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Challenge: Still Life With Motion (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: USA
Date: Sep 23, 2007
Aperture: F16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200s
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Sep 23, 2007

Never was very good with still lifes in art classes. Not expecting much out of this, though I do like it.

post: well this is a happy ending to an otherwise grueling weekend. Thanks!

430EX shooting into an umbrella on the left. Stuff sitting on the dining room table, lights out in the room except for a small lamp dialed up to let me focus.

I spent half an hour lighting the candle, blowing it out and clicking off a few shots - repeat ad nauseum. Waste of time and the candle didn't make 'nice' smoke anyway. Dug around and broke off a piece of an incense stick. Dipped one end in the hot wax of the candle and stuck it to the table behind the candle. Constant smoke at that point, so more a matter of blowing at it and just generally waiting for a decent looking shape to form.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 99
Avg (all users): 6.7937
Avg (commenters): 8.1579
Avg (participants): 6.7115
Avg (non-participants): 6.8248
Views since voting: 7048
Views during voting: 346
Votes: 189
Comments: 63
Favorites: 12 (view)


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10/15/2007 10:10:52 AM
hey, it's great !
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10/06/2007 01:31:34 AM
Although the photo is excellent all by itself, the title really makes this image intriguing to me. Outstanding!
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10/03/2007 07:50:20 PM
Very elegant!
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10/02/2007 09:57:13 AM
One of the best photos I have ever seen!

I liked the intensity of light on the candle and pot. At first thought I was wondering how you got the smoke on the candle ??
The incense stick is an amazing idea! Looks very natural!!

CONGRATS!!
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10/02/2007 03:43:00 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, routerguy! That 5D is sure lookin' good on you :O)
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10/02/2007 01:30:15 AM
shoulda added breasts :-P
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10/02/2007 12:11:47 AM
This is my favorite of the ribbons, nicely understated.
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10/01/2007 08:45:56 PM
GRRRREAT idea! beautiful set up, and lovely quality, CONGRATS!
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10/01/2007 07:01:05 PM
YAYYYYY!!! Your pot practice paid off!! I am so happy for you! Congratulations!!!!
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10/01/2007 05:15:25 PM
Wow, very cool shot. Love the lighting!
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10/01/2007 11:18:16 AM
I really like your ingenuity in creating this shot. Love the capture, and congrats on the ribbon!
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10/01/2007 09:45:06 AM
I rated this one the highest of all the ribbon winners with a 9. It's so dramatic and beautifully executed. Congratulations on winning a yellow ribbon with this excellent photo!!!!

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10/01/2007 09:32:45 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon, love your lighting makes great B&W. :)
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10/01/2007 09:31:33 AM
This is a beautiful shot! ...and thanks for the description on how you did it, the incense idea was brilliant! Adding to favs!
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10/01/2007 09:09:49 AM
Wow! Contratulations! Creative idea well done!
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10/01/2007 07:51:07 AM
Congrats on a great setup and shot. Well lit and great idea with the candle.
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10/01/2007 07:28:07 AM
Congratulations on the yellow. Very nice.
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10/01/2007 06:24:29 AM
Congratulations. Nice clean shot. I figured this should do well.
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10/01/2007 03:35:30 AM
Sweet sweet sweet! Way to go! Great image - masterfully done. Congrats.
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10/01/2007 03:30:26 AM
Fantastic shot - Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon!
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10/01/2007 03:14:37 AM
Fantastic. Congrats on the ribbon!
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10/01/2007 03:00:30 AM
A very beautiful shot! I think it would make an awesome poster. Congrats on your well deserved ribbon!
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10/01/2007 02:59:40 AM
I really like this one and I'm glad to see it on th frontpage!
Big congrats on this well deserved ribbon!
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10/01/2007 02:51:08 AM
Congrats on a well deserved ribbon for a simple and neat image.
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10/01/2007 02:50:11 AM
congrats on your ribbon! Great shot, great lighting, great idea & nice B&W.
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10/01/2007 01:58:00 AM
On first glance simple yet appealing, but the more one looks the more one sees; the textures, shadows, reflections, pattern of smoke...
The composition and lighting are exquisite :)
Well-earned! :D
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10/01/2007 01:07:38 AM
Excellent...well done on the ribbon...a great idea, thanks for sharing how you went about getting the shot
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10/01/2007 01:07:24 AM
There ya go - your second ribbon just in time for Soft Focus to come around again. Okay, so this isn't in that challenge. ;) Congrats!
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10/01/2007 12:58:11 AM
That's one terrific shot, and very clever idea (though it took you a while to think of it) of using an incense stick. Congratulations.
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10/01/2007 12:56:47 AM
Great light, shadows, and reflections.....congrats on your ribbon.
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10/01/2007 12:55:30 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! Really is a lovely picture.
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10/01/2007 12:46:26 AM
A second ribbon for your collection, congrats. I like the mood of the image.
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10/01/2007 12:45:30 AM
Congrats on yellow, Guy. Great shot: simple and elegant.
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10/01/2007 12:18:33 AM
Congrats Router. Awesome photo. I had it pegged for a blue when I voted it a 10.
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10/01/2007 12:15:59 AM
Hey....very nice work...congrats.
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10/01/2007 12:15:05 AM
I love this photo! The pots seem to almost be 'oooh'ing at the candle. And the fact the smoke seems to be saying 'good' is ridiculously cool.
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10/01/2007 12:14:23 AM
Congrats man! Good to be on the front page with you! :-)
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10/01/2007 12:09:17 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, it's a beautiful photo!
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10/01/2007 12:08:34 AM
Nicely done! Congrats on the ribbon.
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10/01/2007 12:03:36 AM
Congratulations on the yellow ribbon, especially since you say you weren't expecting much - the B&W is gorgeous - WELL DONE!
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10/01/2007 12:03:21 AM
Wow, great image! Congrats on the 3rd place finish!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/30/2007 09:35:58 PM
Great way to show motion. Love the lighting and the black and white tones. I like the sense of emotion you are trying to convey.
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09/30/2007 02:23:38 PM
Beautiful and very subtle!
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09/29/2007 06:42:14 PM
i like how the smoke looks like it spells good
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09/28/2007 12:22:37 PM
oo! i really like this. the bw is awsome, and the tones are great.
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09/28/2007 12:19:10 AM
Understated and pleasing.
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09/27/2007 07:00:44 PM
this is really neat. a tighter crop and but more highlight to exentuate the conrast and this would won
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09/27/2007 06:24:42 PM
Very classy photo, nice
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09/27/2007 03:26:03 PM
There is a lovely atmosphere to this image and the lighting is equally as good, This is a well thought of image and the whisps of smoke add to it greatly. The texture on the pots is tangible.
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09/26/2007 05:26:20 PM
Very nice.
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09/26/2007 02:45:04 PM
Wow! Nice and subtle! Very nice pic.
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09/26/2007 11:13:07 AM
Really clever idea. I like the side lighting and the fade into black on the right. I would suggest if you ever want to try this again, to use a darker, more textured candle to match up with the largest urn (?) in the back to help bring the whole image together. Sorry, can't vote!
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09/26/2007 07:25:36 AM
10. Very nice, crisp, visually compelling.
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09/26/2007 01:59:02 AM
Very classy shot.
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09/25/2007 02:37:12 PM
Beautiful lighting and composition.
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09/25/2007 12:43:07 PM
I love this shot....perfect composition!
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09/25/2007 10:27:50 AM
This is awesome! I love the concept and the composition with those reflections really makes this striking.
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09/24/2007 09:24:24 PM
very nice don in black and white as opposed to color. Almost reminds me of an Ansel Adams photo.
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09/24/2007 08:20:04 PM
the details from the lighting and the smoke make for such an outstanding image
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09/24/2007 07:47:48 PM
An elegant and delicately lit still life.
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09/24/2007 02:46:11 PM
Great Thinking!
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09/24/2007 08:02:49 AM
simple and clean. well composed, especially like that there is lot of space around the candle while the vases are close together, leads the view directly to the smoke.
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09/24/2007 01:34:43 AM
What a wonderful image. I'd like to see just a little more shadow detail.
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