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  #31 Lines and Stripes
Entry 9 of 53
Photo (Opportunity) CDs?       ©2007 Maike13
Panasonic DMC-LX1       9th place, 167 points
1/30s, f3.6, ISO 80, 52mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Cropped, Rotated, boosted Brightness, touch of Shadow & Highlight, Re-sized       Extra Info: Microscopic lines on the CDs cause white light to be diffracted into brilliant stripes of colour as it reflects off the CDs.

These four CDs were laid on an old matte black CD player placed on our kitchen counter top, illuminated by under cabinet fluorescent tubes. A piece of matte black weed control fabric draped over everything prevented the CDs reflecting anything much other than the diffracted light.
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Apr 17, 2007
    Congrats finishing TT Maike!

Apr 17, 2007
    You're much too kind LaRee. I'm afraid this entry was more dogged determination than any great finesse and camera handling. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted it to look like and just messed around with different lighting, camera angles and settings, and CD arrangement, until it came out right. Probably took 50 or 60 shots to get this one, Sorry to disillusion you :-)

I am totally thrilled to have finished in the top ten though, for which I thank you and your son, and of course everyone else who voted for my entry. The only problem I'm going to have is equalling this for future entries. They say everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, has one good book in them, and I fear I may only have one good challenge entry in me :-)

Apr 16, 2007
    Rest assured that your image placed high on my list. :-) I had to agree with my son that this one leaped off the screen at us. It is a striking image that anyone viewing should appreciate. But I appreciate it even more because it took some finesse and good camera handling to achieve.

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Apr 16, 2007
    As this challenge winds down, I'd just like to thank all of you for your very kind comments. I had a lot of fun with this entry, as it proved harder than I expected to get it looking the way I envisioned.
LaRee, if you see this, please thank your son for me. I'm very glad he liked it. Picasso said 'Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.' So I give your son's opinion much more weight than that of most adults (particularly those who didn't vote for my entry :-).

Apr 15, 2007
    My 7 yr old son voted this in his top two. He was so excited by it. Fabulous image and excellent technique.

Apr 14, 2007
    Lovely colors, Lovely lines! Original idea and in my TT~!

Old Finn
Apr 14, 2007
    Good work and a nive composition, beautiful colours.

Apr 14, 2007
    Very cleverly done! Thanks for the how-to description, you put quite a bit of work into it!

Apr 13, 2007
    Great idea and coloring, got your lines/stripes, in my TT.
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Apr 13, 2007
    Good setup - and good ideas for the future! Like the lines of colour going into the distance.

Apr 13, 2007
    Thanks. Appreciate the comments.

Apr 13, 2007
    Dazzling shot. While the lines on the CDs are visible only in their ability to refract light, the end result is both clever and a really pleasing rainbow of sharp colors.
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