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Ciggie break in the cold
Ciggie break in the cold
kiwiness


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Challenge: After Dark (Classic Editing)
Collection: challenge entries
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Nottuln, Germany
Date: Jan 11, 2004
Aperture: 3,5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/10
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2004

I had a blue light shining from behind the smoker to bring in a feeling of very cold weather. Taken in the garage because it was too cold outside :)

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 96
Avg (all users): 7.0749
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 6.7612
Avg (non-participants): 7.2500
Views since voting: 3730
Votes: 187
Comments: 45
Favorites: 11 (view)


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01/22/2004 02:55:37 PM
This was the horriblest ciggi until now !!
Drenched with plant oil to make more smoke!

Regards
Your Model
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01/19/2004 07:47:39 PM
dude. this is yours? wow. this was my fave shot.
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01/19/2004 06:22:58 PM
you know i love this pic...i'm so glad it placed so highly. great work!
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01/19/2004 12:10:46 PM
WOW! top 9 with a score above 7! Though competition! This one was in my top 3! great work Gary!
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01/19/2004 06:18:19 AM
Great photo, I love the atmosphere! Shame I couldn't really comment on this challenge because of my lack of time, 'cos this is one of my favs! :-) Congrats!
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01/19/2004 05:27:27 AM
Thanks for the comments. I had the guy turn the cigarette like that on purpose. I often see people holding their cigarettes like that when it is cold and windy outside so that it doesn't burn down so fast.

JJ you really have been around haven't you!
01/19/2004 03:51:32 AM
missed this in the votes too. Reminds me of some war film with a russian by the docks impending trouble. Think the cigarette needs turning round though?
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01/19/2004 03:15:24 AM
Nice shot, reminds me of one cold night waiting for the train in Simferopol, Crimea; smoking bad Russian cigarettes.
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01/19/2004 02:25:06 AM
great photo Gary
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01/19/2004 12:43:51 AM
Kiwiness
Nice work as always
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/18/2004 04:18:20 PM
Definitely one of my favorites for this challenge! I'm not a big fan of smoking, but the toning of the shot is great, and the blue haze gives a great feeling of a cold night. The tiny bit of red in the cigarette itself is a nice touch.
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01/18/2004 04:00:24 PM
Great colors, excellent silouhette! The cigarette makes this interesting though, by adding the smoke and the red glow. Very nice.
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01/18/2004 01:34:50 PM
striking! I would love to know if this was posed or candid?
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01/17/2004 09:51:49 AM
as cold as it has been up north having to smoke outside would be a good reason to suddenly quit! nice photo...I like the composition, and the way you captured the smoke
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01/17/2004 08:53:10 AM
the position of the hand and the cigarette are the only thing I don't like about this photo. Its very unnatural. Aside from that though, nice idea, great lighting and perfect exposure. Good work 8
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01/17/2004 02:25:36 AM
This is a great image but makes me wheeze a little (I have asthma). :)
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01/16/2004 08:18:29 PM
An intersting Duotone very well caught with the ciggie glowing. An 8
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01/16/2004 07:53:02 PM
Very exciting shot. The sillhouette works very well, and the fact that smoke is the (indirect) source of light makes this very interesting.
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01/15/2004 09:00:09 PM
Give it up!
The image is great I like the effect very much but why use the ciggarette surley the cold air would have done the trick
Nice focus and great pic
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01/15/2004 05:28:05 PM
Ooh... I love the blue and the smoke! Nice shot!
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01/15/2004 04:47:31 PM
Been there and done that. Excellent capture with the back lighting and profile.
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01/15/2004 03:16:09 PM
The lighting here is very effective and I like the contrast between the blue of the backlit smoke and the orange of the burning cigarette. Also, you have maintained a good separation between the subject and the background. The way that the subject is holding the cigarette seems awkward, as though he's getting ready to put the wrong end into his mouth (OUCH!)
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01/15/2004 01:53:37 AM
great silhouette and lighting. i love the red glow of the cigarette...great work!
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01/14/2004 05:00:56 PM
nice shot
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01/14/2004 04:48:42 AM
Although I have a problem with the depiticion of \"Cig's\", this shot is technically excellent and meets the 'After Dark' theme as well as if not better than any other in the challenge. Kudos! As it turns out I rated your picture the highest in the challenge... Independent of the 'ciggie' ~ it's a winner. I particularly like the way you worked the lighting & exposure. When first viewed my eye is drawn to the bright spot in the picture whereupon the subtle , yet brilliant, glow of the cig is revealed. That feature would be lost on any that only judge from thumbnails. Features garnering my appreciation & pondering include; the source of 'smoke', as it's wispy look does not suggest steam nor do I think the ciggie or model could have produced that much smoke with one puff. Your light source(s) producing the glow on the neck, hat, chin & what may be the left side collar. The right arm, wrist & hand. Even the gaze upon the Ciggie by the model is conveyed very well. All of those features add up to a photo which is too good to be considered just a "lucky shot". You clearly exhibit the much coveted trait of 'Photographers Eye'. I rate this shot a "Ribbon Winner"
Tim
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01/14/2004 02:13:38 AM
Excellent. I love the blue of the smoke contrasted with the red of the cigarette, and the whole silhouette thing in general. 10
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01/13/2004 06:37:06 PM
Great photo of a filthy habit. 9
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01/13/2004 05:36:01 PM
Most cool coloring. I like the mood and silhouette. Great job. 9
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01/13/2004 03:21:40 PM
Lighting is great on this and so is the pose. The title seems a little cheesy, but that wouldn't cause me to deduct any points for this. Nice work.
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01/13/2004 12:39:58 PM
very cool.
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01/13/2004 09:08:06 AM
beautiful shot :) This reminds me of some old war movie where a military person is standing guard at some frozen outpost... great work :)
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01/13/2004 07:21:30 AM
Great use of backlighting.
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01/12/2004 10:28:44 PM
Well done, this image tells a real story. I really like the lighting from behind.
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01/12/2004 10:08:17 PM
Very cool shot. Love the red glow on the cigarette. Nice siluetted image. I would have cropped off the right side of the photo a bit. The smoke creates interesting eery texture. Well done.
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01/12/2004 09:02:50 PM
Very creative - the glowing cigarette adds interest, the siloette against the backlit smoke makes the shot. Well done 8
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01/12/2004 08:40:36 PM
Nice, I like the silhouette and the smoke and the red on the cigarette, cool, good job!
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01/12/2004 02:23:30 PM
Crop of the left part up to the back of his head and I think it is perfect. I don't smoke but this picture makes me imagine how someone can long for a cigarette, gives a restful moment in a hectic world. I love the overall blue color and then the red tip of the cigarette. 9
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01/12/2004 02:19:38 PM
excellent lighting! I love the smaoke swirls and the highlight on the back of his hat.
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01/12/2004 01:29:09 PM
Looks like a scene from a spy movie....CIA/KGB-Eastern Europe/James Bond. Neat shot.
9 from me.
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01/12/2004 01:08:01 PM
I love the orange glow amid the cold blue.
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01/12/2004 11:35:04 AM
This is my number 1 pic for this challenge to date. It is striking and memorable. - Of course I am a person who is ferverently hoping I get to smoke in heaven since I've given up here!
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01/12/2004 11:28:07 AM
Great lighting, composition and the smoke of course adds great depth and interest, tho it looks like he is thinking about eating the cig. vs. smoking it : ).
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01/12/2004 10:20:24 AM
Nice backlighting and glow on the cigarette. Good response to the challenge.
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01/12/2004 02:30:19 AM
Excellent backlighting, great exposure and composition. I like color of the lit cig that is very distinct from the rest of the photo. 8
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01/12/2004 02:10:54 AM
I can't condone the smoking, but i like the image :) The ember is awesome against the blue smoke. very nicely done.
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