View Full Version : Photo Contest: Not Quite Aquatic


MattTVI
02-13-2008, 2:05 PM
I was wondering if you folks would be interested in a little contest? I thought we could attempt to take a picture of something that had nothing to do with saltwater or the ocean but that gives the appearence of something living in either...

For example, take a look at this jelly...
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c129/MattTVI/Nature/GD_0001.jpg

Limit: one entry per contestant, photo is judged roughly 40% quality/60% creativity so it doesn't have to be techincally perfect (or even close) to win.

Winner gets: Bragging rights? A post attesting to his or her victory? Aka, nothing that will cost me money...

:)

hope to see some good stuff,

Matt

glxtrix
02-13-2008, 2:26 PM
neat idea! I kinda like the whole not aquatic at all but resembles it....nice. Time to bust out the camera and start looking. Man that pic is sweet!

wbholwell
02-13-2008, 2:52 PM
There's no way I could duplicate this photo, but I think it looks just like a paly:

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h56/wbholwell/internet%20junk/drop.jpg

glxtrix
02-13-2008, 3:13 PM
it does an no way thats a real pic...but very cool.

wbholwell
02-13-2008, 3:15 PM
it's supposedly a drop of cream just after hitting coffee

MattTVI
02-13-2008, 3:15 PM
it does an no way thats a real pic...but very cool.

you don't think so? I have an idea as to how it was done, I'll try and duplicate it... :)

wbholwell
02-13-2008, 3:16 PM
you don't think so? I have an idea as to how it was done, I'll try and duplicate it... :)

You're going to need a pretty fast shutter speed to freeze the action. Do you have a macro flash?

wbholwell
02-13-2008, 3:17 PM
http://www.scantips.com/speed.html

MattTVI
02-13-2008, 3:19 PM
You're going to need a pretty fast shutter speed to freeze the action. Do you have a macro flash?

no macro flash, but i can bounce the on-camera off my white ceiling and let more light into the room... as well as shoot at a little higher ISO.

the trick will be to get the two drops to hit eachother at the right time to create that "hat-explosion" effect (affect?)... :)

and focus will be tough too...

glxtrix
02-13-2008, 3:21 PM
looks cg to me. The crown on that drop is too equal all around. And there seems to be a lot of specular/reflective properties on the top of it. I may be wrong and if I'am, thats cool cuz it's still a sweet pic.

wbholwell
02-13-2008, 3:23 PM
no macro flash, but i can bounce the on-camera off my white ceiling and let more light into the room... as well as shoot at a little higher ISO.

the trick will be to get the two drops to hit eachother at the right time to create that "hat-explosion" effect (affect?)... :)

and focus will be tough too...

Prefocus, and leave the camera on the tripod. I think you just need one drop hitting the coffee to replicate the image.

MattTVI
02-13-2008, 3:26 PM
looks cg to me. The crown on that drop is too equal all around. And there seems to be a lot of specular/reflective properties on the top of it. I may be wrong and if I'am, thats cool cuz it's still a sweet pic.

Do a google search of Martin Waugh, he's incredible. He's a master at these drop shots.

here's one of his... no CG... :)

http://www.photoshopsupport.com/inspiration/martin-waugh/jellyfish.jpg
Martin Waugh

If you want to read about how he does it and can't find info online, rangefinder's may '06 issue has him on the cover, nice article too.

MattTVI
02-13-2008, 3:29 PM
Prefocus, and leave the camera on the tripod. I think you just need one drop hitting the coffee to replicate the image.

prefocusing is what i do; however, w/ the small apeture i use (due to no ringlet macro) i have to shoot wide open, so the DOF is very small and my hand moving while i squeeze the dropper can move the drops in and out of focus...

here's how my first go turned out...
http://www.atlantareefclub.org/forums/showthread.php?t=11011

anyway, we're way off topic... :)

mojo
02-13-2008, 3:31 PM
Cool idea for a contest... I'll have to think about this one for a bit.... :)

Cameron
02-14-2008, 2:53 AM
I love those drop shots... very cool.

glxtrix
02-14-2008, 5:35 AM
hmmm pretty cool. I guess I stand corrected then. I shall now retire back to my dark corner.