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Linda A. Braddock level-classic December 13, 2010

Martin, WOW! Fantastic Capture! #1335382

Allen Hughes December 13, 2010

Outstanding work and final product, Martin. #9100843

David M. Montero December 14, 2010

Fantastic work Martin! #9102795

Martin J. Wells December 17, 2010

Thanks a lot. It ONLY took 100 takes to get this shot. Each time I had to pick up the cards of course:-) #9111034

Karen Celella level-deluxe January 19, 2011

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Martin. #9173934

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe January 19, 2011

Congratulations on your creative and cool finalist Martin! #9175665

Allen Hughes January 19, 2011

I'm not at all surprised to see this again. A well deserved finalist choice. #9175982

Merna L. Nobile January 20, 2011

I can only imagine how proud you must be feeling right now. What wonderful news! CONGRATULATIONS, Merna #9180612

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic January 20, 2011

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #9181368

Cindy Bendush level-classic January 23, 2011

Awesome winner Martin! Super creative use of repeating flash! #9187576

JO ANN CLEVELAND January 23, 2011

Big congratulations on this awesome 2nd Place Win Martin!

This would have received Grand Prize from me, even though the one that won, was outstanding! Hey, they could have had 2 Grand

jo ann c. #9188691

Patti Coblentz January 24, 2011

This is amazing, Martin...congratulations on your win for it! I had to laugh at your comments about the re-takes...picking up the cards again and again. Well worth it...this is fantastic!! #9189409

Karen Celella level-deluxe January 24, 2011

I'm thrilled to see this with a gold winners badge! Congratulations on your outstanding award, Martin! #9190688

Martin J. Wells January 25, 2011

Thanks to everyone for there kind and encouraging comments. #9192073

Linda Blair January 25, 2011

Awesome winner...congratulations!!! #9193104

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic January 27, 2011


UB. #9197131

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe January 27, 2011

Excellent Martin, congratulations on your win! #9198129

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 29, 2011

Another beautiful creation! Congratulations Martin, and thanks once more for sharing your process! #9200264

Nikki McDonald level-classic January 29, 2011

Congratulations on the win, Martin -- this is gorgeous against the black. I thank you, too, for explaining your work. I may never try this myself, but I admire your persistence and it obviously paid off. #9200326

David M. Montero January 30, 2011

Congratulations Martin. Fantastic winner. #9202602

Martin J. Wells January 31, 2011

I've attached an image showing the before and after post processing. #9203629

Martin J. Wells January 31, 2011

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Nikon D300s
1.3 secs @ f/22 ISO320
Nikon sb900 flash (on camera)
repeating flash 12x @ 8 hertz
1/128th +1/3 flash power
Sigma 10mm - 20mm @12mm

Minimum Post Processing in Lightroom 3.3
- noise reduction (worth the money for this alone)
- s-curve minor tweaks
- increased clarity
- small amount of black clipping

taken against black cloth background (one side light diffused).

The trick to getting the cards falling nicely is to drape the black curtain over a table creating a nice curve so the cards slide into a single pile.

Exif: F Number: 22, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 13/10 seconds, Flash: fired, compulsory flash mode, return light not detected, ISO: 320, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 12.00 mm, Model: NIKON D300S

Uploaded on December 13, 2010 All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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