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Intense Heat

Intense Heat
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Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1984
Categories: Nature, Artwork, Experimental, Mood
Camera: Nikon F3, Nikkor 20mm f/3.5, Ektachrome, B&W contrast filter
Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-23 9:44
Viewed: 2497
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this image in Sonora desert on slide film. Since it was really hot, I wanted to transpose that heat onto film by using a red filter (No.25) normally use to get contrast in B&W photography. The red color is not a PP effect.

Image was shot with a super wide angle to get an exagerated perspective. This way the front cactus gains importance in the FG and the sun is reduced in size.

When shooting wide angle lens with small aperture, any small light source will have a tendency to create light rays. This the result of lens diffraction. Here again it is not a PP effect, the sun and the light rays really belong to the original slide.

Special effects and trick photography don't belong only to digital world, ancestor (including me) could create nice effect on film years ago. ;o)

Slide film have been digitalized on my Epson 4180 flat bed scanner and no PP was done for the color effect and light rays. I just used level and curve options to ensure a moody contrast. Plus I did the framing with repetitives canvas size option.

Camera: Nikon F3
Lens: Nikkor 20mm f/3.5 AI
Film: Ektachrome
Filter: Red No.25
Scanner: Epson 4180 flat bed scanner

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To Dot: It's the real sun, not a PP effect.Athila 1 02-23 13:29
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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-02-23 12:42]
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Hi Alain
You did a great job of transmitting the heat with the coloring and the added sun with the pp.
I'm thinking red hot picante chili peppers with perspiration rolling down the face.
Will need a cerveza to cool down.
Well done.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-02-23 14:20]

Bonjour Alain,
Voilà une couleur qui réchauffe!
C'est hallucinant comme effet!
Tes vieux caroussels de diapositives contiennent des trésors, on dirait!
Bravo pour cette conversion! Annie

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-02-23 16:56]

Hot! Hot! Hot! indeed Alain,good use of the wide angle lens to draw the viewer right into the scene.Red filter works very well.


Bonsoir Alain,
Jolie perpective et couleurs de cette diapositive avec ce filtre pour le contraste N & B.. Excellent cliché et détails, bel effet de pour la couleurs et surperbe prise de vue,,,tous mes compliments...

Bonjour Alain.

J'aime beaucoup la composition. L'effet du filtre rouge est saisissant (peut-être même un peu trop pour moi, mais c'est très personnel;). Merci beaucoup pour ta note très instructive; je vais essayer d'exploiter ce filon un de ces jour.


Bonjour Alain

Ah .. this is well hot as I like!
I like the visual, I like the red filter
it adds a kind of lunar atmosphere.
Excellent visual and details of cacti.
A good and tasty artwork


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-01-24 9:09]

Salut Alain, superbe image d'un temps passé! :-) Filtre bien utilisé, image bien composée, un excellent post. Merci!


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