Tumbling Dice

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December 14, 2007 - Following my theme from yesterday, falling game pieces.

Patience pays off. It took a few hundred dice tosses to get 14 that I liked, 4 that I really liked, and this one that's my favorite. That and some trial and error with the lighting along the way.

This shot was lit with a flashlight from the left side and the on-camera flash bouncing off a playing card up to the ceiling. Exposure was 1/15 sec at f/5.6, with the ISO set to 800. I bumped up the ISO because I didn't want a longer exposure (though I could have used a stronger light on the side instead). My Canon 10D is pretty noisy at higher ISOs, but the Luminance Noise Reduction in Lightroom cleaned that up surprisingly well.

Michael Erhardsson, donpar, and 343 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. valePuffa 63 months ago | reply

    great photo!!!

  2. dain of the iron hills 62 months ago | reply

    wonderful shot. Patience really does pay off.

  3. Adriano Comissoli [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

    Amazing Pic! Please add this to:
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  4. Die Himmelsträumerin 58 months ago | reply

    Great idea! =) You've managed it very well!

  5. Fahd Munir 56 months ago | reply

    Awesome picture,

  6. Rezwan Razzaq 53 months ago | reply

    this is so interesting!! thanks for sharing. just awesome :)

  7. serametin 50 months ago | reply

    simply awesome. thks for sharing the lighting info and camera setting :)

    http://www.instantshift.com/2009/03/16/motion-and-blur-photography-for-inspiration/ (?)

  8. Damian (www.damianburcher.com) 47 months ago | reply

    Excellent shot. Thanks for the info.

  9. sumoetx 47 months ago | reply

    Great shot very creative! Thanks for the info on how it was done.

  10. Jerrica Raglin 44 months ago | reply

    Very cool capture.

  11. Bergenseren 44 months ago | reply

    Incredibly good idea and excellent executed.

  12. Kleiber Fragoso 43 months ago | reply

    Wow!!! Beautiful motion blur!

  13. Ola Vista Photography 41 months ago | reply

    very interesting shot. Thanks for the description of the process

  14. boginia2 26 months ago | reply

    I love this; it must have taken you lots and lots of tries to get the trails to show up in such an interesting pattern. Wonderfully done!

  15. Fierce Girl Design 24 months ago | reply

    Thanks for explaining your process. This month's photo theme on my blog (fiercegirldesign.wordpress.com/) is "motion blur" and your explanation really helped me. Thanks! And great shot!!

  16. jjay84j 22 months ago | reply

    Awesome shot..

  17. maiadesigns 13 months ago | reply

    Like! Thanks for sharing the tech details so we can try it ourselves.

  18. Grace's clicks 7 months ago | reply

    Just found this fantastic photo through Smashing Magazine. Thanks for sharing "your secret" techniques. Coming back to check out your portfolio.

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