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Candles in the Wind
Candles in the Wind

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Negative Space (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-S70
Location: Bedford, MA
Date: Sep 10, 2002
Aperture: f2.0
ISO: 141
Shutter: 1/90
Date Uploaded: Sep 12, 2002

My daughter helped me light the candles numerous times, then she blew them out while I pressed the button - it took about 20 tries ...

Place: 120 out of 218
Avg (all users): 5.1104
Avg (commenters): 5.5556
Avg (participants): 5.1400
Avg (non-participants): 5.0852
Views since voting: 808
Votes: 326
Comments: 21
Favorites: 0

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09/23/2002 07:48:00 AM
Thank you to all who commented - and to voters. This was indeed intended to be a symbolic representation of the events commemorated that week. I was not able to set up an indoor studio under controlled conditions, so I had to use my deck. I would have preferred less wind. Timing was tough. I agree it would have been better with more smoke. The white specks are reflections of the flash from distant wet leaves - they were unintentional and unavoidable, and yet they might also be viewed as symbolic.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/22/2002 07:42:00 PM
This is interesting. My first impression was the twin towers. Funny how our conciousness changes because of an event. It was a good choice to do b & w imo. The image could use a little snappier focus, perhaps using a sharpening tool in a photo editing program. The smoke is a nice touch. The obvious would have been to leave them burning and show the flame. But you chose a nice, unique approach by using the smoke. I recently tried a picture using smoke, and mine wasn't very effective. You did a good job. It meets the challenge for neg space too. The few spots are distracting and make me wonder what they are. Good luck in the challenge! Grayce aka Gracious
09/21/2002 05:43:00 PM
Extremely good 9-11 reference. Probably too heavy on the space. 6
09/21/2002 01:55:00 AM
Are those stars in the background? Nice shot. 6
09/20/2002 02:07:00 PM
Not sure if it would have been possible or effective, but if you could have taken the picture just as the smoke was rising, so that the background wasn't smokey, it may have given more impact to the negative space, I think. karmat
09/20/2002 12:03:00 AM
wow looks like the twin towers with the flames going out
09/19/2002 09:20:00 AM
09/19/2002 12:40:00 AM
Interesting! nice 9/11 effect. I like that :) good use of the sky at night, very abstract. Excellent. 10 paganini
09/18/2002 07:09:00 PM
Great idea, reminds of my old office. Definetly a high vote.
09/18/2002 12:23:00 PM
Interesting and like the smoke and "stars".
6, Kavey
09/17/2002 09:49:00 PM
I'm not sure whether this is intentional or not... but I'll bet I'm not the only one who is reminded of the World Trade Center by this one (not meaning to be disrespectful here in any way... but I can't help but see their image here)? In any case, I like this a lot.
09/17/2002 01:45:00 PM
great concept!
09/17/2002 12:02:00 PM
Shame about the bright specks.
09/17/2002 02:08:00 AM
Composition: 6
Lighting: 5,
Appeal: 5, Total Rating 6 Sulamk
09/16/2002 10:39:00 PM
interesting concept :) I have never actually tried to capture smoke before :) - jmsetzler
09/16/2002 08:04:00 PM
I'd have preferred to see the candles burning and no additional light.
09/16/2002 07:35:00 PM
very cool use of - space :)
09/16/2002 07:11:00 PM
what are those white specks? not bad overall.
09/16/2002 03:32:00 PM
This is a nice photo, and I like how you have it with smoke rather than the flames. I feel that this is a good interpretation of negative space. I wonder what the white spots all over are? Your negative space seems to be occupied, however, I don't think that takes away from the photo at all. Is this a WTC reference? That just occurred to me, with the one candle a bit taller than the other, the smoke and the debris (the white spots). Overall nice photo. Good luck in the challenge. ~Hbunch7187~
09/16/2002 12:51:00 PM
very cool. why does the background have those white spots? that would be my only complaint. cmcvety.
09/16/2002 11:00:00 AM
A little too much space in this one...a critique I've been choking on too. I'm seeing why more now than when I submitted. A little extra noise by the candles too, or so I'm seeing.

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