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Orange Crush   Featured in Digital Darkroom #004 Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
Orange Crush
Orange Crush
Canon PowerShot S30, wide-angle macro
© Michael McMurrough
Judith G. Secco
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member since: 12/18/2002
    Very nice, Michael. Love the lines and curves.

5/28/2003 4:01:42 AM

Mette Vendelboe Allison

member since: 1/28/2003

What cool work. I really dig it!

Dawn Balaban
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member since: 3/21/2002

I love the curves and the color. It is just great!

Joy Brown
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member since: 12/13/2001

Great image!

Dolores Neilson
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member since: 11/18/2001

Mike... I love this! The excellent color, lines and very creative! I expect to see this in the winners circle!!

Lee Winik

member since: 5/2/2003

This is a great photo! Would you mind telling me how you did it? I am new to photography and want to learn as much as I can. Thanks in advance.

Mette Vendelboe Allison

member since: 1/28/2003

Congrats - such an interesting, different look!


member since: 3/11/2002

Michael, I love this shot. You've done a great job with the composition. The lines and curves are such a study! Good luck in the finals, and keep shooting!

Cathy Barrows
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member since: 4/13/2003

Congrats and didn't I see this one on photosig also...i'm still trying to figure out what it!

Lem Metro

member since: 8/15/2002

Given the recent trend toward compositional winners here at BP, I think your wonderful frame has a very good shot at a rewarding finish! Great work, Michael!

Cheryl Meisel
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member since: 10/5/2001

Very pretty. Congrats and GOOD LUCK! Cheryl

Debbie S.
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member since: 1/7/2002

This is such an incredible image...I fully expect it to be in the winner's circle! Would you PLEASE share how you did it?

Michael McMurrough

member since: 5/27/2003

Thanks everyone!

This image is really rather simple. It's an upside-down martini glass (fancy variety with the curvaceous stem) placed in front of a set of venetion blinds. Light was provided by a table lamp with the shade swiveled to give an interesting effect.

I shot the photo in RAW mode and adjusted the white balance for fluorescent (though it was shot under tungsten) when I developed the TIFF file for processing. This gives it the orange glow. Processing the image was as follows: slight crop to the original, levels and curves adjustment, a few minor spot edits to get get rid of some stray reflections and a couple of hot pixels, resized and sharpened.

I don't think of it as a digital art creation, but rahter, as a photo with a creative white balance.


Debbie S.
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member since: 1/7/2002

WOW...I had no idea that changing from RAW to TIFF would result in an orange glow! I guess, along with the white balalce set to fluorescent...I'll have to try that one...You got an amazing result! I never would have seen the martini glass...I thought it was some kind of gel-like substance oozing out of a disc-shaped...something! Thanks so much for sharing your secrets...I really appreciate it!

Mette Vendelboe Allison

member since: 1/28/2003

Congratulations - well deserved!

Terry Gee

member since: 7/20/2002

Hi Michael!
What brings you over to this neck of the woods?
Congrats on winning with this great shot....I think I've seen it before!
Take Care,

Peggy Wolff
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member since: 2/26/2003

Michael, this is absolutly a stunning photograph! Congrats on a well deserved win! What I like even more though is how you spent the time to explain how you created this piece of art. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, and different amounts of experience. To me that is what BP is about is helping others improve their work and sharing our strengths. Thank you for doing that! I would have never known what this photo even was if you had not explained it. LOL

Connie I. Chandler

member since: 11/7/2002

Congratulations, Michael! This is a very cool photograph!

Debbie S.
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member since: 1/7/2002

A well deserved win Michael!!!!!! It is absoluitely STUNNING and deserves all the recognition and more!!!

Debbie S.
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member since: 1/7/2002

A well deserved win Michael!!!!!! It is absoluitely STUNNING and deserves all the recognition and more!!!

Bernard B. Travers
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member since: 8/5/2001

Great image. Congratulations, Michael.

Patrick Campbell
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member since: 4/21/2002

A striking image, just leaps off the page. Congrats on your win!

Collin Clack

member since: 2/2/2003

Absolutely superb image, well done on your place in the winners circle!!

Connie L. Carpenter
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member since: 3/27/2002

Excellent.. beautifully abstract. Congratulations.

Damian P. Gadal
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member since: 4/22/2002

WOW - this is great! Congrats!

Wolfgang Dolak

member since: 10/10/2002

Damian's words are mine also! Congratulations!!

Gary Minish
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member since: 9/8/2002

Great imagination, very well thought out and perfectly executed! Makes for an exceptional abstract image and a very well deserved win! Congratulations, Michael!

Anona  W. Boyte

member since: 5/27/2003

Congrats Micheal!!!! I knew you were gonna win....again! Im so proud to think of you as an aquintance of mine and a fellow photographer/Arkansas.

Keep up the great work.

Anona W. Boyte

Jean Papo
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member since: 5/4/2003

Wow, this is one hottie of a photo! Love it! And, thanks so much for taking the time out to share your techniques used to create this beauty!

Cathy M. Gromball
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member since: 9/27/2002

Congratulations, Michael!

Cathy :)

Brendan Love
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member since: 3/15/2007

I took this shot in mid afternoon on the banks of Loch Lomond using a Nikon D50 with Nikkor 55-200 lens,
on a tripod.

© Brendan Love
Nikon D50 Digital ...
Very nice and like previous I would also like to say thanks for explaining

3/15/2007 4:44:31 PM

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