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Alchemy by Sortvind Alchemy by Sortvind

Alchemy , a part of the Occult Tradition, is both a philosophy and a practice with an aim of achieving ultimate wisdom as well as immortality.

Hope you like it.
As always, all fav and feedback is very appreciated.

After my last image ( [link] ) a lot of you asked for another one, and some information regarding the set-up.
And a lot asked about manipulations.
None of my photos are manipulated, i use photoshop for contrast, grain removal, colortones and light. But i do not ad or remove objects other then dust and such.
The light circles here/bokeh are from small lights i placed behind the cup.
You can use all sorts of lights, but i really like working with small lights aka christmas-tree lights.
the F1.8 makes the lights totally out of focus.
I used a canon 50mm 1.8 lens here.
i used tape/glue and hang the lights from a ceiling.
It takes a while to get the set-up right, but i love working with it.
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:iconkaleidoscopelu:
KaleidoscopeLu Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Brilliant!
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:iconphotopathica:
Photopathica Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011   General Artist
now, that is fantastic :)
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:icontigalina:
tigalina Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
first of all: great shot! really like it (: but if it's not manipulated, why are the light circles on the right a bit in front of the cup and why do they look a little truncated? just wondering (:
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:iconsiverjohn17:
SiverJohn17 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
This is just beautiful amazing. I love things that make me rethink how to use a camera and just take my breath away.
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:iconcirque-de-mystere:
Cirque-de-mystere Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
So clever! I love the concept! :heart:
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:iconceltic-knot:
Celtic-Knot Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
omg!to think that isn't a manip!brilliant!
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:iconloveziick:
LoveZiick Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
I really love the idea! And the colors!
They are like... perfect!
I relly love the shoot :B
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:iconloveziick:
LoveZiick Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
I really love the idea! And the colors!
They are like... perfect!
I relly love the shoot :B
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:iconzachpalmer:
ZachPalmer Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Intresting tradition in a minimalist and artistic twist
Added to favourites :)
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:iconnoirwhisper:
noirwhisper Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You have been featured in my journal: [link] :deviation::heart:
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I featured this deviation in my journal today --> [link]
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:iconthecapricorn:
thecapricorn Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So nice to share your tricks!Lovely serie by the way!
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:iconbrandimillerart:
brandimillerart Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love the colours, and this bokeh is great! Fantastic!
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:icondeedzaroni:
DeeDzaroni Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is lovely. i don't know what else to say :heart:
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:iconmariemagenta:
MarieMagenta Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
Wonderful picture!
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:icon6igella:
6igella Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
Merry Christmas! :santa:

Your work is featured here, take a look: [link]

Hope you like the article and have the best holidays ever :snowflake:
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:iconkimberlyg:
kimberlyg Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
amazing!
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:iconli-si:
Li-Si Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Hei. Jeg forsøker å gjøre det samme med Canon 1000D. Bruker de samme innstillingene. Bortsett fra Aperture: F/1.8, min går bare til 3.5.
Er det derfor jeg ikke får til bokeh effekten ?
Hilsen en ikke så teknisk hobbyfotograf
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:iconsortvind:
Sortvind Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Hvilket F du kan bruke har med hvilket objektiv/linse du har festet til kamera :aww:
Canon 50mm 1.8 er et billig og greit objektiv til lav F :)
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:iconli-si:
Li-Si Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Så innkjø;p av ny linse altså :) Fint det snart er jul da ;) Tusen takk !!
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Vadrielith Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Featured :meow: --> [link]
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:iconunknown-dark:
unknown-dark Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured in my journal: [link]
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:iconsortvind:
Sortvind Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
Thank you for the feature :hug:
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:iconunknown-dark:
unknown-dark Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure :D
wonderful shot :hug:
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BlueMaskedWolf Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
what company makes this lens?
amazing shot
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fossilfox Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009   Photographer
Wonderful.
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JTHRTLL Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
featured
[link]
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:iconsortvind:
Sortvind Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Thank you :heart:
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:iconjthrtll:
JTHRTLL Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
my pleasure :)
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:iconallada:
Allada Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
Beautiful photography!
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:iconunknown-dark:
unknown-dark Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
this wonderful photo is featured here: [link]
don't forget to :+favlove: the article
enjoy! :)
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:iconpivan:
pivan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Greatest job.
And if you try to pour a cup of hot water, then evaporation will
refract circles of lights! :woohoo:
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:iconsortvind:
Sortvind Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
That wohooo smiley is just Hilarius!! :D
Thanks for the feedback.
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ElghoulSoufedj Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
great photo , im waiting for my canon 500d , its my first slr and its sold with a 18-55mm lense , is it the same lense as yours u used in this photo ,
someone reply please , thank you
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sana100pk Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
this lovely picture has been featured in my
'a cup of bokeh.a mug of love.' news article-[link]
:heart:
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la--vie--boheme Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
świetne:)
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:iconpablotesoriere:
pablotesoriere Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Gorgeous shot!!!
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:iconhippievan57:
HippieVan57 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
awesome work!
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Oer-Wout Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
:bulletwhite: You`re featured @ :pointr: [link]
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:iconoer-wout:
Oer-Wout Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
Great idea! :clap:
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NCmedic125 Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
Also excelent
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:iconcant-bring-me-down:
Cant-bring-me-down Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
wauuuuuw
love it
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PsychoShin Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
nice!
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SingleArtist Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
Wow, what a great idea. This is really awesome.
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emlove28 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009   Photographer
whoa, simply amazing! makes me wanna try something like this!
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sigmacdm Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
This looks just so nice. Great Job !
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:iconstfcristian:
stfCristiaN Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
amazing!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a fantastic shot, no doubt about it.

I am struggling with one thing, maybe I am not thinking about this in the right way...

At the center of each circle is a point of light. Each point of light needs to be visible to the lens in order to create a circle. How are the pints of light behind the cup creating partial circles?

Alex
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twilightxmoon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
your ideas of these lights are amazing the cup is very cute
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:iconhannahjoo:
hannahjoo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
Great image. :)
And it's really nice of you to be willing to share how you set up the shot!
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Submitted on
February 26, 2009
Image Size
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Resolution
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Camera Data

Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Shutter Speed
1/15 second
Aperture
F/1.8
Focal Length
50 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Jan 12, 2009, 2:52:13 PM
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