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Candle & shadow
Candle & shadow by Helen in Wales
Candle & shadow, a photo by Helen in Wales on Flickr.

4/52 for the group 52 of 2012

This week's theme: Shadow

Unfortunately, it has been grey, drizzly and overcast all week. I did glimpse a lovely shadow of a tree driving home from Welsh class on Wednesday, but the sun only broke through the cloud for a minute or two and anyway I didn't have the DSLR with me.

So... it was back to the still lifes.

I was playing around with this candle and some ornaments, trying to get a good shadow on the wall when I realised that the candle had its own rather appealing star shadow. :)

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lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: January 26th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been having much the same dilemma. If the sun doesn't come out this weekend, I'll be forced to get creative too. ;)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 27th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had problems with this theme last year, even though it came a little later in the year. In the end I hit lucky and there was a sunny spell that enabled me to take this shot. But this week there was absolutely no chance.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: January 27th, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, I love that shot!

The sun is supposed to come out this weekend. We'll see!
carl_allery From: carl_allery Date: January 26th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
The shadow is certainly striking, but what I really like is the light within the glass and especially the exposure on the candle flame itself. Really nice job.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 27th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to admit that it took two shots with two different exposures to create this image. Most of the photo was just as it came from the camera with minimal tweaking, just a tiny bit of brightening and not even a crop. But the detail was lost in the flame and the top of the candle because that part was overexposed. So I took another shot on manual settings with the exposure corrected for the flame. A bit of fiddling in PhotoShop to combine the two, and voila! Correct exposure for the whole thing.

Needless to say I had the camera on a tripod so it didn't move between shots.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: January 27th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I like that shadow!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 27th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'd tried doing more complicated things but in the end I think the simplicity works.
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