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The sound of silence
The sound of silence

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Challenge: Paul Simon Lyrics (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: My kitchen
Date: Dec 31, 2009
Aperture: f13
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/125 s
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jan 3, 2010

When I read the challenge title, the first song I thought of was The sound of silence. I also immediately thought of using the seashell I’d used for this photo:
I formed a sheet of thin black cardboard into a cone shape and stuck the flash inside it. This meant I only had a small tunnel of light to work with. I flashed from the side and slightly at the back of the shell. It took a while (and lots of shots) before I got it right but I like the way the photo turned out.
Thanks so much for the wonderful and helpful comments and the smashing score.

Place: 15 out of 151
Avg (all users): 6.5347
Avg (commenters): 7.8571
Avg (participants): 6.2029
Avg (non-participants): 6.8400
Views since voting: 1914
Views during voting: 290
Votes: 144
Comments: 12
Favorites: 3 (view)

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01/12/2010 03:08:55 PM
Go Irene! I knew this was yours!!!! That reflective surface is amazing!!! The light work is amazing!!!! Thanks for the info about your light setup!
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01/11/2010 12:16:28 AM
Beautifully well captured Irene.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/09/2010 02:57:16 PM
Absolutely stunning!
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01/07/2010 11:58:32 PM
Well done.
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01/07/2010 10:05:46 AM
Simple & Beautiful
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01/06/2010 08:58:22 PM
Simple. Well done.
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01/04/2010 10:39:03 PM
Such a simple entry and yet it is so very effective with the reflection on the stark black background. The sound of silence perhaps because the creature who called it home has long since gone and only the essence of the Life remains. If you pick up the shell, do you hear the ocean calling still?
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01/04/2010 12:26:18 PM
Nice lighting! I'm not a fan of the lines at the top and bottom but the shell and reflection are amazing.
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01/04/2010 09:50:20 AM
but I can hear the sea....like the image though
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01/04/2010 09:46:50 AM
The light seems to evoke some sound from the saying you can hear the sound of the ocean in a shell. Beautiful shot though.
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01/04/2010 09:16:05 AM
I like your simple intepretation.
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01/04/2010 01:09:54 AM
the ocean is not silent ;p
great minimalistic shot!
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