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Insomnia: Watching the clock
Insomnia: Watching the clock

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Passing Time (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: my house
Date: Feb 25, 2005
Aperture: 32
ISO: 400
Shutter: 839 seconds
Galleries: Interior, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Feb 25, 2005

Oh dear! This was one of the first photos I ever submitted to DPC, as well as one of the first photos I ever took with a "real" camera. At the time I thought I was being so clever (which the idea kind of was), but my technique was to try to sit still for 839 seconds while turning the TV on and off with a remote (on for two, off for four minutes) to illuminate the clock. Obviously I can't sit perfectly still for that long, plus since I didn't cover the lens b/w lighting up the clock I got excessive amounts of noise even though the room was very dark. Also, since I knew nothing about ISO I was using an ISO of 400.

To make matters worse, at the time I had no real photo editing software and had never heard of neatimage. I did go back after I got PS and try to make the image a bit better, although I can only work with what I've got. ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/33542/120/491280.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/33542/120/491280.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Wow, I admit that looking back at this photo DOES show me how much I've learned in a couple of years.

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04/01/2007 08:36:03 AM
One of my first ever photos! Please don't judge me too harshly... I've gotten better, I swear! :)

Message edited by author 2007-04-01 08:39:44.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/06/2005 09:25:38 AM
Nice composition. I think the noise would compliment the photo more if you converted this to black and white.
03/03/2005 01:06:08 PM
too much noise :) sorry
02/28/2005 10:52:45 PM
Is it possible to list all the bad things about this photo? The graininess, the out of focus, the camera motion, the unpleasant color palette, and so on. Yet every one of these flaws seems to enhance the photo. Why is this? It's a strong concept, and a strong composition. And the flaws draw us instantly into the uncomfortable world of insomnia.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/28/2005 09:50:56 PM
Your idea is great, but the noise is just a killer.
02/28/2005 03:11:18 PM
I like the capture of the clock, although, to me, it doesn't look as though the subject is really looking at it.
02/28/2005 01:11:42 PM
Nice idea, but there's a little much empty space in the frame. However, the big issue I had with this photo was the amount of noise.
02/28/2005 01:16:49 AM
thats how i am too.

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