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Challenge: Illuminative Subject (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1000D Rebel XS
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Bedroom studio
Date: Mar 15, 2009
Aperture: 20
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30s
Galleries: Interior, Studio
Date Uploaded: Mar 15, 2009

Thomas Edison invented the light-bulb.

Thought I'd experiment with light to fulfill one of my aims for 2009, hence some harmless bordered eye-candy. I had great fun for the first 15 shots, then it became a bit of a chore because of the high failure rate. In the end I set the camera to take 5 consecutive shots at 30s exposure rather than individual shots as it was quicker. Earlier attempts had a very busy and regular background, but I gradually moved towards simpler, more random versions. There is a lens flare (blue blur) which I had to compromise on if I wanted to keep the top and bottom 'star' effects. It's a shame I couldn't clone it out.

Technicals: 40W lightbulb through a dimmer switch with LED light moved behind. The LED didn't need WB correction and cost $2 at Fry's last time I was in the States (it's a torch on a keyring). Additional red lighting from the left. I glued a metal rod to the back of the bulb and had to make sure the white light didn't cross it otherwise it would show (like it did in the 100 or so other attempts).

Post-processing: rotate 2 degrees, crop, double USM, contrast, brightness, resize for submission, re-sharpen, border. Because there's so much black it allowed the bulb to retain a lot of detail and still keep to the 150kb limit.

Estimate: 6.1 to 6.3 (unless the eye-candy police give it a shoeing!!)

Place: 5 out of 178
Avg (all users): 6.4753
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 6.4242
Avg (non-participants): 6.4968
Views since voting: 2954
Views during voting: 377
Votes: 223
Comments: 11
Favorites: 4 (view)

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03/26/2009 09:48:38 PM
Congrats on your new PB!
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03/25/2009 03:33:47 AM
Wow, that did better than expected, and a new PB.

Thanks for the great comments and the votes (especially the 8s, 9s and 10s!!).
03/25/2009 12:06:59 AM
Very cool, love it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/24/2009 02:11:59 PM
Nice! I love the red spots. What's the little blue thing NW of the lightbulb? What's the setup for this? I'd love to try playing with something like this in the future. Nice job.
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03/24/2009 12:52:20 PM
Well done! I like it.
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03/22/2009 12:21:40 AM
This kind of painting with light seems pretty popular in this challenge, but the touch of red makes this one stand out. The starbursts are nice too!
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03/19/2009 09:25:30 PM
very interesting lines especially through the light bulb, where did the red come from?
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03/19/2009 10:54:13 AM
Really cool use of this idea. 9
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03/19/2009 01:12:34 AM
Awesome shot, very well executed. Too bad you can't spot edit for the challenge because we can kind of make out the holder and there's that top blue spot there too. 8
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03/18/2009 06:16:05 PM
I like this a lot, but you may find that some will say that the bulb is the main subject and that it isn't producing any light. As far as I'm concerned it meets the challenge though. Good work.
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03/18/2009 06:05:15 PM
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