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Sonata in Blue Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner
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Blue food coloring in gelatin makes for some amazing "liquid" that defies gravity. :)

The glasses really are stacked that way.

Lighting is three clamp lamps ($5 at a hardware store) sitting on the table behind the glasses, pointing at the yellow wall so no light falls directly into the glasses. The glasses are a few feet away from the wall.

Because blue gelatin plus yellow bounced light = green, I corrected the color in Photoshop. Another issue is that yellow light has very little blue in it, so the gelatin appears very dark. I also corrected that in Photoshop.

Lesson learned: think about color mixing when choosing your food coloring!
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Lynne Morris
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    Wow Jeffrey, what a beautiful creative still life, the colours and lighting are fantastic, excellent work!

11/30/2007 11:00:08 PM

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11/30/2007 11:35:03 PM

Teri Soares
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Jeffrey, this is FABULOUS! I've tried a few of these images, but yours are very inspiring and blow mine out of the water. Just wonderful!!! Also, thank you for so generously sharing your technique.


11/30/2007 11:36:37 PM

Jean-Pierre Ducondi
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Very creative and great colors. Thank you for sharing. Great job.

11/30/2007 11:37:31 PM

Dominick M. Dimacale
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Very lovely image you have here, Jeffrey.


11/30/2007 11:38:01 PM

Mary K. Robison
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Extremely imaginative and beautiful creation, Jeffrey! The colors, composition and lighting are outstanding.

11/30/2007 11:58:55 PM

Joseph M. Muench
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Jeffrey - Incredibly creative! The lighting, color, lines, and composition are truly outstanding. Awesome! - Joe

12/9/2007 3:19:55 PM

Karen K. Givens
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Congratulations Jeffrey on your finalists. Great image. :)

12/19/2007 2:22:36 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your finalist! Great idea Jeffrey!

12/19/2007 4:05:49 PM

Paul Parent
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Congratulations on your finalist

12/19/2007 4:44:38 PM

Deb Koskovich
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Incredibly clever, and congrats on the Finalist!

12/19/2007 5:20:59 PM

Jeffrey Levy

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Wow, thanks, everyone! As for sharing my technique, I could never have done anything good without others' generosity, so I see it as doing my part to pass along knowledge.

12/19/2007 6:30:00 PM

Mike Perez
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Awesome creativity, clarity and colors, Jeffrey!

12/19/2007 7:40:50 PM

Karen Oldfield

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Congratulations, Jeffrey!

12/19/2007 7:41:35 PM

Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your first place winner, Jeffrey.

12/19/2007 8:17:12 PM

Susana Heide
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LOVE< LOVE< LOVE this image!!! Intriguing and so very creative! Perfect in every way!! CONGRATS on this fine WIN, Jeffrey!!!

12/19/2007 8:45:46 PM

Sylvia Rossler
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First of all..Thank you for letting us know how you made it is a very deserved 1st place winner...picture perfect!! Big congrats :O)

12/19/2007 9:49:31 PM

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Hope you got a spot free on your calendar for after the first of the year, Jeff! I feeling a DC day trip or even an overnight coming on. Many congrats on your first place win!

12/19/2007 9:56:19 PM

Paul Vines

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magnificent shot. been away for a while so catching up. but this is fantastic. a very well done and a happy xmas too you

12/19/2007 10:54:29 PM

Renee Doyle
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A real eye-catcher!!! Congrats on this wonderfully creative and well deserved winner Jeffrey!

12/20/2007 1:29:42 AM

Autum Rhoades
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This rocks! GREAT work! Congrats on your win!

12/20/2007 4:26:04 AM

Neil R. Shapiro
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Big congratulations Jeffrey! A wonderful image, and well deserved win.

12/20/2007 7:18:51 AM

Sherry Sturgis
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Way To Go Jeffrey!!! Many Congratulations to you, on this MARVELOUS winner!!!!

12/20/2007 8:31:15 AM

Kristi A. Howson
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Congratulations on this wonderful First Place Winner Jeffrey! Amazing skill in the set up as well as the photography!

12/20/2007 9:47:03 AM

Terry L. Ellis
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Congratulations, Jeffrey, on your expertly done, First Place win! Had to laugh at the color mixing dilemma.

12/20/2007 10:27:55 AM

Colleen Farrell
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Terrific work! Very creative idea. Thanks also for sharing your technique. And congratulations on your First Place Win--WTG!

12/20/2007 11:33:05 AM

Jeffrey Levy

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Thanks, everyone! This is my first first-place finish, so I really appreciate all your messages. :)

12/20/2007 11:33:20 AM

Elida Gutierrez
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A humble Trophy for The Winners

12/20/2007 11:35:56 AM

Lynne Morris
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Loved this one first time round Jeffrey, delighted to see it with a worth gold badge, huge congratulations!

12/20/2007 2:08:51 PM

RC  Fritz
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This image is absolutely fantastic! Very creative, Jeffrey! Congratulations!

12/20/2007 3:38:26 PM

Stanley C. Sims

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Congratulations on this very creative image Jeffrey. Well deserved.

12/20/2007 4:07:28 PM

Amber Blewett
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What a great imagination you have....image....imagination...hmmm. Great job here, very very interesting a fantasticly set up!

12/20/2007 7:33:34 PM

Ursula I. Abresch
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Congratulations, Jeffrey! Enjoy your sling-pack :)

12/20/2007 9:01:08 PM

Vicki L. Filippin
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Congrats on your win~

12/22/2007 6:11:46 AM

Jill Flynn
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Awesome work, creativity and vision Jeffrey. Kudos for taking this one right to the First Place Winner's Circle!!!

12/23/2007 9:25:03 AM

Charles Grixti
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Congrts Jeff.... Fantastic work here

12/23/2007 8:46:53 PM

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THIS IS AMAZING!!!!! Magnificent creativity!!! Great job! :)

12/24/2007 7:49:42 PM

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This is such a beautiful win Jeffrey. You did a great job capturing it. Congratulations. Bill

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12/26/2007 4:32:12 AM

Carolyn M. DAlessandro
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OUTSTANDING!!! Original! Crisp! and outright beautiful! Congratulations!! and a Thank you for sharing your secrets..a true winner. Happy New Year!

1/1/2008 8:23:11 AM

Luca Diana
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Amazing! Great work! I'm glad creativity paid off for you.


1/3/2008 5:54:30 PM

Kholloud Al-Muraikhi
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Amazing... love the work

1/18/2008 12:14:02 PM

Susie Peek-Swint
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I'm a big fan of your still-life work Jeffrey ~ very inspiring.. thanks for sharing your set-up with us as I'd love to try this.. better stock up on cheap glassware first ~ haha!
Congrats on a well deserved winner that should have taken the grand prize!!

11/21/2008 3:47:57 AM

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Wonderful shot, and I appreciate the sharing of your techniques as well as the results! Great inspiration for Irene's Photo of the Day today! Congratulations to you both!


12/31/2008 6:43:02 AM

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wow really nice one. congratulation

7/7/2014 10:52:24 AM

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