is because anyone of them could have won the challenge. gr8 work.
07/12/2004 02:13:33 AM
Well done on your ribbon...
07/12/2004 12:37:15 AM
wow! thanks everyone!
Its my first ribbon and im very excited about it! :)
07/12/2004 12:24:06 AM
Congratulations......the capture of a dynamic moment in time.
07/12/2004 12:03:00 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Beautiful photo!
07/12/2004 12:01:36 AM
Very pretty shot...congrats on the ribbon!!! :o)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/11/2004 11:55:29 PM
One of my top five, even though it's "about" gold at least as much as purple. I like the touch of sparkle on the drop the best. You could have color shifted the yellow to make this REALLY purple!
07/11/2004 12:40:39 PM
just what can i say apart from wow 10 - a blue ribbon I hope
07/11/2004 09:02:38 AM
Not so original but nicely done. -8
07/11/2004 06:59:00 AM
Wow - a lot of people have done water droplet shots, but this one is truly exceptional. Beautiful choice of colors and great lighting. Just a tiny bit of noise and a few specks here and there, but altogether an amazing photo.
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07/11/2004 12:10:59 AM
Wow! I cant say anything els, just Wow 10
07/10/2004 02:24:35 PM
Very well done!
07/10/2004 12:21:31 PM
very nice! I love the star in the drop. its a shame there was another water photo submitted
07/10/2004 07:34:21 AM
Beautiful, my favourite for the challenge. The colours really make this. 9
07/09/2004 09:58:55 PM
Ah - this is a great capture of a very difficult shot. Your selection of colors is superb. The star flare on the top of the drop is a magical addition. There are two things that may bring your score down a bit: a) It's been done many time before (but this is one of the best I've seen.) and b) The border doesn't help for me. Great job....
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/09/2004 01:48:00 PM
This scores high, but..............................

The crop seems tight. The light falls off in the middle. I don't care much for the white border.

Very well done however. Cheers
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/09/2004 11:26:50 AM
very well done ... the bright spot is just a touch too bright ... 9
07/09/2004 11:02:22 AM
This is Beautiful. I'd prefer to see more purple than gold, but technically speaking it is very well executed.
07/08/2004 08:40:44 PM
This is simply one of the best "drop" shots I have ever seen.
The choice in colors was superb., and the stunning clarity is right where it needs to be.
My favorite of this challenge (( 10 ))

  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/07/2004 09:52:21 PM
07/06/2004 08:25:53 PM
Wow!! How DID you do that?!!
07/06/2004 02:06:08 PM
Dramatic use of color takes this drop picture out of the "another drop" category into the "Wow!" category. The out of focus water around and behind has a silky feel to it giving an elegance to the overall image. I gave this one a 10.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/06/2004 03:46:00 AM

Message edited by author 2005-10-09 23:43:59.
07/05/2004 07:50:20 PM
beautiful, although perhaps not quite purple enough for my taste although I do love the capture of the splash - its crystal :)
07/05/2004 02:41:59 PM
Look almost unreal, have you raster it in 3d studio max ???... no kidding... WOW, waht a perfect shot, i like th color and the idea, i see mor yellow and magenta that purpule... but hey! the shot is great... weel done a8
07/05/2004 01:20:51 PM
Ooooh, pretty!
07/05/2004 01:05:01 PM
Just perfect. Will make a beautiful print.
07/05/2004 11:04:39 AM
Oh my! How wonderfully sharp and contrasted this image is! Definitely a notch or three above the other entries. Ribbon and printmaterial ;)
07/05/2004 08:49:58 AM
07/05/2004 03:31:34 AM
Ah, looks alot alike to my extraordinary picture, well composed (although it would alo be nice on RoT), perfect clarity/focus. Although a bit cliche for DPChallenge (just did one myself) it is still beatifully done. How many outtakes did you have?
07/05/2004 02:35:32 AM
Luscious! - 7

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