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ABSOLUTly unbelievable by hesitation ABSOLUTly unbelievable by hesitation
at 1am, inspiration hit me on the head with something and stole my sleep. It's been a while... I love when that happens :)

About the photo:
Glasses, bottle, water and some shiny paper as background.
No, it's not a photomanipulation.
No, I did not freeze the water.
Yes, you are looking at it the right side up.

Canon Digital Rebel
ISO 100
f/13
1/250 sec
lense: canon 28-80mm at 48mm
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Given 2004-10-15
More proof that some of our staff members are as talented as the members they feature. I'm not smart enough to understand how ABSOLUTly unbelievable by ^hesitation was pulled off, but I am smart enough to like it a lot. ( Featured by ekud )
:icondellgurl15:
DellGurl15 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009   Photographer
Even after all these years, I'm still amazed at this photo. When will you reveal the mystery? =)
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:iconhesitation:
hesitation Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I think I have somewhere up there :)
it's jello ;)
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:icondellgurl15:
DellGurl15 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009   Photographer
I suspected it was all along lol
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:iconthelrpix:
thelrpix Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Professional Photographer
Oh I love it!!!
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:iconp25o1:
p25o1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
since the last comment was on Sep 17, 2007,,, is it time to tell us how this work was done?

nice work again.
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:iconharobikes333:
harobikes333 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
still lost as to why the liquor isn't flowing out^ ^
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:iconpyronixcore:
pyronixcore Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
It's because he drank it all ;)
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:iconb1ackra1n:
b1ackra1n Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
so, hi. first i look at this image a year ago, or somth like that

now i think it's might be gelatin, or anyway, gelatin can work the same
but it's need a lot of time
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:iconodbal:
OdbaL Featured By Owner May 15, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I know you've heard this countless times over the last two and a half years...but this photo never ceases to amazed. It's truly earning of both its fame and infamy.

You want my advice? Never give away the secret. I wish I had kept mine in for my piece On Edge. [link]
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:iconhexchrome:
Hexchrome Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
Great Photo ...

I think it maybe a collection of mirrors with diffrent angles ... and what we see is just the reflection on one of them ...
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:iconadnrey:
adnrey Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
О, я помню эту знаменитую работу!
Oh, I remember this famous work! :)
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:iconhesitation:
hesitation Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
откуда ты её помнишь? :)
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:iconadnrey:
adnrey Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
На фотосайте было кажется... если не ошибаюсь. :)
P.S. не ожидал встретить "наших" среди админов ;)
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:iconhesitation:
hesitation Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
то ли ещё будет ойойой :)
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:iconbigfoothazza:
bigfoothazza Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
i think they are very tiny glasses, u can see the bottle is very tiny, gr8 pic and praise 2u for makin about 1000ppl read thru all ur comments
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:icon0bscen:
0bscen Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006
wow , great photo :+fav: :heart:
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:iconjabala:
jabala Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2006
wtf? i'll drink to that!
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:iconf-luff:
f-luff Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006
why don't you reply to comments which suggests it's jello, gelatin or anything like that ? :]
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:iconnureen:
nureen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm.. all I can say is that's insane!!!
Well.. you've got me and 426 other people stumped.

But someday you'll tell us, right?
Or..oohh.. maybe it'll remain a mystery. It's going to steal my sleep too now.
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:iconthyia:
Thyia Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowee..How was this done?Is it some sort of glutinous polymer?
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:iconvossbc:
VossBC Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are people still guessing how this was done? I know it's been like a year-and-a-half, but I just re-ran across this photo. I wonder if there's an award for longest-running comment conversation on a single deviation :) If so, you'd most likely win. Anyway, I just read every single post on this thread, and I want to throw my 2 cents in... even though I'm a year-and-a-half late getting in the game. I feel like flogging a dead horse.

Mithrandur successfully narrowed it down to either:
- All the objects in the image are much smaller than they appear. Small enough that surface tension is sufficient to hold the water in place.
- Or all the objects in the image are in free-fall, as is the camera.
- Or it's gelatin.

You've said that it's not frozen, and we can pretty much rule out trick glasses, extremely small glasses, and invisible covers with Occam's razor. The powder that one person mentioned that will gel any liquid also turns it cloudy. You also ruled out superglue.

You never denied the gelatin idea in any post, so that's definately possible, but I like the free-fall option better.
So I guess my only question is, does it have anything to do with your Canon Digital Rebel's burst mode and good timing? You could have been holding the middle 2 glasses ready to fall and all you would have to do is get your hands out of the way for the 2nd or 3rd click.

Anyway... I just like discussion. Like I said, probably flogging a dead horse, but it was too intriguing not to join in the puzzle.
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Rykan- Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2006
Hahah wonderful photo! Love it XD
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:iconredds:
Redds Featured By Owner May 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
i bet tons of people have given you their thoughts, but you never answered, nevertheless i'm gonna say what alot of people have said anyway =D.

i think it's(the glasses) onna those fake mini plastic ones like the ones you find on fridge magnets. as for the bottle, is also fake and/or mini because unless i didn't know, or it has changed, the absolut vodka bottle has a flameworked/embossed(?) seal above the name and the word imported is centred ^^;
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Oscelot Featured By Owner May 18, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
is it a miniature? 'cause the surface tension could keep the water in that way.. hm
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:icona-dawg-----:
A-dawg----- Featured By Owner May 9, 2006
those are just really tiny arent they... a drop of water "shot" wouldnt fall out prolly... if so.,. or not.. good work
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bleedingmirror Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2006   Interface Designer
Ooh! Oooh! I know!
We should be drinking it, and not worrying about how vodka is defying the laws of physics :lmao:


I'm guessing miniatures. Am I right? :p
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:iconsovereignaxe:
SovereignAxe Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006  Professional Photographer
haha, my first guess was gelatin was put in the water but...glue that's super heh
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xxMagdalenexx Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2006
This is genious. Very nice.
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:iconlove-is-distraction:
Love-is-Distraction Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006   Writer
anything to do with suction??
like for the upside down one..
I have no idea.

omg. if I knew you..
I'd find you and make you tell me.
alas..we are in different countries.
DAMNIT this intruiges me greatly.
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:iconckius:
CKiuS Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006  Student Photographer
wow, the picture it's great!
and you make it fun too! =)
congratulations!
:kiss:
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:iconno-conzept:
no-conzept Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006
pleassseeee telll me how you did this!!!!!!
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:iconmiss-freak-of-nature:
pure perfection.
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:iconv-1ds:
V-1Ds Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006
One of our theories is right. She will never give up her secret :) But I think those small glasses are already filled and can't be spilled. I simply saw those of a kind in a store some time ago. The are just not real. I mean you can't spill anything. It's not even water probobly. Anyway, that's what I think. Great work by the way.
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:iconpriest-ro:
priest-ro Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
if it isnt a phmanipulation or some freezed water ... then how did u ....... ?
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:iconwojtar:
wojtar Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006
true, true... :]
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:iconspikea:
spikea Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2005
I'm so confused.
So so confused.
I would say geletin, but I don't think so.
I'd think one air bubble might get into the liquid.
Arg.
*dies*
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:iconspawnofbill:
spawnofbill Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
hmmm, I think I might have it!

They sell a powder that turns any water-containing substance into a gel, perhaps you used this?
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GreatGreenDragon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005
how the hell.....???
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:iconmithrandur:
Mithrandur Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
My crack-pot hypotheses: all the objects in the image are much smaller than they appear. Small enough that surface tension is sufficient to hold the water in place.

Or all the objects in the image are in free-fall, as is the camera.

Or it's gelatin.

If someone were to guess correctly, would your confirm that they were right?
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:iconhesitation:
hesitation Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
one of your theories is right ;)
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:iconilovethepain:
ilovethepain Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2005   Traditional Artist
I'm rather confused, still. But the free-fall/miniature suggestions both sound good. I don't think it's falling while the picture is taken because everything's quite clear and unmotioned, so the suggestion of everything being smaller than perceived is quite a good one. You had said in a comment that it was a mini-bottle which would then make the tiny glasses look larger in comparison to the bottle at such high resolution. It's an amazing shot but I still don't get how it would be able to hold the liquid into the cup upside down. =( tell me.
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:iconh3nkku:
h3nkku Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005   Photographer
did you pour some glue on the surface of the vodka and THEN put them on the side? sorry but you have to answer
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:iconhesitation:
hesitation Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
no glue involved :no:
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:iconh3nkku:
h3nkku Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005   Photographer
oh come on :D what IS involved?
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:icongerbileater:
GerbilEater Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005
It has to be a light trick, but I can't figure it out. Or magic? Very clever.
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:iconklype:
Klype Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005   Interface Designer
I'm guessing gelatine.. But it looks damn good, it does!
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:iconmartinroger:
martinroger Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I still don't get how the vodka is hanging so well to the glass. I think i should drink more of it.
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:iconroodest:
roodest Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
great concept
this is awesome!
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:iconbonzaialsatian:
bonzaialsatian Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005  Professional General Artist
Oog... I feel a bit like that sometimes after drinking the stuff...

mmm :D

Brilliant pic!
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:iconjono-renton:
jono-renton Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005
awesome and clever idea, the lighting is perfect and everything about it is beautiful :) :+fav:
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