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Early Morning Torchlight
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Challenge: Light Source (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: My dining room, basildon, essex.
Date: Oct 16, 2002
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/1.6
Galleries: Emotive, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Oct 16, 2002

I have always loved the effect of volumetric lighting so I thought it would be good to try and capture it on film. For the fog I used a smoke machine and completely filled my dining room with smoke. Then using a household torch I placed it behind the bonsai and took pictures from various angles until I had a good selection to play around with..

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 256
Avg (all users): 7.7708
Avg (commenters): 8.7115
Avg (participants): 7.6587
Avg (non-participants): 7.9256
Views since voting: 14492
Votes: 288
Comments: 89
Favorites: 103 (view)


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04/09/2008 12:19:08 AM
nice
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10/28/2007 03:43:02 AM
Love the lighting effect on the tree!!! such good contrast..nice!
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04/01/2007 12:17:21 AM
What an inspiring photo. I never would have guessed this was done in a dining room! Excellent work. I love it!
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01/13/2007 12:42:12 PM
very very beautiful. great job.
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12/07/2006 06:48:32 PM
VERY well done!
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12/02/2006 03:38:02 AM
Wow...i understand your nice comment to my shot for "Diagonal". :)
Ciao!
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11/15/2006 10:05:36 PM
Amazing photo!
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03/29/2006 09:08:17 AM
This shot is amazing and I see why it won. Have I not read your notes on this I would not have quessed that this shot was staged, although it made me wander to see so much sun in this type of darkness. Incredible.
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01/18/2006 11:44:52 AM
this is just amazingly beautiful!
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11/23/2004 03:54:54 AM
i really liked how the light penetrating the tree.
great shot.
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07/04/2004 05:47:18 PM
Wow
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05/15/2004 12:55:51 PM
Now this turned out simply awesome! You did a wonderful job on this shot. The lighting is great. Actually looks like this is done outdoors on some beautiful landscaping. Great job...and congratulations!
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08/26/2003 02:22:13 AM
WOW,that is photo of the photos!
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01/18/2003 10:36:01 PM
Excellent concept and very well excecuted. I love the tones.
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10/29/2002 11:23:00 PM
Mark, This is a stunning image. It was well planned out and executed. Congratulations on a well deserved win! World class all the way! Grayce
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10/29/2002 04:55:00 AM
Respect, as they say oop north.
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10/29/2002 12:54:00 AM
Very Cool! Well done!!!!!
Congratulations!!!
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10/28/2002 12:54:00 PM
Congrats! You deserved it! =-)
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10/28/2002 12:42:00 PM
Congrats Mark!
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10/28/2002 12:28:00 PM
Mark
Well if that was what you were thinking, you communicated it incredibly successfully.
It's joined my site favourite photos...
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10/28/2002 12:08:00 PM
You deserve it! You were only 1 of 2 pics that I gave a perfect score! :o)
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10/28/2002 10:22:00 AM
congrats, mark! excellent work!
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10/28/2002 10:00:00 AM
"The shafts of light come across as good dreams breaking through the darkness don't they?"

Oh yeah, that was intentional :-)

10/28/2002 09:02:00 AM
Wow this is a stunning shot - what with various last minute crises last week I didnt have the chance to even look through the entries let alone vote - but I know this would have been a 10 from me.
The shafts of light come across as good dreams breaking through the darkness don't they?
Congrats on first place!
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10/28/2002 08:47:00 AM
Mark,
Congratulations on a well executed shot. A great photo.
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10/28/2002 08:03:00 AM
mark, congrats on first! Great shot....
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10/28/2002 08:00:00 AM
WELL DONE MARK!!!

SORRY ABOUT THE SIX!
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10/28/2002 07:51:00 AM
See -- told ya so! (See below) Very impressive shot, well worth the victory. The details about the shot make it even more interesting -- I never would have guessed this was on such a small scale!
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10/28/2002 07:50:00 AM
Doug.. No, I thinks it a chinese elm, but not certain... Whatever it is its not evergreen as shortly after that photo was taken it started to lose its leaves..
10/28/2002 07:39:00 AM
Congrats ! Nice work.
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10/28/2002 07:36:00 AM
Great job and nice Bonsai. Is it a Fukien Tea? Congrats on the win.
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10/28/2002 04:20:00 AM
I am understandably very happy with the placing, thanks to all who voted and those who took the time to comment.. The lightsource was just a small, 1inch diameter, flashlight (torch to us Brits) placed behind.. I took plenty of shots then went through a lengthy selection process until I picked and cropped this pic. Strangely enough this wasn't my first idea, I was initially going to use a bottle of low calorie salad cream and use the same effect, it would of probably been called LITE-SAUCE.. (get it??) Then I remember the bonsai and thought it would make cast better shadows in the smoke..
(some of you have asked me WHY Ihave a smoke machine in the house, basically I play in a function band and we use it as part of our lighting system)..

Kudos to the "Lady in Red" photo which I though would absolutely walk away with the blue ribbon this week.. I would of been more than happy to play second fiddle to that picture.. (in fact all of the top 20 photos are exceptional)..
10/28/2002 12:20:00 AM
Good job!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/27/2002 08:39:00 PM
A perfect shot, Congrats. Gotcha - 10
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10/27/2002 08:33:00 PM
I want to steal this idea -- beautifully rendered!
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10/27/2002 08:24:00 PM
I love the light and the tree outline makes it even better.
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10/27/2002 06:58:00 PM
Love the rays of light. I've tried numerous times to try and get these effects? Please could you tell me how you do it? 10 - Konador
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10/27/2002 05:26:00 PM
Excellent! 10/10!
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10/27/2002 04:42:00 PM
beautiful shot, but is this really using artificial light? I'll assume so, but I can't wait to read the details or post-comment voting for more info. shedonist
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10/27/2002 10:44:00 AM
Gorgeous shot , perfect for haloween
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10/27/2002 01:30:00 AM
Dramatic lighting andrewm
10/26/2002 09:46:00 PM
this is beautiful!! what is making the light? lighthouse?? 9--shutterfly
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10/26/2002 09:21:00 PM
That's very slick! Well thought out -- and very well executed! This one gets my brand new "Alan's Surefire Pick of the Week Award," something which I just made up. It's my way of saying, "I'll bet this is the winner." - 10 alansfreed
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10/25/2002 10:43:00 AM
reminds of a picture that has to do with UFO sightings. Dramatic enough...
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10/25/2002 05:14:00 AM
I don't like the vertical light on the right. I can see something there and it doesn't match the other rays. Without that, this would be an awesome shot. -7
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10/25/2002 01:43:00 AM
I really like this a lot. However, after the challenge, I would edit out the light reflection on the surface on which the tree is standing. 8, mcrael
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10/24/2002 10:14:00 PM
bonsai? i like the rays.
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10/24/2002 08:45:00 PM
Looks very staged, but attempts to pass as a real phenomenon. This seems like a contradiction to me, so it doesn't play well as well as it would if it were an actual captured moment.
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10/24/2002 08:38:00 PM
WOW..what a striking composition..the lighting and and color are exquisite. Good luck...(`10)
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10/24/2002 06:30:00 PM
excellent shot. could be a winner!
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10/24/2002 12:25:00 PM
Excellent, love the beams.
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10/24/2002 10:35:00 AM
Stunning capture. Great shot. The lighting is awesome. Nice job - Inspzil
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10/24/2002 03:16:00 AM
Beautiful. 10 Martin
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10/24/2002 12:24:00 AM
the way the tree branch breaks up the light waves great job! 10 smshats
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10/23/2002 02:39:00 PM
Awesome effect. karmat
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10/23/2002 12:55:00 PM
Very nice shot, I thought it was a big tree when I looked at the thumbnail. 8
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10/23/2002 06:17:00 AM
Perfect composition and to an extremely high degree impressive - 10
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10/23/2002 04:29:00 AM
that is amazing
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10/22/2002 09:17:00 PM
beautiful shot... excellent work.. :) - setzler
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10/22/2002 08:40:00 PM
Nice, seems like one of those really magical scenes from a movie
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10/22/2002 08:36:00 PM
my pick
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10/22/2002 06:47:00 PM
WOW!!! I like the bonsai, I love the rays of light... for me its a wonderful, peaceful picture!
If I'd look very close, there's something a bit distracting at right hand side behind the tree, can't say what it is, but it doesn't really mind, it's a great photo at all! 10 and gratulations, KAOS!
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10/22/2002 06:19:00 PM
Very cool shot! I esp. like how the fog/clouds create light rays, very cool!
10 Swash
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10/22/2002 05:52:00 PM
one of my favorites this week. I think u could've use the tittle to ur advantage, suggesting something related to UFO's could have been cool.
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10/22/2002 02:51:00 PM
Bonzai? Nice close encounters of the III kind photo
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10/22/2002 11:40:00 AM
Very nice, beautiful
Vote 10
Sonifo
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10/22/2002 10:02:00 AM
Very nice. One of my favorites so far. Love the compositon.
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10/22/2002 09:49:00 AM
good placement of subject and dramatic light.
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10/22/2002 09:37:00 AM
Outstanding Photo. 9 waltoml.
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10/22/2002 09:03:00 AM
SPOOKY
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10/21/2002 11:26:00 PM
I'm not sure if the light source qualifies as "artificial" but an excellent photograph just the same.
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10/21/2002 11:21:00 PM
Cool. Love the composition, it really makes this shot. lhall
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10/21/2002 09:44:00 PM
very cool.
The line in the corner is a bit distracting though.
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10/21/2002 09:10:00 PM
Spiritual. (9)
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10/21/2002 08:31:00 PM
Very stimulating picture. Almost feel the wind blowing and find myself leaning with the plant. Very well done.
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10/21/2002 07:05:00 PM
Beautiful use of light. Congratulations.
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10/21/2002 04:20:00 PM
Nice lighting effect.
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10/21/2002 03:51:00 PM
Wooo... out from a horror movie. lovely. 9
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10/21/2002 03:49:00 PM
Good use of a classic silhouette image with just enough detail and interesting light to make a great pic.
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10/21/2002 02:49:00 PM
if this one doen't win first place i'll be suprised
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10/21/2002 02:16:00 PM
simply wow. gotta give you a ten.
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10/21/2002 02:11:00 PM
I think this a lovely shot but I would like to be sure about the light. Tell me and you have high score from Sweden. /carsten
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10/21/2002 12:30:00 PM
Nice work...very good. Justine
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10/21/2002 10:34:00 AM
Great shot. Very orgional.
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10/21/2002 10:11:00 AM
I absolutely LOVE it !
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10/21/2002 09:45:00 AM
Great lighting effect..
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10/21/2002 06:31:00 AM
Excellent shot. (Would say 'love the lighting', but on the grounds that that is what the challenge is all about it seems a bit redundant.) seasick - 7.
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10/21/2002 01:54:00 AM
wow
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10/21/2002 01:40:00 AM
Great composition!
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