Almost Brilliant

A little photo fun of a wooden box of light bulbs… lit from within from a string of battery operated LEDs. Three second exposure at F22 – then tweaked vigorously in Lightroom to get the right amount of light and dark.

I don’t like CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs). I just don’t think the color tone is nice, they’re fragile, they’re toxic… shall I go on? LED technology is just barely teetering into its infancy, but that’s the future of lighting. Easy to dim, and the color range is limitless. At $20 a pop, not too many people are using them, but I’m thinking about buying my first one soon.

I don’t really want to use any of these anyways. :)


  1. Nice effect, although I must say you took a risk by putting this all together, because they are indeed toxic and a wound from bulb fragments is not very pleasant.

    BTW James, do you intentionally remove the exif data from your pics, or the theme does it automatically?
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  2. James Lee says:

    I don’t remove it on purpose.

    When I used Thesis, I had a plug-in written by Kristarella called Thesography that did some auto-EXIF data on the images, but that plug-in is written specifically for Thesis. At some point, I’d like to have it automatically added again. I know that the plug-in can be repurposed for other themes, but I haven’t been brave enough to tackle it yet.

  3. Sophia @ CPR Classes says:

    Yeesh, that is a box of cuts waiting to happen! Great photo though.

  4. Alexander says:

    I love the picture. Very creative use of light bulbs I think. And you did something I’d loved to poke my nose into. Using a higher aperture with a longer expose time. Shame my camera is so limited on the aperture part.

    I actually myself didn’t realize that doing this photo could have been harmful but after reading the other comments it might be the case. Even though that, I do have to say that sometimes it’s worth the risk.
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  5. Gia @ North Carolina DUI says:

    Nice shot!!! The color is perfect and the effect is just beautiful. Keep the cool posts coming. I love it!

  6. Sergey says:

    Cool photo :)

  7. # 1 fan says:

    so light bulbs are nice, even the zero pun with the ruler.
    but here it is the day before the biggest feast day of the year, and I know you’ve been “trying out” recipes.
    So I’m looking forward to some really scrumptious looking food pics!!
    PS my Orange Chocolate Pecan pie is a winner. Green chile in the corn bread stuffing is gonna be awesome, too.

  8. Lance @ Cash in a Hurry says:

    Nice Picture you have here James! You’re good when it comes to creativity and Canvas. The effects of lights are so great illuminating different bulbs. Keep it up! I know someday there will come a time that you’re talents be discovered.

    • Apple @ Fragrance Lamps says:

      Nice photo! I really appreciate your creativity in collecting the light bulbs and by lighting it with a battery operated LEDs. Aside from that your photo is cool and unique. You really have the artists way of creating and appreciating things. Just continue on what you’ve started. Great job!

  9. Grant says:

    Love the concept of this light bulb idea- and it is very well put together as a photo- Great stuff – Grant
    Grant recently posted Corporate London in Black &amp White

  10. Handrei Ryken @ Motivational Quotes says:

    Hey James! I truly admire your creativity and resourcefulness. Well, this one of your photographs makes me think, amazing! Just keep moving forward, opening new doors, and discovering new things. Until next time! You are a great white hope James!

  11. Ashlee says:

    NICE idea with the strand of LED lights. Slightly jealous… ;)

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  12. Kaye says:

    Love your post! The way you capture these dozens of light bulbs is great and unique. You have your own way of creating simple things to become unique and very creative. Just continue on what you’ve started. Nice job!
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  13. Jayden @ Custom Hats says:

    Amazing! I like the way you arrange the light bulbs aside from that the effects of the battery operated LEDs is also great. The light that was been created by the LEDs made a great impact on the light bulbs. So I can say that you’re photo is great and unique. Job well done!

  14. Good idea… i think every bubles should be LEDs!

  15. James Lee says:

    Hey, everyone, thanks so much for your kind words. It’s a fun shot… I’ll probably make an attempt at another version at some point, but for now, I’m quite happy with the results.

  16. Lantisz @ Picture on Canvas says:

    That picture is a proof that when you are inspired, you can create an art that are amazing out of simple things. James, your Creativity are exceptional! I love the concept on how you brought up a simple junk into a huge art! Its’ kind of risky to arrange this things up, but hey, it’s worth the effort! Keep it up James. More Power! I know you can create more ideas like this on the near future. Who knows, you pictures might be discovered! Keep on Believing!

  17. Nice photo. The light coming form the battery operated LEDS has a very nice effect on the bulbs. You arranged it well and though its only a bunch of bulbs but I was amazed with the outcome your work. I hope that your can take some more unique and great pictures.Your very creative and admire for that.

  18. I like your creativity. I like the effects of light and especially the arrangements of bulbs. You capture the perfect shot. Great Job! I like the photo simple yet amazing.

  19. WCDL says:

    You’ve arrange it in a way that it would appear interesting to the viewers.But, I think putting them together could cause danger. But anyway, you have a nice a idea. They look like big Christmas lights. And another thing, you’ve took the picture very well. I like the way you angle it.
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  20. daniel @ druck auf leinwand says:

    I like your picture, its so wonderful. It reminds me of our various light bulbs used in our place. I’m just thinking that if i collect all of them and take a picture out of it. Would it look as wonderful as this? What do you think?

  21. Jay @ dui san diego says:

    I like your creativity you did it well. I definitely like the light effects it’s fantastic. It only shows that you have a creative skills. Hopefully this could inspire others to do their own creative creation. Thanks for the post keep it up.

  22. Wow! so beautiful combination of different bulbs. I never seen anything like this before. Excellent work, i expect to receive more of your craft. Goodbless!

  23. Dave @ plastic surgery utah says:

    This is a really creative idea. It threw me off for a second until I read that you had a sting of lights in there as well. Very cool. Good job.

  24. Lucy Bateman says:

    What a cool idea for a photo. 10/10 for your imagination.

  25. Vanessa @ Live Help says:

    I really love the picture. Very creative use of light bulbs but I must say you took a risk by putting this all together because even a small wound of bulb fragment is really a bad experience.


  26. Ava @ Car Title Loans says:

    We changed our lighting in our house to LED, and I can tell you I will never go back. Something about fluorescent office lighting is very off-putting to me now. Did you finally cave in and get some? They’re worth it! I promise :)

  27. Tahsina @ Dorset Wedding photographer says:

    So creative, I love the idea and the effect of the LED lights shining through the others! Well done :)

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