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The Letters will Light the Way
The Letters will Light the Way
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Challenge: Single Light Source III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 35mm f/2.0
Date: Nov 6, 2007
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 5''
Date Uploaded: Nov 6, 2007

External flash hand-held between the pages of the book (which has desert recipes btw) and fired during a long exposure in the dark.
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Wow, 4th place... fantastic! I now have two top 5's, both of them with the same method of firing the hand-held flash in the dark (poor man's remote controlled flash :). Maybe I should do that more.

Thank you VERY much for the votes, and especially for the great comments. I have had this idea for a while, and was waiting for a good challenge for it (I also want to mention Scalvert's Light Reading image, which is very different in mood and lighting, but provided some indirect inspiration).

The original idea was to have the book shine more, maybe "glow", but couldn't really achieve that. I also wanted just the face and the book visible, but had to go with a white t-shirt as otherwise the book was being lost in the black background. Overall I liked the results, and I am thrilled with it's score and placing. My personal conclusion: lighting is the most important thing in photography, but you don't always need an expensive set-up to make it work!

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 199
Avg (all users): 6.6308
Avg (commenters): 7.7857
Avg (participants): 6.7273
Avg (non-participants): 6.5975
Views since voting: 3120
Views during voting: 328
Votes: 214
Comments: 23
Favorites: 6 (view)


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11/15/2007 12:40:55 PM
Damnit...I had the same idea and never got around to doing it (Translated into--->LAZY) Good job, and I too think this met the challenge far better than the top 3
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11/14/2007 03:17:33 PM
I think this portrayed the challenge far better than the top 3 ribbons, but that's just my opinion. Wonderful set-up and creativity.
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11/14/2007 12:33:44 PM
Congratulaltions on your great placing, very creative. Will have to try this.
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11/14/2007 09:38:00 AM
Nice shot! Look for it to ribbon again when I completely rip it off for Book Smarts.
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11/14/2007 05:04:07 AM
This is fantastic, great idea. Love the lighting. Congrats on 4th place.
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11/14/2007 12:18:37 AM
Congratulations!! This was one of my favorites for the challenge.
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11/14/2007 12:05:15 AM
congrats on the strong finish, this is a solid image. I agree with your dpc philosophy too
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/13/2007 12:26:44 AM
nice lighting and composition, nicely done!
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11/12/2007 06:47:47 PM
well done, looks like the winner here...10
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11/12/2007 11:11:10 AM
nice lighting effect.
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11/12/2007 09:00:31 AM
Great tones, nice lighting angle and good composition
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11/11/2007 02:25:52 PM
Neato. Perfect use of light and shadow.
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11/10/2007 08:27:47 PM
I really like this shot - the title makes it perfect for the image you created. Nice contrast between the light and dark, and the man's face is hard to ignore - he seems so interested in finding the way by reading the letters. i just can't explain it, but this is my favorite pick of them all!
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11/10/2007 07:43:45 PM
Good idea to have the light coming from the book. It's well positioned in the frame with a good crop.
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11/10/2007 06:20:52 PM
Great job and a unique twist on the challenge.
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11/08/2007 08:00:13 PM
Very cool shot, great idea and well executed, 9
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11/08/2007 12:50:02 PM
great lighting and exposure.
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11/07/2007 03:08:49 PM
this is a very great idea and it was captured really well. keep up the good work :)
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11/07/2007 09:57:18 AM
simple yet effective setup, good bw and composition and notable for control of overexposure 8
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11/07/2007 09:29:54 AM
Honestly not sure I understand the title and picture totally with out reading what you have to say about it - but I do like the picture. Perhaps he's a troop overseas and the letters he sends and receives are his own personal light in the darkness, or something to that effect? Regardless - I do like the picture!
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11/07/2007 06:22:22 AM
Wonderful sharpness and contrasts.
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11/07/2007 04:58:46 AM
great lighting and b and w conversion
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11/07/2007 12:46:38 AM
Excellent. 10.
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