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Challenge: Free Study 2011-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC for Canon
Location: My House
Date: Apr 30, 2011
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200 sec
Galleries: Action, Studio
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2011

One of the first images I found when I joined the site a few years ago was a balloon popping, ever since then I wanted to try it. Finally, I have gotten around to it and really am impressed by my progress over these years. I'm shamed by the tape on my fingers, this was supposed to be just a test shot, but as I continued I couldn't get anywhere near this interesting of a pop without the tape. I'm really hoping I can manage another top score of mine. If this gets above a 6 I will finally meet my long standing goal of having all 6's on my profile. This was the shot that inspired me to try this High Impact.
Setup/editing: this was taken in my bathtub. The backdrop is a black t-shirt hung from a shower basket, the balloon was hung by a black string from the same basket, I used a flash set behind to illuminate the explosion, a boxcutter was used to pop the balloon. For editing I used two sharpening actions and did cloning to remove minor noise caused by the t-shirt and to remove a minor portion of the box cutter that was peeping above my index finger. Dream Score: 6.7. Estimated score: 6.1

Place: 168 out of 301
Avg (all users): 5.6454
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 5.5579
Avg (non-participants): 5.8261
Views since voting: 682
Views during voting: 272
Votes: 141
Comments: 5
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/06/2011 11:42:15 PM
this is just awesome all around! very cool!!! 10 from me!!!
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05/06/2011 09:00:42 PM
I imagine this is very hard to capture. For me, unfortunately, the fingers spoil the shot, especially with the plastic wrapped around them.
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05/06/2011 06:44:41 PM
I don't understand the purpose of the scotch tape on the fingers, and I think it is distracting. Other than that it's a dramatic capture and well lit.
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05/01/2011 02:08:59 AM
i want to see the outtakes! 7
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05/01/2011 12:48:25 AM
For sheer technical achievement, close to the top of this challenge. Although to my eye, this seems to be oversharpened to compensate for the slight oof of the left side. Incredibe.
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