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A Light in the Darkness

Post by Bob Yankle » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:58 pm

This image is the basis for my Avatar. It was one of the few times I used my Canon 50mm f/1.4 for its light collection capabilities. Shot with a tripod very early in the morning so as to catch some ambient light from the window. To get the shot I had to boost my ISO to 800, knowing that my noise level would probably skyrocket. It turns out that grainy photos don't bother me so much as long as I get sharp details in an image. That was what I was striving for here.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:48 pm

I've always loved this shot. I think you've returned to it a time or two. For me it is perfect. I love the rising, splaying shadows cast by the etching on the glass. Your title is perfect too. (Y)
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Post by Bob Yankle » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:41 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:I've always loved this shot. I think you've returned to it a time or two. For me it is perfect. I love the rising, splaying shadows cast by the etching on the glass. Your title is perfect too. (Y)
You're right about having seen this before Chuck. I've discovered some new software tricks that allowed me to enhance this to the point where I was getting detailed color separation in the etched glass and in the shadows. This is finally where I wanted it to go.

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Post by Duck » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:45 pm

I've always enjoyed this image ever since I saw it in your avatar. I'm glad you posted the larger version. It has a fantasy feel to it, like walking through an Elven forest. The light is gorgeous but I do prefer the cropping in your avatar better.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:35 pm

Bob Yankle wrote:This image is the basis for my Avatar. It was one of the few times I used my Canon 50mm f/1.4 for its light collection capabilities. Shot with a tripod very early in the morning so as to catch some ambient light from the window. To get the shot I had to boost my ISO to 800, knowing that my noise level would probably skyrocket. It turns out that grainy photos don't bother me so much as long as I get sharp details in an image. That was what I was striving for here.


Bob, Really enchanting. Nicely done. I am not sure if I prefer this or your avatar; this has more red, the avatar more yellow. I go back and forth; each has a different moody effect on me. This one speaks of a warm fire in a mountain lodge with snow falling outside. The avatar suggest very early spring tapping on the window. Keep both for our many seasons. It is good to have you on this site. Matt
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Post by minniev » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:31 pm

Bob Yankle wrote:This image is the basis for my Avatar. It was one of the few times I used my Canon 50mm f/1.4 for its light collection capabilities. Shot with a tripod very early in the morning so as to catch some ambient light from the window. To get the shot I had to boost my ISO to 800, knowing that my noise level would probably skyrocket. It turns out that grainy photos don't bother me so much as long as I get sharp details in an image. That was what I was striving for here.

Very nice in either version. You prove once again that interesting photos do not require exotic travel but merely an exotic imagination and the skill to turn your vision into an image. It's intriguing, forces you to look and think about what it actually is, but best of all it's inspiring to make us think outside the box.
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Post by St3v3M » Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:59 am

I love this for its power and simplicity, beauty and elegance. I agree too that I go back and forth between this and your avatar, and now that I've read it that it reminds me of a time long ago when knights and elves roamed the land. It's odd I don't use my 50 as much as I thought I would. Was your depth of field shallow here?

And I hope you don't mind, but I wonder what you think of a Singles Challenge based on this? S-
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