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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D40
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10/1250 second
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500
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Jan 20, 2014, 4:12:17 PM
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Septegram on barnwood with found objects by Kittenpants Septegram on barnwood with found objects by Kittenpants
Hey guys.  I leveled up in photography.

Though I'm mostly posting this as "oh hey I've got new tricks for commercial product photography", here's the information on the piece:

The jewelry piece is a septegram -- a seven-pointed star pendant, cast in tarnish-resistant Sterling silver.

Bullet; Green  tarnish-resistant Sterling silver
Bullet; Blue  approximately 3 cm diameter (1.25in)
Bullet; Purple  hidden bail behind the top point of the star
Bullet; Blue  100% recycled metal
Bullet; Green  cast in our home studio
Bullet; Blue  part of our Mithros Designs product line -- vintage handcraft workmanship, eco-friendly values, and a commitment to quality, wearable, myth-inspired jewelry made with integrity
Bullet; Purple available for purchase through our website, mithrosdesigns.com/store/
Bullet; Blue or our Etsy shop if you prefer shopping through Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/OdysseyCraft…
Bullet; Green we also have many other designs and are open to custom orders.
Bullet; Blue Facebook www.facebook.com/MithrosDesign… Facebook 

The Septegram, sometimes called the Elven Star or Faerie Star (also spelled septagram, heptagram, or heptegram). There are many meanings for the seven points. Some say they represent the seven colored rays of light when split by a prism, or seven sacred directions: North, East, South, West, Above, Below, and Center. Or perhaps it represents the 7 days in a week, 7 distinct notes in diatonic music scale, 7 planets of classic astrology, 3 points above represent the heavens – 4 below the earth, thus a combination of heaven and earth (triple God/dess and 4 cardinal directions/elements). Why does the Septegram call to you?

::EDITED TO ADD::

OMG!  A DD!  Thank you so much!

I just want to add this note for anyone out there: Never. Give. Up.  I got a D in highschool photography (and for good reason, I was *terrible* at it).  But running this business pushed me to keep learning, keep picking up new tricks, keep trying again and again.  I found tutorials online on how to build a lightbox, how to use a macro lens, how to use a car windshield shade as a reflector.  Drawing and painting and critique helped me learn about composition and light sources and color.  I found more tutorials on cleaning up and tweaking photos in GIMP using layers, filters, levels, and the magical "white balance" tool.  As long as you are still willing to learn, you can still improve, bit by bit.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-03-04
Commercial photography often requires time, patience and the ability to get creative with background and props. Here the photographer has heeded all of these things to create an enticing image. Septegram on barnwood with found objects by Kittenpants ( Featured by Kaz-D )
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JWright-3D-Graphics Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student General Artist
stunning piece
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MorellAgrysis Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beatifull composition.
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WeActOnImpulse Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a beautiful photograph. Amazing capture, and the pine needle was a nice touch, as well as the manual blurring which mimmicked a camera's focus (though more perfect.) Nice work, lovely indeed.
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Kittenpants Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
I didn't do any manual blurring, that was the depth of field of the macro lens.  No pine needles, just a peacock sword feather.  =)
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WeActOnImpulse Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh lol, wow, nice work with the lens. Looked like it must have been done on a computer. That shows your skill. Amazing work.
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Kittenpants Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
It is ALL about the lens.  =D  Thank you!
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PurpleChaos Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
i'l keep dreaming. I've heard it;sd the seven gifts of spirit
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Kittenpants Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oooh, I like that, too.
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IllEatYourself Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is the septegram a religious symbol?  Because if not then I totally want to use it now. XD
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Kittenpants Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes and no.

It is not an official religious symbol of any major religion, but it is used by many individuals and small groups as their personal religious symbol.  The three groups that I know of using this symbol are the Blue Star tradition of Wicca (officially), the Feri tradition of American religious witchcraft (unofficially), and many practitioners of faery faiths (unofficially).  As another commenter mentioned, it's apparently also been used in the fantasy setting of the Game of Thrones (books by George RR Martin, tv show on HBO).  So because it's in use in several different contexts to mean several VERY different things, nobody can see someone wearing the symbol and know with complete certainty why they're wearing it or what it means to them.  Plus, people call it by a lot of different names and spellings, making it even more confusing.

If you're fine with people asking, "Oh is that an elven star?" or "Are you Wiccan?" or "Is that from Game of Thrones?" and you replying, "Nope, I wear this for my own reasons." I'd say go for it.  ;)
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IllEatYourself Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, when I said use it, I meant for a fictional religion in a possible future story, actually. XD
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BlazBlood Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Writer
im Wicca...and i always keep it at home.
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Tootie219 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful. ^-^  This deserves the DD and so do you!
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HimitsuUK Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014   Photographer
Nice. :la:
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clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014   General Artist
Wow, this is such an amazing photo! Congrats on the DD!!! :D
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pasteldegas Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
interesting         good  still life
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Meadowstar01 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
That is quite an awesome Septegram there! :D

Also, congrats on your Daily Deviation! Well deserved too. :)
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DEAMONATOR Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woow!! Now do you make this?
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Kittenpants Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes, there's a lot of information and links in the description. =)
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Lordofthememes Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
the sign of the seven faced god!( game of thrones fan)
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very pretty use of textures and colours, and lovely composition. Also, I applaud you on your message and effort in not giving up. Makes the DD that much more well-deserved. 
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TruthisTruth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation! :clap:
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MetalElitism Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I might like to commission you for a similar work.
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very interesting style! Really great work!
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mea00 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice! Congrats on the DD
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Artistic-Highblood11 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that looks cool :D

congrats on the DD :meow:
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shyfoxling Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Ooh shiny. I do like the touch of the peacock feather.
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Kittenpants Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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