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A 'Lightbulb' Moment

By Acancarter  
Inspired by a recent shot from Janet (chase) of a still life of old light bulbs, I tried this with modern bulbs. Incredibly, these work without being plugged in. Just to show there is no trickery or double exposures (honestly, there wasn't) the version has one of the other bulbs lit. If it wasn't for the pandemic I'd buy a beer for the first person to tell me how it was done...

Thanks for all the votes and comments on the little turtle hatchling yesterday. It was good to share a magic moment with you all.

Tags: Close-up and macro Chase Mystery Light bulbs No electricity

Voters: alanb, chase, mike9005 and 8 more



chase Plus
17 2.5k 669 England
9 Mar 2021 10:30AM
Great to know I inspired someone.
I wold have 'lit' these with a torch or two.
9 Mar 2021 11:09AM
On another planet, a long time ago I used to teach telegraphy and demonstrate how radio waves would travel by lighting up fluorescent tubes by tickling the radio wave across from a transmitter to the tube, this then lit up the tube with no visible connection.
9 Mar 2021 11:38AM
Thanks Janet and Mike for your comments. I think a torch would have been much more your style Janet but I don't think modern bulbs in such an isolated setting would have been... inspiration flows from this site and its contributors, thank you! You aren't far off Mike - yes electromagnetic waves but not radio... Deep blue/ near UV (405nm) from a screen pointer laser, a free introductory from Wish. All the white LEDs start out UV and have a phosphor to convert to white. It is quite startling when you shine one of these lasers at one! (I can't recommend getting anything other than minimal power pointers... there are so many for sale that are not remotely eyesafe.... and would require automatic shutdown door interlocks for industrial use!)
cooky Plus
19 6 9 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2021 11:47AM
And there was me thinking you were a master of the dark arts! So gullible...

Excellent and lovely tribute to the artist formally known as Chase!

Have a good day.

TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
9 Mar 2021 12:46PM
Very cleverly done, Andrew! I have a green laser, Which I've used for digital presentations, and often thought I could put it to some use like this, but feeling a bit inspired now! I also have a UV torch, which can create good effects, think I might upload one next... 😃👍
Trev 😀
9 Mar 2021 3:34PM
I have been enlightenedGrinGrinWink Andrew.


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