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Old Dec 23, 2008, 12:28 PM   #1
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Hey all,
we see these lights (and shadows) only in the holiday season - this is our christmas pyramid, illuminated by 4 candles. ISO200 and ISO800, 1/6s handheld both (to show the rotation), WB=indoor. The 4 candles were the only lightsource for the whole living room at that time. Made a HDR/DRI fromeach of the twoRAW shots to help showing the candles AND the shadows (I was able to seethis with my eyes, sothoughtthat would be ok). A tad sharpening and crop/resize and adaptive blurring were the only other minor adjustments, so no real "artistic" stuff involved.

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Old Dec 23, 2008, 12:30 PM   #2
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This is the ISO800 shot and for some reason the colors look different, although I used the same camera WB setting... which I think is a bit strange. I was laying on the ground to get the right angle for this shot.
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Those are some unique angles!! And you have a very steady hand. I wonder if the color difference could be a reflection off of something close by that only effected the lower angle?

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Those are some unique angles!! And you have a very steady hand. I wonder if the color difference could be a reflection off of something close by that only effected the lower angle?

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As for my "steady hand" - it's not very difficult to lay on the ground and hold the camera above your head in a way, that it can "rest" on your hands and these are "supported" by your head to say so. As for #1 - that was quite a challenge, that's true. I leaned against a chair and that helped. If you were in the army they should have told you some basic tricks for a "steady hand", too. I see no reason not to re-use these gun-shooting technicswith my camera :blah:.

Hm, a reflection? No idea... but these candles were the only lightsource... I wonder where a reflection came from? Maybe I try the shot again and see if I can reproduce this. So far I found that different ISO values result in slightly changed colors, but it was never so visible before.

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That was just a guess with the reflection. I really have no idea:?

Yes the breathing and holding the rifle steady techniques work very well for photography also. (not army but Air Force!!)

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Old Dec 25, 2008, 8:00 PM   #6
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Nice job in both shots. I think the color difference may have been caused by the use of auto white balance. The dominant colors in the two shots are different.

Now, I am wondering where you get pyramid out of this ornament. The primary shape is that of a Christmas tree. Last night we watched a video on an Irish Christmas and there was a scene showing three of these candle-powered, animated displays. The three were different designs but none resembled a pyramid.

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Very nice, Th. You are bringing back childhood memories. When my aunt lived in Switzerland for a while she had sent us one of these. Although, we didn't call it a pyramid. I can't remember what it was called, though.

Not that I know anything about this, but I did notice that the envelopes on the right in the first photo are similar in color as the ceiling in the second. Might be a clue.

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