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 Post subject: Challenge #103 - Glass
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:40 am 
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OK, let's try glass this time. Glass is everywhere - we store our liquids in it, we drink from it, we look through it in our homes and cars and some new buildings seem to be made entirely from it. Not to mention lenses, lead crystal and coloured glass ... should be lots of potential there.

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I have a piece of glass I actually made on one of those get away weekends. I must think of a way to make it look good.

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Cool theme Paul, I reckon you put some brains in overdrive here lol...
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It's outside the normal time limit of a year, but hey, I probably won't have time to shoot something this time around...

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another of my futile attempts :lol:
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Good stuff so far guys. The weekend is here so let's see some more submissions. Thanks for taking part.

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Great entries here, wow.

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Number two from me, a Galileo thermometer.

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Some great shots so far. I heard on the radio the other day that glass is actually a liquid, albeit a very viscose one. Some very old glass in churches has been found to be much thicker at the bottom than the top (it's actually steadily "flowing" down due to gravity)

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Some great shots so far. I heard on the radio the other day that glass is actually a liquid, albeit a very viscose one. Some very old glass in churches has been found to be much thicker at the bottom than the top (it's actually steadily "flowing" down due to gravity)



Yep it is true. Corn starch clay is a good example of a liquid that has properties of a solid. If you hold it in your hand it will run like a liquid but if you hit it with your hand it will be firm. you can pull it quickly and snap it or pull it gently like taffy. Great fun for the kids.

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About 12 hours to go guys. I'll judge this tomorrow morning (UK time) while I'm having my breakfast. I've already written a few comments based on the entries so far. Please don't expect in-depth critiques but I'll do my best and try not to offend anyone.

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OK, I wasnt going to submit to this, and it was only when I saw pauls response that I knew there was still time, this shot has issues but it was taken about 5 minutes ago, very rushed as im off to bed, setup was very simple, taken in my dining room, my dining room table is a frosted glass table, the glass thing on the right is a candle holder, and the glass on the left (glass get it, LOL) is my original 18-70mm Nikon lens, there is a fair bit of dust and marks on the shot but there is no processing here at all, its as shot, appart from a small vignette, it was taken with my old Nikon SB-25 flash at 1/64 power with no diffuser handheld under the dining table, I could probably spent lots of time in post sorting the issues on this shot but what the hell I like it as it is, reminds me I must dust that lens off :D

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Thanks for all the entries guys. Here are a few brief thoughts on them:

miadelight(1): Interesting architecture. The black-and-white works well but I'm not sure the glass plays a big enough part in the scene.

Bambi(1): Perfect exposure and sharpness. The perspective is interesting and moves it away from being a straightforward "record" of the artwork.

Thunder(1): Nicely done but for me those highlight spots in the background are just a touch too prominent.

Brazilliance: Again, some interesting architecture. The exact diagonal line probably breaks some kind of composition rule but it works well for me.

Patrish(1): Nice framing of the city scene by the curtains (or drapes, if you prefer). There's some strange blockiness in the foreground (too much jpeg compression?) and I would probably crop most of that off.

Cristen(1): Nice reflections. Not sure about the the angle.

Patrish(2): Certainly looks ancient. Processed a little too far beyond reality for my taste. Sorry.

Cristen(2): Another old window. I find the crop a little harsh. Would have liked to have seen the bottom edge of the window frame.

ScotHadl: I remember those floats. Amazing colours. Those hot-spots are a little powerful and I have to mark it down for that perfect thumbprint on the orange ball! Time for some Mr Sheen I think ...

miadelight(2): I like the reflection of the clock tower. A subtle difference, but this says "reflections" rather than "glass" to me.

Thunder(2): Love it! Colours, shapes, sharpness - all excellent. A busy shot but it's a busy subject and I'm not sure how much it could be simplified.

Bambi(2): An interesting abstract. Almost looks like ice.

Jon: Good isolation of the main subject. The wierd shapes in the background add interest. It has a starkness (is that a word?) which I like.

Ade: I really like the lighting but the placement of the objects is a little random. Lots of potential there for other objects on that table.

Scothadl(2): I can't help myself; that's NICE! I prefer it to the first float shot. Lovely spiral and super colours. Still has a bit of a hot-spot though.

and the winner is .... Thunder! Love the thermometer shot. Scott was a close second with the second of his Glass float shots.

Over to you Thunder for the next challenge.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:31 am 
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I just updated the page headers and Thunder's shot didn't look too good at the small size, so I have created a cropped version and posted that instead. I hope everyone - especially Thunder - finds that acceptable.

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Congratulations, Thunder. Lovely shot of the thermometer. Thanks Paul, for your well-thought comments.

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