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Challenge: Light (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3
Location: Office
Date: Jan 30, 2005
Aperture: f 7.1
ISO: 50
Shutter: 10 Secs
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jan 30, 2005

Just a shot I wanted to try (Wish my Camera Was a bit better ;-). Anyways, two crazy glued light bulbs. Tiny light and a bigger colored light and some time.

PS: Curves, Auto Color, Levels, Cloned Hotspots and distraction, Burn, USM

Some of you have shown an interest of how this was done, so I put this together quickly to share the knowledge.

See Setup Photo below.
What I used 'The Props'
Defining Light, Trail Light, Orange Glow Light, The Magic Glove, The Bulbs and oh yeah a camera!
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So in this case the camera settings were as follows:
Focal Length: 10 mm
Aperture: F 7.1
Exposure Time: 10 sec.
ISO Speed: 50
Light Source: Tungsten
OK now the fun begins.
Since I don't have a dSLR I couldn't really set my camera to manual focus which would have saved me some time especially since this was shot in a pitch dark room.
OK, you got everything setup as per the Setup Photo minus the props ;-)
- I glued the light bulbs to the black construction paper
- Pitch Dark Room and I used the Defining Light to get the focus on the light bulb(s) in this dark setup.
- Like usual with macro shot I used a 10 sec timer to give me time to drop the Defining Light and get the Orange Glow Light ready.
- At this point make sure you have the nice The Magic Glove ready (OK, yes it's my wife's and she probably wonít be able to wear it again since it's all stretched out but thatís all I could fine that was made of none-reflective material hope she's not reading this ha ha), anyways use the glove to hide your hand from the camera sensor.
- Orange Glow Light was used to give the light bulbs some definition and shape; I had it shining from above and a slight angle to not have too much of a reflection on top. I shined it for about 2 seconds each.
- Trail Light was used to make the trail from one light bulb to the other at this point that The Magic Glove is a necessity. Try a few outtakes to make sure you have the trail the way you like it, took me a few shots just to keep the trail within the bulb itself!
That's all folks, hope this helped a bit.
---- My outtake from this ----
One of my outtakes, I was going to submit this one but in my Three Challenge I had too many distracting items and I think that hurt my entry. I played it safe with this one and didn't enter it. For my actually submission for the first time I used '*' as the title, I was actually going to call it 'So, One Light bulb said to the other...'

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Place: 12 out of 266
Avg (all users): 6.5822
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 6.5492
Avg (non-participants): 6.6214
Views since voting: 2427
Views during voting: 360
Votes: 225
Comments: 15
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02/09/2005 10:34:49 AM
Hey Mark: an effort that rocks and very well executed. Congratulations on your 12th placing.
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02/08/2005 03:34:16 PM
well done - one of my highest rated shots.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2005 07:51:42 PM
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02/06/2005 11:13:17 AM
Nice effect and good job with focus, DOF, and lighting. Good Job 6
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02/06/2005 10:52:35 AM
neat. great implementation.
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02/06/2005 08:25:49 AM
excellent work on the image. i take it that you're one of those who feel the title shouldn't be part of the overall presentation...
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02/06/2005 04:07:02 AM
good idea, good light , good compose ,perfect shot. thanx
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02/04/2005 06:07:46 PM
are you who I think you are? excellent idea, very imaginative
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02/04/2005 03:37:00 PM
I can't wait to see how you did this. I'm thinking same lightbulb, long exposure. But it's so crisp. Very nice photo.
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02/04/2005 06:16:35 AM
Clever idea, it turned out well!
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02/03/2005 07:56:25 PM
this is so amazing to me, probably because I have no idea how this is accomplished. good job.
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02/02/2005 12:35:59 PM
Neat effect!
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02/01/2005 01:35:37 PM
You have created a great image here but I think it could have been so much more powerful if the light trace had not been there between the bulbs - or have I missed the point. Good luck
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01/31/2005 09:43:13 PM
Neat effect and nice composition.
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01/31/2005 09:31:33 AM
Looks like those 2 bulbs have a few things to say to eachother. :)
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