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Challenge: 2-Second Exposure (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ20
Location: the lake
Date: Mar 16, 2006
Galleries: Emotive
Date Uploaded: Mar 16, 2006

This is a tribute to Nazgul's "Ring of Fire":



I took a little different approach to it, but hey....the premise is the same. Anyways, there's not really much to this shot...I opened the shutter while spinning some cloth that was on fire on the end of rope. I have a couple of outtakes that I had a hard time choosing from. I'll post those later.

Anyways....I hope you enjoy this photo, because it was by far one of the most fun to create. I had an absolute blast making it.

About the post processing:

I used shadow/highlight to brighten up the sky a little bit. I increased the red saturation and applied one run through neatimage and then sharpened, cloned out some lights in the background, and that was all.

Oh...and I have to give props to my roomates Cory and Jeff.....without their help this image would of never been made. Thanks a bunch guys!

Caleb


Statistics
Place: 3 out of 192
Avg (all users): 7.2027
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.8763
Avg (non-participants): 7.4560
Views since voting: 18324
Views during voting: 601
Votes: 222
Comments: 109
Favorites: 57 (view)


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08/19/2007 10:22:00 PM
The back ground does look awesome. Even without the subject whirling the fire, I think it would do very well in the free studies.
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10/29/2006 08:00:02 AM
This is rad Caleb, The fz20 is not bad at night shots, even with the limited shutter length. The FZ20 is limited to 8 seconds max from what I can remember,but i believe it would of been 2 seconds, he would have caused more blur longer and also the streaks from the embers would have dropped more looking ugly like badly timed fireworks pictures. I love the tendrils the sparks make. I would have given it 7+ had i been a member then.

Message edited by author 2006-10-29 08:07:20.
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03/31/2006 05:10:09 AM
very very cool photo. For me the water and trees make this a winner! Hope to see you winning more ribbons.
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03/30/2006 11:38:13 PM
Wow! this is such a great picture Caleb. I love the embers flying off the rag, and the back ground is stunning. Keep up the great work, the first of many ribbons for ya!
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03/30/2006 02:13:52 PM
Edit: After seeing other shots the are in the top 20 of many of the challenges that DNMC I feel that as long as the Advanced or Basic rules are not broken, there is no need for DQ or Self DQ.



Message edited by author 2006-05-30 23:06:14.
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03/29/2006 10:11:59 AM
Ring of fire?by Johnny Cash?!It reminds me of that song...Love is a burning thing,and it makes a firy ring...
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03/28/2006 10:28:09 PM
Gorgeous!
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03/28/2006 09:43:28 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon! :D
This is a great pic (glad you showed some outtakes as well)!
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03/28/2006 08:54:02 PM
I really enjoyed this photo.
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03/28/2006 12:58:49 PM
We are all photographers and KNOW what "exactly 2 seconds" was refering to. I DID NOT enter a photo because I was not able to get a decent 2 second shot. So I'm honest, and adhere to the challenge and BINGO a shot wins that was NOT a 2 second exposure.

I hope my image of the garbage man picking up trash last Saturday scores well in the "PLAYTIME" challenge !

Lets just have all challenges be FREE STUDY from now on.

Originally posted by Leighroy:

Congratulations on the ribbon, well deserved. In my humble opinion, as someone that did not enter or vote, is that I think the description is just that, a description of what to do. Would a 1/500 shot of a naked man standing in a window ("exposing himself") for two seconds (hence a two second exposure) be right or wrong? I think it would be a lateral interpretation of the challenge and perfectly alright, as is this shot. As an aside though, I think it would be nice if you did include the full details of the shot to help people like me that would like to try something similar. I'd love to know how long it actually was and to be honest, wouldn't be surprised if it was close to 2 seconds (but it would be nice to know). Well done on the ribbon.


Message edited by author 2006-03-30 14:14:34.
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03/28/2006 06:36:00 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon, well deserved. In my humble opinion, as someone that did not enter or vote, is that I think the description is just that, a description of what to do. Would a 1/500 shot of a naked man standing in a window ("exposing himself") for two seconds (hence a two second exposure) be right or wrong? I think it would be a lateral interpretation of the challenge and perfectly alright, as is this shot. As an aside though, I think it would be nice if you did include the full details of the shot to help people like me that would like to try something similar. I'd love to know how long it actually was and to be honest, wouldn't be surprised if it was close to 2 seconds (but it would be nice to know). Well done on the ribbon.

EDIT AFTER A FEW COMMENTS

I didn't enter or vote and as a result I made the above comment without realising what the details of the challenge said.. "Take a photograph using a shutter speed of exactly 2 seconds."... I stand corrected. The DPC needs to change and make the details something that needs to be adhered to. My apologies.

Message edited by author 2006-03-29 00:46:17.
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03/28/2006 03:56:33 AM
congratz on your first ribbon dude, the photos is awesome especially the surroundings

peace,
goran
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03/28/2006 03:02:11 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, I knew this one would place well. About the background I already wrote in my previous comment and I see it has been reinforced by many others here. Somehow it just seems as a waste of such beautiful scenery and alone it would have been a top shot by itself.
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03/27/2006 10:52:27 PM
Originally posted by Falc:

Ignore the comments from DNMC doubters, the shot is obviuosly made in the spirit of the challenge. Well done


AGREE..!!! I hope you ribbon next challenge!
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03/27/2006 10:36:43 PM
Ignore the comments from DNMC doubters, the shot is obviuosly made in the spirit of the challenge. Well done
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03/27/2006 10:16:22 PM
Excellent photo. Beautiful subject, background, lighting, and composition. It would have been cool in the "light-painting" challenge.

Why not post the exif info?
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03/27/2006 09:19:04 PM
again, same comment as to the blue ribbon "winner" ...if you shot this at anything more than 2 seconds it should be disqualified...
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03/27/2006 08:11:13 PM
DUDE!!!
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03/27/2006 05:59:20 PM
Congrats Caleb on your first ribbon.

This makes on more picture scoring in the 7s for the DMC-FZ20, way to go.

Great pic by the way.
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03/27/2006 04:19:56 PM
There's a festival in Kumamoto, Japan, where you can do the same thing with bundles of straw - but the rope is shorter than what yours appears to be. (And it gets really warm...)
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03/27/2006 03:40:52 PM
Nice shot but clearly doesn't look like a 2 second shot. And funny that you didn't post your shutter speed. If it isn't a 2 second exposure, should not have ribboned and is a real slap in the face to those that made the honest effort to get a 2 second exposure.

Message edited by author 2006-03-27 15:43:08.
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03/27/2006 02:06:54 PM
No rules were broken and the photo looks like it could have been a 2 sec exposure. Period. Let's move on.
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03/27/2006 01:30:59 PM
GREAT SHOT...however, I do agree with the rest. If this is not a 2 second exposure then it should not have been entered. I scored entries by KNOWING how hard a 2 sec shot is to master. I don't think it is fair to the others that used a 2 second exposure.

Originally posted by youngnova:

Great job... if people did not think it met the challenge they should have voted it lower. If you don't want to post it took you 7 minutes to get the shot you don't have to. Or you can if you want... they can't take your ribbon away from you. Once again great job and I like how you gave credit to this being a tribute!
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03/27/2006 01:16:00 PM
Great job... if people did not think it met the challenge they should have voted it lower. If you don't want to post it took you 7 minutes to get the shot you don't have to. Or you can if you want... they can't take your ribbon away from you. Once again great job and I like how you gave credit to this being a tribute!
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03/27/2006 12:12:01 PM
dude you ribboned:D
Congrats ;)
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03/27/2006 11:50:29 AM
i echo sonifo on this one
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03/27/2006 11:48:15 AM
ALRIGHT DOODE!!! Congrats on your ribbon (you beat me to it, punk!)!!! ROCK ON!
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03/27/2006 10:18:37 AM
This would have been an amazing shot without the fire too! The background is beautiful! Congrats
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03/27/2006 10:14:53 AM
WWooooooo HOOOOOO Congrats on the Ribbion!!! Man i new this was going to be up there this one was freakin awesome.... Great JOB!!

Message edited by author 2006-03-27 10:15:27.
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03/27/2006 09:11:13 AM
congrats nice work
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03/27/2006 09:05:22 AM
Nice shot. Glad you had fun. But you have not disclosed your shutter speed. Not here, or in forum when directly asked. I will have to assume your ribbon was ill received, as was the blue ribbon winners.

I think that is quite a shame to those of us who worked very hard as well, and had fun, with our "exactly" 2 second exposures. You know, I wanted to get a squirrel at a 2 second exposure. I sat perched in wait for HOURS waiting for the flicking tail of a squirrel to be ghosted out. Why? Because everyone knows how fast squirrels move, and for 2 seconds to sit still for me, would have been a good shot. I did get one, but thought I would give tribute to dead veterans instead by taking a shot of the fountain near the memorial, which again took about 50 takes for anything decent with my experience. My bad choice not to enter the squirrel when fountains abounded in this challenge, but I worked hard for my 2 seconds. And look at ShutterPug, who sat and napped for FOUR HOURS in her car and in the snow for her lovely shot?

I expect more from the seasoned DPC'ers than this. This is really a shame. I didn't expect to win, but at least I respected the spirit of the challenge. Something I learned to do since my dof shot in the "singled out" where I got SO MUCH flack for creating my dof, and I wasn't even close to a good score. I was so wrapped up in the "illusion" of photography discussions in forum that I threw caution to the wind and entered a wildlife photo that only eluded to be wildlife, and a singled out photo that had created dof. I have since learned my lesson from the flack. I won't be doing that again, and will either be able to pull off my shot or not pull it off and not enter, but I am new and wasn't the wiser. Now I am. But for you seasoned DPC'ers who in forum can't WAIT to post your scores and boast, or have many ribbons and high scores, you should be ashamed to receive ribbons when they are ill recieved. Very disrespectful. Not only to the challenge, but to your fellow DPC'ers and to DPC in general.

I would be happy to retract this statement if you can provide proof of 2 seconds used, but until then, I think this is just a horrible excuse for placement in 3rd. Don't get me wrong. The concept was excellent, and the composition great, but NOT for this challenge.

At least Elsapo, for his blue ribbon win, proclaimed to be sorry and showed his shutter speed even when he didn't have to. Still no excuse for winning a ribbon, but at least he owned up to his faults to some extent. You have not even done that much.

Message edited by author 2006-03-27 09:25:53.
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03/27/2006 07:30:41 AM
Awesome Photo!! So deseriving of a ribbon! Congratulations!!!! I loved this one during voting, and so glad to see how well it did!
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03/27/2006 07:28:11 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! Great shot. Love the sky, water, and trees. This would be a great shot even without the ring of fire!
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03/27/2006 04:29:58 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon!
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03/27/2006 04:09:55 AM
OK lets see ya ribbon the yellow one now...LOL MANY CONGRATS even though you are the ememy *wink*
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03/27/2006 03:17:32 AM
Congrats on your first of many ribbons I am sure dude :) Glad this didn´t count in the league :)
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03/27/2006 03:16:21 AM
should have won in my opinion...well done on a ribbon...the more I look at it, the more I love it...have another 10!!!
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03/27/2006 03:12:17 AM
Nice shot! Cograts!
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03/27/2006 02:59:46 AM
About time you got a ribbon :)
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03/27/2006 02:54:21 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. Awesome shot.
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03/27/2006 02:37:10 AM
Contratulations Caleb. Go team FZ!
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03/27/2006 01:00:30 AM
nice work! congratulations
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03/27/2006 01:00:20 AM
Congrats dude. I do find it hard to believe this falls in the 2 second exposure realm - and your silence both in the details and forum seem to confirm this. Hope your conscience can handle looking at the ribbon when you know that those who stayed with 2 seconds deserved it more. There seems to be a lack of integrity here at DPC these days.

Message edited by author 2006-03-27 12:23:16.
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03/27/2006 12:40:25 AM
Hey Caleb: a rising star! Congratulations on your Yellow with this interesting ring of fire.
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03/27/2006 12:28:10 AM
Congrats dude! Now you have a ribbon and your profile is looking better and better ;) I knew it was only a matter of time before you strated ribboning! Great job! BTW, get a new beenie!
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03/27/2006 12:25:14 AM
I was just wondering why you hadn't won a ribbon yet. You couldn't have chosen a better location for this shot. Here's another favorite for your quick growing collection. Congrats on the first ribbon of many.
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03/27/2006 12:21:46 AM
I really like this one. Love the sparks shooting off in all directions. Grats on yellow!
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03/27/2006 12:17:22 AM
Outstanding, very creative and well done.
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03/27/2006 12:13:35 AM
Very nice....Congratulations on your ribbon!
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03/27/2006 12:13:18 AM
Congrats Caleb an your first ribbon too. I preferred this image to mine, more out of the box.
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03/27/2006 12:13:13 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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03/27/2006 12:11:15 AM
Hey man - Congrats! Great image and congrats on the ribbon. I hope to see more of your stuff make it in the top 3.
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03/27/2006 12:10:33 AM
There you go Caleb. Aren't you glad that you didn't stop entering challenges after the Afterlife challenge?

Congrats. This is a great shot and a well deserved ribbon.
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03/27/2006 12:10:13 AM
congrats on ur first ribbon!
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03/27/2006 12:09:23 AM
Great work Caleb! I liked this a lot.
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03/27/2006 12:09:14 AM
very cool. i imagine this would have done well in deja vu, too ;-)
congrats!
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03/27/2006 12:08:09 AM
Great job Caleb!
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03/27/2006 12:08:00 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
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03/27/2006 12:06:51 AM
Congrats, Caleb! Well done!
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03/27/2006 12:05:36 AM
w00t!!!

yay Caleb!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/26/2006 10:30:57 PM
Cool. Despite the obvious ring of fire, I keep looking at the background. I love the moonlight on the stark, dead trees.
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03/26/2006 05:56:13 PM
Very interesting contrast in color between the warmth surrounding the fire ring, and the grays/blacks of the background. Nicely done.
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03/26/2006 04:36:27 PM
The beautiful background trees/water/moon could hold there own in this challenge. The fire ring alone could hold its own in this challenge. What you've done here is way beyond a casual effort and you will be rewarded.
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03/26/2006 03:28:48 PM
This is pretty cool.
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03/26/2006 03:27:06 PM
great
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03/25/2006 10:50:01 PM
WOW..this is wild!
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03/25/2006 10:40:45 PM
8 - Good and unusual. Nice complementary & interesting background. Colors are nice and look natural, not selectively desaturated. The only thing in my opinion is the clothing - doesn't really suit, but minor. Good use of the 2 sec exposure.
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03/25/2006 08:27:09 PM
This is something like another picture, but the background is amazing! The moon on the lake, Stunning!
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03/25/2006 12:41:47 AM
Awesome shot, love how you done this, very dramatic background
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03/25/2006 12:24:44 AM
Awesome... my favorite and highest so far. 10 just for playing with fire.
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03/25/2006 12:22:53 AM
Really nice photo...I like the reflection of the moon in contrast to the ring of fire.
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03/24/2006 06:39:12 PM
Half way through voting, and this is the best I've seen so far.
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03/24/2006 04:47:50 PM
is that water in the back? Ultimately awesome.
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03/24/2006 10:10:50 AM
This could be my all time favorite photo on this site! amazing. Ring of Fire... a very timely photo with all the johnny Cash popularity!
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03/23/2006 08:54:22 PM
the exposure is fantastic on this... nice work balancing the background with the fire...
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03/23/2006 07:30:01 PM
Very original. I like it.
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03/23/2006 11:35:44 AM
Wow! This is very cool. How smart to do this in front of such an eerie, beautiful lake scene. Great photo!!!
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03/22/2006 11:31:38 PM
My only critique of this is that, if the person were static, it would draw the eye toward him/her, at the center of all that motion. Still, great juxtaposition and color between the main subject and the background.
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03/22/2006 09:40:47 PM
setting in background is Haunting nice set up 8
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03/22/2006 08:19:15 PM
Wow! It looks alive!
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03/22/2006 04:51:59 PM
wow<OMG WE HAVE A WINNER!10 from me!
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03/22/2006 11:40:48 AM
hey stare_at_the_sun! lol pretty easy to find yours. I like the contrast between the warmth of the fire and the cool water/sky. Only thing that would have made it better is if you where in focus. either way good luck

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03/21/2006 08:58:41 PM
Looks like Caleb to me. :) Very nice shot, love the setting.
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03/21/2006 06:55:26 PM
Wow this one is great!
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03/21/2006 05:46:10 PM
Excellent picture - I really like the contrast of the orange fire and the white moon poking through the branches.
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03/21/2006 05:24:50 PM
Very nice. I hope you didn't start a fire.
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03/21/2006 04:59:54 PM
Nice,SK45
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03/21/2006 02:49:07 PM
Absolutely love the background, the silky feeling I get from the water, the hint of clouds around the moon, the trees standing in the water, and the shoreline. Beautiful. Now I also love the swirl of fire, the flares or strings of fire coming off the center swirl are amazing and beautifully done, not real sure of the person within the circle, I "feel" they are out of place and would have like this even more without them. Of course the person is probably controlling the swirl of fire so I don't know how you could have done it without them. Over all this picture seems to give me two beautiful contrasting photos in one, good luck with this one
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03/21/2006 02:08:17 PM
Your choice of setting is perfect for your ring of fire photo. Very nicely done!
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03/21/2006 12:42:46 PM
Very cool. Those aren't those fire-ball things, are they. Looks dangerous. :)
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03/21/2006 11:54:31 AM
my fav one so far in this challenge. 9
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03/21/2006 09:01:45 AM
Besides the facinating ring of fire, I love the moon in the trees with the slight foggy look.
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03/21/2006 05:39:04 AM
Very good. A challenging image to obtain. I give it an 9
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03/21/2006 05:03:44 AM
Hehehehehe I found you Caleb. You know you have got to get another beanie. You wore that same one in your Road entry ;) Great shot my friend. My spot for the Blue ;)
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03/21/2006 03:28:03 AM
I love the flying sparks. They make the ring look like a vortex in space.
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03/21/2006 01:00:17 AM
The fire ring is a bit overdone these days, but this is kind of cool with the lake, the Moon and the trees in the background. Well done.
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03/20/2006 08:28:02 PM
Cool effect
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03/20/2006 08:22:37 PM
Too cool!
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03/20/2006 07:52:39 PM
I love the surreal look of the water. Great job! 7
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03/20/2006 06:06:00 PM
Super shot, one of the better ones, even one of the best in this challenge. Done well too, love the composition. One thing gets to me though, there is an amazing background here with the moon rippling so awesomely across the water. One is being pulled back and forth between that amazing background and your main subject in the foreground.
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03/20/2006 12:47:04 PM
Very nice... not just the ring of fire, but also the background. Good shot.
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03/20/2006 12:35:19 PM
I like Nazguls version much better but this is pretty cool, the surroundings are cool. Just too much foreground for my taste. Anyway, one of the better shots in the challenge, got a 7 from me.
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03/20/2006 06:31:23 AM
This is a cool shot but I am looking at that amazing scene behind the fire ring. I would love to see this picture without the special effects and just the moonlight with the silhouette of the trees, the reflections in the water and maybe people sitting around the campfire.
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03/20/2006 03:34:31 AM
Wonderful capture!! I love how the background is so clean!
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03/20/2006 02:20:14 AM
Love the moonlight in the back
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03/20/2006 01:49:57 AM
HOLLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING PHOTO, my pic for the blue hands down! 10
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03/20/2006 01:38:49 AM
"WOW" factor for sure.....
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03/20/2006 01:32:43 AM
this should win...it's spectacular 11!
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03/20/2006 12:08:51 AM
This is REALLY good. Love the water in the background, and the silhouettes of the trees.
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