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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.

    Eirik Helland Urke, Valerie Peters, and 77 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. jcoterhals 60 months ago | reply

      mrjorgen: Glad for å høre at du likte bildet mitt. Også artig at du tolker det som en kristenklisje, til tross for at de bærende metaforene er hjerter og ring her. Selv tenker jeg som så at kristendommen *ikke* har monopol på de to. Men det er selvsagt ikke til å komme unna at de to hviler på Korinterbrevet. Uansett: Takk for kommentar og fine ord.

    2. jcoterhals 60 months ago | reply

      trovany: Gracias por sus amables palabras, y también para mi gusto la foto. Lo siento decir que estas palabras se traducen por Google Translate, pero espero que esté en condiciones de comprender que soy gracias :-)

    3. abg syed 60 months ago | reply

      brilliant!! instant fav..

    4. redrocker_9 60 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shine on that ring!
      Charmingly seen in:

      Stars, Hearts and Lucky Charms

    5. mrjorgen 59 months ago | reply

      He he, det er bare jeg som er vanskelig når det gjelder kristenklisjé eller ei. Jeg er enig i at kristendommen ikke har monopol på symbolene ring og hjerte, men jeg gror horn, spiss hale og masse hår på ryggen hver gang jeg ser en bibel. ;)

    6. ramblinglibrarian 55 months ago | reply

      Thanks for this lovely image. I was looking for a CC-licensed image to go with a song I composed. This is perfect. My song is here, if you care to listen. "Circle of Love":

    7. Geniebell [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Eternally yours... by admin invitation only ~ Post 1 - Award 2, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    8. Geniebell [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

      Beautiful, thank you!

      Eternally 1quot;
      Seen in:
      Eternally yours... (Post 1 - Award 2)

    9. jamiepatersonphotography 52 months ago | reply

      great depth of field on this photo. well done.

      Jamie Paterson

    10. dawntoduskcakes 50 months ago | reply

      Love this photo!!!

    11. c1collins 46 months ago | reply

      This picture is more than just a ring in a book. The ring symbolizes the unity between a couple and the everlasting bond the two will share. The rings shadow, shaped in a heart between the two pages, suggests that this bond reveals two different people that meet in the middle to share in a love that is true. The ring displays signs of wear and tear which suggests this marriage has lived and will continue to be a love that lives on for forever.

    12. Renate Jensen 44 months ago | reply

      Vældi bra! Sånn bilde har æ å løst te å prøve m æ på å ta en dag, utrulig stilig :)))

    13. CLIConline 43 months ago | reply

      This is such a beautiful and well-captured image. We've used it in an article on our website written by a young girl.

      I hope this is alright (with have attributed you and linked to your Flickr page). You can find the article below:

      Please email me at dan[at] if you wish me to take it down or change anything.

    14. verdy12 21 months ago | reply

      I wanted to let you know that I added this photo on my christian marriage books page.

      Thank you for such a great photo!!

    15. cbarnhardt 15 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the photo.

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