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Candle in the Wind
Candle in the Wind

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Challenge: Hanging On By A Thread (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 for Nikon
Location: My one room apartment
Date: Nov 24, 2008
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/60s
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2008

I hope this meets the challenge criteria. My idea is the flame is hanging on by a thread against the wind.

I am pleased just to have entered something for this challenge as I felt the title was a tough one.

While I was looking through some birthday photos, I came across a blowing out of the candles photo. I noticed one or two stubborn candles that did not want to go out. Then it hit me that this could make a decent subject for the challenge.

My set up was fairly simple. A candle, black paper for the background and a desk lamp for lighting. I took hundreds of photos with the flame almost going out.

I settled on this photo because I like the detail in the wick, its glowing end and the smoke wrapping around it, with the flame hanging on in the background.

For PP I cropped, lowered the contrast to enhance the smoke, lowered the exposure half a stop, lowered the vibrance, bumped up the saturation for the flame, and added some fill light also to help the smoke.

Place: 43 out of 77
Avg (all users): 5.2455
Avg (commenters): 6.1667
Avg (participants): 4.9250
Avg (non-participants): 5.3167
Views since voting: 610
Views during voting: 336
Votes: 220
Comments: 6
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/30/2008 10:12:13 PM
This is a wonderful shot, I love the focus on the wick
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11/29/2008 12:52:40 PM
Cool capture of the fire.
11/27/2008 02:57:45 AM
I absolutely love the image. The precise focus and the wick detail really appeal to me. In a free study, I'd give it an 8, possibly. But I'm not getting the connection tothe challenge theme.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/26/2008 09:04:23 PM
Excellent sharpness.
11/26/2008 01:37:21 PM
i like this photo. ive come back to look at it a few times, it makes the viewer think. yeh, deep man:)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/26/2008 01:12:03 PM
Not sure on what to say here because I like this image as the blue area of the flame and the wick of the candle are great! However, I know how tough it is to capture a great flame but, the blown out part of it just kind of leaves it a bit unflattering. How to fix that? I really don't know because I struggle with flames as well and just don't try to enter them anymore (until I get the hang of capturing it properly...think there's a tutorial on that somewhere in here...gotta look that up)
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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