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A macro of a light bulb's filament just before it heats to full power. This was a 100 watt light bulb. Timing is everything with this shot.
Shot at a superfast ISO800 to stop the filament in mid-burn.
I really like the negative space created by the sensuous curve of the bulb. I thought of this during the light bulb contest but simply didn't have any time to set it up. I hope you like it.
This has a focal length of 130mm on my 75-300mm Tamron macro lens. Used NI and applied an ample amount of USM and saved for web.
If you've never tried to capture a filament at mid-burn, I suggest you try it. I took about 100+ shots to get this one 'perfect' (at least for me) shot :)
Saturday, January 20, 2007 7:24:05 PM
Amazing. Seriously, amazing. Something so simple, I would never have considered a light bulb as a subject. I will take your advice and try, try, try!
When setting up, how do you not get a bright spot from the actual bulb? Is the dark bg just the wall?
Sorry about all the questions, I really am in awe of your work. So beautiful.
10, wish I could give more.
Thursday, April 26, 2007 11:29:01 AM
One more question, sorry. What is NI?
And with a high ISO, how do you accomplish no noise?
Man, I love this image!!!!
Thursday, April 26, 2007 11:29:57 AM
Thank you once again for voting this image into the HoF. I truly appreciate it and it's a very humbling experience ;)
Friday, March 23, 2007 10:35:45 AM
uf !!!!!!!!!1 great one !!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007 1:27:09 PM
Sunday, January 20, 2008 4:55:09 PM
I love everything about it.
Saturday, April 07, 2007 12:19:59 PM
TEN! FANTASTIC!!Hat's off to you, Sir!
Monday, July 02, 2007 11:29:47 AM
Wow - great shot! All of the hard work really paid off for this one!
Thursday, August 16, 2007 11:30:21 PM
Sunday, October 28, 2007 8:15:22 AM
Génialissime encore une fois, rien à ajouter...
Enfin si, encore, encore, d'autres superbes photos!
Sunday, December 31, 2006 3:57:55 AM
Excellent job, love your explanations going with the making of this shot, thank you !!
Thursday, December 07, 2006 3:29:27 PM
Saturday, December 09, 2006 2:52:50 PM
superb shot! r10 :)
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 11:27:56 AM
a rare ten for this. the colors & tonal quality are superb.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 11:45:16 AM
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 2:37:09 PM
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 4:13:32 PM
OUTSTANDING!!!! Well done...
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 5:12:08 AM
Excellent work !
R10 and fav !
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 5:24:11 AM
Really great shot.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 5:51:50 AM
Love this shot Rikki!! great stuff here!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006 9:14:36 PM
the tumbnail minimize the beauty of this shot
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 6:16:40 AM
nice one, I really like the colors
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 6:35:18 AM
Looks like a tricky experiment: fortunately you got it exactly right.
Great subject and execution.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 7:02:16 AM
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 9:18:50 AM
This is GREEEEEAT.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 9:21:49 AM
wow ! stunning !10.
Thursday, December 07, 2006 7:15:38 AM
this is so creative! i love the background too, perfect!!!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006 12:12:34 AM
I agree, fantastic work!!!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006 9:33:44 AM
Sunday, December 17, 2006 8:24:02 PM
You said it all... Faint!!!!
Sunday, February 18, 2007 4:47:10 PM
Thursday, February 15, 2007 8:16:20 PM
Great Photo-I like the color.
Monday, September 13, 2010 2:23:08 PM
Nice shot, R10!
Thursday, July 05, 2007 11:08:12 AM
Thursday, July 05, 2007 11:11:30 PM
Great macro. Nice composition, very crisp and clear image, good warm colour.
Thursday, February 08, 2007 3:54:46 PM
Monday, March 26, 2007 8:57:05 PM
I really admire the way you push yourself to try new things. You are fearless.
Thursday, December 07, 2006 8:22:33 PM
You are really good, keep it coming, tsong!!!!
You really try very hard to upload the best for us.
Friday, December 08, 2006 2:03:46 AM
Simply fanstastic, pinoy ka talaga, creatibo!
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 1:01:20 AM
beautiful...i like the slight reflection from the coil in the glass...
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 1:06:22 AM
This is spectacular...very well done
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 1:16:46 AM
All I can say is WOW! This is the prettiest light bulb I've ever saw...lol! You can make ANYTHING look like a work of art, well done Rikki!
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 1:34:56 AM
Superb work and a superb end result! Well done!
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 2:01:53 AM
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 2:25:29 AM
Great capture and thanks for note..
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 2:36:17 AM
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 4:07:16 AM
it was really worth all those tries...this is magnificent!
Saturday, March 10, 2007 3:45:57 PM
10R !! PERFECTO !!
Friday, June 22, 2007 1:33:55 AM
Very nice picture..
Sunday, May 24, 2009 1:36:09 PM
Notable!!! Congrats. HOF Work. R10* (Into my favorities).
Friday, May 09, 2008 6:58:04 AM
A perfect Shot!!! 10+
Saturday, October 27, 2007 9:02:39 PM
Wow, how beautiful. I think you did get the perfect shot and I like the bg color.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007 11:18:23 PM
Perfect, nice colour
Sunday, April 08, 2007 11:21:56 AM
i love the reflection on the glass
Sunday, September 30, 2007 1:05:44 AM
this is so clear
i just LUV it
Sunday, October 07, 2007 12:16:04 PM