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Challenge: Broken (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Playa del Rey, CA
Date: Dec 11, 2004
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 3 sec
Galleries: Studio, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Dec 11, 2004

Took a broken lightbulb, on a piece of paper, shot from above - 3 second exposure with bounced flash, and some very slight window light.

I used a red laser pointer to "paint" the filament, and the red light from an optical mouse to produce the surrounding glow. (Naturally, with both hands full I used the camera's timer). Adjusted hues and levels to convert the red glow to yellow, and made general curve/level tweaks. Did a gaussian blur to create a softer focus. At this point, cloned out a stray hair, some dust specks and a couple of annoying reflected highlights.

Yes, I'm aware that you shouldn't be able to see the shadow of the filament or wires, but that seemed like rather a big clone.

Place: 12 out of 177
Avg (all users): 6.1340
Avg (commenters): 7.3000
Avg (participants): 5.9688
Avg (non-participants): 6.2959
Views since voting: 1101
Views during voting: 352
Votes: 194
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/02/2005 07:14:16 AM
i love the way you lit this. the yellow highlight and the colours together look great.
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12/20/2004 12:27:04 AM
Congratulations on your 12th placing with colorful smash.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/19/2004 11:18:09 PM
Well done. I'd really like to know how you did this. 8
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12/18/2004 05:32:29 AM
This is by far the best of the bulb concept - I love what you've done with the filament - should do well
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12/16/2004 11:09:37 PM

Love the hues in this shot. The burning filament is also a spectacular effect. I imagine the timing must have been quite tricky. Is the yellow halo a postprocessed effect or was it light from the dying bulb? In any event, quite spectacular. :)

Technically very sound. Artistically as stated above. Bumping up.
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12/15/2004 09:45:39 PM
Returning for comments:
An outstanding capture with colors divine, great lighting and mean dof. Bumping up.
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12/15/2004 08:55:55 PM
congratulations a perfect shot in terms of creativity, composition and lighting you deserve a 10
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12/15/2004 01:13:09 AM
Lots of broken lightbulbs. I think that this is technically a nice shot. The purples and yellows just don'e work for me in this case. The soften the impact of the image. I think that, given your title, that is what you were going for, but I would like something grittier and dangerous-looking for this challenge. Just a matter of taste so a 7
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12/14/2004 04:42:15 PM
I like the colors. Better than on other broken light bulb shots.
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12/14/2004 12:12:07 PM
Lots of light bulb pics, but this is one of the better onces, great colours and composition.
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12/14/2004 03:36:25 AM
Composition: 9, Technical: 9, Appeal: 9, Challenge: 10, Overall Calculated Average Score: 9
This will be one that many, myself included will ask "how'd you do that??" Nice job.
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12/13/2004 08:28:54 PM
I give up! How did you get the filament to light? 8
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12/13/2004 01:06:29 PM
Your soft colors and great lighting make this the winner of all the NUMEROUS broken light bulb shots. (For a while I thought the challenge must say "broken light bulbs!") Nicely composed and perfect exposure. Look for the ribbon train.
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12/13/2004 10:57:00 AM
A lot of these done, but I like the colors in this one... well done
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