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The Magic Flute
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AlexSaberi


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Challenge: Painting With Light III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Richmond Park, London
Date: Jun 5, 2007
Aperture: 11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 30
Galleries: Emotive, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jun 5, 2007

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To be honest this was my favourite idea for a photo I have done for DPC.

30sec exposure. camera on camera bag on the floor. Ella sits very still under tree. I run up with timer set. flash her off camera. Flash the tree a couple of times. Then use torch to draw notes coming out of instrument.

the colours - the orange was the glow of a full moon on the low lying clouds. the purple was the outer clouds, and the blue was the night sky.

cheers for the ribbon!!


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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 245
Avg (all users): 6.9327
Avg (commenters): 8.0455
Avg (participants): 6.7813
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 10524
Views during voting: 470
Votes: 208
Comments: 63
Favorites: 42 (view)


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03/06/2008 10:44:43 AM
Well executed shot. Bravo!
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06/16/2007 03:46:16 PM
damn good, congrats.
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06/15/2007 01:46:39 PM
I gave this a 9 in my first round of voting, never got to second round or it would have been a 10 :)

Simply brilliant!! Its pictures like these that makes me want to keep shooting better!
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06/15/2007 07:29:35 AM
Alex, this is great! Well deserved ribbon....you damn hog :)
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06/15/2007 05:59:13 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Maestro, when you told me the score I was pretty confident it would at least ribbon since I figured this would be a low scoring challenge. This is most definately "painting with light" and a worthy winner but I also resent that here on DPC the term painting with light has a whole different meaning in photographs than in the rest of the world of photography and that the photos who didn´t have moving trails of light in them didn´t really stand a chance.

Anyway, again, a worthy winner and great idea so congrats :)
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06/15/2007 05:36:56 AM
well done Alex, a wonderful idea and shot, great ;-)
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06/15/2007 01:19:19 AM
Amazing!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!
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06/15/2007 01:13:58 AM
this is a great photo ... and there's a give away in your shot: i can see a faint outline of your shape around the notes.

it's faint, but my monitor is very, very good and i can see you!!! LOL

great shot though, well worth the ribbon! :)
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06/14/2007 10:34:55 PM
I didn't view or vote this challenge, and I doubt that I would have ever guess how you pulled this off. After reading your setup and execution, I wish I could have given you an 11. One of the most creative setups I've ever seen. A truly under-appreciated effort (though 6.9 ain't bad). Glad you ribboned. The work of a true genius.
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06/14/2007 09:34:47 PM
Beautiful, beautiful!

Very poetic, yet simple, and cute.

Fascinating.
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06/14/2007 08:35:11 PM
beautiful composition - congratulations on the blue.
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06/14/2007 05:57:51 PM
Wow! Awesome idea and execution!
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06/14/2007 01:06:17 PM
Yeah this is one of the best things I've seen on here in awhile. What an imagination and well executed.
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06/14/2007 10:45:20 AM
Genius idea, nice one!
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06/14/2007 09:41:19 AM
This picture is AWESOME...i love it. I'd hang it on my wall!
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06/14/2007 09:35:19 AM
I hate to sound cliche, but: BRILLIANT! What an amazing photo! Congratulations on top honors for this one. It couldn't have been better chosen!

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06/14/2007 09:34:02 AM
Wow thats all I can say is wow. What an incredible shot. Love the composition the colors. Its all perfect and a well deserved blue ribbon. Congrats.
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06/14/2007 09:10:35 AM
Very creative photo with some great light...congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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06/14/2007 08:55:59 AM
This is a really cool creative shot! Great job!
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06/14/2007 07:43:23 AM
AMAZING SHOT!!!
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06/14/2007 07:17:52 AM
Truly beautiful! congrats!
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06/14/2007 06:31:28 AM
Nice one, Alex. That tree is a nice form. I wonder what it might be like if it was more in silhouette and less in green (in other words less revealed). Anyway.... congrats.
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06/14/2007 04:52:05 AM
it's a very beautiful image. I would be so proud of it. Well done.
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06/14/2007 03:25:16 AM
a blue ribbon with only 6.9 average vote? amazing.

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06/14/2007 02:08:23 AM
Magical shot, congrats on your ribbon.

Jack
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06/14/2007 01:34:27 AM
oh what a gem ! very unique image.
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06/14/2007 01:32:10 AM
Congrats...very cool shot!
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06/14/2007 01:12:21 AM
Congrats Alex!
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06/14/2007 01:08:06 AM
I knew this photo was yours the second I looked at it. Nice work.
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06/14/2007 01:08:01 AM
Stunning!!
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06/14/2007 12:44:54 AM
Congratulations for this beautiful image!
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06/14/2007 12:33:16 AM
Amazing shot, Alex. Congratulations on winning the blue.
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06/14/2007 12:22:27 AM
Just BEAUTIFUL..... and so MAGICAL..... and CONGRATULATIONS.....
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06/14/2007 12:19:13 AM
So beautiful - congratulations!
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06/14/2007 12:13:58 AM
this is absolutely amazing. great job, you're an inspiration
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06/14/2007 12:07:31 AM
CONGRATS on your blue!
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06/14/2007 12:07:16 AM
I'm dying to know how you did this.

Good Job and congrats on another ribbon
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/13/2007 09:05:18 AM
This is truly a magical scene. Very NICE!
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06/12/2007 10:12:01 PM
Very nice!
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06/12/2007 09:07:33 PM
I hope you have written down how you did the notes. Love the lighting on the trees and the sky is pretty!
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06/12/2007 12:01:17 AM
Great feel to this
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06/11/2007 10:44:39 PM
Wow 10.
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06/11/2007 06:22:49 PM
great colours in the sky, intresting light too. Good Luck
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06/11/2007 04:55:43 PM
Wow - one of the best ideas I've seen so far! Could have been ribbon material, but the subject is so small! It also takes a second to see what the "notes" are. I keep wondering how a crop with only the bottom left quarter of the image would have looked.
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06/10/2007 12:03:16 PM
very nice background
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06/09/2007 07:21:13 PM
Wonderfully realized. Strong range of colors, interesting subject. How did you do the musical notes?
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06/09/2007 06:52:57 PM
I like this. Even though the musical notes add some interest, I think it would have looked better without.
06/09/2007 05:16:59 PM
this is just awesome - the sky is fabulous - the tree is 'dream like' and the notes are just too cool for school- 10
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06/08/2007 11:46:58 PM
It really seems that this challenge brought out extra creativity in many of the submitters. very nice pic - 9
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06/08/2007 06:31:14 PM
I predict a blue ribbon! My favorite in the whole challenge! 11!
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06/08/2007 05:11:04 AM
very pretty and well done. It stands out from the rest of the entries quite well too
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06/08/2007 03:28:51 AM
Nice capture - Some amazing pics in the challenge - I hope to see this up there on the top 3 - Really lovely. I suppose the only very tiny gripe would be the overexposure on the girls face.
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06/07/2007 05:28:01 PM
Very nice...great shot!
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06/07/2007 02:46:41 AM
very very nice picture
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06/06/2007 07:53:48 PM
Good job, even though you can see the "painters" shape in the orange. 8
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06/06/2007 06:27:40 PM
nice range of complementary colours
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06/06/2007 06:16:27 PM
My favorite of the challenge. Outstanding colors and such a cool tree! Nice idea. Back to bump you up to 9.
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06/06/2007 04:12:09 PM
I can't totally wrap my mind around the setup for this shot. I really hope you explain in your post-notes. I'm guessing a car's headlights and flashlights...but I still can't figure out the background...nice job though...very creative.
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06/06/2007 02:41:12 PM
so good, sooooooo gooooood 10
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06/06/2007 12:18:42 PM
AHHHHH this is SO AMAZING!!!!!! I love it!!
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06/06/2007 05:15:45 AM
Loved the idea! But didn't like the color on the background..doesn't look natural at all.. even if the idea was to demonstrate the "magic change" it doesn't look good.
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06/06/2007 01:29:03 AM
Very nice idea!
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06/06/2007 12:40:36 AM
How did you manage to get those notes there only using basic editing? I look forward to hearing your set up.
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