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The Gift
The Gift

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Challenge: Square Crop (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Sigma 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 DC for Pentax
Location: Our Loungeroom
Date: Mar 5, 2006
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 3secs
Galleries: Emotive, Studio
Date Uploaded: Mar 5, 2006

This photo was shot having had the idea some time ago (around Christmas, actually) and I had forgotten that I wanted to do this until this challenge came up. Shot with the intent to convey the joy, excitement and elation that comes with opening presents and the mystique of not yet knowing what is in it...

Shot on our dining room table with four tea lights in the base of the box, my laptop with a white wallpaper on the desktop which lights the front of the box and a small maglite shining down into the box. Then about 10 matches were lit and blown out milliseconds before the exposure started. Quite a tricky little set up with timing and needed my husband to hold torches, light matches, etc, etc.

Post: levels, curves, dodge the smoke to bring it out a bit and burn the edges to shape it a touch, neat image, crop, usm, resize, save for web.

Place: 67 out of 369
Avg (all users): 6.0670
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 5.8372
Avg (non-participants): 6.4375
Views since voting: 940
Views during voting: 333
Votes: 209
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/12/2006 11:57:10 AM
An easy shot to pass by with a 5! Looking at it more closely I'm perplexed and this seems a complex setup? I like it :)
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03/12/2006 08:27:42 AM
well done. works as a square.
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03/10/2006 12:27:26 PM
intersting idea, nice execution.
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03/09/2006 12:48:05 AM
Great shot love the lighting effect. Wonderful Effort 10 out of 10

This is a HOT BOX..and makes me wonder: What is so special in this box that makes it shine so bright?
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03/08/2006 01:21:19 PM
Great idea and execution on this shot. Props for thinking "outside" the box! hehe!
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03/07/2006 11:43:30 PM
clever, bumping up to 8
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03/07/2006 06:17:12 PM
I love the light coming from the box, very nice!
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03/07/2006 05:00:36 PM
Love the halo of brown from the wood around the box. Quite like the trick of it all, but find it lacking a certiain dynamic - not sure exactly what - perhaps its just that your prinarly point of interest is actually a white nothing: even with that haze/smoke, just doesn't quite carry the sense of mystery for me. Really nice attempt though, and certainly works for the challenge.
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03/07/2006 09:42:34 AM
Hmmmmmmmmmmm...interesting. I like it.
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03/06/2006 10:54:26 PM
Very nice. Love the mysterious glow.
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03/06/2006 05:22:43 PM
Good Image well suited to challenge....8
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03/06/2006 04:48:21 AM
Awesome photo. Reminds me of the suitcase from Pulp Fiction.. "whats in the box?" type of thing.
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03/06/2006 03:55:07 AM
I love it! I just want to have a look in and see what's in the box...reminds me of the final scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. 10
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03/06/2006 01:51:27 AM
clever shot
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