Great shot and an amazing creature! Well done.
sparkey2: Holy smuck, this is really good... Congrats for your win on a super image. Now I will have to experiment to see if I can emulate it.
Thanks very much :-).
Good luck with emulating it. If you get stuck, drop me a line and I'll show you my setup.
ackebous: Congratulations on your entries placing 1st and 2nd
Thank you very much. I am really pleased :-) .
tecnoworld: Would you share your technique?
I have sent you a PM :-) .
Does a 'bridge' camera count as a similar camera to a DSLR for the purpose of this challenge?
NPW UK: 2059 seems to have been a popular year to photograph lizards!
Lets hope not as that date would be somewhat against the rules of the challenge :-/ . Saying that 2059 doesn't seem quite appropriate either.
2059 seems to have been a popular year to photograph lizards!
NPW UK: Hi Hans,
Any chance the maximum number of entries might be increased?
I would like to enter this challenge and have a scanner on order, but it won't arrive until after the challenge has opened and I fear it will fill up quickly with only 20 entries.
Thank you, Neil.
That's great news. Thank you :-)
Does the 'basic retouching' rule prevent people from entering stacked macro photos? It's impossible to get any kind of DOF with proper macro photos (not the inside of butchers shops!) without using some form of stacking.
I'd like to give a BIG thank you to all those who voted for my photos. It's great to have been placed 1st and 2nd, and to win with a 4+ average too...WOW! :-D . Neil.
tbcass: It would have been nice if you could explain what we are really seeing here. Looks like some kind of kelp attached to a rock.
Hi, I think you have got it just about right. I have never seen these on a beach before or since. I guess there must have been a storm from an unusual wind direction that washed them all ashore.
Barry Stewart: Well done! I'm surprised the flash didn't freeze all motion… or was there ambient light as well?
Thank you all very much for the lovely comments. I am delighted to have won (and come second ;-) ) .
Barry - No, the room was in total darkness. I had my son on light switch duties so I could aim at the bauble and then fire a couple of seconds after he flicked the light off.
My estimation of 1/40,000th of a second flash duration came from :-
But I could well be considerably out. It seems like the 580EX flash duration varies and my pellet gun is 30+ years old and probably fires somewhat slower than the one in the flash test. I used a 28 year old cheap Miranda flash gun for my photo set at minimum power and highest ISO. Maybe my flash fired slower than I thought or the gun fires at a faster speed of a bit of both :-).
A beautiful scene. Thanks for showing us.
PeterPrism: the most famous alien in the world was also photographer.Thanks Mr. Spock
RIP Mr Spock. Thanks for the memories.
Thank you very much for all the lovely comments :-) . It is one of my favourite photos. Neil.
I never thought I'd get a top 10 let alone 3rd place! A big thank you to all those who voted on my photo :-) .
Sergey Borachev: Very nice and good thinking. There is however something not quite right with the proportions. Can you try to make the people in the painting smaller, as they look too big and out of proportion with the sofa.
There is also a perspective mismatch. The sofa and surroundings has a clear wide angle feel but not the painting of the people. If there is room, I suggest taking the sofa etc from further back.
I think it would also be better if the colours outside of the frame can be made duller and older, especially the blue wall, to make everything look more matching.
Thanks very much :-). Well spotted regarding the proportions. I did reduce the width of the painting slightly to make it fit better in the frame and still look as though the people had a chance of reaching down low enough to place him on the chair. I can't be sure of the exact focal length that the main photo was taken at as my camera has a zoom lens but it was quite close to 50mm (35mm equivalent) so shouldn't be too much distortion. I could try again at a further distance some time in the future. I think I know what you mean about the colours of the wall/furniture but I wanted the look of the 400 year old 2D painting stretching out into the modern 3D world. The difference in sharpness/textures and colours adds to the effect I feel.
Buzz Lightyear: I loved this one the minute I saw it. Congratulations!
Thanks very much. I'm glad you like it :-) .