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Challenge: Illusions II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: My house
Date: Aug 2, 2005
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 2 seconds
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Aug 2, 2005

wow...I'm honored. I never thought this shot would do this well, with so many comments and folks interested in the behind the scenes.

Needless to say, it was one of the most difficult shots I've ever really done before. Most of my shots are just something standing still...this one involved quite a bit of user intervention. Anyway, onto the point...

I knew what I wanted and that I wanted blue in it...so I set out and bought a blue keychain light thing (I wanted one on a pen, but couldn't find that in blue). As it turns out, the blue was REALLY overpowering...so I ended up backing it off some with selective color and just leaving a bit of cyan in.

I ended up shooting around 80 shots in 4 different sessions from different angles, etc. In the end, I found that around 6 seconds with a rather large aperture (i think around f/4 or 5???) and a nice, slow, controlled movement worked most efficiently.

I felt the lines of light I got from selective color really added to the interest for some reason...so I left them in. I couldn't sharpen the shot any, whatsoever, or the lines of the ring light got really whacked looking and rigid.

In the end, looking through different shots, this one just seemed to be the best angle and the most 'tame' if you will of the circles going around the lightbulb. I really liked how part of the rear was covered by the light, and part peaked over the top.

A useful tip for when you're going through shots that are so similar, is that when you name them, take the original name DSC_1060 for example, and name your shot light1060 or whatever you like...that way if you ever need to revert back to the original, you won't be fumbling around like an idiot...it's right there and ready to go.

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Again, thanks for all the comments, votes, favorites, and the interest in the shot.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 127
Avg (all users): 7.2279
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 7.0674
Avg (non-participants): 7.2976
Views since voting: 20334
Views during voting: 788
Votes: 294
Comments: 95
Favorites: 87 (view)


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01/07/2008 11:46:09 AM
Very cool! I love how the swirls of light are kind of tilted at an angle, it makes it much more interesting!
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10/25/2006 07:45:32 AM
I can see why this photo is viewed so many times! It is just great!
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09/05/2006 10:47:05 PM
Great job!
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06/03/2006 03:30:26 PM
Cool cooool picture :) VERY creative :)
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06/03/2006 03:30:09 PM
Cool cooool picture :) VERY creative :)
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10/22/2005 09:26:59 AM
woww..what a creative idea!! ..love the blue
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10/22/2005 07:44:32 AM
A very nice creation... Congrats!
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08/24/2005 07:19:23 PM
well done - congrats. i think i might have done something about the lines created by the selective color adjustments. they kind of stood out to me before i read the description.

just a thought.
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08/20/2005 06:24:51 AM
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08/19/2005 07:26:52 AM
Fantastic shot - Very well set up. A well deserved ribbon in my opinion!
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08/18/2005 05:34:10 PM
Awesome! Just awesome.
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08/18/2005 05:31:22 PM
good job hun, not my favourite picture from you but the voters seem to have liked it. you know how to paaarrtaay
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08/17/2005 01:11:55 PM
Excellent job!! This photo turned out really well I thought!
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08/17/2005 11:33:34 AM
grand! nice idea & composition

a well deserve ribbon! keep em coming.

Message edited by author 2005-08-17 11:34:30.
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08/17/2005 08:27:32 AM
Thanks for all the comments everyone, I'm honored and humbled at the same time.

mcfly: I didn't put it on a string -- I actually ended up taping the ring light with black non-reflective electrical tape to the end of a pen. I shoulda added that in the description...kinda slipped my mind. The whole pen was wrapped in electrical tape too so it wouldn't reflect.
08/17/2005 12:12:21 AM
This is an awesome shot. It's amazing, hyponitzing, if you will.
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08/16/2005 11:46:33 PM
wow...this is a great shot! I've been messing around with flash light exposures, but this is wonderful. Do I have it right, you put the light on a string and twirled it around the bulb? Great idea!!
I'll be looking foward to more your shooting!
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08/16/2005 02:05:02 AM
Congratulations David! Well deserved ribbon, this is a beautiful shot!
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08/15/2005 04:27:56 PM
Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon! Very cool work!
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08/15/2005 12:06:49 PM
Congratulations and really well done, hard work pays off sometimes :)
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08/15/2005 10:40:59 AM
Congrats! Well earned!!
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08/15/2005 09:18:08 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! Well deserved!
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08/15/2005 09:03:23 AM
Very cool Shot, Deapee! Congratulations on the ribbon. Well deserved.
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08/15/2005 08:26:51 AM
Congrats on the awesome shot! Very creative and very nice to look at, added to my favs.
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08/15/2005 08:24:28 AM
Very well executed shot. Congratz on the ribbon.
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08/15/2005 07:10:48 AM
congrats on the ribbon! its smoof
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08/15/2005 05:00:39 AM
Beautiful rendition and creativity here David.
Congrats on the Red and you best finish to date!
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08/15/2005 02:57:44 AM
Congratulations on second place man, it's well deserved.
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08/15/2005 02:33:36 AM
Nice job, deapee! I thought this was gonna ribbon, I did...
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08/15/2005 01:53:42 AM
Super shot! A great idea, and very well executed. Congrats!
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08/15/2005 12:29:53 AM
Well I got a couple of winners right including this one! Congrats on the second of hopefully many ribbons! Shoulda been a blue... Did I say that out loud?
TC
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08/15/2005 12:26:22 AM
Way to go. Congrats!
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08/15/2005 12:20:23 AM
Hurray on your ribbon. And thanks for the detailed description. Way to go!!
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08/15/2005 12:18:29 AM
Congratulations, man! You beat me fair and square!
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08/15/2005 12:13:27 AM
Wow Deapee!!! Congratulations on your red!! Two ribbons already!! Way to go!!!
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08/15/2005 12:12:22 AM
Same sort of technique I used in my Long Exposure entry, except I didn't include the base. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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08/15/2005 12:10:49 AM
brilliant.. CONGRATS...
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08/15/2005 12:06:59 AM
Outstanding job! Congrats!
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08/15/2005 12:05:53 AM
Light magic. Congratulations on your RED.
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08/15/2005 12:04:56 AM
Congrats......ace
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08/15/2005 12:04:34 AM
Wow! AWesome picture! Congrats!
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08/15/2005 12:03:06 AM
deepee! once again! save some for us :)
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08/15/2005 12:01:03 AM
wooooooooohoooooooo deepee! well done
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/14/2005 10:43:57 PM
What a brilliant idea. And I know how you did it! Good job! My top pick.
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08/14/2005 04:59:01 PM
nice image
the colour realy stands out from the page
good luck
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Kev
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08/14/2005 02:47:57 PM
Brilliant, good colour very well executed wouldn't know how to improve it
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08/14/2005 11:57:57 AM
ribbon?
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08/13/2005 08:34:15 PM
Sweet pic. Had the lightbulb been lit up, I think that might have been a better illusion, but I still think it's a great shot. I like the color and the focus and clarity are excellent. Love the lighitng around the bulb. The centered comp does work for me for this shot. Congrats on a great shot. ~Heather~
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08/13/2005 08:28:55 PM
Love this. I can't wait to see how you did it. Quite arfully done.
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08/13/2005 03:48:07 PM
well done, bumping up
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08/13/2005 09:24:30 AM
Just incredible ! Fantastic shot.
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08/13/2005 01:06:13 AM
very cool shot. I love the circular light surrounding the bulb on the floor.
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08/12/2005 11:21:14 PM
Wow, this one I really like! I wanna see what the set up was. Love the bluish tonality, but ya got some color banding around the bottome and sides. Perhaps from resizing...
Good job
TC
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08/12/2005 11:42:15 AM
beautiful image
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08/12/2005 06:16:46 AM
Very interesting illusion, I like how you have managed to keep the light upright, well done.
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08/12/2005 02:58:22 AM
awesome photo here, painting with light? 7
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08/11/2005 11:38:50 PM
Very nicely done!
Not sure if it was image compression or noise reduction that caused the banding on the bottom (seen Neat Image do that) (8)
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08/11/2005 11:09:51 PM
very creative and interesting :)
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08/11/2005 07:00:59 PM
This image has saturn all over it. Good light play!
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08/11/2005 04:08:03 PM
Good idea and turnout. Like the blue glow it has, adds to the feeling of mystery. Kind of an extraterrestrial look. Very well done: 9
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08/11/2005 01:03:55 AM
very well lit and exposed. an eye catching composition
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08/10/2005 07:51:26 PM
One of my top three. I wan't to see how you done this. Great image by the way and I really like the border you added. It compliments and already amazing photo.
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08/10/2005 05:17:18 PM
Great idea!
Did you process it in 265 tone levels or something? The distinctions between the shades of light add to the rings feeling. Somehow Kiwiness, EddyG and Gordon come to mind, so good job!

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08/10/2005 04:54:28 PM
Wow! Striking, unusual, great colours and shadows. Like how most is centred but light trails are assymetrical. Beautifully balanced composition overall.
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08/10/2005 11:39:15 AM
Very nice image with great blue tones. Very well executed. Bumping up.
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08/10/2005 01:37:20 AM
this is a great shot, the image pleasing to look at , It has that wow factor and asks the question, how was it done. Spot on theme,

should do very well
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08/09/2005 04:27:50 PM
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. This is one gorgeous image. So smooth. I love the colors. Nice and simple, clean awesome image. I am in love with it.
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08/09/2005 03:18:53 PM
Nicely done 8
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08/09/2005 01:39:56 PM
spectacular shot... definitely my favorite - 10
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08/09/2005 01:13:01 PM
I can appreciate this as I just did a lightbulb shot for the Long Exposure challenge. The blue hue is nice. The object you've mounted the bulb onto is a bit of a distraction for me. I might have tried to get the rings at the top less staggered than they are here.
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08/09/2005 12:39:46 PM
Very clever. Nicely done.
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08/09/2005 10:17:48 AM
Very pretty and the light circling is really moving here..well done..
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08/09/2005 09:46:51 AM
good color and movement
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08/09/2005 06:29:25 AM
Great illusion. Well done technically. Should do very well in this challenge.
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08/09/2005 02:45:08 AM
Very nice! Great color, comp, lighting and effect. Good luck!
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08/09/2005 01:43:26 AM
Very cool. Excellent capture! Good luck
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08/08/2005 11:13:57 PM
I love this shot! You'll have to give us the details after the challenge! 10
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08/08/2005 09:19:45 PM
Now how did you do this? It looks like a good acndidate for the long exposure as well. Good job.
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08/08/2005 09:13:36 PM
looks cool
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08/08/2005 08:46:42 PM
cool... very cool. clever and i guess well lit... i wish i had control of a long shutter.
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08/08/2005 07:32:29 PM
very cool, dare i say brilliant... well executed, good idea
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08/08/2005 07:15:36 PM
Very cool.
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08/08/2005 03:29:13 PM
Great color, I like the reflections!
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08/08/2005 03:26:47 PM
First Impression: Beautifull shot! I especially like the angle of the halo, and the accenting edges on the base ring, as well as the cool blue tones.
Was I fooled? Yes! Please show the how to?
10
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08/08/2005 01:13:44 PM
amazing i really like it, keep going, good luck
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08/08/2005 12:19:55 PM
Stunning. How did you do it? Anyway I'm giving it a 10.
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08/08/2005 12:03:20 PM
Kind of an "out of this planet" feel to it! Very intelligent!
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08/08/2005 11:55:42 AM
WOW!!!
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08/08/2005 09:42:31 AM
I would have liked this better as an illusion if the bulb itself was lit...
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08/08/2005 07:14:16 AM
This one is great!
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08/08/2005 03:01:25 AM
i take it this was paint with light - it rendered a beautiful effect
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08/08/2005 01:23:01 AM
What a wonderful idea, one of the best in this challenge, good luck! 10
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08/08/2005 12:57:13 AM
Very nice effect. Love the lighting and the abstract"ness" of the photo. Good job.
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08/08/2005 12:36:04 AM
Great shot! Very cool image.
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08/08/2005 12:18:16 AM
I really like this composition, great photo
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