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Challenge: Green* II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-1000D Rebel XS
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Date: Apr 28, 2009
Aperture: F/5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/3
Date Uploaded: Apr 28, 2009

My idea was to take a light bulb and make a flower look like the filament. I took a clear light bulb, removed the filament, inserted a flower picked from my garden, then lit the flower with a flash light through the hole in the bottom of the light bulb. I also had a home made light tent with green tissue paper and a lamp lighting through the top. I tried many different shots with different flowers and lighting, but this was the only one that turned out alright. I had the hardest time trying to get the flower to stay where I wanted to. I used some clay in the bottom to hold it in place, but then it blocked the entrance for me to shine the light through, so I finally was able to get enough of a hole in the clay to allow the light through but still hold the flower in place.

I realized after I entered and reading the comments that my highlights are way too blown out. My first thought when I entered it was the blown out highlights helped show that my intention was for the flower to look like the light source. But after looking at it some more, I realize the highlights are way too blown out regardless. The one thing I dislike about this photo the most is the out of focus and dull base of the light bulb.

I had a lot of fun with this set up. Thank you everyone for your kind and very helpful comments!

Place: 16 out of 65
Avg (all users): 5.8884
Avg (commenters): 6.3750
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Views since voting: 1169
Views during voting: 429
Votes: 233
Comments: 8
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/05/2009 12:43:39 AM
Very nicely done. One of the best despite being blown out in the light..
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05/01/2009 04:30:21 PM
wow, great background and the flowers colour is brill, the only thing i would say is that the flower looks blown out,
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04/30/2009 05:00:39 PM
Simple concept simply shown. Bright and cheerful.
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04/29/2009 04:31:25 PM
I agree, things do tend to get a little lopsided.
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04/29/2009 11:36:33 AM
I do like the lighting, but I kinda wish the highlights weren't blown out...
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04/29/2009 07:06:40 AM
I started to comment that you should have toned down the blown highlights at the base of the flower, but the more I studied it in the context of the bulb - I think you got it right!
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04/29/2009 03:39:23 AM
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04/29/2009 12:58:00 AM
Great idea. The green is a little intense for me...
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