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Challenge: Light Bulb (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Gallery
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Salt Lake City
Date: Jun 29, 2008
Aperture: f/14.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Jun 29, 2008

Used a workbench clamp to hold the clear bulb upright. Shined tungsten hot light through white diffuser behind the buld. Slight crop and straighten, remove a few sensor dust spots, curves adjustment layer, hue/saturation adjustment layer, brightness/contrast layer, add black at the edges, size for web.

Note after voting results:
Big smile! A new personal best and in the top 25 too. Even before the results, I considered this my best challenge submission so far. Thanks for the confirmation.
I enjoy this image because, although simple, it also has many types of contrast:
Vertical threads/horizontal threads
Tungsten-material/tungsten-color balance
Symmetry (bulb)/asymmetry (base)
Obvious (shapes)/subtle (moiré)
Thanks also to the highly recommended book The Photographer’s Eye by Michael Freeman for sharpening my awareness of such design elements.

Place: 22 out of 112
Avg (all users): 6.0647
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.7179
Avg (non-participants): 6.2000
Views since voting: 1109
Views during voting: 276
Votes: 139
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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12/26/2008 09:13:27 PM
lovely lighting. i like the yellow tint. the symmetry is nice, but is thrown off by the thingy on the left. over all i really like this:)
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07/08/2008 02:43:15 PM
Congrats on the 6 and the new PB! The part of this that really makes it for me is the threads meeting the blocks and the echo of the threads in the element in the lower left. Well thought out design!
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07/07/2008 11:23:21 AM
In response to your interest in others' thoughts on this in the "personal best" thread, the thing that first strikes me here is the amount of space at the top of the frame. Next I'm struck by the cramped composition below. For me, it doesn't make for a well-balanced photograph. Stylistically, it's a very interesting picture, and I think you've done well highlighting the form of your subject and contrasting its attractive transparency with the blocky, firm solidity of the clamp. That's nicely presented. Overall though, the composition is in my opinion what prevents this photograph from being a 6.5 or higher. I also think your post-processing (which I believe is what's responsible for the "banding" in the negative space area at top) is somewhat overdone, though it could be said that it enhances the yellow already in this to present what seems to be an illuminated yet dark bulb. Anyway, overall nicely done, and congratulations on your personal best.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/05/2008 02:25:48 PM
Clean and simple. I like the composition (is that a vice?).
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07/03/2008 11:56:12 PM
Very good idea! Great photo!
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07/02/2008 08:23:21 PM
Original idea. Nicely done, very illuminating shot! 8
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