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My Wings Of Light

My Wings Of Light
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Copyright: Ay Da (chiaraluna) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 90 N: 411] (1897)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2005-01-27
Categories: Daily Life, Abstract, Action, Mood
Camera: Toshiba PDR-4300
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-15 14:13
Viewed: 2965
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 76
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my wings of light.. i lie in my bed day after day staring up at the fan as it spins and spins, spreading it's wings like a angel floating about to protect me for all the pain out there... like the guardian angel i so need and pray for... i what the play of light and shadow of those wings so constant and ever present.. even when the light is out i know they are there and that comforts me... and the spinning.. the constant steady spinning is also a comfort.. one of the few 'constants' that exist for me... i watch those wings go round and round with such steady predictability and become almost hypnotized as the blades blend into each other and the soft low buzzing sound becomes like a gentle whisper i find it hard to sleep without... during one of those pensive dreamy moments i took this shot...

this was actually the 2nd image i ever posted here.. i've been wanting to repost it for a while as it's very special to me and i wanted to give it the benefit of being 're-processed' through photoshop instead of the very poor software i had back then.. that software was very basic and probably it's worst flaw was being very harsh in resizing and not letting you save your file to a high resolution.. therefore decimating the quality of most pictures and causing a lot of jags, noise and other over compression problems.. add this to the inability to use USM for more delicate sharpening or levels for balancing shadows & highlights and you're left with a pretty inferior way to prepare your images.. i don't think the original suffered too dramatically from these problems but as i say, this was taken right at the start of my photographic experience and is quite special to me.. so i though it deserved a little make-over (don't we all! ihih) just to improve the resolution and make the most of the image as a whole.. so i hope you like it! :-)


taken freehand at night with the fans lamp the only light source and the fan itself spinning on high-speed, just sat back in bed and kept shooting to try to freeze the blades at good symmetry while still retaining the sense of motion.. for this i used ISO 100 and quite a long exposure.

PP was simply neat image, slight cropping, resizing, levels, USM & framing

so i hope you enjoy my wings of light.. it's nice to know they can exist even when surrounded by darkness..

take care all :-)


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  • delal Silver Star Critiquer [C: 30 W: 3 N: 82] (522)
  • [2005-06-15 14:17]


I feel like a fly that is hypnotized by the light in your picture. The colors are superb, i.e. the shadow of the fan..Nicely done.


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  • Arusem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 146 W: 39 N: 0] (11)
  • [2005-06-15 14:26]
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Ayda... I remember this one. The geometrics are nice here... what I really like is how the blacks are really deep.

The light from the bulb and thru the blades make for interesting shadows on the ceiling.

Good stuff.


I remember this one very well!! And I criticized it then as I will now ;-)
I love the lighting of this photo, it reminds me of the old Italian movies I used to see when I was younger... That by itself is reason enough to like it, but then there's also the composition, which is so well mastered and the special detail of movement that really makes this photo come to life!
Great work Ayda!


Hi Ayda!

You seem to be able to "go poetic" on every subject... now thats a gift you know! This repost is indeed better than the version before. Your post is a good example also of what a note can do to a photo... I will never look at a fan in the same way again!

May you be given wings to fly, one day!

Maybe one more thing to the photo, removing the electrical guide strip by cloning would bring symmetry to the picture.
But it is minor, the idea you put in this pic is loud and clear.

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  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2005-06-15 14:51]

Wings of light..... like angels, mmmmm, I love angels and here is a "modern" one:-))
I read your (long) note and I like it together with the picture, you can write in a fine way...

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2005-06-15 14:55]

Wow Ayda, this is almost perfect. B&W sure is excellent for this kind of moody shots, and you found a nice equilibrium between motion and sharpness. I also like the "mirrored" effect of the light on the ceiling (1 beam in the front, two pairs in the back) and of the blades (2 pairs in the front, one in the back). Weird.
TFS and... sweet dreams ;o).

Great job with the motion blur.
Nice exposure and frame as well.

Hi Sweetheart,

I think I saw this one before.. Very nice one. The sense of motion is just great and the low light and the shadows make a very special mood. I like the fact that it's spreading light all over, lighten up your life a bit ;))

take care my dear

big hugs, Stef

Creative shot! You make me wonder why I never thought of that! Personally, I'm glad you kept the 2 cords; I think they create the necessary balance in this picture. Great job!

Great work, Ayda !
I like the idea, the management of light, the title so poetic ...

I remember it well, Ayda! Loved it even in it's first format, outstanding piece of work.


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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1134 W: 420 N: 1093] (6670)
  • [2005-06-15 16:43]

The B/W and the motion in combination with the light does the job Ayda...Excellent work , I can almost here it spin :-))

Hi Ayda,
great work! You turned a stern object into something that looks so delicate in your pic!
Like an alchemist:)

I remember this fan when you first posted it, but I thought at the time is was rather uninteresting...but you know what, I was wrong. I guess the PP you've done it has brought some life into it. I like the ghostly shadows of the blades whizzing around, and the soft light on the ceiling. I'm glad you've reposted it as it gave me a second chance to study it..now its very good.

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  • iso Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 981 W: 61 N: 169] (29412)
  • [2005-06-15 18:48]

Simplicity is always great, a real nice b&w shot, well done.

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  • BAKO Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 71 W: 11 N: 8] (748)
  • [2005-06-15 21:17]

this is also great,
I like the lighting and comp.
Really superb job


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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2005-06-15 21:59]

Beautiful wings of light indeed,Ayda! I used to have one of those when I was younger.My mind was always travelling when I was looking at it and hearing its sound! Very nice b/w picture refreshing my memory! Well seen! Michel

Hummmm! The POV and the action here, is well taken... Action.. I mean movement! the pales have a nice bluring effect caused by the rotation. I like the shadows effect too!
Great shot!

Yes this is a special image... I really like the positioning and all those tones of grey. You seem to have captured the full range. A point of interest though, perhaps the image could be improved by deleting/cloning out the cable trunking on the ceiling... just a thought.

Isn't it lovely how the most mundane things that we look at every day can look so lovely through thelens of a camera. Photography has taught me not to take for granted the things we see around us. I has made me look all the more closley.

The motion of the wings/blades is also very nice, in fact it make the image special.

Take Care,


bellissima Ayda, veramente stupenda, il tuo stile mi piace molto, unisci molta creativita a una grandissima qualita'


Ayda, Very good B&W. Lovely shades of light, but above all your words makes me appreciate even more you beautiful photo
Thanks for sharing them both.

thatīs a fantastic capture, technic but even more symbolic. your pp work is really good, so little noise and and a beautiful light...wings of light can take you anywhere ;)

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  • edie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 659 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-06-16 16:37]

Very fine and elegant picture Ayda,I like the dinamic effect and....I can feel a fresh breeze from it!...(here is very very hot this night!) ;-))))
Take care chery,I think for you all the best.

A really great image, Ayda! I also like sleeping with a fan, it is very soothing with the white noise. I like the choice of B&W. You have a steady hand to shoot this without a tripod.


Hello Ayda,
The wings, if they are in love, will never reach each other.. No matter how hard they try.. Thats what I thought when I saw this picture..
Anyway, about the photography here, it is perfect with every detail..

nice title.. and very very nice and moody photo.... i really like the idea and you did a great job capturing the movement and the mood there... the lights glowing in the middle ..out from the very dark background.. and i like the lights shape..like a star there...on the background!! i remember this one..u post it last time on another version.. thanks for sharing....

A very nice picture Ayda, I like it a lot. B&W is a good choice on this one. I like the movement of the fan, I also like the shadow on the ceiling, very nice. Very well done!
Best regards

Interesting comparison of the fan and the angle wings. I imagine that.. when we get home after a tiring day, laying on the bed and feeling the fresh breeze makes us ponder about it al..

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  • Maru Gold Star Critiquer [C: 471 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-06-21 12:20]

Ayda, so beautiful photograph!
love the soft tones of this B&W and how the light seem to spread to the hole place.
Hope it will reach you too :-)
Great work!

Nice work. I like the softness mixed with the idea of movement.

A great image Ayda. I agree with the other positive comments made - congratulations.

This is amazing. It looks and feels like it's still spinning. Incredible work with the light and shadows. Well done!

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  • Yogi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 92 W: 7 N: 33] (237)
  • [2005-07-13 9:09]

What a great photo!

Great composition, awesome colours...


it makes me think of a scene in Twink Peaks, when Bob arrives in Laura Palmer's bedroom... the b&w is well choosen like on your other photos. A piece of art... respect Ayda...

Great shot. Good idea and wonderful effect. Beautiful bw tones...

Nice exposure and frame
Simplicity is always great, a real nice b&w shot,



An excellent play between light and shadow. It is mesmerizing!


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  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2006-10-31 5:54]

hi Ayda. brilliant idea and composition. i'm imprssed with the oputcome, nicely done. Tfs


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