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Heaven & Hell
Heaven & Hell

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Challenge: Painting with Light (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Lake Zurich, Illinois
Date: Jan 20, 2004
Aperture: f/27
ISO: 200
Shutter: 30 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jan 23, 2004

I used a flashlight with a paper snoot and some kleenex stuffed into the end of the snoot to provide the light source. I took a 30 second exposure with the lights off in my basement, tracing the contours of the trophy to get the "fire" around the shadow. I was pleased with the shadow cast on a foamboard background and the angle of the shadow contrasting with the trophy shape. The shadow ended up looking devilish to me - hence the title. The only post processing was level adjustment and unsharp mask. The starry highlights are straight out of the camera.

Place: 27 out of 120
Avg (all users): 5.8290
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.8375
Avg (non-participants): 5.8230
Views since voting: 2577
Votes: 193
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/01/2004 05:40:08 PM
Alll the flares are a bit much on this....the shadow is excellent.
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02/01/2004 05:22:44 PM
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01/30/2004 08:14:24 PM
very cool in deed... nice shadow
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01/30/2004 11:39:30 AM
i like this picture extremely .... it's not just the picture itself. the title 'heaven & hell' really generates feelings in me ... it's a really cool picture.
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01/30/2004 10:43:33 AM
Definitely one of my favorites in the challenge. I like the little star-bursts on the statue, I like the "halo" around the shadow, and I love the composition and colors. Congratulations! 10.
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01/29/2004 05:00:07 PM
I like the shadow, but not the statue, and all the twinkling is an overkill IMO
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01/28/2004 05:16:29 PM
I like the mutiple points of light reflecting off the figurine.
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01/28/2004 06:20:22 AM
Very interesting contrast.
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01/27/2004 09:42:38 PM
Love the star lights and the glow around the shadow. Very nicely done.
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01/27/2004 12:27:12 PM
Excellent! The background shadow is amazing. I love how it glows. Something about the trophy throws me off a little though. Maybe a little oversharpened? Not sure, but overall very cool picture! 8
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01/26/2004 11:14:37 PM
Starlight filters rarely work - but this one really has - I love it - 3 seperate images from 1 image. It has really worked. My only concern is, as you may have guessed from the amount of discussion on the forum re "painting with light" is whether it is painting with light.
Having been lucky enough to judge what is now a few hundred competitions in the last 30 years I feel I should say the first thing that happens is that they are sorted and any that do not immediatly seem to fit the category are dumped (hard but a fact). This is why so many competitions also run an "open category". Your picture, as impressive as it is, would, I feel have been rejected at this stage. "Painting with Light" has a fairly tight definition in photography but still allows a lot of lattitude for creativity.
I suspect that your scores may not reflect what the picture is worth which is a great shame. I believe if I was judging in another category I would have gone for an 8 possibly a 9 because you have managed to get those highlights working so well.
I do hope you understand my reasons for marking it down
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01/26/2004 10:48:57 PM
Love the color tones, lighting and actually I pretty much like everything about it. 10
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01/26/2004 01:20:42 PM
Nicely done. The shadow alone would be an interesting shot.
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01/26/2004 10:01:51 AM
that is a wicked shot, nicely done 8
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01/26/2004 09:18:05 AM
awesome shadows!!...also love the sparkles, a very nice composition that leaves little to be desired -8
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01/26/2004 07:45:17 AM
What I loke most about the picture is the cool glow around the shadow of the statue!
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01/26/2004 12:18:21 AM
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