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Edison's Gift
3rd PlaceEdison's Gift

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Light Source (Classic Editing)
Camera: Casio QV-4000
Location: My Home
Date: Oct 20, 2002
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Oct 20, 2002

I hold a light bulb (unpowered) in my hands in front of another (powered) light bulb.

Place: 3 out of 256
Avg (all users): 7.2226
Avg (commenters): 8.8286
Avg (participants): 7.3125
Avg (non-participants): 7.0965
Views since voting: 4366
Votes: 274
Comments: 43
Favorites: 28 (view)

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10/24/2006 03:39:39 AM
Superbly creative! I was tyring to find that power cord soldered of the light bulb! ;0)
I love the idea of energy and warmth you get out of this image.
05/13/2003 10:25:01 PM

lovely image Stephan....its beauty is hypnotic!
05/13/2003 05:00:48 PM
I just recently came across this photo, and I want you to know how much I love it. I think the idea was very creative, and the photo just has that something about it that makes you go "Wow." I showed it to my brother, and he also loved it.
10/30/2002 04:43:00 PM
Stephan, You should believe it. Your picture is awesome. I love it. Great work!
Grayce aka Gracious
10/28/2002 12:44:00 PM
Congrats Stephan!
10/28/2002 10:13:00 AM
Congrats with your ribbon Stephan. Great idea and very well executed!
10/28/2002 06:32:00 AM
Thank you very much for all your feedback. I still don't believe that I scored that high :-) For the curious ones who wanted to know how I did this, please see the photo details. When you look very closely you can see the luminous bulb behind the bulb in the front. E.g. there is a label imprinted on it which you can see through the other one. The most difficult problem in this shot was to keep the bulbs clean and without any fingerprints ;-)

Regarding the comment of jmsetzler: It was a difficult choice how to crop it, but I liked the horizontal format more because it left more space for the hands (also the imaginary rest of the hands which are hidden in the dark). If it would have been allowed I would have used a square format though.

Konador: You're right the bulb is really a bit off-centered. I didn't notice that before or at least it wasn't that disturbing to me. But now I think I'll mind that when recropping the photo for my photo gallery.

This photo was the result of some kind of development. First I tried to make a photo where a glowing light bulb hovers above my head, visualizing the act of "having an idea". In German there is a wordplay called "Mir geht ein Licht auf" meaning "It dawns to me", but that wouldn't have worked for this mostly american site. Also I wasn't able to get enough light on my face with the bulb behind my head. Then I had the idea to put two bulbs in a row to create the illusion of a disconnected but glowing bulb which hovers in the room. But I couldn't produce enough light on the socket (without a second light source) to show that it's disconnected. Then when playing around with that idea I noticed that when holding my hands very near the bulb my palms reflect enough light to make the socket visible. That was it! The "Edison's gift" message was attached to it afterwards ;-) Well... long story short... This was an interesting experience because almost all of my other photos I did with a specific image in my mind and just executing it.

Anyway. Thanks again. You all helped me a lot developing my skills more and more (just see my first enntries to DPC ;-)) so that photo is also a gift from you :-)
10/28/2002 05:42:00 AM
I go green with envy ;-) Congrats on the hard-earned 3rd little brother!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/27/2002 08:56:00 PM
He did have help, even if he held the patent for the first commercially useful model. I've read that his most enduring invention was the creation of the industrial research lab complex...
I'd also heard that for a long time rookie engineers were "hazed" by assigning them the bogus task of frosting the inside of the bulb...very funny until one day a guy did it...but I digress...
Very well done...yet another photo perhaps even more suited to this upcoming Illusion challenge...
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10/27/2002 04:02:00 PM
Awesome concept and pulled off great. Its a little annoying that it is off centre slightly to the left, but it doesnt detract from the 10 score I'm giving you!
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10/27/2002 12:18:00 AM
On my second round through I had to move you up. beautiful.
10/26/2002 11:55:00 PM
This is my all time favorite in the challenge. Great idea ...Something turned on in your head and all you needed was to transfer it into the work of your hands...good job
10/26/2002 09:28:00 PM
ok..this isnt the illusion challenge. how is that lightbulb lit?? its not screwed into anything...i have to know how u did this!!! 8--shutterfly sorry had to come back and change this to a 10.
10/26/2002 09:19:00 PM
Well done -- very crisp details here!
10/25/2002 09:22:00 AM
Excellent pic!!
One of my favorites of the week!
Good luck
Richi - 8
10/24/2002 08:41:00 PM
very well composed..love the color of the hands and light bulb in contrast to the background(10)
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10/24/2002 07:21:00 PM
Very cool shot! Well done and very interesting. 9 Swash
10/24/2002 01:51:00 PM
Excellent photo. I really like this one. Lighting and focus are great. Subject matter is excellent.... 9 waltoml.
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10/24/2002 01:42:00 PM
This is an excellent photo... also a very tough photo to compose in a rectangle :) did you consider going with a vertical crop on this one? I think it would have been stronger that way.. = 9 - setzler
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10/24/2002 01:15:00 PM
Where's the cable?. Well detailed picture. Great job. Excellent!
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10/24/2002 12:27:00 PM
Very nice.
10/24/2002 02:48:00 AM
My pick for this weeks winner! Nice and really clear. Great shot 10, boyte1
10/23/2002 08:47:00 PM
good job, almost perfect symetry. It will be interesting to learn how you got that much light on the bulbs base and on the hands without completely blowing the bulb element and glass. I could not do it. GREAT WORK
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10/23/2002 02:32:00 PM
Great composition. karmat
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10/23/2002 11:22:00 AM
great graphic shot...really like the double "framing" of the black background and the encircling hands... really ties into the feeling of giving a precious gift.compositionally quite strong. great work! ~mcmurma
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10/23/2002 10:39:00 AM
Simple idea. Nice title. Good defintion and clarity. It's a shame the hands were slightly off centre and the right thumb is higher than the left. (But I appreciate that this is a photography site and not one for geometry!!!) 9/10
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10/22/2002 07:40:00 PM
Very nice source of light! Great Job!
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10/22/2002 12:36:00 PM
This week's winner, I think. Absolutely magical.
10/22/2002 09:58:00 AM
mmm...wonderful hands, great picture!
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10/21/2002 11:37:00 PM
Cool. I like it a lot. lhall
10/21/2002 10:18:00 PM
I like the way this works for this difficult challenge!
Cool shot! Well done!
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10/21/2002 09:48:00 PM
Great shot!
10/21/2002 09:12:00 PM
The light almost has its own texture,its not over done,really nice pix!
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10/21/2002 07:57:00 PM
Similar to another one but I like this one. Everything is right about it.
10/21/2002 06:39:00 PM
I like the detail in the hands.
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10/21/2002 05:56:00 PM
Great shot. 8
10/21/2002 03:53:00 PM
Beautiful shot. Well composed and the title is great. I also like the way the light brought out the details in the hands. Congrats and hope to see you in the top three. 10
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10/21/2002 03:18:00 PM
Lovely! 9
10/21/2002 11:48:00 AM
Great photo. It will be interesting to see how you lit the bulb
10/21/2002 11:26:00 AM
ooh, you tricky, should've saved this one for the illusion shot. am i the only one who doesn't know how to make a light bulb light up without screwing it in? nice job, definite ten.
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10/21/2002 09:04:00 AM
nice photo, the cracked/weather hands add wisdom to this shot.. one of my favourites this week..
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10/21/2002 08:31:00 AM
way cool! nice tonal range and textures. trying to see how you are getting electricity to the bulb. compo also seems a little bit tilted. mag99
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10/21/2002 01:54:00 AM
Wow... great idea. The lighting is very subtle on your hands, which works quite well. My only real gripe, would be that your right hand is a bit higher than your left hand. The lightbulb is nicely centered, not off-kilter to the left or right that I can tell. Very nice detail on the hands. Good clarity and focus. - 9 - JB
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