Pandemic is Imminent

Taken for Active Assignment Weekly - this week's challenge: Emotion


This week the media is full of swine flu stories, not sure if my emotional response to this is fear of contracting the flu, or relief to be reading about something other than the economy. Interesting times we're living in. Stay well everyone!


WIT: I sprayed the newspaper clipping with a matte waterproof coating that I keep around for prints - this allowed the "vaccine" (a bit of food color in water) to bead on the surface and not soak in. A flash was placed on camera left at a low angle to bring out the texture in the newsprint. My old faithful Tamron 90mm macro was used for this shot - manually focused on the print in the fluid. In Photoshop, just a bit of work with curves and high pass filter to bump up contrast and sharpness in the areas that needed it.

  • Holdlifestill {Kathy} 6y

    awesome concept, love the idea of innocuation behind it with the needle.
  • cjheyer 6y

    wow.. nice setup ! super job.
  • Beatrice 6y

    The idea is good and the execution perfect.
  • Tracey 6y

    clever shot
  • Lars Oppermann 6y

    Great work. Very clever setup with the liquid magnifying the words. Maybe the whole syringe could have been in-focus but not sure whether that would still look as good as it does now... just speculating. Excellent submission!
  • Terri Oda 6y

    What a great idea! that little bit of pink in the "inoculation" really brings swine flu to mind, too.
  • Rob 6y

    Great idea and terrific execution. Very well done..

    I voted this "BestOfWeek 1" (from Active Assignment Weekly group).
  • Markus Otten 6y

    Very creative shot - I like it
  • p912s (Scot) 6y

    Well done!
  • Lars Oppermann 6y

    I voted this "BestOfWeek 2" (from Active Assignment Weekly group).
  • Richard Mayston 6y

    Amazing setup.
    I voted this "Best of Week 3" (from Active Assignment Weekly group).
  • doncav 6y

    Great idea and execution. I voted this "BestOfWeek4" (from Active Assignment Weekly group).
  • Helle V Fisher 6y

    Thanks all for your comments and suggestions ...much appreciated. It was a fun assignment!
  • Robert Otani 6y

    This would work in a news article about fear around the flu... BestOfWeek5
  • Matt Johnson 6y

    Wow, this is really professionally done. It looks like the cover of Time magazine or something. Very cool!

    Voted BestOfWeek6
  • Christian G. 6y

    This should definitely be used somewhere professionally (do you submit to getty?).
    I remembered that I also played once with focus and lenses, however not liquid "lenses"...
    Seriously Studying

    Let me add just another vote: "BestofWeek7"
  • Greg 6y

    This image struck fear into me immediately. Congratulations on a wonderful shot.

    I vote this "BestofWeek8"
  • Matt Johnson 6y

    Congratulations on winning the weekly assignment for the Active Assignment Weekly group. Please take your winning photo to The Magazine and choose the topic for the next assignment. If you need some ideas, you can check out the Official Suggestions post. The next assignment starts on 11 May 2009 and ends on 18 May 2009.
  • Helle V Fisher 6y

    Thanks everyone :)
  • Judy 6y

    so sorry I missed voting. Great shot, Helle.
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Taken on May 3, 2009
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