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Challenge: Negative Space (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-4040Z
Location: bathroom-dark room
Date: Sep 15, 2002
Aperture: F10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/8s
Date Uploaded: Sep 15, 2002

Believe it or not this is a lightbulb - sunbean has special weird lightbulbs.

Place: 15 out of 218
Avg (all users): 6.6339
Avg (commenters): 8.0303
Avg (participants): 6.8219
Avg (non-participants): 6.4804
Views since voting: 1090
Votes: 325
Comments: 40
Favorites: 0

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09/25/2002 04:15:00 AM
Nice shot, Ruthann, I liked this one a lot. And thanks for sharing the story behind, I love to hear about that stuff!!
09/23/2002 08:18:00 PM
09/23/2002 10:51:00 AM
One more thing...I had absolutely no idea what to title this photo...I think that what little wit I have was on vacation that day :-)
09/23/2002 10:31:00 AM
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!!!


09/23/2002 09:20:00 AM
kewl! :)
09/23/2002 06:41:00 AM
Great job! Congratulations on a wonderful score and placement! I was also very impressed with your kiwi photo last week. You continue to improve! :)
09/23/2002 02:45:00 AM
Interesting shape wif wonderful colours....... btw, wat is this? - Eric
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/22/2002 11:03:00 PM
nice abstract. i like the "motion" of this. karmat
09/22/2002 08:45:00 PM
I'd like to know what this is. Red is such a photogenic color to begin with and it is perfect on black. I like it very much with the curves and subtle shading. One of my favorites! Please be sure to let us (me) know what it is and how you did it. Good luck in the challenge! Grayce aka Gracious
09/22/2002 08:38:00 AM
Beautiful shapes and colour. I don't know what else to say... this photo REALLY grabs me just with its aesthetic beauty. 10 - lisae
09/21/2002 12:08:00 PM
Fabulous lighting and shapes.
7, Kavey
09/21/2002 02:06:00 AM
What is it? That is cool looking. I like the red on black. I would like to see more of it cause I don't know what it is. 8
09/20/2002 04:00:00 PM
I love the colors and the lighting effect. Very nicely done.
09/20/2002 03:15:00 PM
neat pic. I noticed something interesting when this picture was loading: I thought the picture was way better when only the top half had loaded into my browser! Still, the whole thing is still excellent
09/20/2002 10:28:00 AM
beautiful. is this a sea anemone? mag99
09/19/2002 05:02:00 PM
Hope you'll tell us what this actually is after the challenge. Wonderful work. 10 Kaz
09/19/2002 04:42:00 PM
wow, what is this object? it is beautiful! 8--shutterfly
09/19/2002 03:33:00 PM
Great color and framing. It looks seductive and alien at the same time. I particularly love the translucency of the curves to the back.
09/19/2002 02:02:00 PM
You have an internally lit red object here that is VERY difficult to establish sharp focus on, but you have done a pretty good job at it. I think the challenge is met pretty well, and the idea is solid.
09/19/2002 10:06:00 AM
Beautiful...love the intensity of the colors and strong contrast. The curves and lighting are incredible! What IS this?? :P 9 Lisa
09/19/2002 09:40:00 AM
Very nice abstract image.
09/19/2002 09:28:00 AM
Cool! What is it?
09/18/2002 03:24:00 PM
sharp it is :-]
09/18/2002 08:00:00 AM
Spooky subject. Not sure what it is, but is a nice photo.
09/18/2002 02:47:00 AM
Wow. what a shape. Is this one of those rubbery light bulb cover-thingys?
09/17/2002 04:50:00 PM
dont know what it is, and I dont have to know. But I do know I love it.
09/17/2002 09:16:00 AM
I have no idea what this is, but it's strikingly beautiful :) = 9 - jmsetzler
09/17/2002 07:16:00 AM
Composition: good but a pity about the right hand bottom corner 6 Lighting: 5,
Appeal:6, Total Rating6 Sulamk
09/17/2002 12:09:00 AM
very nice...
09/16/2002 11:44:00 PM
neat use of light and color. cmcvety.
09/16/2002 07:10:00 PM
i have no idea what that thing is, but as far as the photo goes you did a very nice job.
09/16/2002 03:55:00 PM
Pretty ...........what is that? Score 6 Justine
09/16/2002 02:53:00 PM
nice balance........... looks like a microscope specimen
09/16/2002 11:28:00 AM
What is it? Makes me think of an octopus. I love it. The color combined with the black background is stunning.
09/16/2002 10:54:00 AM
abstact yes--good yes--maybe a little flat with the change of red color--9bobgaither
09/16/2002 08:42:00 AM
a part of me wants to know what this thing is! A part of me says "it's visually striking.. who cares what it is!" be nice if the core of that object were a deep red like the rest.. its just a nice picture to look at
09/16/2002 08:34:00 AM
i'm guessing this is the kohlrabi leftover fromt he fruit and veggie challenge? very nice, whatever it is.
09/16/2002 05:40:00 AM
WOW ! What the heck is it?? Very impressive shot, love the composition, incredible use of neg spc. lhall-10
09/16/2002 05:12:00 AM
Fantastic contrast with the red & black. Very well done.....10.
09/16/2002 04:41:00 AM
Excellent colour, detail and hence photo. What is it? Good stuff!

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