Now, if you want even more of a challenge on that image*, it might be interesting to see what a HDR version of it might look like, that way you might get the light without blowing it out and the dark text a little more legible (the result might be flat and uncontrasty, but it might be pretty cool)
*or you could tell me to piss off already
Here is my poor attempt at being creative! Maybe this will give others some ideas to run with. Candy is an excellent representation of the 2nd challenge.
Primary Colors and Shapes
Close up of a cosmic necklace one of our kids came over with the other day.
I had to post this image because I felt it was a perfect representation of the challenge topic. This is a picture of an image displayed on my computer monitor.
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Note to self: Be aware that if you start submitting pics late in the challenge, that all the good ideas will have been taken already, and done better than you would have done them anyway...
Great stuff so far. Have enjoyed watching the submissions roll in. Here's my first batch.
Squareway to Heaven
1/30 sec f/5.6 ISO 200 - Hand held, no flash. Very cloudy (it was actually beginning to rain). I tried a few with fill flash, but without was definitely better. Took a couple of redundant shots just to be sure I had one that was sharp.
Red, Blue (and GREEN!)
1/200 sec f/7.1 ISO 100Outdoors. Bright day after the rains with a few clouds floating in the sky. The shots that a took when the sun was just barely clouded had a nice saturation to them. Taking pictures of a 2-year olds back pocket while he is playing in the backyard is not the easiest shot to get. Hand held below my knees and eyeballed. Took about 80 shots to get this one.
Douche Libre (Los Amenaza Roja)
1/20 sec f/16 ISO 400 - I got tired of screwing around with a makeshift light set-up, and jumped at the chance to make the lightbox that Deuce so graciously linked us to. This was my first exercise with it.
The Ghost In My Backyard (Is Also A Scotch Drinker)
1/30 sec f/5.6 ISO 200 - Pen light Etch-a-Sketching. I just got a little LED keychain light, opened the shutter, then gesticulated around my backyard like a mental patient, making shapes in the air.
8 sec f/5.6 ISO 800 - Testing the "iPod as light source" method. Shot in a darkened room and I just moved my lit iPod around the subject.
"Mars Attacks!" Now on Blu-ray!
1 sec f/16 ISO 200 - I put a DVD in the microwave, set the timer on the microwave to 3 seconds, and the shutter on the camera to 1 second. Opened windows to air out kitchen for approximately 25-30 minutes.
Mitchrock Passion Crime
1/30 sec f/8 ISO 200 - Lightbox. Other than that, don't ask.
1/250 sec f/4.8 ISO 200 - One thing that I am beginning to miss about traditional film is the grain. I used to do a lot of push processing and cross-processing and was comfortable with picking the right film for the look I wanted. So I did this goofy set-up to see if you could use sensor noise as film grain. I discovered you can't. It looks like crap. So this the control image I shot and I tried to give it a push-processed feel to it in Photoshop. Still experimenting here.
Digging For Dinosaurs
1/25 sec f/5.6 ISO 800 - Natural angled diffused sunlight. Handheld.
Hurried Portrait of a Mister P. Cocktoasten
1/80 sec f/5.6 ISO 200 - Direct sunlight was producing great iridescent colors on the peacocks at the LA Arboretum and I spent quite some time chasing them around trying to get an interesting tail feather shot. It wasn't until my 2-year tried to pick a fight with one that we got the full plumage. Handheld while separating an angry bird from a fearless boy.
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Steve'O - I like the first M&M shot, it feels nice and clean. Are you shooting with a tripod? It looks like there is a little camera shake on the first image, take that out and I think that image becomes super clean. Nice work.
Trying to catch up. I was getting worried that everyone was going to pass on this challenge, but the images so far have been great. Now, my humble observations...
FBJ - "Wetro" is a great image. Classic feel and the composition is great. I love how many different variations and degrees of the color red are shown without it looking like a "red" study. Nice work. And I have to say that while I also like the "Circles of Color" image, I think you have a better image in that set that you didn't show. The GCC1498 version of that set is my favorite.
Unruely35 - Welcome to the thread, and this image is EXACTLY what the challenge was about, so shut-up. Nice set-up. You took your little point and shoot and composed a really nice shot. You're now committed to submitting to every challenge now, you know?
BIG JOE - Great visual yet again. I can't decide which version I like better though. I do like the longer lens shot that VF suggested, but I like the brushed metal texture detail of the first image. How do we get both?
OTTo VoN BLoTTo - I really like this a lot. The red soaking through the glass stem is sweet. I would love to see you take a little risk with the cropping. The right crop and recomposition here could turn a really good image into a great image.
imamonsta - This is exactly the type of image I hoped I would see when I suggested this challenge. I absolutely love the lomo look, and while I think it often gets mis/over used, this image is perfect for it. I'm going to make a suggestion though and I'd be curious what you think of it. Since you already went into Photoshop with it, maybe try giving it a perspective crop. The dartboard and the colors are so tight that the edges of the image seem to distract a bit. Try it and let me know what you think of the result.
Deuce - Ha! The money shot! Great staging, great lighting, great everything. Well done. And thanks for the lightbox link, too. The results of reading that 103 page thread can be seen in my very own "Douche Libre" image.
ValleyFan - Seriously, the contact sheet image is great. Individually every shot is great, but assembled as a collection, well... I've literally spent a lot of time looking at this image. That says everything. And staying on theme with the veggie triptychs was, again, awe worthy. Great as usual.
\_==o IxxI - M&M's were at the top of my list too. Nice job on the theme, and fun shots to look at. And I just know got the shapes within shapes on the first image. Well done!
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