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Challenge: Light Bulbs (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Date: Jan 26, 2014
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Jan 26, 2014

24 lights bulbs, one power strip, one lamp, one hammer, one plastic Ziploc bag, and one fire extinguisher. Those were the supplies I had for this challenge.

A bit more background. I read this, and watched the video: http://craigcolvinphotography.com/light-bulb-smoke-photography-tutorial. Then I bought two 12 packs of clear 60W bulbs, went home, and started smashing. Out of the first 6 bulbs, I had a single usable broken bulb. Then I got a little better with the next 6, getting 2 more. Then I discovered the secret. My large pack of bulbs came with some cardboard spacers. Using these spacers I was able to get 10 good bulbs out of the next 12! Sweet!

With the broken bulbs, I setup with my camera, fire extinguisher, and lamp. Carefully screw in a bulb, start the camera firing, and turn on the switch. 2 seconds later, you will have some shots.

The other secret that is important is to use a low power flash with a snoot. This lights up the smoke in a way the filament cannot do. I have some later shots were I stopped using the flash, and it turned out this was a bad idea. The smoke would only be lit if very close to the bulb, instead of all the way up.

I got about 8 good shots out of this setup. This is definitely one of my favorites with how the smoke is moving.

I must admit, I'm a little disappointed with second place. I thought for sure I was finally going to get that elusive blue ribbon. But then the last 36 hours came, and I dropped approximately 0.4 points. I couldn't believe how seemingly each vote was bringing me down.

But then, as I look to this again, I am indeed happy. My third ever highest scoring image. My 13th ribbon! My 4th score above a 7.

I am happy :)

Place: 2 out of 50
Avg (all users): 7.1845
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 7.1515
Avg (non-participants): 7.2000
Views since voting: 1826
Views during voting: 260
Votes: 103
Comments: 13
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02/04/2014 04:51:20 PM
Great photo, congratulations on the ribbon. Thank you so much for the tutorial, it's really interesting. I'd like to try to make this some other day ;-)
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02/03/2014 07:44:48 PM
Thanks for explaining your setup.
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02/03/2014 02:47:38 AM
Gave you an 8, and still the blue, OH the blue!

No blue still, yeah I know I'm rubbing it on sorry :)
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02/03/2014 02:26:49 AM
Cool idea. Thanks for the notes. A well deserved Red, especially for the effort you put into it.
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02/03/2014 01:32:17 AM
Read your notes with interest. Glad you didn't have to use the fire extinguisher. It was worth it, this is very nice.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/02/2014 06:50:02 PM
Wonderful! 10
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02/02/2014 01:19:53 PM
Always fascinating these burn-the-broken-light-bulb shots - well executed and captured!
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02/01/2014 01:21:22 PM
Nice thinking! Like how you catched the smoke!
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01/29/2014 11:53:34 AM
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01/28/2014 07:07:23 PM
WOW Great shot. Must have used a multiple burst and had the glass already broken. A winner in my book.
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01/27/2014 01:38:15 PM
Very very cool.
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01/27/2014 08:51:20 AM
Well done!

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01/27/2014 12:36:40 AM
That smoke is something else.
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