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Un-Natural Light

By Hop-A-Long  
I am finally away into Hospital tomorrow, all the preperation is now complete. I haven't been around much for the last few days and probably won't be for the next few. I apologise for not keeping up with all your images, but shall endeavour to catch up tonight.

This started out as an experiment, pretty much the way my image Natural Light began. It then became a bit of an obsession trying to get it right. What fun I have had this evening with this one. As you will all know heat makes things expand, that is exactly what happens with a filament in a bulb. Not a great problem you might think, well obviously you can't focus in on the filament when it is fully on because that would hurt your eyes ever so slightly, I haven't tested this theory of pain, but I don't think the outcome would be to good, please don't try it. Anyway I had to focus in on the filament whilst it was switched off, with such a shallow depth of field everything changes when the filament is switched on and it expands, it goes completely out of focus. 60 shots later and I was still not there. Hair was now being pulled out, but it wasn't going to beat me. Thank goodness for digital. Could you imagine the amount of film that would have been wasted. I finally figured out that if I shot with it slightly out of focus it worked. This shot was number 87 and the final shot I took. The rest have all been binned.
Hope you like it.

Thanks for looking and for all your comments and I shall look forward to seeing all your images in a couple of days.

Nikon D40
Sigma 50mm Macro, 2x Converter
F 8
ISO 200
Shutter 1/100
2 hands to pull hair out.

Tags: Light Macro General Close up Bulb Close-up and macro Filament Flash and lighting

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Maiwand 10 3 73 England
5 Nov 2007 7:51PM
If at first you dont succeed ??? Well done for persistence.

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newy17 11 273 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2007 7:59PM
lol sounds great fun lol,,well you wont need a hair cut and well worth it nice one andy.
hope everything goe's well in hospital,,
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2007 8:05PM
He-he. Can we see a self portrait of you with no hair? Well captured and dare I say lit? Good luck with the hospital. Hope all goes well.
Marilyn x
Superb shot. Well seen!! Great work!
5 Nov 2007 8:20PM
Patience pays off, excellent capture,
helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2007 8:21PM
Hope everything goes well at the hospital
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1766 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2007 8:21PM

Quote:This shot was number 87...

I've made four separate visits so far to a tatty bus shelter trying to get the right light to photograph it.
This site performs a wonderful service for the community, in keeping us harmlessly occupied, without epz we might all be seriously dangerous!
Hope all goes well in hospital,
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 70 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2007 8:28PM
You eventually got there, Andy, and it was well worth the effort. I can easily believe it's something to be obsessive about. It is certainly an excellent pair with Natural Light - you could print them large and hang them on opposite walls.

Hope all goes well for the next few days, and look forward greatly to having you back on site.
Best wishes
microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2007 8:41PM
Great shot well done and good luck to you over the next few days,
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
5 Nov 2007 8:47PM
Nice presentation, very well taken.
ChristineL 12 39 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2007 8:49PM
You cracked it Andy, nice capture.
Good luck and all the best for your hospital stay,
Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
5 Nov 2007 9:14PM
What a fine experiment....I like to do things like that to stretch my imagination sometimes....
Hope you have a speedy recovery.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
5 Nov 2007 9:19PM
A great experiment and just think f all the things you larned on the way that you have not found out about yet.!

Good Luck tomorrow!

nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
5 Nov 2007 9:27PM
Hope all goes well for you.
Come back soon
JYBluesman 10 97
5 Nov 2007 10:35PM
Good Luck. Jeff
derekv 10 3 England
5 Nov 2007 10:38PM
Best of luck, Andy, for tomorrow. Persistent guy, aren't you, great effect.
casson 11 3 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2007 10:45PM
Wonderful effect, best of luck Andy.
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2007 10:49PM
brilliant.. best of luck for tomorrow
phil_j 11 134 4 England
5 Nov 2007 10:58PM
Great work, look forward to seeing more from you soon, hope all goes well.

MandsH 10 England
5 Nov 2007 11:15PM
Shot 87 is excellent work. Good luck for tomorrow
Rende 10 38 4 Netherlands
5 Nov 2007 11:19PM
Wonderful image; congratulations on your perseverance! And the best of luck to you tomorrow.
chrissd 11 304 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2007 4:58AM
well thats different, nice one
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
6 Nov 2007 12:51PM
Your persistance has paid of Andy.Great image.
Mikelane 10 1 Wales
6 Nov 2007 1:02PM
Well done andy .Good luck .
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
6 Nov 2007 3:00PM
Great idea and wonderful capture. Idea: if you want to pursue shots like this, you might try to get yourself some welder's goggles. I used to use these when I looked into my kiln firing at 2000F and it will save your eyes and you can see perfectly.
Good luck on your operation(?).
madusa1 10
6 Nov 2007 5:22PM
Nice lighting. Great capture.
fossilized 13 79 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2007 6:40PM
Have an RC... you deserve it for all that work! Well done for getting there. Hope all goes well at the hospital.
norton 13 6 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2007 6:58PM
You got the shot in the end and nice it is too,well captured and get well soon...........

Regards Tony.
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
7 Nov 2007 1:47AM
Your patience paid off, a brilliant shot.

Ask the hospital if they can give you a hair transplant whilst you're there, lol.
Seriously though, I hope everything goes satisfactorily.
rmr 10 1 Wales
7 Nov 2007 7:45PM
nice work
good luck
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2007 9:18PM
A beautiful warm capture of light Andy..all the best for your hospital visit, I do hope that things go well for you, I will be thinking of you.
trissie 11 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2007 9:53AM
Lovely warm light, and good luck.

Trish x
TonyFrith 10 3 6 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2007 7:21AM
Lovely light ,Good luck in the hospital. Hope all goes well.
Possum 11 148 England
15 Nov 2007 4:02PM
Your patience was rewarded - some excellent detail.

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