Burning My Candle at Both Ends

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    Active Assignment Weekly for the week of March 31 to April 6, 2009: Trite But True, Sometimes Cryptic, Pithy Sayings

    WIT: I took a birthday candle and carved a tip on the bottom end then poked a toothpick into the middle of the candle. I then stuck the toothpick/candle into a standing piece of black foamcore. The next step was to set up the camera on the tripod and get ready to turn off the lights. The camera was positioned so that the candle blocked the toothpick from showing. I thought the original needed a bit more character so I added two texture layers in PSE4. I used the eraser tool to remove the texture from the flame and candle portion of the image. The image was then cropped and sharpened a bit before uploading.

    Spooky Night and Decay texture from Ghostbones.

    GhostWorks Texture Competition #8

    Texture with thanks to Ghostbones (via Telzey)

    JD Hancock, MatthewRad, and 14 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. piggley 91 months ago | reply

      really great take on the assignment and photo as well.

    2. fotobird1 91 months ago | reply

      Really nice!!
      I love the texture, colors, your WIT and the expression, nice job!!!

    3. Beat Rice 91 months ago | reply

      I like the general result but what makes this special is the drop of wax at the right end.

    4. redwood 1 91 months ago | reply

      This is really great.

    5. Texas Tongs 91 months ago | reply

      Agree with Beat Rice here, the drop on the right is a nice touch. The texture work is nice too.

    6. nophoto4jojo 91 months ago | reply

      I don't even want to submit a picture now because it won't be able to come close to this one! The black foam looks amazing in the background. Also, very cool candle, and creative way of mounting it! Excellent job!

    7. gfpeck 91 months ago | reply

      Dont think like that jojo! There are tons of ideas to work on and plenty of time. There is a lot of talent in this group. I think the best is yet to come.

    8. coondawg_97 (AKA CrookedNose) 91 months ago | reply

      Chalk up another vote for the dripping wax. Sounds like a fair amount of effort but the result is terrific.

      Seen in the group"Active Assignment Weekly: A mile in my shoes: Win Christopher's" (?)

    9. Canon Camera 91 months ago | reply

      A great idea, well executed.
      The texture has worked really well.

    10. sunnyUK 91 months ago | reply

      I'm normally not a fan of "textures", but in this instance it works great. Really great idea and very well executed.

    11. Charlie Latham Realty 91 months ago | reply

      I like the glow and love the drip.

    12. nophoto4jojo 91 months ago | reply

      Well, this week has a ton of entries I like, but I still come back to this one as my favorite!!! I voted this "Best of Week 1" (from Active Assignment Weekly group).

    13. cyber5 91 months ago | reply

      That birthday candle is way cooler in this photo than it would have been on a cake...great shot. Id give you my vote, but I voted for your other one instead, so its all good.

      Seen in the group"Active Assignment Weekly: Trite But True — VOTING" (?)

    14. sunnyUK 91 months ago | reply

      When I look at the thumbs in the pool, this one stands out as immediately making me think of the the saying. On top of that, it's a really cool photo. So I vote this "Best of Week 2" (from Active Assignment Weekly group).

    15. piggley 91 months ago | reply

      voted best of week 3

    16. MattNJohnson 91 months ago | reply

      I really like the little drip of wax forming on the right side. I also really like the way the candle almost glows from the inside. Nice job!

    17. The Gift of Gifts 82 months ago | reply

      Hi can you kindly post this picture (medium size) for me.
      Light a candle.
      Thank you so much...

      To people of Haiti (Please comment)

    18. pareeerica 79 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called GhostWorks ~ Competition #8 (Post by Apr 14, 5am US EST), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Wonderful work, great to read how you put it all together too :)

    19. Rooted Nomad 68 months ago | reply

      Thanks for making this available under the Creative Commons license.. I used your image on my blog at www.sherylobryan.com/2-speeds. I gave you credit for it and linked back here.

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