Challenge: Deja Vu II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Hickory, North Carolina
Date: Mar 19, 2006
ISO: ISO 100
Shutter: 21 Seconds
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Mar 19, 2006
|If any of you are not watching what Ursula Abresch is doing with her camera, you should be. Her "Spirits" entry in the "Painting With Light II" challenge was a truly phenomenal image. I remember the last "Deja Vu" challenge quite well. I also remembered my hesitance to 'duplicate' the image to the best of my abilities. I don't believe duplication is a good idea unless you can improve the original in some way. In my "Deja Vu" entry, I based my entry on one of Gordon McGregor's previous challenge winners, but I twisted his theme a bit to make the image my own. I'm doing basically the same thing with this entry, and oddly enough, I'm basing it on another "Painting with Light." I had actually asked Ursula a couple weeks ago if she minded me working with her idea. Our camera club has a "Painting with Light" topic coming up this summer and now seemed like a good time to get started on it. I can enter up to three images in that competition, and this is going to be the first of those three.
These photos are really fun to do. One of the most interesting things about painting with light is the fact that you never get two takes that look the same. I went shopping to find an interesting glass to use. I setup my tabletop studio with a large piece of black velour because of its flat black non-reflective properties. I gave myself plenty of space behind my glass so I could maneuver my light. I used a rather small flashlight wiht several layers of white paper towels wrapped over the top of it. The towels diffused the light source to a soft glow. I just waved the light around behind the glass for a few seconds, trying to come up with light patterns that looked interesting. It's critical to keep the light behind the subject when using glass. If you get out in front of it, you will have ugly reflections on the glass surface. After I composed the shot with the camera on the tripod, I turned off all the lights in the room (working at night). I used my cable release with the camera in bulb mode to shoot the image.
The color of the light here is natural. I had my camera in auto white balance mode, so my incandescent light source created this color naturally.
File size: 6,696KB
Image Serial Number: 560-6087
Camera Model: Canon EOS 20D
Camera serial number: 0420100366
Firmware: Firmware 2.0.0
Owner: John M. Setzler, Jr.
Date/Time: 2006:03:19 00:20:14
Shutter speed: 21 sec
Exposure mode: Manual
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Continuous: frame 1
Lens: 24 to 70mm
Focal length: 24mm
AF mode: Manual Focus
Image size: 3504 x 2336
Image quality: Raw
White balance: Auto
Color space: sRGB
Sharpness level: 0
CFn 2: Long exposure noise reduction: On
CFn 8: ISO expansion: On
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