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  #135 One-second Exposure
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Nailed it!       ©2013 Mepo
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       1st place, 256 points
1s, f11, ISO 80, ?, Manual, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Small crop. Adjust contrast/brightness usm. Used a torch (flashlight) to illuminate the hammer as it was swung.       Extra Info: The problem in shooting is that when the hammer hits the nail it vibrates and that makes it difficult to get a sharp image. I pressed the remote and swung the hammer at the same time. Lots of shots with no hammer and lots with no swing effect LOL Tried from a lower angle but that eliminates the view of the nail head before the hammer hits it- I like the x-ray effect.
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Adirondack Gal
Nov 28, 2013
    Congratulations Mepo! Wonderful creation for the theme! Clearly the winner from the start!

Nov 26, 2013
    from your comment about working in the basement in your forum post seems to have been worth it.
still the new cabinet awaits completion

Nov 26, 2013
    Hey Mepo, congratulations!

Nov 25, 2013
    Congratulations Mepo, a clear winner from the start.

Nov 25, 2013
    Thank you all for the great comments. I'm surprised and celebrating :-) Kudos to Jade for coming up with such a good subject and congratulations to everyone who experimented. It is satisfying to see how many members say they have learned something new in the process, I certainly did too.

Nov 25, 2013
    Congratulations! Well planned and executed, and a well deserved win.

Nov 25, 2013
    Certainly did nail it!!! Congrats!

Nov 25, 2013
    nice going!! it has all the right elements for top honors in this challenge.

Nov 25, 2013
    Congratulations Mepo, just read explanation regarding nail head, interesting to say the least.

Nov 25, 2013
    Congrats Mepo! I was surprised to read your explanation as to why the hammer appears to be behind the nail.

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Nov 25, 2013
    great picture, love the colour, tone and composition.
....and you'd deserve a vote just for the persistence!

Nov 25, 2013
    Great capture of movement.

Old Finn
Nov 25, 2013
    Good idea for the photo andf finally you succeeded well. The x-ray effect is interesting. Most of the 1 second time the nail was in that position and the hammer was still only in that position. Good work, in my favorites.

Nov 24, 2013
    I like it very much. It is odd that the hammer doesn't look to be touching the top of the nail. I really like the motion you've captured with your long exposure though.

Nov 24, 2013
    Great shot but not sure the look of the hammer missing the nail that comes across to me spoils the effect

Nov 23, 2013
    Your work paid off - great motion shot. I'm surprised the hammer is so clear.

Nov 23, 2013
    To answer a couple of points. I did try lifting the hammer away from the nail and it doesn't work in any way at all, for one thing the 'swing' effect is totally and obviously false (doing this shot I learned a lot about how I actually swing the hammer - not what I imagined).

I also tried a flash but the flashlight provided far superior results and is much easier to control and adjust (distance/angle).

Yes I was wearing safety glasses (after having a shard of metal removed from my eye on two occasions I have actually got smarter!) I was also careful to follow the instructions not to use the hammer in the bath while using an electric toaster LOL

And I want to emphasize that the hammer is sitting directly on top of the nail. The X-Ray effect helps to show the effect of a 1 second exposure.

Jade O.
Nov 23, 2013
    Really a fine result for a difficult subject. Technical excellence will move this one high in my rankings.

Nov 22, 2013
    only one nail was injured during the shoot.
recovering but unstable
maybe shoot with hammer on nail and pull up on shot firing

Nov 22, 2013
    Loved all your comments and I'm happy that some of you have shared the frustration of getting this kind of shot.

Regarding the nail. As I mentioned in my comments, I purposely chose the xray view over showing the nail and hammer head separately. This accentuates the use of a long exposure. The nail gets exposed as the hammer is falling and therefore shows 'through' the head when the hammer hits it. When the hammer hit the nail it comes to rest and is then photographed clearly. I'm proud to say that the hammer hit the nail every time!! (I'm not a carpenter and am not always that accurate LOL)

I'm blown away with all your positive comments - thanks!

Nov 22, 2013
    Well done - I see how actually not nailing it solved your vibration problem! I wonder if shooting it backwards may have possibly worked better - starting with the hammer resting on the nail for part of the exposure and then swinging it up off the nail?!

I had tried a similar shot by dropping an object and using 2nd curtain flash but couldn't get anything I liked. But I can feel your pain in taking lots of misses before even getting close!

I assume you were wearing your safety goggles as instructed in the hammer head!
Edited on Nov 22, 2013

Nov 22, 2013
    You certainly nailed it! I'm sure this was not easy, great job. Is it an optical illusion or the nail is on this side of the hammer?
Edited on Nov 22, 2013

Nov 22, 2013
    You nailed it ! (pun intended).
I tried a similar technique but gave up in frustration, and switched to waving the camera around at the night lights of the city. Your results are well worth your efforts .

Nov 22, 2013
    Ouch. Lovely photo

Nov 22, 2013
    Neat idea, well photographed.

Nov 21, 2013
    I like the movement, lighting, focus, and composition. It would have been nice to have caught the hammer on top of the nail instead of behind it. In my favs.
Edited on Nov 30, 2013

Nov 21, 2013
    Nice capture, looks really difficult to get. I think you did a good job considering trying to swing hammer and set off shutter at same time. It is fairly sharp considering, almost appears as if nail head is going thru hammerhead.

Nov 21, 2013
    well done hitting the nail on the head.
in my favorites.

Nov 21, 2013
    Yes you did! And I applaud your persistence in getting this nice interesting shot!
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