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Challenge: Candlelight (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: the prints
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Canon
Location: VT - usa
Date: Dec 11, 2005
Aperture: f:5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Studio
Date Uploaded: Dec 11, 2005

this is a birthday candle stuck to a mirror. this is the second attempt. the first had multiple candles, but i liked the simpler version better. i used a 1/40th shutter speed to get the flash more as a fill light, and to get proper exposure on the flame - key i thought in this challenge.

550ex bounced of wall ( wall is blue )via ST-E2 at an angle such as to get the angled reflection in the mirror. i took some test shots to get exposire correct as the candle burned down. when it was almost gone i dribbled some water around it to cover up the defects in the mirror, and the wax that dripped on it from the previous attempts. this is about five seconds before it burned out.

shot in RAW - opened in RSP - adjust color temp & levels - some minor noise reduction here. saved as TIFF.

opened in PS6 - made a layer for cloning - cloned a couple blemishes inthe darker area. created a color balance adjustment layer to bring out the blue tones better.

i changed the shot settings to the proper ones - i had guessed what they were when i submitted it.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 160
Avg (all users): 7.1560
Avg (commenters): 8.5556
Avg (participants): 7.0957
Avg (non-participants): 7.2016
Views since voting: 14246
Views during voting: 527
Votes: 218
Comments: 71
Favorites: 29 (view)


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05/21/2006 01:46:25 PM
if i was around when it was done,I would give it 10
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05/21/2006 11:18:01 AM
Fantastic idea and photo.
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12/29/2005 07:54:59 AM
i have got to try this! awesome shot, tim!
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12/21/2005 12:04:30 PM
congrats on your ribbon! fantastic image!
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12/19/2005 08:03:29 PM
Love it! very origional!
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12/19/2005 01:04:53 PM
Congratulations Tim!
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12/19/2005 12:26:15 PM
I was almost sure of your blue. Congrats.
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12/19/2005 10:50:04 AM
oh yeah! really cool. nice tones and detail.
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12/19/2005 09:32:36 AM
well to explain the constant use of blue... i don't have much of a studio space - the room i generally use has bright blue walls - so they tend to be in a lot of my shots during the colder months.

i also like blue - and in visual arts - a blue BG tends to help make the subject POP off the page - so it isn't all coincidence.

my 'garbage' entry had the blue wall too - but i destaurated blue & cyan in that image ;}

thanks again all !

12/19/2005 09:02:30 AM
Dude, you are the master of blue.

Great idea and execution.
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12/19/2005 08:23:53 AM
Simple and beautiful.
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12/19/2005 07:59:50 AM
thanks everyone ! - my highest score & finish - kind of an early Christmas gift !

when i entered this late last sunday i didn't expect to do all that great.

i filled in the photogs comments for those who requested - i didn't have time before submitting the image.
12/19/2005 07:28:51 AM
WTG Soup. Congrats on your first ribbon. In looking at your top challenge entries, blue must be your favorite color. lol
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12/19/2005 07:02:49 AM
excellent job!
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12/19/2005 06:26:00 AM
Congratulations on the Blue. Beautiful work.
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12/19/2005 05:33:43 AM
Congrats on your blue, well deserved!
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12/19/2005 05:23:56 AM
This is so well deserved, congrats on your bluey. The ice is cracked, better dust off a shelf for all the future ribbons :) Way to go!!
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12/19/2005 04:19:07 AM
congrats - I thought this would do well!
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12/19/2005 03:54:46 AM
Congratulations on your blue !!! Well done !
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12/19/2005 03:53:58 AM
WOW!
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12/19/2005 03:16:06 AM
Congratulations on your BLUE. Your talent blooms with one interesting image after the other.
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12/19/2005 01:58:32 AM
great finish. I was sure this would ribbon.
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12/19/2005 01:35:55 AM
Congrats,

I only voted on one image in this challenge, yours. Started to browse thumbs one day and this one caught my eye, gave it a nine and never had time to go back and vote for all of the others. Gave it a 9 and its cool to see it in blue. (good choice of color, haha)
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12/19/2005 12:58:59 AM
This is a wonderful image. Love the blue tones..very relaxing! Congrats!
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12/19/2005 12:56:10 AM
Well it's about time... you were long overdue! Clean and elegant photos R You, and this one's no exception. Congrats on the bluey!
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12/19/2005 12:43:52 AM
An outstanding minimalist study--congratulations on the blue!

Message edited by author 2005-12-19 00:47:06.
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12/19/2005 12:39:32 AM
Originally posted by KiwiPix:

.........comment on your entry

Brett


I don't mind silence......... Congratulations soup, beautiful work.
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12/19/2005 12:35:49 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Very well earned.
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12/19/2005 12:28:52 AM
Called it...congrats soup. It sure did deserve the blue...
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12/19/2005 12:23:04 AM
We would appreciate you sharing your Photographer's Comments with the community since they took the time and trouble to vote and comment on your entry

Brett
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12/19/2005 12:20:39 AM
Congrats on the blue. Really cool shot
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/18/2005 09:25:21 PM
Interesting shot. Love the shade of blue in it.
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12/18/2005 09:24:37 PM
Great idea. Nice composition and color. Would like to have seen more graduation between the blue and black.
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12/18/2005 07:16:54 PM
Very nicely done.
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12/18/2005 03:47:50 PM
Unusual and nicely composed.
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12/18/2005 07:00:43 AM
Fantastic lighting effect on background/foreground. Subject situated perfectly imho.
I really like the flame and its reflection. Hope it scores up at the top. Good luck
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12/18/2005 05:54:19 AM
This will finish very highly. Simple but dramatic, sparse but interesting, and a nice tonal range.
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12/17/2005 01:42:57 PM
Magnific colors and idea. 9
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12/17/2005 02:00:28 AM
wow. very nice.
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12/17/2005 12:07:22 AM
Love the blue tones in this. And the theme of dying...reminds me for some reason of the death of King Arthur, when they row him out into the lake on the barge to take him to Avalon. Anyway, you got a 9 from me! :)
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12/16/2005 09:40:30 PM
nicely done
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12/16/2005 12:00:53 PM
Great shot! Conveys the emotion of agony. 10
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12/16/2005 10:45:58 AM
WOW! Simple and stunning. Beautiful tones! I believe this one will ribbon for sure. WELL DONE! 10
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12/16/2005 07:03:38 AM
Top of the challenge for me. Well done.
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12/15/2005 09:04:00 PM
Sometimes simple is so much better. Very well done and a definite to 10 IMO.
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12/15/2005 08:00:48 AM
I like this,good job. 8
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12/15/2005 04:37:47 AM
amazing picture love the dark background and well composed :goodjob:
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12/14/2005 07:51:27 PM
Very nice pictue. Love the idea and the reflection in the blue liquid really add to the power of this picture.
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12/14/2005 05:43:26 PM
woh... love the minimalism here... and the fading blue is strong too... 9
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12/14/2005 05:07:13 PM
Very nice idea, composition, colors, background gradient.
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12/13/2005 11:54:37 PM
nice simplicity
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12/13/2005 11:09:35 PM
Beautiful!
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12/13/2005 10:36:27 PM
great shot, love the abstractness of it and the tonalities of the blues. Good luck (top 10??) ohh yeah im thinking this is soup
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12/13/2005 10:17:39 PM
Quite excellent!
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12/13/2005 09:43:17 PM
Simple and vvery pretty.
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12/13/2005 05:32:18 PM
I get the sense of the wick just floating in the sea. Nicely done.
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12/13/2005 05:04:45 PM
This is my blue ribbon winner...gorgeous. Excited to find out the technique.
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12/13/2005 03:32:05 PM
aw. this photo beautifully casts a sad/lonely feeling. I love the gradient of colors.
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12/13/2005 02:53:15 PM
This is definatel minimalism at its best. Great photo, love everything about it.
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12/13/2005 09:05:56 AM
Great shot - my fav of the challenge. Love the simplicity and the nice reflection created. 10.
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12/13/2005 08:53:50 AM
very beautiful approach of the flame which éteind slowly, good composition and beautiful play of light.
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12/13/2005 08:29:50 AM
i love the blue tones....
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12/13/2005 02:52:16 AM
I likme this for its simplicity 10
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12/12/2005 11:42:31 PM
YES! Would have gotten a thumbs up from me if I were able to vote!
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12/12/2005 10:44:18 PM
Simple, elegant and beautiful composition!
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12/12/2005 10:25:31 PM
Wow!! I like this shot in so many ways!! Composition, balance between the dark and light sides, the reflection, the texture, the colors...
I hope this shot will be among the top 3!!!
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12/12/2005 09:23:46 PM
top 5 for sure
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12/12/2005 04:13:00 PM
Simple and effective. Great reflection and good colours. I like it a lot. Good luck!
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12/12/2005 02:05:42 PM
Very, very nice.
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12/12/2005 07:51:31 AM
A very minimilistic approach that works wonderfully. The main focus is the wick and the flame that appear to be adrift in a sea of blue with the darkness (the dark area in the upper 1/2 of the left hand side) threatening to extingush it. Lighting, composition, and subject are well captured.
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12/12/2005 01:00:18 AM
My favorite photo in the challenge. Simple pure and beautiful. 10 and favorite.
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