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Old Jan 26, 2008, 4:48 PM   #1
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This was just an idea that I had this afternoon. It was another uncharacteristically cold day here so I decided to stay indoors. As I looked at the fireplace in the family room and the candle arrangement in the coffee table in front of it, this shot came to mind. Any comments on these ??

As I've said before, I am sooooo pleased with the K100D. In this one, by the way, I used the 18-55 AF lens that came with the camera and a Cokin 8X Star filter that's been in my collection since the early film days more than 25 years ago.

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Old Jan 26, 2008, 5:13 PM   #2
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pictures are pretty small, and the first one says it is unavailable. any way to post something that is a little larger?
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Old Jan 26, 2008, 5:40 PM   #3
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Here athey are, resized a little larger

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Old Jan 26, 2008, 5:43 PM   #4
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ahh cool! that filter really gives them a great effect. not sure about the fireplace in the 2nd shot. i'd either increase the DOF or take the fireplace out all together and reframe. but i do like the composition of the first shot.
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Brian,

Great idea, the star filter does wonders. I would take the fireplace out and center the candles in the shot. Just a suggestion.



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Old Jan 26, 2008, 5:55 PM   #6
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Hmmmm...

Might just try the candles without the fireplace...I like the idea

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Old Jan 26, 2008, 7:15 PM   #7
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First is wonderful to look at. The second one taken at that angle would be better taken with the fireplace out altogether.
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Old Jan 26, 2008, 8:06 PM   #8
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Very cool. Is the blue on the votive's from another light source?
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Brian

The first image is very successful, the candles form a strong diagonal element that leads you to the fireplace which is nicely placed at the intersection of vertical and horizontal thirds. The blue sparkle on the candle holders adds contrasting colour to a scene that is mostly somewhat "warmer" in colour. Balance is a concept that I have always had trouble with but this firstphotograph has that balance, the second does not.

The second image does not have the focus of the first, it has pleasing elements but lacksa sense of cohesion. Bothpictures have avoided the "bullseye" so common in snapshots, but the second image needs a different approach.

Very well done on the first shot.

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I won't argue with everyone else - the first one is really neat, and I love the star filter effect. I have a bunch of specialty filters that I've never really used much (for the most part they were my father's). Maybe I should get them out and play with them some more - this effect is very pleasing.
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