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
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!!)
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