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Challenge: Leading Lines III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital ED
Location: The hallway
Date: Sep 19, 2006
Aperture: f4.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 4
Galleries: Persuasive, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Sep 19, 2006

Second attempt. Wished I had more time to spend on this one. I'm still experimenting with the camera and techniques. I also clearly need to clean my lens!

Took the shot with only candle light. Crop and small levels adjustment only.

Helpful suggestions welcome!

Place: 197 out of 294
Avg (all users): 4.9952
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 5.0000
Avg (non-participants): 4.9921
Views since voting: 1906
Views during voting: 323
Votes: 207
Comments: 8
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/10/2006 04:06:53 PM
Very cool shot and a fun technique to play with. I'd suggest trying this again in a completely dark environment as it is very cool to play with this effect. Try a very long exposure with you camera mounted on a tripod. Set the timer on the shutter and then get in position for your light painting. You may also consider fiddling with the white balance as that will change the color of your light stream to something different. Look into my portfolio next week and you'll see what I've done with this.
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09/28/2006 10:07:48 PM
I love this shot, gave it an 8. The reflection in the mirror is what wowed me most of all. The clutter didn't bother me, nor did the fact that the line was "shakey". The effort you put into executing this is clearly notable and alone should have garnered more favourable votes than what you received.

Definitely underrated in my book.
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09/27/2006 08:49:40 AM
Thanks everyone for their comments and congrats to the top finishers. there were certainly a number of amazing shots on display. I could have definitely done better with this shot, but there are some things I am happy with:

1) The reflection in the mirror came out better than I expected. I thought it would be washed out from the candle light or blurry from movement.

2) The light level and "mood" of the photo were just as intended. Some people felt creeped out by it, which is good.

Now the things I don't like so much:

1) I need to work out more. Taking this picture spurred me into a new workout routine.

2) The shaky "leading line" and unevenness of the curve did not come out as intended. This was the best of about 25 shots, and unfortunetley, the distance from camera to the end of the shot required at least one step, which made the candle jiggle during exposure.

3) I don't like the clutter in the hallway. If I were to do this again, I'd take down the picture frames and keep the surroundings smoother.

Any other suggestions or advice are welcomed!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/24/2006 12:48:31 PM
Wish the line could have been a bit more straight...........nice idea otherwise
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09/21/2006 01:28:08 PM
oooh, veddy spooky. creative shot :)
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09/20/2006 08:51:10 PM
Kinda scares me....great idea though.
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09/20/2006 12:24:52 PM
great shot. this one deserves attention.
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09/20/2006 09:41:20 AM
Interesting approach. Different. Nice use of long exposure.
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