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PF Photo Contest - You Cannot Violate The Laws Of Physics (7/16-7/22)

  1. Jul 16, 2011 #1

    ZapperZ

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    You cannot violate the laws of physics

    Sure you can't, but can you find photos that makes it APPEARS to be that you are? That's our theme for this week. Your photos must contain something that makes it appears as if a law of physics is being violated.

    Good luck!


    Contest Rules:

    1. Any digital photo or digitally-scanned photo relevant to the theme will be accepted within the contest period. In case there's a gray area, or you're not sure if the picture is suitable, check with me first.

    2. Please resize your digital photo to no more than 800 x 600 or 600 x 800 pixels. You may also crop your picture if you wish. You are also allowed to adjust the brightness and contrast of your picture but these should not dramatically alter the look of the picture. But other than those, any form of picture editing or modification is not allowed. This is a photo contest, not a picture editing/special effect contest. You may add a watermark or your name/nickname to the photo for identification purposes.

    3. Upload your photos to any of the photo servers such as imageshack or photobucket. Then post it the relevant contest thread and link your picture using the img command. PM me if you do not know how.

    4. Only ONE picture per member per contest. Once a picture is posted, it cannot be changed other than a total withdrawl by that member from that week's photo contest. Exceptions will be made for modification to comply with the rules, such as resizing.

    5. At the end of the contest period, I will open a poll and every PF member can vote for the picture they like best.

    6. Note that in case we have a large number of entries, I will do the polling in more than one thread. If that's the case, you can vote in each of the polling threads. The photos will be assigned in the polling threads in the order they were submitted.

    7. These pictures must be something that you took, not something taken off someone else's photo albums or taken by someone else. I have no way of checking if you did this, so we'll go by the honor system.

    8. You can use a picture only once. Once it is used in a contest, it cannot be reused in another contest.

    9. Please post only pictures meant for submission in this thread

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  3. Jul 16, 2011 #2

    turbo

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    Finally! A chance to use this one. I shot a flash picture of a fossil-rock that was resting on top of my woodbox. The top is pine painted an antique mustard yellow. When I downloaded the image to my PC, I was surprised to see that the rock appears to be levitating. Very odd effect.

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  4. Jul 16, 2011 #3
    My magnetic suspension system
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  5. Jul 18, 2011 #4

    Andy Resnick

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    The inspiration for this was Rutherford's comment regarding his discovery of the atomic nucleus: a result "as surprising as if you were to fire cannon balls at tissue paper and have them bounce back at you"

    [PLAIN]http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/9615/dsc8484u.jpg [Broken]
     
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  6. Jul 22, 2011 #5

    ZapperZ

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    Last day to submit a photo that appears to violate the laws of physics.

    C'mon! Where are all the crackpots when you need them?

    :)

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    Khemist, did you take that photo yourself?
     
  9. Jul 22, 2011 #8

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    That is what I would like to know too. If it isn't clarified by the deadline, I cannot use it as part of this contest.

    Zz.
     
  10. Jul 22, 2011 #9

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    I am no expert, but if you look ever so closely at his feet you will see a small thin line of lighter pixels around each of his shoes. It looks like he photo shopped himself into the background. If photo shopping is allowed and he took a picture of himself and edited it into the background, does it still qualify ?

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  11. Jul 22, 2011 #10
    Rule #2 would disqualify that. you can crop, edit brightness/contrast, but not make dramatic changes.

    I'll confess to just loving turbo's first pic for this contest.
     
  12. Jul 22, 2011 #11

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    And I'll confess to having NO idea how this picture showed up looking so oddly. The rock was sitting on the top of our wood-box and when I shot it and downloaded to my PC, it seemed like the rock was floating. I haven't been able to replicate that. It's just odd.
     
  13. Jul 22, 2011 #12

    Pengwuino

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    Personally I think he's just jumping and in mid-air. His shirt seems to be moving upwards. Must have been a fast exposure.
     
  14. Jul 22, 2011 #13

    rhody

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    Ok Peng,

    Then, what about the small ribbon of pixels around his shoes ? Plus the shadows on his body don't match the natural light angle either.
    Or, are you just busting my chops for another laugh, which is it ?

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  15. Jul 22, 2011 #14

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    I don't really think the lighting looks wrong, but I don't really have much training in this :P I don't know what you're talking about with his shoes though.
     
  16. Jul 22, 2011 #15

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    2llbz9t.jpg

    Look at his left leg and how the color is different (almost white, not the color of the background) right around the edge of his shoe and pants. I don't think that is natural, just a bad photo shop job. I know an expert and he spent 45 minutes with photo shop and removed a washed out area from the right shoulder a picture of my daughter in Hawaii a few years back, unless you had criminal or experimental pixel analysis software, no one could tell the difference. This on the other hand is an obvious (to me anyway) hack job.

    Maybe he was trying to be funny, Zz's last comment in the post before was:
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  17. Jul 22, 2011 #16

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  18. Jul 22, 2011 #17

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    To me, that's clearly the water crashing together in the background. I haven't really zoomed in however, as I barely care :P Take that!
     
  19. Jul 23, 2011 #18

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    Just wondering why? The photo is not dissimilar to the photo in post no. 5 in this thread-
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=496724
     
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  20. Jul 23, 2011 #19

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    As far as I can tell, if it were photo shopped he did a good job, except for the apparent artefact under his left foot, which *just* might be something else.
    The lighting looks right and the blending seems to be proper (except for the artefact).

    So the only thing wrong with it would be that it appears to violate the laws of physics, being in the picture himself, and being seen as levitating. :smile:

    A clarification would be nice though. :wink:
     
  21. Jul 23, 2011 #20

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    (my bolding)

    Ok, that explains my confusion. I didn't know that this was known to be khemist in the shot. Questions of photoshopping were another matter.
     
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