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Apr 5, 2005

Apr 5, 2005

I was snapping pictures of this candle, Elaine walked by..."why don't you light the candle?"


Much better, but still hard to get a shot of a flame that is not overexposed. The secret is ambient light other than the flame. It would be good to have a camera with manual settings, too.

I'll save my money. After the driveway repairs, the house trim painted, the carpeting in the livingroom and up the stairs. And all the little emergencies in between.

After I posted this I noticed the composition is not centered, the horizon slopes, and the detail I saw while in Elements certainly didn't make it to PBase.

Who's idea was it to do this PaD thing, anyway?!

Olympus D-580Z
1/3s f/3.7 at 9.4mm iso100 full exif

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Guest 21-Apr-2005 15:28
Beautiful image!!!
Cindy08-Apr-2005 22:53
LOL Don, and you have such a looooong ways to go. I agree about getting the flame so it isn't blown out, it is even tough in manual mode, believe me. :-)
Ian Stickland07-Apr-2005 06:55
The 'wonkiness' is easily fixed! I do like the framing of the candle and the complimentary colour of the background, makes for a very pleasing image.
Sheena Woodhead06-Apr-2005 22:18
I like this Don, it is very creative. I love the colours and the way you have presented it. Excellent.
Lisa Schlender06-Apr-2005 22:07
Very nice shot, Don. I love the warmth to it. And I also did
not even notice the slant until you mentioned it. I really like it!
Gail Davison06-Apr-2005 21:42
This is very beautiful. I didn't even notice it wasn't straight until you pointed it out. It IS a good shot.
Simon06-Apr-2005 17:55
I always look forward to getting back and checking your PAD shot Don.
The commentaries are always superb and your shots innovative.
Keep up the good work.
Pepe Zyman06-Apr-2005 16:17
LOL! We all get frustrated once in a while!
Nice shot!
Guest 06-Apr-2005 12:53
Nice work. I know the frustration of working with less than perfect equipment. :-)
Neal Nye06-Apr-2005 12:19
We can level the horizon in our brains and just sit back and admire this. The candle is dazzlingly bright and the background tones so soft and subtle, as if it were monumental in size against the evening sky. Very. very nice.
David Clunas06-Apr-2005 11:01
Very hard to get this type of subject spot on first time round. I think you've done a great job here, the image holds together well, nice one.
laine8206-Apr-2005 09:45
Love it, even with it's tiny flaws. Thumbs up, Elaine ;>)
Johan Toll06-Apr-2005 07:17
Very nice, Don. I think it is a japanese feel to this candlestick :)
spydahman06-Apr-2005 05:49
Candle shots always look great : )
Robin Reid06-Apr-2005 05:41
LOL @ "who thought up PaD in the first place"
Well done image. It is simple and stirring.
whiskey0106-Apr-2005 05:23
Beautiful shot,
Dave Wyman06-Apr-2005 04:08
Nice photo.
Gayle P. Clement06-Apr-2005 03:22
This is a very nice shot. The candlelight adds just the right touch.
Elaine (etfitz)06-Apr-2005 02:30
Nice composition!
Gary Hebert06-Apr-2005 02:20
Very creative Don, I like the comp and tones... and the storyline is cute.
Tom Darby06-Apr-2005 01:37
Whoooaa! Cool your heels there buddy! This is a great shot :)
We tend to be our own worst critic, but I like the effect you got here.
Coleen Perilloux Landry06-Apr-2005 01:33
Quit cricitizing it--it is lovely and the glow is wonderful.
Gary Winters06-Apr-2005 00:43
Simply lovely.
Chris06-Apr-2005 00:37
Nice shot. Hreat composotion and lighting. :)