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The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 3
The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 3

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Challenge: Books (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2010 challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Date: Jun 22, 2010
Aperture: 8
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Jun 22, 2010

[Jun. 29th, 2010 08:01:31 AM]

Lol, people noticed that it was a zoology book, although I just assumed it was the zoology section of the transfiguration spells. After all, you do need to know in depth about the animal to change into it! :D

If only it were advanced editing...

This was my first try at a smoke shot. I used incense, but since it had to sit behind the book, I couldn't move it around to get one of the really cool patterns. Luckily, there would be interruptions in the smoke so that I could time it so that the smoke started at the wand. In 600 tries, there were about 20 that had the smoke originating at the wand instead of coming from behind the book.

I had to tilt the book this much to hide the flash that was sitting behind the book.

Thanks for the nice votes! It's been a fun week!

Place: 5 out of 92
Avg (all users): 6.4333
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.5865
Views since voting: 4130
Views during voting: 375
Votes: 180
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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02/09/2011 10:04:53 AM
Absolutely love this shot Wendy!! Could you please describe your setup for this regarding lighting, backdrops etc.. and any post-processing. The smoke is so sharp and vivid!

Message edited by author 2011-02-09 10:05:24.
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07/06/2010 05:29:22 PM
5th now (from the DQ above you)!! Congrats, Wendy!
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06/30/2010 01:59:58 PM
Congratulations and very creative.
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06/30/2010 09:39:27 AM
Verrrrry COOL, Wendy!! Congratulations on 6th place!
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06/30/2010 04:56:31 AM
Congrats for your HM!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/29/2010 08:49:15 PM
Cool idea. Very nice composition.
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06/26/2010 03:48:57 PM
oh awesome! love the lighting and smoke. wicked cool.
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06/26/2010 06:47:42 AM
i like the idea but the book itself is a Zoology book so it lacks a bit in the fine detail area....still a good shot
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06/25/2010 03:14:13 PM
Really nice all around. Great comp and perfect use of the smoke and light.
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06/24/2010 04:45:29 PM
The smoke is a good touch....Nice shot.
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06/23/2010 05:43:19 AM
nicely done, just wonder why it clearly is a zoology book
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06/23/2010 05:42:32 AM
the effect of smoke in a photo never fails to impress me. Great concept and execution!
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