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The Light Within

By Robin_TB
October Critique Buddies submission.

Light bulbs piled on top of an LED torch, on a black towel, in a darkened room. The camera was tripod mounted overhead.

Only digital manipulation was cropping slightly to centre the image.

The stats for those that might suggest better settings:
Focal Length 33mm
ISO 400
Exposure 1/4 sec
Compensation -0.7 step.

I took several different angles/arrangements which I may post as follow up if anyone is interested. All comments welcome.

Tags: Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Flash and lighting

Voters: looboss, TyChee, carmenfuchs and 4 more

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NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2009 11:10PM
sorry its taken so long to get around to checking out the buddy shot.
i like this idea, the composition, square presentation etc.
i think though that the lighting is a bit dull and could be pumped up quite a lot, the principle bulb aught be very luminecent and a couple of reflectors could have pushed a bit back down onto the outer bulbsinteresting shot this one and makes me think about developing the idea

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Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
28 Oct 2009 9:47PM
I agree with Phil about the light. I would have looked at having fewer bulbs or making sure all of them were backlit. I like the square crop but would prefer to see a tighter crop so there's less surrounds.
A torch waved around over the caps would have given a bit of detail to these shadowed areas too.
blackbird 11 159 15 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2009 2:06PM
Brilliant idea, well worth exploring a little further. Using reflectors and/or a torch to lighten other parts is a good idea.
I also wonder whether it might be effective to change the viewpoint so that instead of looking down on the bulbs you had them piled up with the light shining up through?
Also as the bulbs aren't going anywhere I would have used a tripod and a longer exposure to increase the depth of field
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2009 6:42PM
Hi Robin, Re Critique buddies comment.
I liked the idea and even was thinking along the same lines until I saw yours, I like the idea of using multiple bulbs. The different bulb brands donít work for me at the moment as itís a distraction to the shape of the image; also as its almost a mono shot anyway I might take it back to black and white as these bulbs now represent the old way of lighting a house.
I note you use f4.8 Iíve not seen that setting before? Iím trying to use F8-F11 on all shots at present as I believe this is viewed as the best performing area of a lens to improve sharpness, as your tripod mounted exposure times can increase so Iíd also use a lower ISO, I understand the lowest ISO is the best for quality.
Anyway great idea as I said, I really liked it.

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