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A Glimmer of Hope
A Glimmer of Hope
HRoxas


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Toronto Brickworks
Date: May 20, 2005
Aperture: f22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 25 secs
Galleries: Interior, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Jan 13, 2006

One of the images I took for the Lighting II Challenge in May. This was taken inside the abandoned Brickworks factory in Toronto. I very seldom take a shot that includes me but I felt compelled to have a human figure in this shot so I set up the camera on the tripod but forgot to change the settings. I sat there for what I thought was too long a time. The long exposure overexposed the highlights but was able to tone it down to an acceptable degree.

Shot in raw mode. I adjusted the white balance for a warm feel and further saturated the yellow. I cloned out the over-exposed areas on my leg leaving just enough to show that the light was directly hitting it. I did some burning here and there. I used Neat Image and sharpened the image after cropping and resizing.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 833
Avg (all users): 7.4482
Avg (commenters): 8.6761
Avg (participants): 7.4044
Avg (non-participants): 7.6538
Views since voting: 12988
Views during voting: 742
Votes: 444
Comments: 98
Favorites: 52 (view)


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04/23/2007 09:08:08 PM
wow just came across this, very good!!
03/01/2007 05:14:20 PM
This is a one of a kind, once in a lifetime photograph. Utterly STUNNING!
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12/25/2006 04:32:01 PM
Oh my gosh this rocks!! Never happended upon this beauty until now. Amazing!
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02/09/2006 08:59:35 PM
I would love to check out this building

Excellent work, just found this now
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02/06/2006 12:55:12 PM
Couldn't get anywhere close to voting on all the images in this challenge because of slow dial-up. What I shame I missed voting on this wonderful image.
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02/06/2006 10:44:37 AM
Looks like a cd cover ;)
Very nice idea and well executed.
Congrats !
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02/02/2006 11:02:55 PM
stunning use of available light...such a mood-evoking shot...congrats on the 5
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02/02/2006 06:29:48 PM
way to go Henry! really loved this shot.
I was there for the first time last September and can't wait to go back - when it's warmer :)
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02/02/2006 12:25:51 AM
WONDERFUL shot... congrats on a top placing...well deserved....
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02/01/2006 01:12:11 PM
Wonderful tones and light. Congratulations on 5th (of 829!) Now a new fav of mine!
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02/01/2006 08:59:25 AM
This is a master piece.
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02/01/2006 08:56:47 AM
Imagineer Virtual Fave[TM]
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02/01/2006 04:41:58 AM
Wow! Amazing photo Henry! Great job and congrats on 5th!
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02/01/2006 03:51:14 AM
Thanks everyone for all your comments and votes. This is a tough challenge , there are so many talented photographers producing superb work. Congrats in a big way to the ribbon winners.

Message edited by author 2006-02-01 09:36:08.
02/01/2006 03:45:42 AM
Originally posted by HRoxas:

Thanks kiwiness for your comment... I didn't use any filter on this shot. What you're seeing is what the camera saw.


I see that now, good work!
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02/01/2006 03:16:28 AM
Originally posted by dudephil:

This is very cool! I'd love to see the original.


Thanks for your comments. Here's the original shot resized for web.
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02/01/2006 03:08:35 AM
Wow ! brilliant :)
congratulations
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02/01/2006 03:02:25 AM
Originally posted by cislander:

Great shot. I'd love to know if you created the light source. Either way good job - 10


Thanks for your comment. No I didn't create the the light source.
02/01/2006 03:00:14 AM
Originally posted by kiwiness:

Good work, what filter did you use for the light flare?


Thanks kiwiness for your comment... I didn't use any filter on this shot. What you're seeing is what the camera saw.
02/01/2006 01:16:57 AM
Congratulations on your top five finish with this amazing lovely study.
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02/01/2006 01:10:43 AM
I am so pleased to see this gem do well!
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02/01/2006 01:00:07 AM
I predicted this as a winner, certainly one of my favourites. Top 5, pretty good though
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02/01/2006 12:47:04 AM
congrats on top 5!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 10:15:17 PM
No one can go far enough to discourage the LORD from reaching that soul with His eternal light!
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01/31/2006 09:11:04 PM
Great pic, very nice set up on the the composition. The perspective and the colors are wonderful. Great way to convey the mood.
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01/31/2006 03:27:08 PM
How beautiful and thoughtful. Color is marvelous. Thought provoking.
Revisited 10
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01/31/2006 03:07:36 PM
Good work, what filter did you use for the light flare?
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01/31/2006 12:46:08 PM
This is very cool! I'd love to see the original.
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01/31/2006 11:48:24 AM
excellent composition and lighting - one of my favorites in the entire lot - great job :)
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01/30/2006 01:15:53 PM
Fascinating what you have done with this pic. I would have messed something like this up badly. What strikes me most are the lines and the textures and tone. The evenness of the light is really well captured
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01/29/2006 10:54:10 AM
the location is fantastic. together with the man sitting alone & the ray of light this is a very dramatic photo, filled with hope. bumped to a 10 and added to my faves :)
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01/29/2006 05:31:12 AM
Excellent work. 10
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01/28/2006 07:07:19 PM
Great shot. I'd love to know if you created the light source. Either way good job - 10
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01/28/2006 12:27:52 PM
"One of the best in this competition" Simon Cowell :) Seriously, you should be proud of this shot as it has very strong emotive quailities. Everything about this is perfect. Good Luck. 10
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01/27/2006 10:46:36 PM
Excellent! I love the warm tones and the beam of light hitting the man. 10
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01/27/2006 12:49:04 PM
Cool location. You had a good eye for the effects of light and shadow here. Maybe you should have moved the camera further too the left, the lines on the ground are not tilted enough to convey dynamism, so having them perfectly perpendicular would have worked better. 10.
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01/26/2006 05:47:59 PM
Sweet shot! The lighting really does it! And tells a story too, hope to see this place well.
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01/26/2006 03:01:06 PM
Wow this is an impact shot.
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01/26/2006 07:08:05 AM
I love the warm tones that you have captured, and love the flash of delicate light shining through the window onto the figure, well done, very well done.....
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01/26/2006 06:57:20 AM
Nice photo. Very emotive and thought provoking. Good solid composition, and great use of some dramatic lighting. Nice setting too. Great job :-)
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01/25/2006 07:26:05 PM
What an emotional shot! Very well done, thanks for the new fav.
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01/25/2006 11:19:15 AM
Wery well captured. I like the soft sunlight making real nice coloring of the room.
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01/25/2006 05:43:31 AM
Love the sunbeam. Very atmospheric, pleasing composition.
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01/24/2006 03:27:13 PM
Lovely colours, wonderful lighting you took advantage of.
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01/22/2006 08:11:51 PM
Where's the hope? Very depressing and desolute. I love it! Great job!
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01/22/2006 06:19:03 PM
I love this shot. The composition, the color tones, the ray coming in through the window, the story that is told by the composure of the person. Excellent shot you have every right to be proud of. [10]
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01/22/2006 03:07:44 PM
will be much better if the subject looks at the light,(it is alltrady staged shot):-)
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01/22/2006 10:40:37 AM
Great idea that you have excecuted well
9
good luck

Kev
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01/22/2006 10:25:27 AM
Excellent idea, great lighting, great lines, great texture, excellent comp, good color, sharp, b&w need a little work not bad, emotional, overall excellent job
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01/21/2006 07:14:03 PM
love the constrained tones to keep the viewer focused on the main point of the entire image. 9 - may bump later.
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01/21/2006 02:23:02 PM
awesome shot, the lighting is great, and i love the atmosphere.
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01/21/2006 09:05:11 AM
great lighting...9
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01/20/2006 03:11:53 PM
Head and shoulders above all these macro shots of flowers and birds.
Well thought out and executed.
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01/20/2006 02:47:50 PM
Gorgeous. The room and it's colors are beautiful, and the ray of light striking your subject is fantastic. Great work and good luck.
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01/20/2006 01:06:07 PM
I really like the warm tones...this image has a really great sense of space...and fantastic light...very nice.
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01/20/2006 11:05:20 AM
Great title...superb lighting...excellent composition...A top pick of mine!
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01/19/2006 11:00:24 PM
yes, this is truly a great picture. what more can I say? Make room for a ribbon on your shelf. 10
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01/19/2006 10:33:36 PM
A very strong and inspiring capture. The cropping is wonderfully simple and the tones are subdued but powerful enought to take this image to a very high level for this challenge... well done.
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01/19/2006 09:22:57 PM
I really like this shot, nice warm tones, very well done.
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01/19/2006 08:47:09 PM
very cool lighting and scene. I love the visible beam of light.
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01/19/2006 01:44:08 PM
Perfect shot, can see why it's your favorite. 10
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01/19/2006 01:04:33 PM
This is a great shot, missed the quality and composition on the first run through, so bumping up. Well done
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01/19/2006 11:53:30 AM
Going for JPR here...you do wooden floors awfully well ;)
Excellent shot and if I see any comments about hotspots/overexposure I shall be slapping a few faces after the challenge.
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01/19/2006 08:45:51 AM
Wow factor!!!
10... nothing more to say
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01/19/2006 02:40:47 AM
I love the rich brown color here and the beam of light coming in from the window. Also love the moody feeling.
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01/18/2006 10:36:54 PM
This is a "thinking" picture. Very provocative and well balanced. Nice job.
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01/18/2006 07:41:21 PM
Very impressive image. It's well composed, perfectly lit (I'm still trying to figure out how you managed to get so much warmth & detail in the wood) and the story drew me in. Good luck!
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01/18/2006 06:53:35 PM
Simple but effective
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01/18/2006 09:07:20 AM
Nice, I like it!
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01/18/2006 03:53:45 AM
Calm but also powerful. You've done a good job!
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01/17/2006 10:55:09 PM
Excellent photograph, you've really created great mood with the tones and lighting. "10" from me, good luck!
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01/17/2006 08:45:43 PM
the right place at the right time!
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01/17/2006 08:27:47 PM
Now this is different. Great color and mood. Excellent job. 9. Sorry, I had to com back and up this to a 10
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01/17/2006 08:11:43 PM
Nice piece of art - good vision - and some great processing. A competent shot turned into something special. Love the colours and balance of comp. Neat touches in light sparkles too. Up there for a ribbon I bet.
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01/17/2006 04:47:20 PM
Very emotional photo. Lighting works very well.
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01/17/2006 01:58:38 PM
Exceptional job on the lighting in this shot, nicely composed too.
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01/17/2006 01:39:31 PM
wonderful mood and beautiful light, great artistic presentation
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01/17/2006 12:52:50 PM
Very nice job working with lighting. Good image.
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01/17/2006 11:47:32 AM
I love how it appears to have a ray of light touching your model. Excellent! 10
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01/17/2006 09:25:39 AM
a more convincing model would have improved this. but still a good shot.
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01/17/2006 03:07:30 AM
This is very beautifully controlled light & exposure. Technically one of the very fine images in the challenge. I hope it does well.
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01/16/2006 11:47:22 PM
The dark edges really pull you into this image. I love it.
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01/16/2006 08:43:29 PM
Cool. Now is that you with a timer or is that someone else. Very nice job otherwise. My favorite so far.
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01/16/2006 07:03:42 PM
Powerfully dramatic photo. Love the composition and lighting. WOW Terrific work!
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01/16/2006 06:27:43 PM
This is excellent. I like the overal tonality of it. The placement of the figure in that ray of light is brilliant. 10
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01/16/2006 06:26:47 PM
I love this one, hope it will ribbon (10)
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01/16/2006 03:13:30 PM
You definitely have a top 10 contender here. The light is fantastic, as is the location for the image ... drab and closed off and brown, what a contrast to the one lightbeam. Guy's position is great, too, as is the taken down board still leaning against the window. One to be proud of!
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01/16/2006 03:02:14 PM
very cool. great volumetric light that leads your eye to the model.
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01/16/2006 02:34:50 PM
Bob realized this was not the best of investment properties after all.

An image that tells a story, my favorites. He has a look of despair and sense of loss. You almost want to comfort him and ask him whats wrong and if there is anything you can do.
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01/16/2006 12:16:11 PM
Too neat and the set up is awsome!!!!
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01/16/2006 11:49:19 AM
Wonderful use of lighting to evoke a mood. That shaft of light from window to person is great. Like the obvious lines on both floor and ceiling - they give a real sense of perspective/ depth. Like too the textures of wood and brick and metal. The warm tones are great too. This is a really intriguing and well exectured image that makes me look and look.
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01/16/2006 10:52:35 AM
Nice composition and lighting. I am getting a slight right slant of the picture that I would have corrected.
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01/16/2006 07:26:42 AM
You did a grate job .. ice
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01/16/2006 04:07:46 AM
Wow! Fantastic.
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01/16/2006 03:43:57 AM
Great image, super effects.
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01/16/2006 02:53:25 AM
It is that single beam of light shining through the broken window that adds soooo much to the scene and mood of the shot. Well done. The scene in this 'warehouse' is bare and thus the single figure sitting all alone hunched over in this great big empty space speaks of isolation & a feeling of helplessness. But as the title and that single ray of light falling on the individual speaks that even then, a glimmer of hope exists.
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01/16/2006 01:23:30 AM
I really like your shot...i haven't seen them all but...i am crossing my fingers for you!
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01/16/2006 12:48:59 AM
Beautifully done.... one of the better shots in this challenge... Good Luck!
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