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The Coal Miner's Candle
The Coal Miner's Candle

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Dirt (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Pentax A 50mm f/1.4 MF
Location: Dining Room Table
Date: Dec 10, 2006
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Dec 10, 2006

Though I feared there would be tons of other dirty hands on this challenge, this idea came to me & I decided to run with it. Lighting was obviously mostly the match itself, but I did have 2 candles already lit & set up as key & fill. Editing was mostly hi-pass & USM, shadow & highlight, dodge & burning here & there with a boost in sat to top it off. Rotate & crop then save for web.

Place: 45 out of 144
Avg (all users): 5.7968
Avg (commenters): 6.6250
Avg (participants): 5.6029
Avg (non-participants): 5.9076
Views since voting: 2032
Views during voting: 276
Votes: 187
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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12/22/2006 10:15:28 AM
Roz - I can't take credit for that saying as I read it somewhere here on DPC a while back. I think it was Dr, Achoo, but I'm not positive...)

Message edited by author 2006-12-23 01:31:56.
12/22/2006 04:32:58 AM
this one of yours should have done heaps better .... like i said during voting it was one of the best ... i gave it 10 ...
i've been quoting something that you put on a comment, which is ..."I'd trust the average DPC voter to spot a great a photo like I'd trust my 3yo to drive me cross country blindfolded" .. hope you dont mind me quoting you but its something i've thought myself on many occasions ... they do get it right as well tho ...

thanx for your comments on dog and sky challenges ...
i think my dog got wot it deserved! .. the sky too ...
the dog that should have gone in is on my profile page right now!

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12/19/2006 03:27:34 PM
Thanks, MM - Yes, the intention of the image was the coal miner at home after a long day/night's work, possibly at the turn of the century with no power or just too poor to pay the bill...
12/18/2006 11:45:02 PM
Easy there Pineapple. To me, the nice candle holder indicates that this miner was at home . Still, I understand about the safety lamps thing.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/17/2006 08:27:21 PM
Safety lamps are de rigeur in mines - especially soft rock methane bearing mines. So, as far as I am aware, this is an inaccurate title. The image is OK though. 7.
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12/17/2006 06:50:56 PM
this is a fantastic shot ... the best i've come across so far in this challenge .. which is obviously just my opinion ... i love the composition and the colours ... and the dirt!
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12/17/2006 05:48:01 PM
I love the "real" look of working hands! Looks like my dad's hands after 50 years as a mechanic. Thanks for the peek at you work.
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12/16/2006 08:41:15 PM
Great!!! Makes me feel for those brave men who worked in mines all over Scotland
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12/13/2006 11:55:51 PM
dirt where?
12/13/2006 10:15:12 PM
I see by the nails that this is a pic of a person who works in the dirt. If not, then it's a darn good illusion. Simple and tasteful.
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12/13/2006 02:04:09 AM
Great idea and nice added touch of placing dirty older used candle in as well.
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12/12/2006 05:55:06 PM
Like this composition.
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12/11/2006 06:38:24 PM
Nice picture, very well set up. Love the clarity and subject. Well done.
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12/11/2006 12:31:49 AM
Nicely done dealing with the low key portion of the shot. My LCD struggles to get the detail, but I can see it if I look sideways at the monitor. Nice composition and I appreciate the dirt under the nails. 7
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