Bright Ideas - Day 263 of Project 365



I'm struggling for bright ideas at the moment! Plus I seem to have started to get a hand fetish, as this isn't the first time my hand has made it into my 365!


Today I discovered that at some point yesterday I must have inadvertently nudged the thermostat in the fridge... and turned it into a freezer... This morning I had to microwave the orange juice just to get some into a glass.


The brightness of the bulb was balanced by a bit of fill flash from the right. This helped bring out the text on the bulb and picked out more detail on my hand.


I originally planned to do this as a black and white... so I don’t know why I ended up leaving it in colour?


Lightroom: crop, push the black point to remove most of the background detail, use the brush tool to pick out my thumb more and remove some background bits, vignette, saturation +10, tweak brightness and contrast, save to JPG


Strobist: 580EX II into shoot through umbrella handheld to camera right, on TTL flash cord, FEC -2, camera metering to spot.


  • Zach Gray 6y

    Cool! How was the bulb lit?
  • Matthew 6y

    Soldered a wire to the back of the bulb and ran the wire down the back of my arm, but shh, don't tell anyone ;)
  • CotswoldPhoto 6y

    Love it!

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  • Steve 6y

    Great detail, can even see your finger prints.
  • Justin Litton 6y

  • Gonzalo Andrés 6y

    Great concept. Love it!

    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)
  • Mark Daniel 6y

    Brilliant. It's good to break the rules:-)
  • LittleRedCera 6y

    Very cool.
  • Gavin Clarke 6y

    'Soldered a wire to the back of the bulb and ran the wire down the back of my arm'

    Please stop putting so much effort into your photography, you are making me feel like a bone idle git ;-)

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • Simon Andrew 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Advertising Photography Blog, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Kira Bajira 6y

    Woah, this is awesome. I thought photoshop for sure.

    Seen in the group"365 Community" (?)
  • Peter Wine 6y

    "Please stop putting so much effort into your photography, you are making me feel like a bone idle git ;-)"

    I'm not sure what a 'bone idle git' is exactly, but I'm feeling like one, too.
  • shawnleishman 6y

    genius! so nicely done! = ]
  • Carlo Fontanarosa 6y

    very nice
  • Nick Efford 6y

    Clever, and well-executed. And you say you are struggling for ideas? Jeez... :)
  • Sodabowski 6y

    Nice soldering skills ;)
  • Jamie Sarner 4y

    Very clever and funny! I like the concept. The photo fitted perfectly into our article about saving energy, so we used it on our Toronto real estate blog. Thanks for the CC licence!
  • australianpolicyonline 4y

    Thanks from Australian Policy Online. This pic is on APO's home page (with attribution) for a few days from 29 September 2011. See (illustrating a report called 'Improving the energy efficiency of homes in Moreland’). PS. APO is a non profit website making the latest Australian social policy research available to the public. Thank you for listing your image with a Creative Commons license.
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