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Ducky and prize-winning giant parsnip
Ducky and prize-winning giant parsnip

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Rubber Ducky II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Chateau Snaffles
Date: Jan 14, 2011
Aperture: f.10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 20 seconds
Galleries: Humorous, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jan 16, 2011

OK here we go:

1 exactly one rubber ducky - Ducky in prop room. Check
2 one or more vegetables - a very large parsnip. Check.
3 something red - ribbon off a candy rose bouquet. Check.
4 a piece of string or rope - kitchen twine tied around parsnip and draped over Ducky's shoulder. Check.

Now the fun part, the three light sources:

* luminescent 'rocks' from loonie store in front of Ducky;
* small tealight candle to the upper right of frame; and
* the glowing orange LED from my cordless phone used on the left side of Ducky's head :-) Had to keep pressing buttons to keep it glowing, and only used it for maybe 5 seconds of the final exposure.

Camera on tripod, Ducky and props on kitchen table with backdrop draped over it. Used mirror lockup and ever-increasing long exposures, started around 10 and finished at 20. Knew I'd do a long exposure as soon as I found the GITD rocks. Tried with a flash as the third light a few times, both the built-in flash and a handheld ministrobe, but that light just killed the other light sources. So explored my options and used the cordless :-)

pp: RAW-TIFF conversion, crop, shadow/highlights, brightness/contrast, minor cloning, resize, sharpen, save for web

Place: 59 out of 66
Avg (all users): 4.8392
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 4.6667
Avg (non-participants): 4.9109
Views since voting: 707
Views during voting: 345
Votes: 143
Comments: 5
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01/24/2011 08:25:58 PM
Lovely light and composition, but the parsnip is genius.
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01/24/2011 12:57:44 AM
Susan, I thought this was really good then when I read "the glowing orange LED from my cordless phone used on the left side of Ducky's head :-)" and glowing jelly beans, OMG What a great idea! Should've scored higher, In my opinion!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/19/2011 11:45:06 PM
love the light
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01/18/2011 01:15:36 PM
This is why I never enter those competitions at the county fair. It's rigged, I say, rigged!
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01/17/2011 01:50:53 AM
I think I like the glowing green things the best.
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