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2 O'Clock Snack
2 O'Clock Snack

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Challenge: Everyday Objects (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: My Kitchen
Date: Jul 26, 2004
Aperture: F/14
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 27, 2004

This shot was taken by filling a hot air popcorn popper with finished pop corn and turning it on to blow popcorn into the bowl. The background was a black piece of cloth taped to the wall of my kitchen, 6 feet behind the bowl. The hardest part was to get the lighting correct. I could not get enough light to freeze the popcorn in flight with a bounce flash even at 1/500 exposure. It seems that the more energy that the flash expended the longer it needs to stay on during the exposure and therefore the longer the effective exposure. In fact I found that I did not see a significant differnece in motion blur regardless of the shutter setting, it was more to do with the flash power. In the end I had to remove the flash from the camera, place it on a second tripod above the popper and project the light straight down though the built in flash disperser. I did very little post processing in photoshop. Just a little saturation to bring out the yellow in the bowl. Next time...closer crop.

Place: 22 out of 363
Avg (all users): 6.1673
Avg (commenters): 7.5789
Avg (participants): 5.9683
Avg (non-participants): 6.3588
Views since voting: 1008
Views during voting: 334
Votes: 257
Comments: 21
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08/04/2004 06:39:11 AM
ok, cough it up. you always put a little more effort into your shots than most; how'd you do this? what was your set up? this was one of my top picks and i want to try it myself.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/03/2004 12:59:39 PM
This is interesting. I think I like the dark background also. Might make a good poster.
I would imagine this could be a rather difficult picture to take and not have the popcorn too white or too contrasty.
08/03/2004 03:08:57 AM
nice photo- nice color, to me it does not meet the challenge. sorry 4
08/03/2004 12:32:31 AM
almost missed this one. excellent..10
08/02/2004 10:26:39 PM
mmmmm... popcorn! Nicely shot.
08/01/2004 05:33:57 PM
Nice idea - it's really neat. Black background makes the kernals look great. The yellow liquid (butter) or whatever it is on the right edge does not work.
07/31/2004 06:48:12 PM
Excellent composition & lighting on this.
One of my favorites in this challenge. ((9))
07/30/2004 10:45:38 PM
Love this photo. Everything about it excelent.
07/30/2004 12:57:29 PM
would have liked to see either more or less of the popper
07/30/2004 08:12:49 AM
What a shame the bit on the right was not cropped. Lovely shot otherwise.
07/30/2004 07:33:59 AM
Movie time...
07/29/2004 03:06:07 PM
Wonderful sense of motion
07/29/2004 12:44:29 AM
I like your picture... The flying pop corn are well disposed in the space. Maybe I would like to see more of the cup because the transparency effect is cool and we don't see much of it in the cropping... a9
07/28/2004 05:54:06 PM
ummm ... popcorn .. I wish I could have this every day ... the lighting seems a bit too bright but besides that a really good shot .. I like them in mid air like that. 8
07/28/2004 01:23:09 PM
This is a great shot. I like the lighting, composition, focus and the movement of the popcorn is great. I'm not sure what the object on the right hand side is supposed to be. It detracts from the rest of the photo, cropping that out would have been better. [8]
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07/28/2004 11:44:14 AM
i like it.. but what is the thing at the right.. to distracting a7
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07/28/2004 10:58:22 AM
Great picture. What is the thing on the right hand side?
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07/28/2004 10:44:17 AM
The thing on the right is a bit distracting...
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07/28/2004 09:00:47 AM
fantastic! did you shoot this in burst mode? light is a little strong, but not to much, considering the shutter speed.
07/28/2004 08:08:23 AM
Creative composition - I like the feel of popcorn flying sideways, and that you picked a high enough shutter speed to keep everything sharp. Nice job!
07/28/2004 03:09:08 AM

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