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A light in the darkness
2nd PlaceA light in the darkness
IreneM


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Illuminative Subject (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di for Nikon
Location: My kitchen
Date: Mar 13, 2009
Aperture: f16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500 s
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Mar 17, 2009

Yippee!!! Thanks for the ribbon!!!

I originally did this one for the challenge I liked it o.k.ish but wasnít completely satisfied.
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Iíve also always wanted to try a match shot so this seemed the ideal opportunity. However, knowing how many tries it takes me to get anything decent, I bought 6 boxes of matches and used EXACTLY two boxes before getting this shot ;-)
I used a black background and two flashes, one on each side of the match but slightly to the back (same way you do to get smoke images). It was difficult getting a good flame burst but I also wanted enough smoke to make the whole thing more interesting. I found that blowing ever so gently on the match whilst lighting it from another match gave quite a bit more smoke.
It probably looked hilarious Ė me blowing gently on one match whilst lighting it from another, dragging the other match away as quickly as I could and hitting the shutter to get the burst.
Talk about multi tasking ;-)
Thanks SO much for the great comments and score (and for the fav).

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 178
Avg (all users): 6.7956
Avg (commenters): 8.0909
Avg (participants): 6.8194
Avg (non-participants): 6.7843
Views since voting: 6096
Views during voting: 361
Votes: 225
Comments: 34
Favorites: 15 (view)


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03/30/2009 11:00:55 AM
You did it again. And not even with a water drop, it's more like the opposite of water. Nice sharpness and cloud like smoke.
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03/29/2009 06:56:49 PM
The more I see it the better it gets,Why did you put the match to camera left?
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03/29/2009 06:54:46 PM
Very nice as useual.Harvey Sherman
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03/28/2009 04:32:56 PM
Fantastic shot Irene. Great detail and quality. Congrats on a well deserved RED.
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03/27/2009 11:46:06 AM
I have a question, see if anyone can answer. WHO IN THE WORLD rated this picture with a 2? It must have been either a blind or an envious person. Geez people, come on now! Be real!

Irene, your shots are always marvelous, and I admire your perseverance. You try and try and try until you get the perfect shot. You are a perfectionist, and I love that!

CONGRATULATIONS!
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03/27/2009 08:39:30 AM
Great shot. 7 from me.
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03/26/2009 09:47:21 PM
Fantastic image Irene! Congrats!
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03/26/2009 04:56:40 PM
neat-o! Great work, as always!! Congrats!
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03/26/2009 09:36:39 AM
oooo thats pretty nifty
cool picture
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03/26/2009 07:20:45 AM
Beautiful colors, Irene. Congrats!
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03/25/2009 09:18:32 AM
This is perfect, Irene. Congrats!
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03/25/2009 08:19:36 AM
Nice one Irene, great clarity in the image
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03/25/2009 05:48:57 AM
superb
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03/25/2009 05:45:55 AM
Great to see you in the ribbons again Irene :) Well done...nice to be on the front page with you
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03/25/2009 05:39:50 AM
Originally posted by yanko:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

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I need to get me one of those. Makes things so much easier! :P

Definitely the way to go.

Irene, as usual you did a great job here, love how the flame is bursting in all directions.
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03/25/2009 02:27:22 AM
Well done Irene, fantastic work.
Hey did you drop the match into water afterwards lol.
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03/25/2009 02:03:34 AM
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

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I need to get me one of those. Makes things so much easier! :P
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03/25/2009 01:35:20 AM
Fabulous. Congrats!
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03/25/2009 01:23:19 AM
Congrats Irene! Awesome photo and well deserved ribbon. Great colors.
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03/25/2009 12:58:43 AM
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03/25/2009 12:10:34 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Irene , well deserved !!!!
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03/25/2009 12:09:56 AM
Wow...love the colours. Congrats girl!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/24/2009 01:22:13 PM
I would love to be able to take a photo like this, you should do a tutorial. I love the blue smoke. My #1 pick for the challenge.
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03/22/2009 10:39:15 PM
my pick for the blue, well framed and nice balance of colors.
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03/22/2009 05:51:44 PM
wow, decisive moment :)
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03/21/2009 06:30:51 PM
I hope you wrote out how you did this... I'd like to try this sometime.
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03/21/2009 11:41:58 AM
Great shot. I love the colours
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03/20/2009 05:58:33 PM
wow, the colours are just brilliant, it looks just like a burst 10
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03/19/2009 11:24:18 PM
Nice. I'm going to try this type of shot soon and model it off this picture.
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03/19/2009 05:29:11 AM
The best of the bursting matchstick images in this challenge, by far. Well exposed and the blue/red color combination works well.
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03/18/2009 06:35:15 PM
Ribbon winner, great work
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03/18/2009 06:33:22 PM
How many boxes of matches did you light before you got it right?
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03/18/2009 05:47:36 PM
Great flame shot. Love the blue.
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03/18/2009 03:23:45 PM
Very nice capture of the matchstick and vibrant colors.
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