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Challenge: Oxymoron ll (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2010 challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Date: Aug 17, 2010
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: Aug 17, 2010

[Aug. 18th, 2010 03:28:34 PM]

Ok -- my head is officially starting to reel now.

I wanted to enter something, but I kept looking at the oxymorons throughout the week (the lists, not the people :) but I just couldn't figure out what to do with any of them. It also seemed like a large number on the lists just weren't what I considered an oxymoron. Like evaporated milk. Once I started thinking about it, I figured that yes, I guess it was. And on the last day I got the idea for this picture.

The pile of stuff is sugar. I didn't think flour would work, because I wanted some texture to it. The smoke is from an incense thingy hidden behind the sugar. (I put it on a piece of wax paper so that it didn't get on to the velvet. Though I started wondering whether my velvet could possibly catch on fire. I'd only done one other smoke picture, and my husband was helping at that point, so I had someone to pay attention to when it started burning low. Since I'd already burned the kitchen in our prior house (not due to photography, though), I figured it would be nice not to catch this house on fire. So I had a large cup of water ready, just in case. Luckily -- no fire.)

The lighting is natural lighting from a side window and the smoke is lit with a flash shot from the same side. (but pointed up at an angle so that it didn't add much, if any, light on the sugar. Ooooh! Now that I think about it, I wonder if salt would have worked better...?)

When I was finished, I thought the shot was interesting, though I've seen some beautiful smoke shots on DPC, and figured it couldn't stand up to those. But I was worried whether people would consider it an oxymoron. I showed my husband, he said "that's not an oxymoron." I told him to think about it, and he said that he guesses it could be one, but he thought I'd get hit for it. I thought the same thing, and waited for morning to see how badly I'd get hit.

I'm still waiting. I woke up to 6.4 this morning. It's now up to 6.8269 at 52 votes, and it keeps going up! I'm sure the bottom will drop out soon, but I thought I'd write this missive while it was so much fun to think about!

I think it's going to be a very long week! :D

You read all of this? Wow! I'm surprised! Rather long winded, wasn't it?

Place: 8 out of 87
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Views during voting: 382
Votes: 173
Comments: 13
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08/29/2010 08:31:12 AM
Nice concept :- )
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08/25/2010 11:50:36 AM
Congratulations, Wendy. Lovely lighting, great shot.
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08/25/2010 08:43:11 AM
One of the more imaginative clever entries. I had it pegged as a ribbon winner.
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08/25/2010 03:58:26 AM
Much better and more original than military intelligence :). Great shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/24/2010 10:16:10 PM
Great image, superbly done.
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08/23/2010 12:23:18 PM
love it
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08/21/2010 12:09:07 PM
This photo really takes the cake a true description of an oxymoron. I also love the tones and the editing
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08/21/2010 07:27:50 AM
Well taken and fairly good idea.
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08/19/2010 09:03:19 PM
Ha, nice! I see a ribbon here...
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08/18/2010 09:07:07 PM
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08/18/2010 10:09:50 AM
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08/18/2010 09:09:21 AM
Great image. Not til I looked it up, would I have considered that a true oxymoron, but it was on a list, so I guess I'm dumb. LOL 9
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08/18/2010 08:42:46 AM
Wow - 10
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