Lightbulb Test

Playing around with a lightbulb this evening, I came up with this.

It's B&W 'cause I don't have any CTO gels.


1x Canon 188A speedlight with 1ft snoot and black straw grid to camera right aimed at the bulb from 45 degrees behind.



Speedlite triggered manually (i.e. by hand), roughly 1/3 power

Explore #74 for 18th Oct 2007.

View all photos taken: Thursday, 18th October 2007, This photo: 10:02pm

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  • David de Groot said:
    Partial setup shot:

  • Maki_C30D said:
    great work, David!
  • mickeyjuice said:
    Cool execution.

    Where'd you get the straws, David?
  • looby88 said:
    sooo cute, never mind the technical stuff I just love your koala !!
  • troy :) said:
    nice one :)
    thanks for sharing the technique.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Maria :)

    I flogged them from a fish and chip shop north of Mackay. ;-)

    hehehe The Koala is a "Beanie Baby (tm)" that was given to me by friends when I visited the US waaaay back in '99.

    It's far from perfect, but given the equipment I think it turned out ok. :)
  • James Ottaway said:
    Very nice work David. I love the minimalist approach to lighting. I'm looking to get into some Strobist magic myself soon.
  • David de Groot said:
    I still need to get a flash I can reliably change the output on and some triggers of some sort, so far my forays into off-camera lighting have all been long exposures and handheld, manually triggered flash (single only).
  • James Ottaway said:
    Either the Vivitar 285HV, Canon 430EX or Canon 580EX II will work beautifully depending on your budget. I'm about to get the 430EX, with a view to get a Vivitar 285HV in the future as a second strobe.

    I'm about to get the "eBay triggers" people on Strobist use. Hopefully they will be reliable, give me wireless freedom but not cost half of my original body purchase.
  • David de Groot said:
    My plan is for a 580exII to give me the freedom to use ETTL-II and allow for expandability with infrared remote/slave later.
    I've been thinking about the eBay triggers, or maybe some Skyports...
    Pocket Wizards would be nice but maybe not until I can save up considerably more.
  • looby88 said:
    Do you belong to that strobist group on flickr, also theres an inventive one, not sure what they are called, I have just for a good read, and ideas when I might need them.....will find the links

    There you go my friend- you may of course already know/belong to said groups : )
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep already an avid reader of strobist :) But I wasn't aware of the funkyinnovations group - that one looks like it needs more investigation :)
  • hairstyle said:
    Hehe, this is very cute and creative shot too!
    Congratulations on Explore!

    You are my winner!
    Please add this photo to
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) Not bad for what was essentially a test shot.
  • Margot- said:
    How could have I missed this? Super cool shot. Now I think I need a Strobist. (o^^o)
  • David de Groot said:
    I'm not sure Hubby would approve ;-)

    (hint: Strobist = One who strobes, thus a strobist is a person who uses strobes (or small flash units)).
  • Margot- said:
    Thanks for the hint! (o^^o)

    Yeah...hubby has been complaining about my photography expenditure lately.


    I can't wait for Christmas and I wish I have two birthdays. (o^^o)
  • David de Groot said:
    See now obviously what we both need is an unlimited budget for camera gear :)
  • leadegroot said:
    Buy more lottery tickets
  • Margot- said:
    Hahaha...I'm seriously thinking about it. :o)
  • √Čole said:
    Nice shot and thank you for the "Making of" shot :)
  • David de Groot said:
    You're welcome. In retrospect I think I should have put the flash on full power and somehow gobo'd it to avoid light spillage on the rest of the koala, but then it was only a test shot.