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  #77 Science fiction, science fact
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Global Warming       ©2010 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       5th place, 80 points
4s, f11, ISO 100, 68mm, Manual, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: Adjust Contrast, Overlay Polar Bear, Layer resize, perspective adjust, smudge, trim, Image crop, resize.       Extra Info: Science Fact: Global warming is real and climate change is most rapid in the polar regions where accelerated Arctic Ice Melt now increasingly threatens the survival of the Polar Bear, symbol of the Canadian North. Change of State: Solid Ice to Liquid Water.

Earth Hour is 8.30pm, Saturday 27th March 2010. www.earthhour.org
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Apr 1, 2010
    No no - that wasn't a polar bear - it was smiling so it must have been moi. Every time I'm freezing my a.. er hands off I still think of your very witty comment LOL Oscar Wilde "I wish I had said that." I totally love quick wit but seem to have trained my sons too well as I seem to be on the receiving end more and more (and they are bigger than me now :-)

I completely missed the surface as I didn't need to look up previous shots to ID you this time.

I use various methods. Mostly, like a policeman I decide if someone is guilty and then build my whole case on that - off with his head! This time you made it easy for me by including the same advert for earth hour (be still my bleeding heart).

In this shot I knew this was you as soon as I the bears slowly materialized out of the photo - absolutely brilliant. I did not realize that about your surface. You completely sucked me in with it - all I saw was Precambrian granite and the receding darkness. Then I went to work eliminating you from all the other shots.

And yes I also use the text, spelling, grammar, terminology, etc. If I have time I flip back to other challenges to find a shot that lurks in my memory.

But most of all it is a feeling and I find that hard to explain. For example I tend to love many of Old Finns entries and surprisingly he selects mine frequently also. I have no association or knowledge of him other than from this site. My ID of Billy for his shot of the tourists pointing to the sky was my best guess yet. Totally unsupported except for that feeling of certainty that it was his so I went out on limb and nailed him as superbilly.

Your match shot made me doubt my link with the polar bears until I decided that any pilot would just love those graceful patterns made by the smoke. I mean all that blown area couldn't possibly be Jade LOL

As for comments, I'm still trying (but not succeeding) to follow your example and make a note on each entry. Without comments I think the site would die. Slainte, Michael
Edited on Apr 1, 2010

Jade O.
Mar 30, 2010
    Thank you each for your votes and comments. Every one is appreciated.

Thanks, Mepo. The same surface appears in my entries in Challenges 62, 63, and 70, not that you seem to need any help in ID'ing who the shooters are (how do you do that?)

No polar bears? I swear I saw one taking photos near the canal recently..... :-))))) Always fun to have your comments and was sure your pickle would finish high if not on top.
Edited on Mar 30, 2010

Mar 30, 2010
    Congrats for your tt finish. You certainly had me fooled with the melamine. My apologies for thinking the photo was out of date; it was still in my tt.

By the way - there are no polar bears around Ottawa - we have found that if we light up some pickles it keeps them away.

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Jade O.
Mar 29, 2010
    Thanks, Brett. I was afraid it might look cliché. The centered subject was deliberate. Purely subjective but I didn't think it looked right cropped otherwise.

Mar 29, 2010
    With a slightly less centered crop on this I would call it a masterpiece.
Beautifully interpreted message. An image that should be seen elsewhere so I hope you share it around.

Jade O.
Mar 29, 2010
    Thanks, Billy. I tried not to make the bears too obvious (tough to find any in the wild here LOL - you have to go further north (like Ottawa?) to find them ;-) Actually, you can find them in the province of Ontario and one of our great parks is named just for them (www.ontarioparks.com/english/pola.html).
(As an aside, Ontario's 329 provincial parks collectively occupy 79,000 sq. km or 30,500 square miles (the size of Scotland or South Carolina). We truly have some of the very last truly pristine wilderness areas in the world.)
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Mar 29, 2010
    Great for the theme and nicely executed; the extra info made my eyes go back to the pic and discovered the (perfectly added in PP!) polar bears... that rounded the pic. Great image and idea, my #2, well done!!

Jade O.
Mar 29, 2010
    Well, well, next time, I'll put in more detail; the photo was taken in the challenge period but not in a "natural" setting. Oh, well. I figure I deserve to be downgraded anyway for a photo of an ice cube that looks like a rock. Oh, wait, I get it. You mean that scarred melamine painted surface that looks like a rock.
Edited on Mar 29, 2010

Mar 29, 2010
    My initial favourite, great lighting and colour. I especially like the rock that appears to be scarred by glacier scraping, very reminiscent of the last global warming. However I suspect that the bear photo was not taken during the contest period and I downgrade it for that reason. Sorry to be so picky but I wonder where the limits of imported images will stop. Ah well - I can't be voting you in 1st place every time LOL - where did you find glacial rock in Toronto?

Jade O.
Mar 29, 2010
    Alberto, I had lots of trouble with exposures! In retrospect, I think I should have tried to tone map the cube

Lo I had hoped this would not look too cheesy.

elliott I tried an ice cube on a dark surface first, the ice looked good but the melted water was terrible. Then a light surface and the opposite effect. So I settled for this. Capturing a cube of ice and a thin film of water was more difficult than I imagined and I'm not very satisfied with my results in the end.

Mar 29, 2010
    ...Noteworthy idea...But the overexposure has blown away too much details...:-(

Mar 28, 2010
    The play of light and shadow in this photo is beautiful, and it is a sad fact that the melting ice is placing our polar bears at risk. A very poignant and timely photograph.

Mar 26, 2010
    good message. i'm sorry i didn't see the polar bears right off. i just kind of like the balance of the light, medium, and dark that i noticed on thumbnail. i worked on something similar but wasn't happy with a milky ice cube that i had and no time to make new ice so gave up on that one. i did find that polishing the surface with auto wax made the water bead up pleasingly. good luck with entry. el
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