Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Flames: Photo A Day - Something Beginning With F

Day 7 of "May Photo A Day Challenge" : Something Beginning with 'F'


For today's prompt, there were dozens of things I could choose from - more food or flowers, fish (my sister's glass painting) or fisherman (my mom's peepal-leaf painting), fight or flight (of the pigeons in my area?), fire or fan, fat (my tummy perhaps?) or fit, french fries or a feast (remember that 'Bhindi Bonanza' party?)...!

Unfortunately, I'd already posted about fruit, funny and feet in the previous "Photo A Day" challenge I attempted here! My 'fingers' was yet another idea, wearing all my rings perhaps (I love gold rings), but I realized I needed a manicure first! (Girls with long nails can perhaps do finger-nail-art for today's prompt.)

Eventually, I (once again!) decided to make the best out of what I had in the house. I settled for "flames"... these two over-sized spiral candles placed in a fancy candle-stand that has been in my family for ages! Yeah, I know what you're thinking... "just like that tea-set, this candle-stand is also probably older than her!" You know what... you could be right about that! :P



Anyway, watching the work of so many awesome photographers lately, inspired me to try something new in photography too.

The pictures above were taken in complete darkness, by my 5MP point-and-shoot Canon Powershot A610. I took Dad's help in creating the criss-cross shadow behind the candle-stand. He pointed his cell phone flash at the bamboo sofa in the room. The back of that sofa has this criss-cross weaving design. That's what created that shadow on the wall. I placed the table with the candle-stand directly in front of the shadow.

While taking the picture, I realized that the entire setup was being clearly reflected in the tiled floor in front of the table. So I took this portrait view to capture that reflection as well.



I did have to increase the brightness and contrast (by 10 each) in photoshop, 'coz both the photographs were slightly too dark. Other than that, the pictures are unedited (except for usual cropping and watermarking).


This is my seventh post for 2013 May Photo A Day Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Photo A Day - Broken"

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25 comments:

Rainbow Hues said...

Great pics!! Good work there

Shilpa Garg said...

Wow! You do think a lot for a prompt! Admire this commitment in you!
Wonderful clicks... the one with the shadow on the floor is cool. :)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thanks Kajal! :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thanks Shilpa! Yeah... really had to sweat this one out... and I mean "literally"! 'Coz the flames wouldn't remain steady if the fan's on na! :P

Afshan said...

😀Haha so u had to actually sweat it out
Bful clicks . Specially the second one
Like your creativity

Nandana said...

It's so nice that you went to the effort of staging a whole set-up and getting pictures for this challenge. Kudos. Love the reflection in the second pic.

Smita said...

wow!! u have put in so much effort here & the result is lovely!

Reema Sahay said...

Oh my God, you really put in so much hard work. Applause! And the picture has come out really well.

Meena said...

Lik pic two but most importantly need to c ur daddy's pic.... C'mon show show

Meena said...

My comment disappeared :(. I was saying the only pic I want u to show me is ur dads

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

This is almost spooky. Dark rituals. Sinister, quietly powerful, chill-down-your-spine, like Zoiks! Scooby!

Meena said...

I commented twice here re... this is the third time :(. did all my comments get eaten up.....

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thanks Afshan! Yeah that reflection on the floor was apparently an unexpected bonus for sweating it out! :P

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

@Nandana - Yeah just keep watching and learning. My favorite pastime! :P

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thanks Smita! I'm glad the experiment worked. One day I hope to repeat it with a better camera to see what difference it creates.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thanks Reema. Now it feels totally worth all the trouble! :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

@Meena - Hahahaha ! :D
Wait it must be somewhere here on the blog... let me find and link it from my comment! :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Meena, here's one... Wedding Memoirs ... Dad, standing next to my sister, the day of her wedding...

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Oh yeah, OB! Now you better watch out... 'coz my "bullying" will attain all new levels, combined with my new "dark powers"! :D :D :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Oops! Wrong smiley OB... I meant these...
=)) =)) =))

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Meena, aren't u getting that "your comment will be published after approval" message.? It shows up in a yellow rectangle, just above the comment box. As long as that message pops up after you click on publish, your comment is in safe hands... slow maybe, but definitely safe! :P

Meena said...

Tell ur dad that hes a definite sweetheart plzzzz!!!! N errr I dono how i missed tht comment approval msg :-/

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Hahaha! I sure will, Meena! :D

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Oh no :(

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Oh yes, OB :D

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