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Marriage | by jcoterhals
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After yesterday's misanthropic view on love -- my rather cruel and unusual picture "Divorce" -- I today return to my roots: The cliché.


(Update: When done reading this, have a look at my "Marriage Revisited" photo as well)


This photo is yet another attempt to follow the #TwPhCh group (Twitter Photo Challenge) here on Flickr. This week's challenge is "rundt" which is norwegian for both round/circular and around.


Here I've used all the cliché's possible: Love, circle of life, the bible, etc. The Bible is even open at the end of chapter 13 of Paul's letter to the Corinthians. You know the quote: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love" (1 Corinthians 13:13).


But even so: It's a beautiful quote, and I cannot help but feel that the combination of elements looks rather good. Even though we all have seen these kinds of pictures before.


Technical data:


Shot with a cheap 70-300 mm tele zoom with 1:2 macro capabilites. That lens is pleasantly soft.


A flash is place a couple of meters behind and a meter above the ring, pointing down towards the book. The distance is big enough to create harsh shadows. The flash was gelled with a CTO filter to emulate sunset light.


ISO 100, manual exposure, 1/60 and f/8.0. TTL on flash, no compensation. The external flash was triggered by a flash on camera. No flash output from the on-camera flash. I actually thought the sunset effect was too obvious after processing the picture, so I desaturated the picture just a little in Photoshop Elements before uploading it here.


BTW: The ring's the same as on yesterday's picture. But I think the ring likes to model for this picture better than the last :-)


Update: The day after posting this I reached #273 on Explore (May 25), reached #111 the day after that and #57 on day three. Best after that: #50. It's been fun following this development; I think I've learned something about the Interestingness algorithm along the way. Anyway, thanks to everyone who has commented this picture and favorited it.


Update 2: I got third place in this week's Twitter Photo Challenge with this picture. Thanks to everyone who voted for my picture.

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Taken on May 25, 2009