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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
Aperture: f/22
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.

The Technique:

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: IMG_6087.CR2
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
Aperture: 22
Exposure mode: Manual
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Continuous: frame 1
ISO: 100
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
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Contrast: Normal
Sharpness level: 0
Tone: Normal
Custom Functions:
CFn 2: Long exposure noise reduction: On
CFn 8: ISO expansion: On

Place: 7 out of 141
Avg (all users): 7.0891
Avg (commenters): 8.0588
Avg (participants): 6.8313
Avg (non-participants): 7.2689
Views since voting: 2613
Views during voting: 353
Votes: 202
Comments: 24
Favorites: 6 (view)

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03/31/2006 08:59:44 PM
Its an awesome shot John, very well done.
03/31/2006 02:22:02 AM
Really beautiful! Great choice of glass, lovely lines! Thanks so much for the details, I will have to try this! Congrats on your top 10.
03/31/2006 12:24:53 AM
I thought this would ribbon for sure. It's very beautiful. Congrats on top 10!
03/31/2006 12:17:49 AM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish with this amber gem!
03/31/2006 12:13:29 AM
Gary has to eat his socks :)

John - thank you for your kind words.

Message edited by author 2006-03-31 00:14:06.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/30/2006 10:09:44 PM
I'm not sure I remember the original, but I really like the flowing colors and shapes.
03/30/2006 09:32:11 PM
Very well presented. Bump.
03/30/2006 04:01:25 PM
Simply put... wonderfully done!
03/29/2006 11:43:10 PM
Great shot! Nice warm feeling to it.
03/28/2006 07:18:43 PM
Is this painting with light? Great job on the colors
03/28/2006 01:35:22 PM
superbly controlled exposure.
03/26/2006 04:57:50 PM
The lighting is marvelous.
03/26/2006 01:40:06 PM
love the effect with the orange
03/25/2006 10:27:16 PM
Magical.....just magical....."WOW" from me.....
03/24/2006 10:38:48 PM
Awesome!!! What amazing colors! And I love the smooth but crystal clear and sharp lines in the glass. Amazing! Ribbon quality once again. Congratulations! 10
03/24/2006 06:41:35 PM
Superbly lit. Love it. 10
03/24/2006 05:41:17 PM
03/24/2006 11:15:02 AM
If this doesn't ribbon I will eat my socks!
03/24/2006 04:56:22 AM
I like this tribute alot. I am sure Ursula would too. :) I love the colour.. makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. 9 from me :)
03/24/2006 01:35:27 AM
excellent...this should do well for you
03/24/2006 01:24:35 AM
Wow, this is absolutely beautiful! So smooth, so elegant - you did a beautiful job with this. I don't know what else to say, I am trying to think that it might be inspired by my own painting with light entry from a couple weeks ago, the "feeling" of the image reminds of it (and if I'm wrong, please forgive my ego). But this is different. Anyway. Congratulations on a beautiful image.
03/24/2006 01:20:22 AM
03/24/2006 12:56:45 AM
Love the warm color & the curviness
03/24/2006 12:04:56 AM
Hah... I bought the same glass at World Market today!

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