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Boogie Nights
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Challenge: Lint (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
Date: Jan 4, 2015
Aperture: f/2
ISO: 200
Date Uploaded: Jan 4, 2015

Thanks a lot for the comments.

This shot has eluded me my entire photographic career. I have spent years trying to perfect this image, there are so many variables you don’t even think about. It’s a really touchy image, but when it all lines up, the result is out of this world… literally. I have drawer full of transparencies that I have shot over decades that just didn’t cut it. I tried all the variables; different lenses, exposures, compositions, times, then much to my frustration the results back from the lab were always disappointing.

The remoteness of a shelf in my living room was an obvious choice to finally nail this elusive image; no clutter on it, and positioned somewhat in front of the Christmas tree. I had been watching the two Playskool rescue personnel that my son received as a Christmas gift in one hand, and a large ball of lint in the other. I had a specific composition in my mind and I searched for days to line up these two dudes with the lights of the Christmas tree. An hour or so before the challenge deadline I lned it all up and hoped it all came together. It was a long night but I knew at some point my perseverance would be rewarded.

I was white-knuckled as I set up the 85mm lens, filling the viewfinder with this balanced scene, the two dudes framed amongst the tree lights, with the shelf serving as the dance floor, hitting home the boogie-down aspect that this had to have in order to work. The living room silence was stunning, my pulse raced, I could hear the blood running through my veins. Then, I saw the tree lights starting to glow. The multicolored spheres slowly appearing in front of me. I was totally stunned. I couldn’t believe it. So connected to this illuminated conifer and two dancing dudes that I was trembling. Such an impact on my life. I pressed the shutter, a feeling I’ll never forget. The dudes, the tree lights, the shelf.

I hope to share with you this amazing connection I had on this special evening, and that it affects your lives. It certainly affected mine.

True story, with inspiration from Peter Lik.

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01/17/2015 11:05:27 AM
OMG on the back story - love it - and he final result, too. Congrats on the blue.
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01/15/2015 10:17:33 AM
Far out!
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01/14/2015 08:23:02 AM
Good, well done. Congrats
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01/13/2015 11:51:15 AM
Genius !!!!
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01/12/2015 10:28:47 PM
Love the photo, love the title, love the story! Congrats on the win. Very funny!
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01/12/2015 09:46:24 PM
Congrats on the blue! I enjoyed the read too. That was good use of the tree lights as well.
The Nikkor 85 1.8 is a fab lens. I have the manual version and love it for portraits.
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01/12/2015 08:01:07 PM
hehe... Congrats on the blue!
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01/12/2015 07:12:14 PM
glad you saw the light !

very cute !@

congrats
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01/12/2015 03:37:33 PM
This is so funny. Great job. I love it
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01/12/2015 02:34:19 PM
I am SO glad this ribboned!
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01/12/2015 02:27:04 PM
Stunning! Fun! Thanks for sharing the back story! Hope you are all doing well in the new(ish) location.
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01/12/2015 10:44:43 AM
Amazing photograph, love your creativity! Congratulations!!
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01/12/2015 09:40:26 AM
Yeaaahhh babeh! Very shagadelic! ;-) Great work on the blue!

Message edited by author 2015-01-12 11:06:25.
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01/12/2015 08:19:04 AM
With inspiration by Peter Lik. Hahaha!!
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01/12/2015 01:44:15 AM
Congratulations, Scott. So funny. Those guys can go ahead and shake hands now.
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01/12/2015 12:41:04 AM
Scott, you have an amazing sense of humor!
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01/12/2015 12:16:34 AM
Nicely done, Scott. Hilarious.
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01/12/2015 12:03:01 AM
Ha it was YOU!! Didn't pick that, the smirks on the man figures really made this!!

WD!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/11/2015 11:55:34 PM
Cool! One of my ribbon choices.
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01/11/2015 07:50:55 PM
Love it! My top pick.
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01/11/2015 07:35:20 PM
Nice Brokeh. cute play on the challenge!
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01/11/2015 03:19:11 PM
You made good of a terrible challenge. Sorry, but my dislike of this challenge is dictating.
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01/11/2015 02:54:25 PM
Too funny. The bokeh in the background absolutely makes this. Very Boogie Nights like. Hope this does well. Excellent creativity!
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01/10/2015 03:17:37 PM
LOL - excellent work. The brightly colored circles really help too.
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01/08/2015 05:57:14 PM
Adorable. It's like they are on the dance floor.
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01/06/2015 01:21:01 PM
genius! :)
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01/06/2015 03:51:40 AM
I would say this is the winner, for it's sheer humour value...thanks for making me laugh!
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01/05/2015 07:39:59 PM
Pretty funny, and obviously took time and care to prepare.
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01/05/2015 12:37:14 PM
A perfect 10.
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01/05/2015 09:54:09 AM
Fellaini's brothers :) This is really funny. An 8 from me
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01/05/2015 06:44:28 AM
That's my favourite picture in this challenge - like the humour and the light bokehs as well - really great!
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