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Slave to the Light Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
Slave to the Light
Slave to the Light
For this image, I used a portable photocell sensitive wide angle flash unit I had just received in the mail. Popped a couple batteries into it and set my tripod up in my living room. I then moved across the room, and set the camera to manual focus. I dropped a penny on the floor to mark my position, then focused the camera on the tripod head, mounted the camera on tripod, then use a 10 second timer to return to where I dropped the penny. I just had enough time to turn the portable flash unit on and strike this random post when the cameras shutter released, and the camera mounted flash activated the one in my hand, creating the dramatic shadows pictured here.
Transferring the resulting image to Photoshop, I carefully created a layer mask, and replaced the background with a series of created clouds with a variety of layer density and opacity effects. Then I added a shimmering glow ring around the already brilliant remote flash unit.

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Peggy Pfister
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    Very creative! Congrats on your finalist!

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1/23/2013 6:59:25 PM

Usman M. Bajwa
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Cool and effective, Brian. CONGRATZ!


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1/23/2013 11:50:50 PM

Kathryn Wesserling
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Way cool as usual, Brian! Good "lesson" too. Congratulations and Good Luck for the next round.

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1/24/2013 2:04:51 AM

Irene Colling
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Creative idea Brian.

Congratulaions on your finalist.

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1/30/2013 2:56:37 PM

Merna L. Nobile
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2003

Are you amazed at the vivid colors, sharpness and composition of your photographs? Well the judges are, CONGRATULATIONS you are a winner for the month of December, 2012!

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2/2/2013 12:28:57 PM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2006

Congratulations on your fantastic 2nd Place Winner Brian! I must say that is unique!

jo ann c.

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8/2/2013 5:49:59 PM

Phyllis H. Burchett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/29/2003

Fantastic work Brian, congrats!

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8/4/2013 7:34:41 AM

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