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Little red lightbulb - how did I light it? (not obligatory)

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Oh, how I admire these marvelously engineered, composed and exposed hi-tech Strobist shots, such as of a floating CFL shining brightly without being mated to a socket or any wires visible. For example, this floating CFL, the Strobist explanation and the link to the article by David Hobby were an inspiration to try a lo-tech version.


Strobist Info:

Bulb is a 110V 5W as bought, with a red coating and old-fashioned tungsten filament. Although the thread and contact are dark and hard to see in this shot, no wires are attached to it. No photo editing, simply not needed. This is the image straight out of the camera, just cropped. No fancy floating either, this bulb just rests on the dark backdrop inside my small lightbox that is illuminated by a rainy day cloudy sky through the window shade pulled up about a hand wide. No flash used, no snooting. Why then Strobist? Well, the creative spirit of sharing explanations may have to do with it.


Before I bluntly share, can you guess how I lighted up that bulb? It is without wiring, without building an LED into it, with neither radio frequency transmission nor microwave energy, and not resorting to magic hands energy or wishful positive thinking, either.


Three visual cues:

1. the reflection on the Edison socket,

2. the reflection on the bulb body

3. a bit of light spill to the right side of the bulb. View On Black


Got an idea? The light source is (drum roll) a laser pointer, carefully aimed at the far side of the red globe. See that same little red light bulb when OFF.

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Taken on March 20, 2008