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Guiding Light
Guiding Light

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Challenge: Light Source (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: Taunton, England
Date: Sep 17, 2002
Aperture: f2.5
Shutter: 1/8 sec
Galleries: Sky
Date Uploaded: Oct 20, 2002

Church spire, illuminated by a fixed spotlight, with the sunset as a backdrop.

Place: 221 out of 256
Avg (all users): 4.1490
Avg (commenters): 4.0500
Avg (participants): 3.7516
Avg (non-participants): 4.7451
Views since voting: 784
Votes: 255
Comments: 21
Favorites: 0

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10/28/2002 01:22:00 PM
Well, I certainly put the cat among the pigeons with this one, didn’t I? For the record, as the questions have been asked:

No – I don’t think a sunset is artificial light. (No physics degree I here but I would guess that’s natural light).

Yes – the picture does meet the challenge. The spire is lit by a floodlight, which qualifies as artificial in my books. For the remaining doubters, a clue here is that the sun is below the distant horizon and the illuminated spire is very much in the foreground.

Yes - I agree with the theme running through the remaining comments, made by those people who could cope with the fact that there were two types of light in the picture. The spire is sidelined because of the overwhelming sunset/cloud formation and negative space. I only gave it the minimum, of 1 point, for meeting the challenge on my own score sheet. I also agree that my intended symbolism of the “light of God” pointing to the “heavens” amid the surrounding darkness was too weak, I doubt if many people saw that.

The fact is I saw the picture and took it. I submitted it, as I thought others might enjoy it and/or offer some constructive criticism (thank you to those who did). I tried various crops and, although others reflected the challenge better, I felt this one offered the best compromise between meeting the challenge and presenting a dramatic image. In an effort to retain the dark clouds at the top, which were necessary for the framing, the significance of the spire was reduced (too much). Even though I was very pleased with the result, I didn’t expect it to score highly because the artificial light was too incidental. Still, nothing ventured….

Sorry for going on but now I feel better :-)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/26/2002 09:19:00 PM
Nice shot... but I'm afraid I don't consider sunlight to be artificial by any stretch...
10/26/2002 12:41:00 PM
are you saying this is an artificial light source?
10/24/2002 10:27:00 PM
This is beautiful, but maybe there is a lot of emphasis on natural light here
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10/24/2002 01:05:00 PM
I like this photo! But not for this challenge! The dramatic lighting is here I think, but it's absorbed into this marvelous sky. It really isn't contributing to the image at all. I think you could eliminate most of the earth altogether and it will still be a very effective picture. As much as i like the shot, it's not good for this challenge. - Inspzil
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10/23/2002 02:24:00 PM
this does not meet the challenge as the light source is not artificial
10/22/2002 07:12:00 PM
Wrong type of light.
10/22/2002 03:28:00 PM
Natural light was not included as an option in the present challenge.
10/22/2002 01:41:00 PM
Very nice, but too much natural light for this challenge. 5 Swash
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10/22/2002 09:56:00 AM
Beautiful shot - I bet you are getting panned because of the sunlight so I'll score you up for nice picture.
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10/21/2002 11:40:00 PM
"Use a single, artificial light source to dramatically light the subject of your choice. " This certainly looks like "natural" light to me, and therefore I don't think that it is within the spirit of the challenge. lhall
10/21/2002 09:37:00 PM
A little too much negative space.
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10/21/2002 08:17:00 PM
not artificial light.
10/21/2002 07:40:00 PM
This is my type of photo. A one in a life time of getting. Sky is so realistic can almost smell the morning freshness.The dark cloud at top finishes the framing with the darkness at the bottome. A 10 in my book anytime.
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10/21/2002 06:28:00 PM
sorry i can`t see the artificial light.
10/21/2002 05:32:00 PM
this is not artificial light. And the subject is uninpsiring. 2
10/21/2002 01:32:00 PM
Artificial light source??
10/21/2002 12:09:00 PM
Nice try, just needs a slightly better sunbeam to be hitting the steeple. Really like the dark strips top and bottom of the frame.
10/21/2002 08:35:00 AM
A spectacular cloud shot. but the challenge is to use artificial light not natural. The artificial light of the spire is incidental to the picture, not its strengh. If the challenge was "natural" light I would have given you a 10.
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10/21/2002 06:26:00 AM
This is a nice shot... I think the 'single artificial light source' may be in question on this one... - setzler
10/21/2002 02:24:00 AM
I have a feeling that a lot of people aren't going to understand this shot. I think that you could have made this photograph fit the challenge a bit better by focusing more on the steeple of the church, rather than the sky.... - JB
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