Well well well. Looks like a tempest in a teapot! Recently going through the comments accompanying my picture in the "Puddles" challenge, I realized its publication - and probably more so its winning place - created quite a discussion (to put it in mild and gently). Quite frankly, I feel sorry for those who spent/wasted precious time questioning the authenticity of the picture (see below) instead of enjoying it for what it is. I was myself puzzled by the photo showing the very same puddle, although with somewhat blurred cathedral : the configuration of the terrain must explain it and it is a different picture altogether. I am not questioning the right to be critical and I welcome the questions : but let me put these investigative minds to rest and publish a Lightroom screen capture showing the initial Exif, as well a some pictures from the same series. This is definitely not a photoshopped stock photo. See my complete response at http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3785339
cjf2: 34th? How could such a good picture place so low? It fitted the theme perfectly and was very appealing to look at too.Well I enjoyed it, well done. It might be best not to put the watermark of your name on your entries as I think some people mark it down due to lack of anonymity.
This is or could be the result of sandbagging. Gotta get used to it as it seems to be a well spread practice on DPReview challenges (I experienced it on several occasions). Other explanation might have to do with the theme : bullfighting is not the most popular theme these days. Glad you liked it! Have a nice day!
Tusk24: Like this image, the reflection is well seen in the composition.But 1/4 second handheld ?!Is your regular job working as a brain surgeon? :)
No offence taken Mike. The boy stood standing still with his two feet in the puddle and only the upper part of his body moved slightly. That's all there is to it and maybe that's what one famous photographer once called the decisive moment ;-).
Sheer luck or steady camera handling. Boy's motion blur reflects the very slow speed.
A lot of sandbagging here, affecting most of the top entries. Strange, isn't it?
Orenski: much, much better without balloons.
I totally agree with you as the balloons look like stickers applied to an otherwise outstanding picture. Really kills the magic mood created by this misty landscape that would have been much better left alone.
Would love to hear from the voter who gave me a 0.5. ;-)
Excellent composition! Was the bird alive when you shot it? How did you get the black background?
Great composition! Congratulations !
Woops! Two of my photos made it to the finals. Interesting and reassuring to see they are of different kinds : one is of the aesthetically-pleasing type, glossy, shiny and colorful (little PP though); the other is a street photo, instantaneous, spontaneous and candid.
Shadow on the bird is not consistent with main light source (sun). Is this a photo composite?
Hello everyone,To answer some of your interrogations, let me briefly explain the setup that allowed me to take this interesting shot :1. take a glass dish and fill it with clear water2. place a printout of a printer calibration chart underneath the glass dish so the color patches appear in transparence; make sure part of the printout is folded upward at a 90Â° angle, serving as vertical background.3. place you camera (Nikon D3X in this case) fitted with a macro lens (Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VRII) on a tripod. Add a wireless remote trigger and a SU-800 flash remote commander. Select manual focusing and pre-focus on a point at the center of the dish and at the water surface.4. Place 01 remote controlled flash on each side of the water-filled dish, manual power5. Using a syringe, start releasing drops of water in the center of the dish (focus point) and press the trigger
This particular shot is just one in a series of 500 taken that day on my kitchen counter. As you see, it's a matter of patience .... and luck. But a rewarding exercise as this photo has taken several podium places in the past. The original out-of-camera file is 4000 X4000 pixels, leaving room for enlargement.
CheersAs far as PP goes, I saturated the colors, increased the sharpening and contrast and did a bit of cleaning (dust and small particles on the surface water)
Why would you give this picture more exposure that it really deserves? It just illustrates the kind of situation No photographer wants to experience, i. e. blatant voyeurism. Adding insult to injury, the author felt the need to convert an old man reading into a street beggar. I really find it misplaced and disrepectful, to say the least.
Is this a cutout placed on a sky background?
I guess the reason is that the entire challenge - bar a few entries - revolved around the model-scale look achieved using the web-based Tiltshift Maker software. When you look at the vast majority of entries, this is what they try to illustrate. Very few actually took the tilt-shift to the word, i.e. using perspective controlled psecial lenses.
Great picture, by the way!--Michel Bricteux
There is something bothering me in this picture : did you apply artificial blur to the background to make the little musicians stand out? --Michel Bricteux
Thank you! I do like the inquisitive wasp's stare as well as its expression of curiosity mixed with some defiance. The original file is 4000 X 4000 pixels, meaning only side sections have been cropped (sensor is 6000 X 4000). I printed it A3+ size and the details you get even at this magnification are stunning. Contrary to some entries in this challenge, this was truly 1:1 ratio. A little disappointed with the ranking though but I have to admit there is a lot of good stuff.
Yes, I guess you're right!--Michel Bricteux
Go swim!--Michel Bricteux