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Challenge: Long Exposure IV (Minimal Editing I)
Collection: Photo Illustration
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Date: Sep 18, 2008
Aperture: f16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 30sec
Date Uploaded: Sep 18, 2008

Thanks Everyone -
This was done with an LED flashlight with a slight modification to diffuse it just a tad - very different effects depending on the angle and diffusion of the light.

I remember I smiled after seeing the preview of this on the back of my camera - and I stopped shooting (11:40 pm - I still had 20 minutes to submit! =). Being minimal edit I knew this would be tough to pull off ... I had no idea what I was going to shoot and started the process at about 10:45 that evening!

The great thing about "painting" with a single light source is that you don't need to have a bunch of reflectors or backdrops - just a dark room and a flashlight.

Regarding the sewing machine oil - I didn't even realize there was text on the bottle until after I opened the shot on the computer - my wife has a bunch of these and i just grabbed one that seemed the right size… no time to reshoot after I noticed.

Thanks so much for the comments.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 127
Avg (all users): 7.2874
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 7.5263
Avg (non-participants): 7.1636
Views since voting: 13939
Views during voting: 675
Votes: 167
Comments: 51
Favorites: 27 (view)


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09/29/2008 01:43:07 PM
Love this, it's a real eye catcher. The color matches your blue ribbon perfectly :) Big congrats, Tate.
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09/29/2008 03:50:16 AM
The led flashlight has 3 small lights on the end. They were partly diffused with a white plastic bag. The effect is generated depening on how the lights are positioned in relation to the direction that the light is moving. Hopefully this helps.

Originally posted by maximz2005:

Absolutely beautiful image! Well done.
How exactly did you light this using a flashlight to create this effect? I'm still kind of confused and it would be great if you could explain.

Thanks and Well DONE!,
-Maximz2005 :)
09/28/2008 05:14:36 PM
HOW DID U DO THAT ???
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09/28/2008 01:08:20 PM
Absolutely beautiful image! Well done.
How exactly did you light this using a flashlight to create this effect? I'm still kind of confused and it would be great if you could explain.

Thanks and Well DONE!,
-Maximz2005 :)
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09/27/2008 04:41:51 PM
Very nice!
Debbi
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09/26/2008 04:48:44 PM
Wonderful shot and well deserved blue ;-)
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09/26/2008 01:07:23 PM
First of all: Avoid pointing the a bright light directly at the lens (unless you like lens flare). This is one reason I tried to diffuse the light a bit.

The first step of the process is lighting the scene - that involves keeping the light itself out of the frame - and not lighting anything you don't want to see. The cool thing about having a moving lightsource is that you can light up areas that may otherwise be in shadow -so you can get a hyper-real effect sometimes.

The part where the "paint" is the light itself is just trial and error and keep in mind where the camera is in relation to your subject. Timing is essential though and having a steady hand helps too.

Originally posted by Citadel:

I really like when my early predictions are accurate. Congrats on the blue! I'd like to hear more about how you painted this. (like what angle etc)

Well done!


Message edited by author 2008-09-26 13:59:49.
09/26/2008 12:52:03 PM
Fascinating image... Very well done. Congrats on the Blue!
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09/26/2008 12:48:46 PM
this is a good pic. congrads on 1st place!
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09/26/2008 12:17:25 PM
I really like when my early predictions are accurate. Congrats on the blue! I'd like to hear more about how you painted this. (like what angle etc)

Well done!
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09/26/2008 09:41:21 AM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon.

Very well deserved, what a great shot. I like that you didn't try to take it down to the bottom of the glass. Makes it look like it is just starting. Very ephemeral effect. Your fellow "Greeks" are very proud of you.
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09/26/2008 09:34:53 AM
Cool shot. I'm very interested in light painting, something I never tried myself. Seeing images like this tempts me to try it out. Thanks for the inspiration and congratulations.
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09/26/2008 09:34:17 AM
Congrats, Tate. Awesome image. I didn't notice the text until you mentioned it. =)
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09/26/2008 08:46:17 AM
I told you, you are good at "Light Painting". Looks like the same lighting as your Brown meets Blue (see long exposure challenge image 209997) AND this one Alternative Light Source

The "Kindered Spirits" have spoken and voted. I'll have to try that drink concoction sometime.

Message edited by author 2008-09-26 10:57:38.
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09/26/2008 06:46:08 AM
Very nicely done. Way cool! Congrats.
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09/26/2008 06:14:24 AM
Glad to see this one on the front page - an extremely well done delivery on a very cool concept
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09/26/2008 05:45:02 AM
stunning...well deserved first...congratulations
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09/26/2008 03:56:54 AM
Sweeeeet!! Congrats.
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09/26/2008 03:08:13 AM
Congrats T. Keep it up! ;-)
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09/26/2008 02:42:19 AM
Congrats on the very well deserved blue. Outstanding in the contest!
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09/26/2008 02:09:00 AM
Amazing shot Tate - congratulations on the ribbon and a great score :)
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09/26/2008 01:40:20 AM
Hey, how did u do tht? I must say tht its class apart. Great work.

Message edited by author 2008-09-26 01:41:11.
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09/26/2008 01:03:03 AM
Congrats!!! Knew this would end up in 1st.
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09/26/2008 01:03:02 AM
Nice! Congratulations :)
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09/26/2008 12:20:20 AM
very well deserved on all levels, fantastic shot
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09/26/2008 12:10:39 AM
congratulations, Tate, on a terrific entry. Nice score, too.
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09/26/2008 12:08:24 AM
Congratulations!!! I added it to my favorites and will definitely be trying this shot myself in the near future!
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09/26/2008 12:03:04 AM
Magic stuff, congratulations!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/25/2008 07:42:19 AM
Very cool, kudos.
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09/24/2008 11:05:19 PM
congratulations on your ribbon ... a wonderful photo

Message edited by author 2008-09-29 00:23:55.
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09/24/2008 01:26:06 PM
Sometimes when I get home after a hard day, I like to pour myself a glass of chilled Baker's Sewing Machine Oil. YUMMMMM! 9
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09/24/2008 10:54:59 AM
Great shot.
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09/23/2008 11:33:42 PM
Amazing!!!
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09/23/2008 06:26:39 PM
This photo really inspires me. I have to ask, what did you use for the floating light
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09/23/2008 12:16:55 AM
Great photo - not sure how sewing machine oil would taste though :)
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09/22/2008 04:44:37 AM
=]
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09/22/2008 03:15:45 AM
Looks cool, but I don't understand it.
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09/20/2008 05:19:36 PM
very cool
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09/20/2008 07:46:17 AM
I think its pretty cool.
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09/19/2008 07:14:33 PM
My Favorite of the challenge, nice lighting and composed, very clean image..Best of Luck
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09/19/2008 06:11:20 PM
Very cool picture, but who would be drinking sewing machine oil?
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09/19/2008 12:22:39 PM
WOW!
i realy love the colors and lighting hear!
i feel this should ribbon.
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09/19/2008 08:55:54 AM
brilliant and effective lighting, fantastic focus and detail - likely ribbon winner
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09/19/2008 08:53:25 AM
Very cool effect! Sewing machine oil and wine; who knew?!
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09/19/2008 08:03:44 AM
I like what you where going for here, the only thing that misses is the relation of sewing machine oil and a wine glass. Well captured all the same.
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09/19/2008 06:53:58 AM
How did you do that? 7
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09/19/2008 05:02:21 AM
Not sure how this is done, good challenge Photo.
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09/19/2008 01:24:50 AM
I will say that this will be our blue ribbon winner.
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09/19/2008 12:25:15 AM
THE BEST!!! a 9
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09/19/2008 12:23:45 AM
Definitely going to ribbon. Looks awesome.
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09/19/2008 12:23:40 AM
Very interesting set up! 10
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