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Letting Go of Three Candles
Letting Go of Three Candles

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Challenge: Three (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: My bathroom, Cupertino, CA, US
Date: Jan 26, 2005
Aperture: f8.0
ISO: 300
Shutter: 30 seconds
Galleries: Abstract, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Jan 26, 2005

Set a couple of wooden boxes on sink and placed different height bowls on top of them. Draped all with with what I thought to be a black shirt (actually turned out to be quite brown in photo.) Placed garden Buddha and three candles on covered stands. Lit candles, closed bathroom door, and took picture using candle light only.

Used curves in Phase One C1 LE to make as much use of the few photon captures that I collected. Not too good a histogram I am afraid. Then, rotated, cropped, brightness, contrast,corrected color, cloned out shirt, selectively desaturated buddha and adjusted hue, resized, slightly sharpened, and saved as jpeg.

I find this picture useful in meditating on emptiness. The meditation I use is: No Buddha, No image of Buddha, No Candles, No image of Candles, No light, No Eyes, No Self, Each is empty.

Place: 87 out of 183
Avg (all users): 5.2864
Avg (commenters): 6.1667
Avg (participants): 5.1667
Avg (non-participants): 5.3846
Views since voting: 724
Views during voting: 299
Votes: 213
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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02/04/2005 12:18:26 AM
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I had my monitor misadjusted when I submitted my entry and it was far too dark. Nevertheless, the original shot was kind of bad. There was glare reflected off the mirror on to my camera lens and the black shirt that I used as a backdrop was not at all black in the picture itself. So, all in all, even though I like the composition and colors, this photo received far higher votes than I believe it deserved.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/30/2005 09:18:40 PM
I like this composition. The red candles make a big difference and give you the lovely red, yellow and green colors. I wish the Budda was a little less dark.
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01/30/2005 01:31:10 AM
Not a bad composition. Just needs a tad bit more light. I know it seems counter intuititive, but if you were to try a reshoot with some more ambient lighting, this could go from an average shot to a good one. Consider turning this into a study session and post some results if you do. I would like to see them!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/29/2005 09:29:32 PM
for me this pic is just sooooo pretty, I like the mood you portray, the colors and the composition. bumping up to 9
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01/29/2005 08:41:50 PM
Nice shot.
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01/29/2005 08:07:46 PM
Well lit, nicely focused, outstanding use of colors and the dark space. This has great appeal to me.
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01/29/2005 04:24:14 AM
I'm completely baffled by the figure on left. It's too dim to be sure what's that, but even if it's a painting of a man I'm not sure how it contributes to the image. Or the candles steal too big role. One is a lot smaller than the others and by special arrangement seems to have some special role, but the tale of this image is beyond me.
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