by RedRuthannComment by RedRuthann:
WOW, Thanks everyone for your votes and wonderful comments. artemis8 is absolutely correct, it is a rubbery covered lightbulb. I'm almost embarassed to say, but I went to Walmart just looking around for something to use for the photo, when I say this lightbulb - it was the only one and just laying in the housewares dept.
I was very excited about this photo, mostly because I actually got the black to look black! I was very determined to get that black right this time!!
I will post some outtakes tonight or tomorrow.
I started taking photos in my livingroom during the day and things were just not going right - frustrating - so, I said to myself...Self, you need to darken this place (tried closing the blinds - but still too much light)...mmm where in this house is there more dark?? OF COURSE, the Bathroom---WHAT a sight! the black foam board, my camera and tripod, a clamp light with the red lightbulb in this tiny bathroom with no windows, it was perfect! I took the shot with my 3 macro lens, camera in macro/spot mode and used A priority. I fooled around with the exposure settings...and after 50+ shots, viola...I got my photo.
I did not need to do much adjustments for this photo...I only cropped it a tad, and rotated it. I didn't need any color, gamma or tone adjustments...and the black was just black - I succeeded!!! What I found most difficult was to get the color and the focus correct as well as the right composition/or aspect of the lightbulb.
I can not express it well enough, but I have learned soooo much from this site and the people here. My first entry (Shadows) was a definate...Well I have to start somewhere..photo. Someone suggested to me..You should take a course in photography...you know what, this is a course in photography!! The best part about this 'course' is that you get just a wide range of experience, talent, view points. This challenge, I had 325 votes...can that compare to 1 teacher and perhaps 10 students - all located within a small area? Not likely
Thanks again...for the votes, comments and experience!!!