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Divine Prophet Child
3rd PlaceDivine Prophet Child
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Challenge: DPC Cinema II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Nikon
Location: Chifu Estate
Date: Oct 17, 2009
Aperture: F4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 3 seconds
Galleries: DPChallenge GTGs, Children
Date Uploaded: Oct 18, 2009

I thought I would include a description of how I did this, as it is quite fun and easy to do, and get consistent results. I used 3 Nikon speedlights to accomplish this. One behind my son with a blue gel to give him a bit of an outline (I wish it had come out all the way around his hood, but couldn’t quite get it before his patience ran out). One rubber-banded to his right arm behind the crystal ball, and one in a softbox at 10 o’clock.

I got the light trails by taking a 3-second exposure of him standing in front of a 26-floor apartment block at night. I started the exposure zoomed in to 50mm on my 17-50mm lens, pressed the shutter and slowly zoomed out to 17mm to create the light zoom trails from the window lights. At the end of the zoom, I manually set off the flashes to light him.

Thank you all for your comments. Inspired now to try one while zooming and rotating the camera :)

@citymars, yep, those two 1 votes really killed me, but I really hope the low votes were not for the reasons you suggest. That would be a sad day for photography, creativity and DPC.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 82
Avg (all users): 6.8511
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 7.1282
Avg (non-participants): 6.7451
Views since voting: 4479
Views during voting: 396
Votes: 141
Comments: 40
Favorites: 11 (view)


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11/01/2009 10:30:58 PM
Well done Chief. Keep up the good work!
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11/01/2009 11:31:46 AM
My guess on the 1s is that they thought you cheated to get this effect. Take it as a compliment. :)
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10/31/2009 09:15:14 AM
Congratulations on the yellow ribbon, did anyone mention he kind of looks like Harry Potter? Great shot.
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10/30/2009 02:04:08 PM
Great idea! Nice execution.
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10/30/2009 09:04:10 AM
Thanks for your encouragement everyone. Thrilled that this has ribboned and my son is particularly proud now :0)
10/30/2009 04:05:13 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon - very well deserved :)
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10/29/2009 09:14:22 PM
I'm glad you ribboned now, this is a fabulous piece of art, well deserved podium finish; thanks for the description and photo details.
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10/29/2009 07:57:37 PM
Congratulations, this is very well done. Excellent work.
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10/29/2009 07:15:35 PM
I didn't vote but this one certainly stood out in the crowd. Congrats on your ribbon!
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10/29/2009 07:04:40 PM
Congrats to you. Finely executed concept!
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10/29/2009 06:27:57 PM
Congrats on the ribbon! (btw, I expected this one to take red when I voted!! I thought it was remarkably well done, and very movie-poster-ish!)
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10/29/2009 05:17:25 PM
Congrats on your ribbon. Great photo. 9 from me.
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10/26/2009 12:44:08 PM
Great use of light. Congrats on your HM.

Raj
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10/26/2009 11:50:56 AM
Couldn't vote but admire your technical abilities. Your son does resemble Harry.
Excellent result!
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10/26/2009 11:48:29 AM
I'm so glad this did well. (No telling for certain, but I'm guessing the odd low votes are from people who object to crystal balls or other magical symbols, especially when combined with the word "Divine" in the title.)

And thanks for your detailed explanation of your technique.
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10/26/2009 11:15:28 AM
Well done! Congrats!
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10/26/2009 10:46:33 AM
Thanks all for your comments and encouragement. My son loves the photo and has been waiting for the challenge to finish so that he can use it for his Facebook profile pic :)
10/26/2009 08:07:58 AM
Fantastic. You make want to go and buy a crystal ball and try this for myself.
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10/26/2009 01:56:56 AM
Amazing image. You and your son have a lot of patience, glad it paid off. He has a great expression on his face, it fits the mood exactly. Congrats on your HM.
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10/26/2009 12:23:20 AM
Great image, congrat's on your HM.
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10/26/2009 12:08:00 AM
Wonderful execution. Huge congrats on the HM
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10/26/2009 12:04:07 AM
Very clever, might try that! Congrats on fourth place! What's with the two 1's.....! Jeez
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/25/2009 11:05:47 PM
very clever i like the lightwork in this
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10/25/2009 10:38:15 PM
Looks like a poster, could possibly be a movie title, neat effect. well done.
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10/25/2009 09:55:48 PM
Fun! This looks like a movie my kids would see. I loooooooooove that crystal ball!
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10/25/2009 06:02:07 PM
This really works well....good job. 10
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10/21/2009 11:11:07 AM
This is really fun - sortve a Sci-Fi meets Harry Potter feel! 9
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10/21/2009 10:34:11 AM
Must see movie.
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10/20/2009 01:32:16 PM
I love it- this is my number one for the challenge
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10/20/2009 12:59:35 AM
I think I'd consider watching that movie.
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10/19/2009 08:39:33 PM
Very creative!!
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10/19/2009 08:26:51 PM
Reminds me of Harry Potter, Good work. I like the trailing lights and composition of this image.
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10/19/2009 06:48:00 PM
Very awesome effect. I'm guessing you strobe flashed the Harry Potter look-a-like, then zoomed in.
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10/19/2009 06:41:29 PM
Neat effect!
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10/19/2009 04:39:41 PM
Horrible theme, but it works as a poster for a horrible movie. :)
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10/19/2009 12:54:18 PM
nice setup and editing and nice title meeting the challenge 8
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10/19/2009 08:52:12 AM
Harry Potter and Star Wars rolled into one. LOL Cool effect.
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10/19/2009 07:03:25 AM
Very effective technique - pop a flash and zoom? The title is credible as a movie and your image matches it very well. Simple, direct, relevant composition and great technicals conspire to make this a very effective piece of work.

This will do very well.
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10/19/2009 01:12:53 AM
I don't know how you did this within the ruleset, but I will give you the benefit of the doubt...
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10/19/2009 12:32:54 AM
well done
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