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I wasn’t too sure what to do for this week’s Photo Friday theme – Clean – so have gone with an image that captures some of the things that first came to mind – bright, vibrant colours, and water. And the reason I’ve gone for an indoor shot, or at least a major part of the reason, is that UK winters are normally quite a miserable time of year for photography, and the chances of finding anything outside that doesn’t look grey and washed out (and not overly clean) are rather small.

As for this shot: it’s water running into a glass fruit bowl, and is lit by a single diffused flash. One of the features on my flashgun (a Speedlite 420EX), that I overlooked when I got it, is a high speed sync mode; i.e. it will sync at any shutter speed. And while this image doesn’t really demonstrate that feature to great effect, it did help when taking this shot; i.e. I didn’t need to worry about freezing the movement of the water.

And finally: very little has been done to this image other than a slight increase in saturation, a Curves adjustment, and some sharpening.

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Canon G5
4.34pm on 12/3/04
aperture priority
B+W UV 010
4x3 + photo friday [noteworthy] + macro
comment by Bananas! at 08:38 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2004

Hey! That's funny; I had exactly the same thing in mind but after some shots I decided to leave the clear glass bowl and use the clean white sink! :D

comment by Bananas! at 08:40 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2004

(Of course yours is mch nicer! ;)

comment by d at 08:49 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2004

ahh, what a myriad of colours. very vibrant image!

i get what you mean about our winters. i hide until summer.

comment by Raj at 09:11 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2004

Your work just provides me ample opportunities to think outside the box. This is something that I would not have thought of, but something that I will certainly experiment with. Great shot, Dave!

comment by kawaii at 12:51 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

Your photos are so vibrant and clear, and I especially like this one. I love the variety of colors. :)

comment by Lorien at 03:13 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

Beautiful show of colors and reflaction. I like! :-))

comment by seadragon at 03:53 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

This is beautiful. I want to make this my desktop background. The colors are so vibrant and uplifting, and the contrast between the bubbles and the ripples is fascinating. I love it.

comment by myla at 04:34 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

I originally thought this was taken top-plan view of a super-clean aquarium with bright tropical fish.

That it isn't that makes this all that more fantastic to me. Beautiful, D.

comment by p23e at 07:19 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

_*Fresh & Vibrant*_

Original ~H20~ shot!

comment by Jasmin at 09:14 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

This is an amazing shot. The colours drive my eyes a little crazy, though. ;)

comment by Deceptive at 11:28 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

Great shot with wonderful vibrant colours, I feel the cleanness of the image is slightly marred by the noise evident in the red and green. You could try neat image to sort this out.

comment by djn1 at 11:54 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

Thanks everyone.

Deceptive: I can't use Neat Image as there isn't a Mac native version yet, but I do take your point (the red/green noise was a bit distracting) and have posted an amended version. I used ISOx Pro on the area surrounding the bubbles and it's managed to reduce most of the noise without losing too much clarity. I did try running it on the whole image, but it wrecked the detail and left the image looking rather flat.

comment by Jeff at 04:14 PM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

This is an amazing shot! When I opened up the page, my jaw dropped. Nice color.

comment by nariman at 04:49 PM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

composition and colors are great. I love the clusters of different texture. Bubbles on the left lower corner and lines on the right upper. almost half and half. the background colors is very original and makes it so different from typical water drop captures.

comment by jasmine at 10:26 PM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

i know what you mean about it being a dry season for photography in the UK now.. but i love what you came up with. the blurriness and the bubbles and the colours!

comment by Sandra Rocha at 11:33 PM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

what I love the most about your photographs is the way they turn something of our daily lives into something special, and thats exactly what happens here :-)

comment by P at 04:03 AM (GMT) on 14 March, 2004

wow. amazing shot.

comment by jane at 11:14 PM (GMT) on 16 March, 2004

psychedelic frogspawn...my favourite. This is cool and clean, childlike and sophisticated. Love it!

comment by Muk at 11:20 AM (GMT) on 20 March, 2004

Like an abstract painting. Great.

comment by Jon at 04:54 AM (GMT) on 23 March, 2004

Hey hey, congrats on the noteworthy Dave. :)

comment by emarquetti at 11:10 AM (GMT) on 23 March, 2004

Noteworthy deserved! ;-)

comment by fredrik at 02:28 PM (GMT) on 23 March, 2004

congrats to the noteworthy! you've certainly earned it;)

comment by tocular.blogspot.com at 05:02 PM (GMT) on 23 March, 2004

Awesome colors, very good art work!

comment by Bananas! at 07:38 PM (GMT) on 23 March, 2004

Congratulations! It is well deserved!! ;)