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1/25/10 - January 2006 Viewers Choice
01-JAN-2006

1/25/10 - January 2006 Viewers' Choice

Month #21 - Retrospective of Daily Photos posted from 5/04 to 12/09 (most viewers for the month)

One of my favorite images using another of my favorite techniques. Here's what I wrote back then when posting this as a daily photo in January 2006 (note - all in camera; no Photoshop)-

One of 110 winners (of over 23,700 entries) in the February BetterPhoto.com contest.
Picking up in the New Year where I left off in the old. I think this will be it for now with the Rain-x water drop images. This one is about as good as I can do from a technical standpoint - plus I tried to improve the composition a bit from yesterday's. Since beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, I may or may not have succeeded. Last month's judge would have said - Out. No center of interest.
It was three days of experimentation to arrive at this point. The remaining issue that I'm not happy with is lighting. This was done in natural light plus I "painted" the area around the star with a flashlight. A softer and more uniform light would be better, I think but I don't have any lighting gear. Also, reflections in the drops are important; this shot got rid of too much of that I think. Thank goodness for Nikon Capture's White Balance adjustments because natural light plus a flashlight gave the whites an orangish-yellowish cast and the blue was more like purple.

Nikon D70
30s f/40.0 at 105.0mm hide exif
Full EXIF Info
Date/Time01-Jan-2006 12:32:47
MakeNikon
ModelNIKON D70
Flash UsedNo
Focal Length105 mm
Exposure Time30.00 sec
Aperturef/40
ISO Equivalent
Exposure Bias
White Balance
Metering Modematrix (5)
JPEG Quality (6)
Exposure Programaperture priority (3)
Focus Distance

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Carmen01-Jan-2006 20:08
This is awesome! I think it turned out beautifully.
Anthony Bunting01-Jan-2006 19:34
Excellent!
Gary Hebert01-Jan-2006 19:19
very creative Ed... :)
Rich Adams01-Jan-2006 18:39
Drop shots are so cool, and this one is perfect. Nice job, and Happy 2006!
Pic Chick01-Jan-2006 18:33
I think it's fabulous! Terrific shot and great perseverance!
francis schwaller01-Jan-2006 18:19
Very nice Effect of the picture
regard francis
Richard Cleaver01-Jan-2006 18:09
Very nice shot.