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Mind over Matter
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Challenge: Fire II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Backyard, Vancouver, WA
Date: Aug 10, 2006
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30
Galleries: Studio
Date Uploaded: Aug 11, 2006

A double exposure. I originally had a much more ambitious shot in mind, but that didn't quite work out so I'm left with this. Camping fuel in a black ashtray shot and then moved while my hand was put in place. The trick (because the two exposures were quite different in time) was to use a black card with a slot cut in it which acted like a shutter and allowed me to expose the fire somewhere probably near 1/100th of a second (something I couldn't do by hand moving a solid card back and forth).

I just wanted to prevalidation my Fire shot as I'm guessing someone will ask for a validation.

Conversion from RAW:
In Adobe Bridge here are the settings going down the line:
7750,17,-0.85,35,84,27,0

CS2 PP:
in order of layers:
USM, Shadow/Highlights:
300,0.3,2 I have lost the S/H settings, 0 on Shadow, I think 40-60 on highlights.
Cloning:
very minor, mainly to roughen up an hint of a line at the bottom of the fire (caused by the black ashtray the fire was set in).
Burning:
a few highlights almost all on the left of the picture. (if you are actually trying this, wait till after you do the levels layer before you see what you need to burn. Levels takes care of most of the background).
Final USM:
200/0.3/2 and, I think, 20/40/2

Then the adjustment layers:
Brightness/Contrast -20/0
Masked in a gradient off my palm and the fire. Provides some darkening further away from the flame.
Color Balance: Highlights 60/0/-60
Provides the glow of the fire on my palm. Masked so it only affects my palm.
Color Balance: Mids 30/0/-30, Highs 20/0/0
Provides lighting more in line with firelight. masked the fire off so it doesn't saturate.
Hue/Saturation: Reds -20 sat.
I actually think this layer may be an artifact from a previous go-over. It looks like the flame is desaturated a bit (by mask) and there is a partial mask over my skin. This is a confusing layer to me...
Levels: Red: 90/1/255 Green 80/1/255 Blue 100/1/255
Masked to the fire which overlaps my palm. This is an attempt to bring the fire more in line with the color of the rest of the flame due to it being washed out from the double exposure.
Levels: 20/1.2/255
I think this may be the first layer I did. Primarily to black the background out.

Enjoy!

Statistics
Place: 15 out of 160
Avg (all users): 6.1848
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.0471
Avg (non-participants): 6.2778
Views since voting: 2312
Views during voting: 473
Votes: 211
Comments: 27
Favorites: 3 (view)


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08/25/2006 05:45:51 PM
Ouch, great picture, the placing shows the pain was worth it LOL.
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08/21/2006 01:50:43 PM
Outstaanding photograph Jason. I was sure this would score high! Can you give us more information on you "slot shutter", how it was made and maybe even a photo or 2 of your set up?
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08/21/2006 10:44:30 AM
very nice technique. Way to get technical with the slot shutter!
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08/21/2006 01:25:12 AM
Very well done and highly impressive. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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08/21/2006 01:12:17 AM
awesome shot and great techique. Daniel (graphicfunk) would be proud of you. This is flawlessly executed!
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08/21/2006 12:33:42 AM
you really carried this off Jason...hope the burns are healing well ;-) I think this should have finished in the top 10
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08/21/2006 12:16:38 AM
Congrats Jason on a "cool" (or should I say hot) shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/19/2006 09:23:42 PM
ouch!
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08/17/2006 11:12:31 PM
Nice. Reminds me of x-men. Top 5.
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08/17/2006 10:27:57 PM
This has the "wow" factor - did it hurt?
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08/16/2006 10:57:25 PM
Ouch! Excellent set-up. Well composed, well lit, well done!
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08/16/2006 04:53:40 PM
The top of the arm looks a little bit jagged - maybe an increased file size would help? I'm not sure. I generally like borders like this one but here it seems to feel a bit like it is cutting off the arm. Aside from that, though it is a nice image. I like the colors and lighting, and especially how the flames seem to be softly dancing.
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08/16/2006 09:45:00 AM
I wonder if that hurt... I would have liked more space on the left and less arm on the right
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08/16/2006 02:59:14 AM
Nice capture and creativity. Good Job
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08/15/2006 11:18:35 PM
very well done. Bump.
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08/15/2006 05:02:59 PM
Nicely done. 9
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08/15/2006 09:43:12 AM
Very nice picture. I have seen it before and you have done a great job recreating it. Nice border and color.
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08/15/2006 09:19:07 AM
great job keeping still for that. 8
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08/14/2006 08:41:27 PM
An excellent shot of a fire... The border also sits very nice with tan and fire color.

I voted 9 to this shot, because it is very clean shot. Lighting is excellent too ;)

good luck.
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08/14/2006 08:19:01 PM
Excellent focus on the arm here. There's a scar on the arm I would clone out since it's a minor distraction from the hand of flame. I hope this didn't require a trip to the ER... it looks painful!
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08/14/2006 03:26:49 PM
Here we go some action! Meets the challenge big time. This is an exciting image with all the wants and needs in it Well done 8

Wazz
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08/14/2006 12:16:15 PM
This is cool. I'm curious how you did it, since there doesn'r appear to be anything on your hand.
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08/14/2006 12:11:41 PM
Nice lighting on the hand and good detail and colour in the flame....how badly burnt were you? ;o)
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08/14/2006 07:42:05 AM
Nice shot, looks like it must have hurt.
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08/14/2006 06:46:22 AM
Excellent, 10 + fav :)
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08/14/2006 05:40:13 AM
looks hot. What is that? Cologne or something else?
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08/14/2006 12:33:28 AM
you did well with this...hand is super sharp and lighting is fantastic...nice comp as wel
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