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Neptune Rising by arctoa Neptune Rising by arctoa
Updated 22/11/2007 @ 02:16


Location: Shiremoor, Northumberland, England
Date: 26/10/2007 @ 15:02
Light Conditions: Indoors/Dull

Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: 17-85mm kit
Focal Length: 70 mm
Flash: Fired
Flash Mode: On-camera
Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec.
Aperture: F/7.1
ISO: ISO-200
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Post-work: Crop / Monochrome / Colour balance
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Neptune was the Roman god of the seas, equated to Poseidon (Greek) and Nechtan (Celtic), amongst others. I'd have chosen one of the others, but Neptune has vaguely stellar undertones and I am all for that. Also relevant is the texture of the surface I was dropping water on to; it looks like Space.

Another image taken for a college assignment. I went through scores of attempts before nailing this shot; and even then, it's not as clear as I would like it to be. Still, it's a lot better than anything else I produced in the same (and previous) sessions.
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hosagu Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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arctoa Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly.
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Dreaming-Thoughts Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
:heart:

The sharpness and contours are astounding... I love this :)
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arctoa Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student Photographer
Much obliged; thank-you.
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DizzyCowPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
The highlights, combined with the subtle reflections and deep blacks makes this and excellent piece!
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Photographer
Many thanks for the comment; it's appreciated.
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Bluebubblesky Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
It's beautiful!
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Photographer
Many thanks.
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JaiCho Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a perfect splash captuer >< I have so much appreciation for the timing this requires haha
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Photographer
Heh, I was actually quite lucky with this one but yes, it can be a particularly time-consuming and frustrating process. Thank you, once again.
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astrangeallure Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic. :heart:
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly. This is one of those that came out a lot better with a little bit of attention; the raw image betrayed the extremely lo-fi aesthetics behind this image, heh.
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CGiraldez Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing in every aspect !
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arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly.
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DorianECGordon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful. The movement, the explosion. It feels like a living, breathing thing, and the black-and-white choice makes it even more interesting.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Photographer
Many thanks for the comment, it's appreciated.
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bloodred1889 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
i like this, its cool, reminds me of ink, i dunno why i just really like looking at it :P

you know what i think your really honest and i like that, alot of ppl dont like to say how they did the shot, or even say that it took ages to get this exact one, i admire you for giving out all the info, it really helps ppl know that it dosnt just take one shot :)
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arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008  Student Photographer
Heh, I can see how it would remind you of ink. It is just tap-water, though.

Well, thank-you for that; I know that lots of people refuse to disclose information on how they captured their shots and while that may help to retain a sense of mystery around their work it does sort-of degrade their merits as a person, especially if the person asking is quite clearly someone just starting out in the field and not exactly a rival. There shouldn't be rivalry in such actions anyway, art's not a sport.

Anyway, yeah, this was a nightmare to capture. Hahah. Both this and my Hydragyros deviation were achived after a collective taking of around 300 shots. My flash was playing up on the day so syncing everything one-handed was a nightmare.
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agustinbarrutia Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
I like the contrast. And that moody background works great.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that, and for placing this into your favourites. I appreciate it, muchly.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
The textures are stunning, and that and the layers and the angle make this better than any water-drop shot I've seen yet.

That college course is doing some good things (:
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arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Student Photographer
Heh, yeah, I am finding the course pretty useful. Seeing as I had just bought an SLR camera I had no clue about how to use it, while now I have a vague idea about what around half of the buttons do. Hah.

Thank-you for your words, and for adding this to your favourites.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Big 'ol cameras like that scare me. I am, however, lusting after one of those itsy slim digicameras, and oh yes I have been dropping hints.

You're quite welcome, as always (:
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arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Student Photographer
I'll probably end up getting a slimline camera too, in due course. This beast isn't much good at being concealed, heh.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The whole world (less MySpace camera whores) deserves one.
<3
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paintspills Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007   Photographer
wow. amazing contrast and 'freeze point'.
I love how the is so crisp and clear that it just draws the eyes to even the littlest details of the composition.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Student Photographer
It took me hours to capture it at the right moment, but I'm fairly content with how it came out. Thank-you muchly for taking the time to comment.
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paintspills Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007   Photographer
I know what you mean with capturing it at the right moment. ^^
I once tried to capture droplets, I went through like 200+ shots to find like maybe eight usable ones.
And you're most welcome.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Student Photographer
Yeah, it's insane how many shots you can go through. I'm just glad I opted for a big memory card, else I'd just get frustrated all the time.
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Yarw Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Just wonderful!
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arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Student Photographer
Thank-you for adding this to your favourites; it's appreciated.
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PonyAnarchy Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007   Photographer
You're featured in my journal here-->[link]
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arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Student Photographer
Thank-you very much. :)
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PonyAnarchy Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007   Photographer
You're welcome!
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maicx Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
great shot :D
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arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007  Student Photographer
Thankyou for that, it's appreciated.
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StrayedMusician Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
You know:

goddammit. If only I had a fine camera. I've been working with the shittiest camera in the world for a long time. Too bad I'm poor as dirt. This is splendid, Darren.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Student Photographer
Mm, yes, you would probably capture some great moments with an improved camera. I'm still learning how to use this one; and boyo, did it clear out my funds when I bought it. :B

A print request? D:
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StrayedMusician Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
Yes D:<
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arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Student Photographer
I'll have to see what I can do.

:noes:
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StrayedMusician Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
Yay. :B
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Neuroticart Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow:
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arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Student Photographer
Heh, thankyou for that.
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Neuroticart Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
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SteOS Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
Awesome. I will feature this in my journal! :-)
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arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Student Photographer
Thankyou for that, and for adding this account to your deviantwatch. I appreciate it muchly.
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SteOS Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
No Problem. If you like my gallery maybe we can watch each other?! :-)
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arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Student Photographer
Sure; you've some nice works.
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SteOS Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
:-)
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xequemate Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
It's brilliant. I really like this. :clap:
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