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Will 16 1.8k United Kingdom
20 Jun 2003 9:09PM
I had to comment on this after seeing it in the admin system before making it active.

I think the effect on the hand is excellent. How has that been achieved? I can see some ripples just above the wrist that suggest it's one of those surgical gloves?

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mad-dogs 15 2.2k England
20 Jun 2003 9:18PM
I wore a disposable glove from B&Q.
Used a squarelight with a blue gel on the left and a snooted light with a yellow gel behind and to the right.
The background is a sheet of opal perspex lit from behind with a filter made of clingfilm and about twenty gel swatches botched together.


macroman 14 15.3k England
20 Jun 2003 9:34PM
Nice one Dave. Really creepy Hammer Horror stuff, evil doctor/nurse scenario.
Cracking lighting!
Must try something like this when I have time.

Just one small technical niggle. How can you have a jet of liquid from the needle, when there is an air bubble on top of the fluid in the syringe?

Photoshopped? Wink)
mad-dogs 15 2.2k England
20 Jun 2003 9:40PM
Nope - straight shot. Just cleaned up using levels and curves. It is the glass and the lighting that makes it look like an air bubble on a small image.
21 Jun 2003 7:56AM
Really like this shot. It is the contrasting colours that really make it for me. However, I can't help feeling that there is too much space around the syringe and hand - it is a shame they are not larger in the frame. Otherwise, nice shot.
mad-dogs 15 2.2k England
21 Jun 2003 8:24AM
Stephen - space is left around the subject to allow text to be placed,
Camera club mentality is to fill the canvas with subject.
To sell images is a different matter; the subject has to be placed in such a way that it can be used as a layout to include text without covering the subject.
21 Jun 2003 11:58AM
Good point about the space for the text.

I'll have to take your word on the camera club mentality, I've never been part of one.


durlstonp 15 638 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2003 8:10PM
Yet another great shot Dave. I can see this one selling again and again, from medical, to torture, from animal testing to virus epidemics etc.

mad-dogs 15 2.2k England
21 Jun 2003 8:23PM
Thanks Conrad - Love your nat history image. It is full of separate images within such as people backlit in the doorway, people going up escalators etc..
I think it is one of the best images on the site and should be front cover next week.
durlstonp 15 638 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2003 7:55AM
Thanks for the vote of confidence Dave. NHM doesn't share your enthusiasm unfortunately.

mad-dogs 15 2.2k England
22 Jun 2003 8:00AM
durlstonp 15 638 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2003 8:23AM
LOL! Now that made me feel a lot happier. Thanks.
Leo 16 46 9 England
9 Aug 2003 10:59AM
Stephen, just a rider on the "camera club mentality"...I left one some years ago because of the cliquey way they behaved. Ask one how a pic was achieved and you got only a nod and a wink, no useful info. I think it's brilliant of Dave to be so open with his help, after all it's his living!
Lesley Jane 15 305
17 Aug 2003 3:08PM
Dave - As it is your hand holding the syringe -how have you managed to keep it so still?
I couldn't imagine being able to hold a syringe in a gloved hand still long enough for a photo!!
mad-dogs 15 2.2k England
17 Aug 2003 4:07PM
It has to be carefully positioned to be in frame and in order that the 'squirt' does not go out of the frame.

I place various markers to frame the area and just out of view and rest my arm on the support - a workmate in this case.
deviant 14 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
31 May 2004 6:57AM
Great shot. Knew it was yours when I saw the dinky lighting set-up

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