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16mm, 30 sec, f 2.8, 3200 ISO, 9 burning sticks and a million stars.
16mm, 30 sec, f 2.8, 3200 ISO, 9 burning sticks and a million stars.
John White

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Central Australia
Date: Oct 1, 2006
Date Uploaded: Jan 7, 2007

30 seconds at f 2.8 3200 ISO. Camping last week at a Salt Lake in Central Australia. We used burning sticks from the camp fire to write letters in the air! Light from a half moon, a camp fire and a million stars! Thanks Dale, Jaden, Caleb, Travis, Peter, Debby, Jessie, Toby and Josh !

Winner of Jetstars Photo Comp 2009 $12,000 worth of travel, camera, books etc

Being used to promote Australia Day in New York 2010!

Place: 116 out of 712
Avg (all users): 6.4095
Avg (commenters): 7.6190
Avg (participants): 6.3590
Avg (non-participants): 6.5698
Views since voting: 11170
Views during voting: 793
Votes: 359
Comments: 56
Favorites: 7 (view)

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02/13/2007 01:11:41 AM
What a fun shot!
02/04/2007 06:22:32 PM
Unique. Great shot!
01/28/2007 10:44:53 PM
Very very very cool
01/26/2007 12:39:48 PM
Wow. exceptional concept and execution, both on the part of the fotog and the actors. well done, John
01/26/2007 09:32:01 AM
absolutely cool, how come I didn't comment it before? did you only have oine try?= It looks so difficult to create!
01/26/2007 05:20:20 AM
That is WICKED. I love that each letter has one person. Looks like you took a hit on the noise. ISO 3200? zipers.
01/26/2007 03:07:16 AM
That would make a great postcard!!!
01/26/2007 12:33:24 AM
That's great.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2007 10:29:44 PM
Probably the most original of the challenge. Very cool. I bet you had a blast making this one, and any onlookers probably did too!
01/25/2007 06:18:23 PM
Hey it looks like you got this cleaned up really well!! Good luck in the challenge its a great shot. My only critique would be the title is too long.
01/25/2007 02:01:21 PM
Utterly creative, and amusing, too.
01/25/2007 03:26:44 AM
Perfect in everyway, as I am an Aussie, and we must stick together.....
01/24/2007 10:26:56 PM
very nicely done. this should sell well for you ;-)
01/24/2007 03:16:52 AM
01/24/2007 12:35:13 AM
Ambitious & well done!
01/23/2007 03:11:53 PM
Very clever. 9. In fact bumping to 10 now because I like this one.
01/21/2007 05:18:13 PM
This really stands out... very nice work... can seeing this being bought by the Australian Tourist Board for marketing...

Slightly wonky horizon... is the only slight issues (but that is being very fussy.. sorry..)

Should make a top 10... good luck
01/21/2007 11:31:25 AM
This is just plain cool. You've done well on the exposure with only a few hot spots. What would make it even better would be if the horizon weren't running through the middle of the main subject. 8
01/20/2007 07:53:45 PM
This would make a great post card. I would love to come visit some day.
01/19/2007 10:41:35 PM
hehe yay Aussie!!
01/19/2007 01:39:18 PM
Perfect shot for a brochure!
01/18/2007 02:46:27 PM
Great idea :)
01/18/2007 12:02:30 AM
Brilliant idea - Great image to have and lots of fun.
01/17/2007 11:50:22 PM
Great shot and remember seeing this before - John?
Truly a most unique image in this huge challenge and applaud the creativity.
01/17/2007 05:36:15 AM
normally I give +1 for Australian content but unfortunately there isn't an option to give 11 so I'll have to make do with a 10. Sorry...
01/16/2007 03:50:51 PM
that would make a cool postcard. . .
01/16/2007 01:27:19 PM
The Australian tourist board logo! Nice one!
01/16/2007 12:28:42 PM
this would be awesome the post card challenge! Bringing down the levels would darken the sky and bring out the stars a bit more.
01/16/2007 09:47:11 AM
legend. 10.
01/15/2007 08:17:58 PM
Good work1
01/15/2007 05:08:29 PM
What a very unique idea.
01/14/2007 11:20:12 PM
Now there's something you don't see everyday. I love the creativity of this, and the setting. Would make a wonderfully quirky postcard for Australia.
01/14/2007 04:14:35 PM
LOVE the creativity!!! I would be interested to see this at a higher f-stop so there is a little more natural contrast. Good job.
01/14/2007 03:29:56 PM
Really hot image! ;o) Bet this took some co-ordinating!! :o)
01/14/2007 01:26:15 PM
Would be a great postcard ;)
01/13/2007 11:03:14 PM
Nice post card
01/13/2007 08:38:49 PM
love this - very unique and terrific results
01/13/2007 07:26:54 PM
Great concept and nicely executed. Your title is awful (which did not impact my rating). Good Luck.
01/13/2007 03:47:05 PM
I am very impressed with this photo and with the amazingly well chosen title.
01/13/2007 01:45:31 PM
01/13/2007 01:25:34 PM
This would have probably done really well in the "Postcard" challenge. Does it take a lot of practice to make sure taht you draw your letters backwards?
01/13/2007 12:53:04 PM
Must have been gr8 fun too.
01/13/2007 12:34:23 PM
How COOL! What amazing execution! I wonder how many times you had to shoot this to get it this perfect! You should sell this to the tourist bureau!
01/13/2007 06:06:25 AM
I loked the coke one.. and I love this one ;) 9
01/13/2007 03:51:48 AM
unique idea ... bravo - 9
01/13/2007 01:34:03 AM
Hehehehe....this is soo cool! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!!!!
01/13/2007 12:06:27 AM
Very clever. Would make a very creative postcard, I think.
01/12/2007 09:56:58 PM
You get points for creativity for this one. How many takes did you have to do to get this?
01/12/2007 09:22:16 PM
and how many reshoots? Nice creative idea. It fits the country and the challenge. 8.
01/12/2007 08:28:03 PM
I love a sunburnt country!

this is a wonderful image you should send to tourism Australia...I love it! 9 from me
01/12/2007 03:01:42 PM
Great Idea!
01/12/2007 02:42:52 PM
postcard challenge outtake? and how many of THESE did you have to shoot?? I appreciate the hard work.
01/12/2007 01:48:15 PM
Very cool idea! I like it! Well done.
01/12/2007 08:47:34 AM
John, It looks like you love Australia as much as I do. And we just won the cricket! 10
01/12/2007 07:53:06 AM
Great idea , makes a fantastic postcard picture! Well done
01/12/2007 12:40:25 AM
great shot!!! looks like everyone is having a lot of fun giving a shout-out to oz...

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