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Ethereal Convolution
2nd PlaceEthereal Convolution
fmalan


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Smoke II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di for Nikon
Location: My apartment
Date: Nov 4, 2008
Aperture: f/19
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Abstract, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Nov 2, 2008

Incense smoke. This is my third session trying to capture the essence of the smoke. The first time I ended up with a photo almost identical to Strikeslip's "Tribal Smoke", which was pretty, but didn't satisfy me - partly due to being too similar. By now my room smells like a Buddhist temple!

This is a crop of part of the pattern of three burning incense sticks. Lit up from the side with a remotely triggered SB-600 flash.

Crop, Slight contrast boost, noise reduction, negative, slight gamma, resize.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 105
Avg (all users): 7.0607
Avg (commenters): 8.5172
Avg (participants): 6.8095
Avg (non-participants): 7.1122
Views since voting: 7293
Views during voting: 453
Votes: 247
Comments: 53
Favorites: 15 (view)


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11/17/2008 03:56:14 PM
Fantastic! - very Scream-like - as if you've captured the sound waves of the screamer, surrounded by ghosts above.
11/16/2008 04:08:22 PM
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11/15/2008 09:00:14 PM
Congratulations!
Well done
11/15/2008 10:57:48 AM
Beautifully executed, a well deserved ribbon!
11/13/2008 01:03:26 AM
Wow i love this. It was my favorite image in the challenge and one of my 2 10's. Congrats on your ribbon! When i first saw it, my first thought was that it looked like a rose. It has a very organic feel and wondeful flow. It really reminds me of an IreneM picture.
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11/13/2008 12:08:41 AM
perfect title
sexy and beautiful!
congrats
11/13/2008 12:04:54 AM
Abstract and surreal. Love it.
11/12/2008 05:36:24 PM
wow, this is a beautifully crafted image, 'ethereal convolution' achieves that which we all aspire to, I suppose, the 'too perfect' coils and twists play havoc with my imagination and not least of all this image obeys the basic rules of composition and exposure. congratulations. david.
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11/12/2008 12:52:41 PM
beautiful! congrats on your first ribbon, Francois!
11/12/2008 12:36:53 PM
Good job
11/12/2008 09:58:12 AM
And you got my 2nd highest score...good picture...
11/12/2008 08:51:07 AM
Beautifully amazing. Congrats!
11/12/2008 08:33:53 AM
Proficiat! on the red ribbon. I voted this one a 9 ( I gave only 2 nine's in this challenge)

Message edited by author 2008-11-12 08:45:36.
11/12/2008 06:43:27 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
11/12/2008 02:24:59 AM
Originally posted by fmalan:

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! My first ribbon! And first 7! And it only missed blue by a whisker. :-)

Thank you - everyone who voted! This made my week!

ps: how do I add a post-challenge comment in the image's description?


only paying members can i'm afraid.
congrats on the ribbon though! ;)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/12/2008 02:12:17 AM
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! My first ribbon! And first 7! And it only missed blue by a whisker. :-)

Thank you - everyone who voted! This made my week!

ps: how do I add a post-challenge comment in the image's description?
11/12/2008 12:59:17 AM
Francois, you did it! Huge congratulations on your first ribbon and PB with this gorgeous image.
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11/12/2008 12:46:11 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon. That shot is gorgeous, lovely colour and crisp clarity. Well done.
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11/12/2008 12:23:37 AM
Absolutely beautiful.
11/12/2008 12:21:28 AM
those swirls are insane looking, physics boggles my mind... congrats on the 7+ and your first ribbon
11/12/2008 12:10:07 AM
I knew it would ribbon when I saw it. Congrats on a gorgeous capture.
11/12/2008 12:06:02 AM
Exquisite! Congratulations.
11/12/2008 12:05:37 AM
excellent
11/12/2008 12:04:29 AM
Amazing shot - congrats on the ribbon.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/11/2008 08:51:44 PM
Lovely, gauzy swirls.
11/11/2008 02:34:44 PM
Very interesting patterns. I really like the colour theme, it's very coffee and cream.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/11/2008 01:56:56 PM
Love the bronze coloring, Interesting action, though perhaps a bit to busy. Nice shot.
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11/11/2008 04:36:50 AM
beautiful
11/11/2008 02:22:22 AM
Really nice swirls. I'd be interested to see how you made the pattern, especially the spiral. 8
11/10/2008 11:33:34 PM
Wow !!! , great
11/10/2008 08:50:44 PM
This is my favourite!
11/10/2008 03:30:33 PM
Mhmm more smoke. and its sooo swirly!
11/10/2008 01:26:31 PM
Gorgeous, just like a chiffon scarf. Top 3.
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11/10/2008 12:18:55 PM
Outstanding detail on the smoke. Amazingly clean and sharp.
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11/09/2008 09:37:26 PM
Simply beautiful.
11/09/2008 11:14:36 AM
VERY dynamic shot...well done
11/08/2008 11:32:49 PM
This stands out from the other abstract smoke patterns... I love the crispness of your lines. Also the tube like roll in the lower right.
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11/07/2008 06:15:46 PM
That is really beautiful. 10
11/07/2008 11:06:10 AM
I like the different colors in the swirls....
11/07/2008 03:31:38 AM
This is so awesome. The colors, the perfect spirals, the stocking-like quality.
11/06/2008 11:43:43 PM
Love the abstract nature of this photo. Deserving of a frame and a place on the wall. 10. Good job.
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11/06/2008 02:09:27 PM
The nicest of all the 'pure smoke' shots. Fantastic spiral and great colour tones. 10
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11/06/2008 01:04:57 PM
Wow....I love it! I really like the crop on the left bottom side. I like that you can see the sharp line where it ends. A perfect 10!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/05/2008 10:49:30 PM
Meets Challenge:2
Technicality:2
Interestingness:2
Personal Bias:3
TOTAL: 9
11/05/2008 10:20:38 PM
This one is just interesting... the eyes continue to wrap around the curves and never leave... but it doesn't get boring either... its just a great shot!
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11/05/2008 05:21:02 PM
My eye is really drawn into this. I really like the look of it....wondering exactly what I am looking at.
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11/05/2008 11:32:47 AM
Nice lighting and colors, great quality, 7.
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11/05/2008 08:47:08 AM
amazing shot! I love absolutely everything!!!
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11/05/2008 03:44:51 AM
Beautiful!
11/05/2008 03:11:20 AM
excellent picture,, even though there is several of these close up smoke shots in the challenge, this one stands out
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/05/2008 02:55:48 AM
Nice mealstrom in right bottom. Very sharpe lines and fully filled frame ;)
Good job ;)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/05/2008 02:43:04 AM
I love the colors in this and the swirls are amazing!
11/05/2008 12:23:54 AM
NICE sharp pic!!!


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