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Ghost in the Machine
Ghost in the Machine

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Challenge: Reflections Without Mirrors (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: My Livingroom
Date: Sep 27, 2002
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1 Second
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Sep 28, 2002

I set my Nikon 35mm on a tripod and placed a sheet of black poster board behind it. I used two clamp lights for lighting.. one to the right of the camera and another to the left.. the overhead light was also on for this shot. I put my digital camera on the a tripod and composed the shot. I let the timer take the photo while I positioned myself for the reflection in the Nikon lens. I put a polarizing filter on the Nikon to create a better reflecting surface. The 'noise' that you see in the reflection is not reflection.. it's the lens elements of the camera showing through the polarizing filter.

Place: 108 out of 248
Avg (all users): 5.4558
Avg (commenters): 7.2308
Avg (participants): 5.4067
Avg (non-participants): 5.5113
Views since voting: 1754
Votes: 283
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/06/2002 11:38:00 AM
Very cool concept. Excellent DOF. I wish there weren't a glare over your face, but it doesn't ruin it for me. Good shot. 7, just-married
10/04/2002 10:42:00 PM
I like your concept and your picture.
10/03/2002 05:46:00 AM
Great idea, superbly done… Just the right level of lighting to give the shot a really spooky appearance. The only improvement I could possibly suggest here relates to the word Nikon. Because it also reflects the background, it does detract from the within notion - but I haven't a clue as to how you could have prevented that. Aside from the really trivial point, it's a great shot… (9)
10/02/2002 05:58:00 PM
would crop the top to bring attention the the frount of the lens and the reflection
10/02/2002 03:09:00 PM
maybe the reflection would not have been so dark had you used more light on the face? i found it helpful to light my reflected scene completely separately from the rest of the image.. i very much like the mood this conveys and the pertinence to the challenge! mag99
10/02/2002 01:24:00 AM
Wonder if this violates not showing the camera. <grin> Good pic
10/01/2002 11:49:00 PM
I really like this idea. Technically, it is very good. The lighting and focus are right on. The crop seems a little too tight for my personal taste tho, and I don't like seeing the inside of the camera. Was it really impossible to create a strong enough reflection so that you could avoid that? Maybe different lighting or something? I guess not. *sigh* ~indi
10/01/2002 04:59:00 PM
Very unique and interesting. A little eerie! But it's a great photo and a great reflection. I like how the face is positioned in the lens.
09/30/2002 02:38:00 PM
Very cool. If it weren't so dark, this would be a 10 for creativity alone. Is the lens chipped? 9 Swash
09/30/2002 10:18:00 AM
The face looks too dark and kinda blurry, nice.
09/30/2002 07:15:00 AM
Kind of spooky, creative work. Score 8 Justine
09/30/2002 02:48:00 AM
"Dont show the camera in the shot" lol, just kidding. Nice photo, good idea, but I think it could be improved if the reflection was not doubled, and if those scratches weren't there.
09/30/2002 02:20:00 AM
I'm sorry, the challenge specifically says I should NOT see your camera... The Nikon is CLEARLY visable!

hehehe... Just kidding! Great shot!!!

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