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Fragile Mortality
3rd PlaceFragile Mortality
cmeier


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Personification (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Toronto
Date: Oct 10, 2005
Aperture: 29
ISO: 100
Shutter: 25 sec
Date Uploaded: Oct 9, 2005

my second challenge entry!

lights were powered by wires running through black foamboard.

over the 25 second exposure, three actions:

-3 seconds of lightbulbs burning dimly
-10 seconds of flashlight shining on broken bulb to brighten
-3 seconds of holding penlight above broken bulb to create light star


post production: levels, crop, usm, re-size


Statistics
Place: 3 out of 204
Avg (all users): 6.6192
Avg (commenters): 8.8333
Avg (participants): 6.1839
Avg (non-participants): 6.8144
Views since voting: 13450
Views during voting: 475
Votes: 281
Comments: 58
Favorites: 25 (view)


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11/30/2005 11:46:11 PM
That is a really clever idea. Perfect execution. Congrats.
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11/01/2005 09:02:23 PM
Wow congrats Chris! I was away for a couple weeks so I hadn't seen the challenge results until now. Your hard work certainly paid off.
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10/23/2005 09:43:56 PM
77ltd, they were normal 120v bulbs. the wires were all attached in parallel and then attached to an extension cord with built-in lamp dimmer.

check out a view of the wiring here. i doubt it would meet electrical code!

i never ran the lights at anything close to full brightness, though, and only for a few seconds at that. they were very, very dim during the exposure.
10/23/2005 09:20:54 PM
I'm sure its a fundamental question... but how much voltage do you have going into the bulbs?
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10/23/2005 01:29:18 AM
Great idea and carry through!
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10/22/2005 10:37:21 AM
Wow! You are amazingly talented! Can't wait to see more of your work!
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10/20/2005 09:40:49 PM
wow, daniel, i hadn't seen your image before, but clearly all art is derivative! i wasn't able to find unfrosted bulbs; but i think yours works very well.

i note that deapee's 'illuminate' entry in 'illusions ii' continued the trend of standing bulbs on their end.

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it will be interesting to see what others will do with them next!

--chris
10/20/2005 09:23:31 PM
Congratulations on your Yellow with this illuminating entry. It certainly beat mine from a previous challenge: ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/356/thumb/202353.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/356/thumb/202353.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
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10/20/2005 08:30:39 PM
Woah that is ingenious! Excellent presentation and very well thought out!!! Congrats!!!!
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10/20/2005 03:29:58 PM
Congrats on the ribbon, this is an excellent idea and photo. Great job!
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10/20/2005 08:12:04 AM
Congratulations on your first Ribbon!! Well Deserved!
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10/20/2005 04:16:05 AM
Excellent image, very imaginative - Well done!
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10/20/2005 03:19:30 AM
Hey, I just saw this... hell of a job! Well done!
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10/20/2005 12:18:42 AM
Impressive creativity, alot to learn from U ! ;-)
If you have many good techniques for studio, u may share with me too..
~ Wilson
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10/19/2005 11:56:05 PM
Chris, Very creative, great shot, and a well deserved ribbon. Look forward to future creativity from you. Van
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10/19/2005 11:19:12 PM
So nice to see you on my HOME screen. Great work!
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10/19/2005 09:32:45 PM
Congrats on the ribbon ;)
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10/19/2005 06:24:37 PM
congrats on your 4th place victory. im glad all the effort paid off :)
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10/19/2005 04:04:13 PM
Congratulations on a well-deserved finish! An all-round nice image.
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10/19/2005 01:44:21 PM
Wow, great picture! Congratulations!
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10/19/2005 08:44:22 AM
hi everyone,

thanks to all who commented on this image both during and after the challenge. i know that the ‘personification’ aspect of this entry wasn’t entirely obvious, but the comments i received tell me that many of you understood completely what i was trying to convey here, and this is truly gratifying to me!

setting up all the bulbs was a fair amount of work, and i would be happy to elaborate on the process if desired. the most difficult aspect was getting the exposure just right, as minute changes in the lighting tended to completely change the mood of the shot.

here’s an outtake that, to me anyway, feels very different:

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also i would like to extend my congratulations to the ribbon winners and my respect to many others in this challenge who submitted such excellent work.

--chris
10/19/2005 08:12:27 AM
Congratulations on your 4th placing with this "brilliant" image! Creative and so well planned and executed!
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10/19/2005 04:35:32 AM
Excellent shot and very creative. Creativity it's not so common in DPC community. Thanks for this wonderful shot.
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10/19/2005 02:26:09 AM
Great shot! Very imaginative, and a lot of groundwork to make it work. Congrats!
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10/19/2005 12:57:10 AM
perfect pic. superb hard work
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10/19/2005 12:47:02 AM
not a single thing wrong with this picture. great job
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/18/2005 11:51:07 PM
Super concept, execution, subtlety, drama.
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10/18/2005 01:31:53 PM
Interesting concept...and how you did it must have taken a lot of thought and preparation and hard work. The exposure is absolutely perfect, the focus excellent. My only nit is that the composition seems a bit unbalanced. I think it would have been better to include some more of the dark area on the left to more equally match the area on the right, or crop some off the right. All in all, a very worthy effort!
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10/18/2005 01:20:38 PM
Very interesting perspective. I love it because I actually had to think about it.
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10/18/2005 11:37:19 AM
OK, Not sure HOW you did this but its Excellent!! I will definately look it up afterward to find out. Great imagination, use of space, even lightting. Love the subtle light beams coming off just the broken one.
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10/18/2005 11:00:04 AM
Most intriguing. You must have had much fun putting this display together. Good work! Great title. 10
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10/18/2005 08:39:12 AM
neat. how'd you do it?
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10/17/2005 07:33:13 PM
I like it. Nice clean image, that captured my eye. How on earth did you illuminate all the bulbs?
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10/17/2005 07:20:20 PM
Good Commentary. Nicely Illustrated.
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10/17/2005 03:38:36 AM
I like this.
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10/16/2005 10:36:01 PM
Wonderful lighting, and great idea.
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10/16/2005 07:55:06 PM
Very nice...good job...!
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10/15/2005 11:30:17 PM
Beautiful and very artistic! Personally I would have cropped the black band on the right hand side (but that is a very minor comment).
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10/15/2005 11:45:09 AM
i love this photo. the colors and focus are great. how'd you get the lights to be on without being plugged in?
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10/15/2005 07:48:09 AM
What freat imaginative work. Excellent photograph. "10"
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10/14/2005 09:44:36 PM
Terific idea. I love all the different sizes and shapes and the different levels of life within the bulbs. Did it have to be a baby one that died?? This is really sad. Well done.
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10/14/2005 04:57:18 PM
candles behind the bulbs? with a 12v bulb in front? nice sharp photo going to join the few i have voted 10
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10/14/2005 04:36:37 PM
The bulb front left, "leaning" in helps to sell this shot. And of course the neat effect with the single light point is a big plus too! ;^)

Bumping this up. Good luck in the challenge.
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10/14/2005 02:55:41 PM
Are you in league with witches and wizards? How'd you light them all up?
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10/14/2005 12:57:27 PM
superbly done!!! in all respects
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10/13/2005 11:38:44 PM
Way cool. Great creativity and wonderful "lighting". A 10 for sure.
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10/13/2005 02:59:01 PM
I think this is an excellent application of personification. There were only a limited amount of entries, IMO, which did a good job. This is one of them. It looks like it took some setup with the bulbs too. 8
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10/13/2005 02:37:00 PM
A lot of time and effort went into this set up. A great concept well executed. I would be interested in technicly how you regulated the individual bulb brightness. A wonderful winner.
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10/13/2005 06:20:36 AM
I like this one.
Nice pic and ery good for this challenge
For me it's a 10
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10/12/2005 06:34:46 PM
Nice image you've made. I hope you post your setup after the challenge. Given the title of your image I think a different colour light for the "tainted" one insead of the pristine white would have solidified your concept. Very nice none the less.
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10/12/2005 04:50:30 PM
Undisputed THE best picture in this challenge. Non-human looking with an obvious meaning, no dispute here whether you met the challenge. And the special effects and picture as a whole are just awesome. -- 10
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10/12/2005 03:06:55 PM
Well done... Best in challenge.
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10/12/2005 02:38:35 PM
I'm sure i would like to read about this one in "How'd they do that"... I guess you used some sort of "paint with light" technique... because the bulbs are not conected to their own power source and still they glow... excellent job... i'll give you 9 for this.
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10/12/2005 01:48:00 PM
death is a human thing - met challenge. Okay, all 'alive' things die but I'm not THAT picky. There's always at least one dim bulb in box. ;) I enjoy this image so I'm giving it a 9. Meets the challenge, technically proficient, amuses me (most important part). I would have liked it cropped a little more on the right so its as tight as the left (better balance for me), but that's my opinion only. Good luck in the challenge!
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10/12/2005 10:35:22 AM
Creative, well done.
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10/12/2005 09:35:13 AM
GREAT!! This is the best of the lot. Super lens flare too. Great coloration and light (no pun intended) Well achieved for sure 10 10 10
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10/12/2005 01:15:44 AM
hehe, clever, and nicely executed, must have been a pain to "light" the bulbs
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10/12/2005 01:06:10 AM
very nice!
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