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Canon 5D Mk III - Canon ef 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

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Jeff E Jensen
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    Here's one for Dale's challenge. It meets the criteria, it was shot using a tripod and was longer than a 1/4 second exposure. That's all I'm saying.

12/18/2012 9:15:26 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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wow... impressive! I'm sure there was a good little bit to this setup... lighting, an automated trigger mechanism for timing the flash, etc...? I'd love to try something like this sometime. Would be interested to see say, the black ball filled with water and frozen--so only the white would shatter... or how the collision would look if both were filled with (unfrozen) water... so many possibilities to play with!

12/19/2012 6:57:55 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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A wonder for sure, Jeff. Gorgeous, too.

12/19/2012 10:35:22 AM

 
Rita K. Connell
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I love this Jeff I especially like the one you have on your facebook that is red. but what is not to like about these. very cool indeed!

12/19/2012 2:35:00 PM

 
Rita K. Connell
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I love this Jeff I especially like the one you have on your facebook that is red. but what is not to like about these. very cool indeed!

12/19/2012 2:35:00 PM

 
Elaine Hessler
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Very neat! I can't believe how sharp this is. How many tries did it take and would you mind telling us how you did this? You have so many tricks up your sleeve...

12/19/2012 5:50:44 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Jeff, you need to learn not to drop things. :o)

12/19/2012 6:02:29 PM

 
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Thanks, everyone. It's winter, so it's time to move inside for some high speed stuff again. We figured that smashing some ornaments was appropriate.

So, I'll add the shooting data to the image so that you can see what the settings were. But, here's the basics: This was sot with a 10 second shutter in a completely dark room (my garage). We had two speedlights set up with an audio trigger (you were right, Chris) set to fire them when the ornaments collided. The trick was keeping everything lined up so that focus was maintained. We found a cardboard tube that fit the ornaments and suspended it from a couple of light stands. The lower ornaments were held in place with a bit of hot glue and we used a sheet of black glass to give us the reflection. The first few drops, the ornament actually bounced off and then shattered when it hit the floor. So, we filled them about half way with water and it worked like a charm. We purposely positioned the lower ornament with the stem facing up so that the impact would shatter the dropping ornament. We could usually get two drops out of each of the lower ornaments. It was a whole bunch of fun and made a giant mess. Can't wait to do it again!

12/19/2012 7:04:24 PM

 
Elaine Hessler
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That is unbelieveable! So was this a whole day project? You make it sound very easy. Another question, what else can you use an audio trigger for? I didn't know these things existed...

12/19/2012 7:11:19 PM

 
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You must have been a lot of fun in the sand box! You would have driven my mother crazy but I would have loved it!

12/19/2012 9:06:57 PM

 
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That's funny, Kristin!

Elaine - This was a few hours on a Saturday night. The audio trigger can be used for most anything that makes noise. We've used it for popping balloons, and breaking stuff. We've also used it for blowing stuff up with fire crackers. (That was next on our list but we ran out of time)

Here's a couple more from Saturday.

12/19/2012 9:28:10 PM

 
Elaine Hessler
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That sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks!

12/20/2012 4:31:16 AM

 
Rita K. Connell
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Oh I love the red ones better... both is awesome.

12/20/2012 6:54:41 AM

 
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Thanks, ladies!

12/20/2012 9:26:31 PM

 
Beth Spencer
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These are so Impressive!! They all look awesome and it sounds like a blast - breaking stuff on purpose instead of by accident.

12/21/2012 4:44:56 PM

 
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Wow! What a fun thing to do! I love it! When you say 'we', was your son included in this? Wouldn't that be a great family Christmas tradition...Decorate the tree and then some artistic destruction :)

12/21/2012 11:33:32 PM

 
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Ah Jeff! I think Kristin has your early childhood fully evaluated! I am happy you never grew up. I am waiting impatiently for you to aquire one of those super-micro pinhead sized cameras that you can insert in your own brain so that we might share what goes on in there!
Loving it Friend, but I still think you are weird.

12/22/2012 5:23:07 AM

 
Kristin Duff
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He's not weird Peter, he's a ball breaker...there's a big difference!

12/22/2012 5:27:31 AM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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These are fantastic Jeff!! I'd love to play with you and your photo friends sometime. :)

I also think one of these would look great on my wall when I start decorating for Christmas again. LOL!

12/22/2012 3:30:06 PM

 
Debbra L. Bailey
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Super cool as usual Jeff! Love the ideas you come up with!!

12/28/2012 7:36:38 PM

 
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superb Jeff

12/30/2012 2:26:16 PM

 
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Thanks, everyone!

12/30/2012 6:43:41 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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One of my picks for you Jeff! So original and clever! Congrats on the Finalist!

1/23/2013 7:56:50 PM

 
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Congrats, very cool.

1/23/2013 7:57:25 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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I would have been very surprised had this not rec'd a finalist. You're the man.

1/23/2013 8:03:08 PM

 
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Wow!

1/24/2013 6:41:58 AM

 
Beth Spencer
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Way to go. Congratulations!!

1/24/2013 4:38:59 PM

 
Debbra L. Bailey
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Congrats! Very cool!

1/24/2013 6:56:21 PM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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Congratulations Jeff!! :)

1/27/2013 4:48:48 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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Nicely done, Jeff. CONGRATZ on the terrific Gold Winner!!!!

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1/27/2013 8:38:36 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Thanks, everyone!

Special thanks to the judges for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it!

1/27/2013 8:52:50 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Congratulations on the dramatic win, Jeff.

1/28/2013 8:30:42 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your win Jeff!

1/28/2013 9:09:47 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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and it's a winner!!!! All right!

1/28/2013 9:21:15 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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This is now the Second Image I've seen that should have shared the GP at LEAST! Huge congratulations, Jeff.

1/28/2013 11:42:12 AM

 
Beth Spencer
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Congratulations!!!

1/28/2013 6:44:32 PM

 
Kristin Duff
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Congratulations Jeff!

1/29/2013 1:38:54 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Thanks everyone!

1/29/2013 2:10:26 PM

 
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Like Chris B said - impressive!! BIG congrats on this exceptional capture and winner Jeff! And also many thanks for taking the time out to share all your tricks of the trade :)

1/29/2013 3:16:35 PM

 
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Amazing and very creative Jeff! Huge congratulations on your exceptional gold win!

1/29/2013 3:42:25 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Congratulations, Jeff, on this great action winner!

1/29/2013 5:53:42 PM

 
Michael J. Kelly
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I echo the judges - wow. A wonderful shot with lots of gorgeous light and great clarity.

1/29/2013 7:53:42 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Thanks everyone!

1/29/2013 10:18:47 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Are you amazed at the vivid colors, sharpness and composition of your photographs? Well the judges are, CONGRATULATIONS you are a winner for the month of December, 2012!
Merna

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