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Magic Flute
Magic Flute

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Challenge: Sound (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Belmont, MA
Date: May 29, 2003
Aperture: 4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/90
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: May 31, 2003

Incense smoke coming through the penny flute makes the visible "sound."

Place: 12 out of 96
Avg (all users): 6.4574
Avg (commenters): 7.8333
Avg (participants): 6.2394
Avg (non-participants): 6.7241
Views since voting: 1624
Votes: 129
Comments: 20
Favorites: 4 (view)

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11/25/2003 11:27:35 AM
just saw this for the first time - great idea. Execution is very nice too, but I'd like to see a little more negative space above...the smoke needs somewhere to go. :)

great job
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06/13/2003 02:04:05 AM
Greetings from the critique club

This is REALLY COOL! I like it a lot. I didn't pay enough attention to this when I was rating photos during the challenge but the details in this are awesome! Not sure if you could have.. but it might have been kind of cool to turn the flute around... and get a part of someones face with lips playing the flute and the smoke coming out, but this is really cool on it's own.

I like your composition a lot... just beautiful... the way the bottom right hand corner is all black, really lovely... and the incense really filled up the rest of the photo beautifully.

I love your use of sepia here... really gives it a mystic old time feel. and as Frisca said in her comments, the contrast is very nice as well. Also very glad you decided to put it on the black background, it really makes the flute and the smoke pop out.

In terms of the challenge I think you met it very well. In fact I can't get the chirpy flute sound out of my head right now <GRIN> I actually think you should have placed higher than 12th but I guess some people don't have the imagination that it's in fact "magic" and playing itself. It's a shame sometimes the literal ways people judge on this site, but it's not about placing it's about making a picture that your happy with.

I think this photo would be absolutely beautiful for a flutist to have on their wall, I do hope you offer it as a print. It looks like one I would enjoy giving to my best friend for her wall. The one thing I would touch up on for the print is the bottom left hand corner... i think you got a little bit of the arm in there? Or maybe I'm wrong, but it doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the photo.

Overall this is a gorgeous photo, and something I might like to try... GREAT IDEA! Looking at some of your other work it's very dreamy cool stuff. Nice job! Good luck in the future, oh, and did I mention... offer this as a print!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/08/2003 10:22:08 PM
You found the perfect way to show air going through this instrument. Add a touch of drama with composition and lighting and viola! You've got a great picture! 10
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06/08/2003 08:11:02 AM
the best i have seen 10/10
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06/06/2003 06:34:37 PM
very neat effecti with the smoke. Great composition. I like the choice of sepia too, the contrast is very nice.
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06/06/2003 04:44:05 PM
This is very cool, and would make a great print.
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06/06/2003 07:49:10 AM
Is it hashish lol :O)
06/06/2003 06:43:43 AM
Sounds everywhere. 8 Morgan
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06/05/2003 12:02:44 PM
Very nice. I like the use of the smoke. Lighting is cool too. 8 from me.
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06/03/2003 10:42:34 PM
Nice Idea
06/03/2003 05:21:46 PM
DUUUUDE.....Spark It....
06/03/2003 10:32:04 AM
Mozart, eh? One of my favourite operas (Die Zauberfloete). Anyway. Good picture, great idea. ~8
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06/03/2003 12:27:09 AM
Huh, neat shot, with smoke coming through (I assume smoke, seems too dense for steam), and with a nice tonal quality. A little abstract on the topic side but I can see a clear connection to the topic.
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06/02/2003 11:39:01 PM
LOL, the magic "bong" flute.
06/02/2003 06:46:56 PM
Beautiful lighting - good capture of the smoke and the swirls. I like the diagonal composition but wished there was just a hint of smoke from the last hole (or crop it)
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06/02/2003 05:07:06 PM
very clever..I can imagine the "sound" emitting from the finger holes. ..well composed and works well in the sepia tone.(7)
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06/02/2003 09:50:58 AM
Hrm. It's a very, very pretty photograph, but if it's doing that with the smoke it's *not* making sound. :-> I can't 'hear' the picture, so I have to grade it down, despite the lickable beauty of the shot. 6.
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06/02/2003 06:48:22 AM
Nice idea, good picture
06/02/2003 04:12:00 AM
Verrry interesting...
06/02/2003 02:17:56 AM
Hmm...very interesting photo. I assume you mean for the smoke to represent air that passes through the flute that makes the sound as it's being played. However, no one is playing it, therefore making it magic I suppose. I really like the effect of the swirls of smoke, the lighting and your origionality.
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