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Nico Blue
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Peace<br>1st Place <br>Nico Blue
Jan 16, 2005 Nico blue

1st Place
Nico Blue

Im back (with another stylized self portrait)! I had a wonderful vacation and hope everyone did so as well!

I did a 15 second exposure - first 10 seconds I waved the chinese sign for peace with a flashlight in a dark room, then I switched on the lights (the switch was carefully position in front of me) and held a pose for 5 second. Lots of fun I hope everyone gets a chance to try it, oh and I learnt some chinese as well :-)

Canon PowerShot G5
f/8, 15 secs, iso 50 full exif

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Guest 19-Jan-2005 05:34
Thanks everybody! Your comments really means a lot to me.

Paul - I certainly didnt get this the first time. I didnt even have this idea when I started. It just came to me when I was waving the light in front of the camera to see what happens. I had about 20 outtakes of this image then selected the best one on the computer. It was actually really fun to take in retrospect... sometimes the light switch wouldnt turn on, and other times my timing with the writing would be really way off.

theFly - I used a piece of think paper to cover it between strokes, much easier than turning on and off, but same concept. Held flashlight in right hand, held paper in left hand (and thank goodness the G5 has a remote!)

ctfchallenge17-Jan-2005 19:29
Nico, I was just wondering why we hadn't heard from you in awhile, and here you are, dazzling all of us once more.

Mary Anne
Richard Hopkins 17-Jan-2005 18:28
Just echoing everyone else really. A very original shot superbly executed.
ctfchallenge17-Jan-2005 17:36
Nico, Very well done. Did you turn the flashlight on and off between strokes? theFly
PhotoNUT 17-Jan-2005 16:59
Awesome, very good job!!!
Canon DSLR Challenge17-Jan-2005 16:49
Nico that is just wonderful! ~ Lonnit
iso320017-Jan-2005 13:00
You know this isn't half bad at all :) Fantastic colours and great for taking the theme and running with it.
Paul Donovan 17-Jan-2005 09:55
Really different, really creative, if you got it right first time then I envy you, if you spent hours patiently getting it right then I envy you too! Awesome.
Rod 17-Jan-2005 09:05
I never thought I would see one of those mostly silly "waving a light source in front the camera" shots that turns out to be a great shot. Well you did it Nico, with your self portrait looking just fantastic. As Blade said, we hate you:-)
blademeister 17-Jan-2005 08:46
excellent nico. I envy your talent and creativity.