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Challenge: December Free Study (Advanced Editing I*)
Collection: challenge entries
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX Macro AF for Canon
Location: Nottuln, Germany
Date: Dec 31, 2003
Aperture: 32
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 31, 2003

I always wanted to know what happened if you turn a light on if the glass is not on it anymore so I cut the glass off a light bulb and put it in the bulb socket. Took a photo as soon as I turned the power on and got some cool smoke formations. I took about 12 photos all together, as you can only get one shot in for each light bulb. Light bulbs aren't cheap!!!! I got lucky on this one cos I got the ghostly shape with its finger waving in the air.

Very little post processing except for cropping, resizing and sharpening. Sigma 105 f/2.8 lens.

Statistics
Place: 16 out of 193
Avg (all users): 6.7277
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.6641
Avg (non-participants): 6.8235
Views since voting: 5747
Votes: 213
Comments: 38
Favorites: 43 (view)


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05/18/2005 02:27:42 PM
Every time I see this photo I think it is so cool of a shot. I gotta add it to my favorites... Great shot. Its a ribbon in my book.
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03/26/2004 09:57:10 PM
Donate your brain to science!
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01/20/2004 09:31:14 AM
I Like it!
Excellent photo, amazing effect. Cool idea. All things that were mentioned below.


Message edited by author 2004-01-20 09:32:00.
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01/16/2004 10:37:42 PM
oh my god. this is amazing, dude. wow. insane.
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01/16/2004 07:21:00 AM
Awesome!! Great idea, nice shot :)
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01/15/2004 10:01:39 PM
OK. You never fail to amaze me with your fresh ideas. Where do you go to get them? How do you thik up all these wonderful images. When I first looked at the photo in the challenge, I thought to myself, this must be some light elegant fabric flapping up with wind or something. But then the light below it... It never occured to me that it is a light bulb.

Just WOW. Really, really cool image. What more can I say.
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01/15/2004 02:32:16 PM
Only you would come up with something this different :)
Can I borrow your brain, just for a day?

OK now the kid in me has to say...ha ha I finally beat Kiwi!
that felt good :)
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01/15/2004 01:50:51 PM
Originally posted by ursula:

You should teach Science, not English. A diamond cutter, I wonder if a Dremmel tool (sp?) would work. Did you try different kinds of lightbulbs? (e.g. 60V, 100V). That likely would not make a noticeable difference.


I tried different kinds of bulbs but I found the larger ones burnt too bright. This one was a 40W bulb.
01/15/2004 09:09:28 AM
You should teach Science, not English. A diamond cutter, I wonder if a Dremmel tool (sp?) would work. Did you try different kinds of lightbulbs? (e.g. 60V, 100V). That likely would not make a noticeable difference.
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01/15/2004 08:10:45 AM
What a great way to learn more about our art!
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01/15/2004 08:07:38 AM
Congrats Gary, this is a great one! :-) You are soo curious and you make such amazing stuff that noone else. :-)
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01/15/2004 08:03:05 AM
I used a diamond cutter to cut the glass off at the base, so there was no chance of cutting myself. I used the full 220V and you have about quarter to half a second to take the photo.

The idea about the dimmer isn't bad Jörg! Maybe that way I can get the brightness of the burning wire down a bit. I would ideally love to do this again so that you can see the wire glowing red, and I think a dimmer might just do the trick. Thanks for the tip :)
01/15/2004 05:08:28 AM
Great creativity Gary. hope you didn't cut yourself when taking the bulbs apart. Did you use full voltage, i.e. 220V, or did you use a dimmer? How long does it take between switching on the lamp and before is burned out?.

Jörg
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01/15/2004 03:45:28 AM
Originally posted by Bela45:

If you add all the light bulbs, paint, props etc, phototography is a very expensive hobby indeed LOL


Very true! Not to mention the camera and all the lenses etc. I am permanently broke!
01/15/2004 03:20:52 AM
Oh, I know now!!!!!
I wondered and wondered but didn't wonder about the voting, was one of my 10's

Very creative, as usual
If you add all the light bulbs, paint, props etc, phototography is a very expensive hobby indeed LOL
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01/15/2004 12:52:11 AM
Wooohoooo for me, I guess correctly how this was done :)

Should have guessed it was a Kiwi shot *laugh*
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/14/2004 01:18:21 PM
Nice shoot 10pt
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01/10/2004 08:29:30 PM
i have no idea what that is. it almost looks like a jelly fish.
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01/10/2004 05:43:01 PM
A pretty stunning piece of work. Perfect apart from the fact that it's slightly off center - but that's not really important to the impact.
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01/10/2004 03:06:20 PM
I need to come back and read your explanation. I am puzzled about what I am looking at, but I like it. Looks like an electric light with a substance on it which caused smoke. It you crop the lower part with the threads away it become really abstract, makes me think of a bomb explosion. Funny to see the hand with finger. A warning against violance ?
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01/09/2004 03:17:58 PM
This is very creative, still trying to figure out exactly how you did this, very interesting.
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01/09/2004 12:45:54 PM
That's just a great idea! Does the bulb wire produce the wonderfull smoke by itself or did you add some smoking stuff onto it?
And yes, I do see the hand and finger too, so the title fits very well. Good luck
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01/06/2004 05:03:12 PM
This is so cool, I still haven't figured it out and can't wait to see just how this was done, I've turned it upside down, sideways and still can't quite figure it out. Excellent. A 10
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01/06/2004 04:06:56 PM
Great Shot, I look forward to seeing how you did this. Good Luck, Todd. 10
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01/05/2004 10:33:50 PM
fascinating image. what is it?
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01/05/2004 05:35:39 PM
what is that?
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01/05/2004 09:34:27 AM
Very interesting photo...not quite sure what it is, but I like it!
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01/04/2004 06:42:37 PM
I'm not sure how this was done, I'm guessing you used some photoshop (perfectly legal) but it is REALLY COOL! This just looks awesome... and I'm hoping you'll tell us how you got this at the end of the challenge. I'm going to go with a 10 just beccause I think it's a really cool thing, and well shot.
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01/04/2004 01:57:55 AM
Hmmm.. I can't figure out what it is, but it's forms are definately interesting and they hold my attention pretty well.
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01/03/2004 09:47:59 PM
Pretty cool shot. Hope you added the particulars of the shot in the photog's comment section so we can see how you went about this. Not entirely crazy about the very centered composition, but not taking away points for that; the shot is just too fascinating!
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01/03/2004 08:04:44 PM
I would love to know how you do this kind of stuff. Is it safe to put power on a lightbulb that has its glass shell cut off? Excellent capture of the effect (exposure without to much highlight blowout yet a good smoke trail). Cool how the smoke goes into a mushroom nuclear blow effect. :)

(edit: and I see no reason to do a DQ request, as this is a perfectly normal capture, yet it ain't that easy I guess, good job!)
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01/03/2004 02:45:27 PM
Great!
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01/02/2004 05:27:18 PM
would love to know what ths is..... 9/10
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01/02/2004 03:25:47 PM
Very impressive. I like it a lot! Is it smoke?!
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01/01/2004 08:04:24 PM
Excellent work and good luck in 2004 :) = 10 - Setzler
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01/01/2004 04:20:54 PM
I can't figure this photo out, but I like it!
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01/01/2004 02:56:47 PM
This is the most unique shot I've seen on DPC. So this is what happens when you turn on a light with no bulb! Great idea and capture! 10 -danny
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01/01/2004 03:01:47 AM
Trying to work out how you did this. A bulb (globe?) without the glass and going up in smoke? Really hope there is an explanation. Quite fantastic, the lighting is absolutely sensational.
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