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Horus' Throne
Horus' Throne
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Black & White II (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Canon Digital IXUS 400
Location: My porch, Bascharage, G-D of Luxembourg
Date: Nov 14, 2004
Aperture: F/2,8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 6,04 sec.
Galleries: Still Life, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 15, 2004

Horus is the Egyptian god of the rising sun, as well as the symbol and personification of Light.
Also, the ubiquitous eye of Horus is a symbol of anciant Egyptian religion, a symbol which has been inspired by the 'Eye of God' (a solar eclipse).
This is what I imagine his throne would look like...quite a relax throne!

Setup:
I wanted to take a shot of our rocking chair with low light and a very dark surrounding.
After I had tried different rooms inside my house - with a different effect in mind - I went outside on our porch to have the complete darkness of the sky as background. Unfortunately, the sky wasn't so black at all. I was about to give up because the results didn't reach my expectations by far. So I put the rocking chair aside, against the fassade and started packing my material to go back inside. That's when I saw these cool shadows.
The only light source is a small candle on the rocking chair. I had to use double sided tape to keep it in place. I took the shot from below, just far enough for the candle's flame to be covered by the inclined sitting surface.
Due to the low light I set the exposure to six seconds. This had the advantage of making the shadows more solid and symmetric. The flame flickers, after all.

Post processing: Cropped two windows from both sides. Contrast/Brightness adjustment. That's all.

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Place: 73 out of 636
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11/29/2004 03:21:01 PM
Thanks for all your nice comments. I'm glad you appreciated the shadows, I was quite stunned myself when I discovered them. The crop caused some controversy, it seems. I agree that the top could be cropped away, but doing the same to the bottom would cut the chair's legs off. I guess I should somehow have put more detail into those legs. The trouble would have been not to cause any secondary shadows...
Anyway, I'll be more careful about cropping for my next pictures. I'm glad I can learn from all of you.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/23/2004 09:54:51 PM
Cool lighting...very nice composition and croped just right imho.
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11/23/2004 11:18:40 AM
This is a really interesting photo! love the shadows and the subject. New perspective on an old topic! Very creative
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11/22/2004 04:55:47 PM
Excellent study in light and shadow. Like the shapes and the texture of the wall behind.
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11/21/2004 04:04:21 PM
Interesting and creative
11/21/2004 08:40:26 AM
Excellent!
11/21/2004 07:28:02 AM
The back lighting on this is well done and produced an interesting view of the chair and a GREAT shadow. THe shadow is not as straight at the top as I would like it to be and maybe an angled composition might have been a way to go to help that but I rather like the centered composition because of the shadow. I think you just needed to adjust the chair or lighting to get the shadow more symmetrical. Regardless it is very fine work and I like it a lot.
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11/21/2004 12:56:01 AM
Great shadow work, but it is a bit uneven. Ever so slightly. Excellent idea.
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11/20/2004 08:12:28 PM
Love the shadow effect!
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11/20/2004 09:41:08 AM
very effective lighting creating fantastic shadows, nice shot.
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11/19/2004 07:03:01 PM
Cool lighting!
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11/19/2004 06:34:02 PM
I really like this photograph. The lines in focus and shadow use are impressive. Well thought out lighting and excellent execution. Simple shot, yet elegant. You might try cropping the top slightly, but this photograph works as is. Very well done.
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11/19/2004 06:05:44 PM
Great effect, well lit
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11/19/2004 04:11:00 PM
very nicely done, love the idea and execution!
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11/18/2004 10:53:11 PM
Nice shadow
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11/18/2004 08:22:14 PM
Very creative!
11/18/2004 07:58:06 PM
Very clever lighting to create these awesome shadows.
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11/18/2004 07:18:32 PM
Creative lighting. Works to good effect.
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11/18/2004 07:16:14 AM
I love the shadows. It would be great if you could have kept some more detail in the legs of the chair.
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11/17/2004 11:03:33 PM
The most creative I've seen so far. Excellent.
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11/17/2004 06:46:28 PM
wonderful job on the lighting, what kid of light did you use? it must be battery powered because i can see no cords anywhere...
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11/17/2004 06:00:06 PM
great lighting cool subject overall I love it!
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11/17/2004 01:52:12 PM
cool stuff,.. bottom is a bit too light or dark, it confuses me a sight bit..
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11/17/2004 01:06:47 PM
I just love that lighting! You have cleverly made a potentially boring subject much more interesting. I wonder if a tighter crop to a square format would have improved it? 7
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11/17/2004 11:25:19 AM
Cool shadow effect, I like this shot.
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11/17/2004 11:09:53 AM
great shadows...nicely done!
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11/17/2004 11:03:23 AM
I would have cropped out the bottom part which doesn't add anything to a great concept.
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11/17/2004 08:56:36 AM
Very nice, simple comp, sharp contrast, good shadows.
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11/17/2004 06:46:39 AM
simple but nice effect..like it
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11/17/2004 12:37:51 AM
interesting use of shadow...8
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