Book jacket: Chemistry

Challenge #141 in the The Art Director series. Hosted by jezsik.
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A publisher needs an image suitable for the cover of a high school chemistry book. The client imagines beakers and test-tubes but is equally interested in images of elements and compounds. The most important consideration is that the book not be confused with physics, biology or geology.
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Alchemists' Four Elements
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I wanted to combine a few cultures as if antique ideas (4 elements) were not exotic enough. The yin/yang symbol calls for 5 elements (water, wood, fire, earth, metal) and so I added 'life' in form of the egg - happy easter! The moon crescents are not planned islamic, they came with the Xmas platter. If you see it as a friendly meeting you are welcome.
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Submitted: Thursday, 12th September, 2013 20:26 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 17th March, 2013
Focal length: 12 mm
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
Aperture: F2
ISO: 200
Notes: 5(!) light sources plus flash; F4 was planned, F2 was an accident; improvement of flame and water in photoshop; earth wanted to swim (removed); Didn't want to exclude my much-loved special tile. O3179625e
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