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  #77 Science fiction, science fact
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Dimensional cut       ©2010 dodrizzt
Panasonic DMC-FZ50       2nd place, 135 points
1/13s, f3.2, ISO 100, 74mm, Normal Program, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: Crop, applied cold filter selectively to increase blues, contrast adjustment, added flare, resize, USM       Extra Info: Just a fun try to mix the two challenge themes, Science Fact (light refraction: "refraction occurs when light waves travel from a medium with a given refractive index to a medium with another at an angle. At the boundary between the media, the wave's phase velocity is altered, usually causing a change in direction" (Wikipedia), the pic is simply a cup of water being "cut" by a knife) and Science Fiction (I've always imagined dimensional/hyperspace/time travel as "ripping" an invisible barrier... well, obviously with some kind of space ship or time machine, not with a knife LOL but for the idea, it works... I hope ;-)
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Mar 30, 2010
    Congratulations Billy. I can't believe Alberto wants you to choose the next challenge - now we will probably have to include people in our photos (or other annoying things ) LOL

On another subject - sometimes even reformatting the hard drive does not get rid of the virus. My son just worked on a problem like this. So after you reformat make sure that you double check that is gone.

Mar 30, 2010
...I think I'm in love with this caption!:-))
....What a beautiful glare! :-))) :-P
...So,dear friend,the subject for the next challenge is your! :-)
Good luck! :-))

P.S. I ask on my knees....Amaze me!

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Mar 29, 2010
    Whoa... another super comment while I was typing! Brett!! many, many thanks also to you, really honoured with such great comment and vote! :-)

Mar 29, 2010
    Many thanks as usual dear friends, for such nice comments :-) This time I had really little time left, I'm still on the "war" against the hacker that invaded my e-mail >:-( and finally will have to format my PC for just "in case of"... so I only could manage to get an entry. Now I'm very, very happy you liked it so much :-) Also want to say I'm sorry for not letting many comments this time... same reason, very little time left and commenting from a "safe" PC :-/
- Elliot: I'm very, very honoured with your comment about my imagination, really many thanks! :-)
- Jade: right as usual, this challenge was a "run against the clock" for me and I'm afraid I took the "Science Fact" a bit, well, freely... I've read the forum comments about that and now I feel a bit better :-) glad you liked the "Sci-Fi" part anyway, as it was the creative part of the pic :-)
- Franz: Hallo mein Freund! :-D I've missed you the past challenge, glad you're back. And, well, another spot on me LOL! Impressively done this time, superb disection of my pic!! Setup: (perfect guessing!) check :-) matrix pattern: (yeah, the curtains!) check :-) outside the cup, real window: check :-) (although no USM there, just a bit of darkening when reinforcing blues) the right "stars": yes, bubbles!! check :-) although in fact they're moving, as the knife was peacefully resting against the bottom of the cup, I made a little finger-stroke on the cup to get the "wave" effect on the window difraction on the water, as it was too much sharp and clear, distracting a lot from the knife. That caused also the movement on the bubbles :-)
Anyway, a superb detective work :-D :-D
- Amberbug, Finn: many thanks also for your comments, and votes!! :-) happy you liked my pic so much, thanks!
- Lo: Also many thanks :-) the heavy angle change is due to the setup, what Franz guessed so well: the pic is from the bottom of the cup, so you're looking to the surface from below left... that gives an impressive angle of refraction (along with the circular distortion from the cup itself)
- Alby: well, most than honoured to be your top pic!! I suspect my top pick is your pic too, so we're sharing votes again :-) Grazie tante!!! :-)
- Mike: Impressive thinking about my pic!! yep, that fits very well... thanks for such great interpretation!
- Michael: oooh... sorry to hear that, my fault, I didn't explained well the setup on the extra info :-( at least, I'm happy you like the colours, it was a funny but long time in PP to get the exact blue tone I wanted for the water.
For an (impressive) explanation on the setup, take a look at Franz's comment... I feel observed by too many Sherlock Holmeses ROFLOL!!! :-D :-D

Mar 29, 2010
    A stunning shot. 1 or 2 for me. Either way I thank you for displaying your imagination and skill in such a superb entry.

Mar 29, 2010
    I must admit that I am confused when I look at this. I like the colours but have no idea what I am looking at. Good luck in the challenge.

Mar 29, 2010
    This conjures up some sort of futuristic nightmare scenario. The few besieged by, and at the mercy of, the many.

Mar 29, 2010
...Great and amazing in all aspects!
Top place for the idea!
I think the glare is a bit freaky :-) but I like it!

Mar 28, 2010
    An interesting angle for the shot. I'm really surprised at how much the angle changes due to the light diffraction.

Old Finn
Mar 28, 2010
    It works. Interesting view, nicely composed. One of my favorites.

Mar 26, 2010
    Nice shot, like the idea, colors etc, in my top 5.

Mar 26, 2010
    A beautiful one! Greatly done.
I have to admit, at first sight I thought it was a layering, cloning, coloring or copy/paste product, but reading your explanation and having a closer look, I thing I got it now... :D
We look into a bowl/cup, filled with water, from a lower side view upwards (hope this is correct English) towards the lower surface of the water. You are "dipping" the knife into the water from the left (what actually is from above - LOL!!! that is getting complicated). The matrix-like pattern in the upper part of the shot is the curtain (or glass pattern) of your window. The real sight on your window, outside of the glass, is blurred (USM). The "stars" on the right side are bubbles in the glass - hmm... but they seem to be moving... so maybe they could also be a distorted reflection of something. The water is not in movement, it is an effect of the refraction of the window light through the glass and the water surface.
This is the very typical Billy style! Why didn't you dip in the remote control? ;-D

If you are not Billy, please take it as my compliment. Great shot!

Jade O.
Mar 26, 2010
    Works for me as science fiction and as interesting photography (though I did read Science Fact to be restricted to Change of State).

Mar 25, 2010
    well i like this alot. great interpretation for the challenge. love your imagination. i found the flare tool on an earlier adobe elements and fooled around with it a bit but found as you have that it lends itself more to 'another world'-ly image. the only thing i'd suggest with this is a larger view for widescreen viewing. top pick at the moment. good luck. el
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