Challenge: Blue II (Basic Editing III)
Collection: et cetera
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: San Jose, CA
Date: Jan 30, 2006
Shutter: 13 sec.
Date Uploaded: Jan 30, 2006
|Pure eye candy :)
Making it happen
Back in the days when I had an income, I bought a crystal ball (about 15cm diameter), both on general principles (crystal balls are cool) and because I knew that I could pull it out for a photo op when the right challenge came along. I took a piece of blue art paper and taped it on top of the red paper I used for my Off Center entry, pointed the same $5 clipon lamp at the base of the paper, and started firing away.
The streaks of light are from a keychain LED light - during the long exposure, I made arcs from one side of the camera (not the FOV - the camera itself), around the crystal ball, and back to the other side. The variations in apparent line weight are largely the result of foreshortening on the light streaks.
The color in the original image was blue to begin with - I had a custom white balance set to the light temperature of the clip-on light, which made the cold white of the LED appear blue. I enhanced this later through post-processing.
focal length 37.0mm
original image -->
selective color layer (-55 Blacks in Blues)
add gradient map to convert to b/w
add hue/saturation to recolorize (240, 40, 0)
USM (100, .3, 0)
USM (50, .5, 0)
This image is not as technically well accomplished as I would have liked - I set a new personal standard for execution with my Off Center entry. Advanced editing would have been helpful; I could have gotten rid of the smudges in the background (those are from my moving hand during the exposure) and reduced the brightness of the hot spot at the left of the crystal's base. I should have worked out the lighting during the shoot. There are also some artifacts around the base that are bugging me, but I don't think I could avoid that without doing a reshoot. (I tried doing a reshoot and made marginal improvements in the background lighting, but couldn't get light trails that were as good as the ones in this photo.)
The title was also tough.
Hoping to break 6 on this one.
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