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  #244 Shadows of the Unseen
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Shadows of Lights       ©2021 Maike13
Sony DSC-RX100M7       5th place, 100 points
?, f3.2, ?, 27mm, Normal Program, Average, no flash
Post-Processing: Combined multiple exposures of the same shot using Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 plug-in in Photoshop. Adjusted brightness and contrast. Downsized and Sharpened       Extra Info: A large mirror in our bathroom has a set of five vanity lights mounted above it. Here, a flashlight pointed upwards casts shadows of the lampshades and mounting plate and brackets onto the ceiling. The darker shadows are caused by light coming directly from the flashlight, while the lighter shadows are from light reflected off the mirror. Bracketed exposures of the same shot were combined using the Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 plug-in in Photoshop.
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Apr 20, 2021
    Congratulations on an interesting combination of shadows.

Apr 19, 2021
    Fifth or Sixth? Well I voted it 2nd. Congrats on your top 5 finish.
Edited on Apr 19, 2021

Apr 19, 2021
    Thanks ysal but you're too kind. I couldn't get the flashlight quite as far away from the lights as I would have liked, which resulted in some ghosting around the edges of the lower row of shadows which I find a bit distracting. I'd have voted my entry fifth or maybe even sixth.

Apr 19, 2021
    My #1 all the way.

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Apr 19, 2021
    Thanks for all the great comments. I was wandering around our house shining a flashlight at anything and everything to see if it produced any shadows usable for the challenge, and was really surprised when a simple light fixture, coupled with the mirror, produced such complicated shadows. So not as much a great eye (ysal), as panicky perseverance, a little luck, and a dash of desperation, as the challenge deadline approached. The light fixture is a cheap, mass produced item and not assembled completely symmetrically (breadmaker), at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it :-). Love the idea of the dancing stick figures carrying huge balloons (aoc46). (Mepo) I do have a version with the bottom cropped as you describe but decided I liked this crop marginally better. How to crop my entries always gives me fits though. I can never quite decide what looks best.

Apr 19, 2021
    An imaginative photo. Well-executed. A fav.

Apr 18, 2021
    An interesting, almost scientific study of lighting, with lots of detail.

Apr 17, 2021
    I love this. What a great eye to find it. Layers of shadows are beautiful.

Apr 17, 2021
    I like the double shadow effect, and the variety of tones. Interesting shapes.

Apr 17, 2021
    Clever idea, well-executed. Makes me think of stick figures on a stage, dancing with big, egg-shaped balloons.

Apr 17, 2021
    Jam packed with shadows! Interesting patterns. Very creative.

Apr 16, 2021
    An interesting composition. I like it better when I crop away the cabinet entirely. Well done.

Apr 16, 2021
    Striking image with the symmetry very slightly off. In my TT for sure

Apr 16, 2021
    a great shot

Apr 16, 2021
    I love how the flashlight and the mirror create the interplay of double, overlapping shadows. They create a very pleasing and interesting abstract.
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