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Re: Convict Lake Snow Globe

Post by St3v3M » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:22 am

Charles Haacker wrote:Knowing how it was done is even cooler. I assumed it was a composite! :look:

Thank you! I don't know how to do composites yet, but eventually! S-
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Post by minniev » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:09 pm

OK. I'm not totally following this project.

The image is absolutely wonderful. A light bulb with that beautiful scene in it..

But am I understanding that you opened a light bulb without breaking it, carved the innards out of it, transported it to Convict Lake without breaking it, managed to fill it with water and put it back together out in the field, managed to suspend it without breaking it, and took a photo? That seems as utterly impossible as if you'd told me you'd shrunk Convict Lake and stored it in a light bulb.

I surely must be misunderstanding how you did this magical thing.
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Post by St3v3M » Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:48 pm

minniev wrote:OK. I'm not totally following this project.

The image is absolutely wonderful. A light bulb with that beautiful scene in it..

But am I understanding that you opened a light bulb without breaking it, carved the innards out of it, transported it to Convict Lake without breaking it, managed to fill it with water and put it back together out in the field, managed to suspend it without breaking it, and took a photo? That seems as utterly impossible as if you'd told me you'd shrunk Convict Lake and stored it in a light bulb.

I surely must be misunderstanding how you did this magical thing.

Wait, wait, wait, you know me and you think it's impossible? Too funny!

I had been thinking about shooting through a glass ball for some time and once the Mammoth Trip showed up I thought What Better Time so I started in.

Getting the base out of the bulb wasn't as hard as it seemed, I was worried about breaking the glass more than anything, the filament gave way, then it was on to getting rid of the rough spots and cleaning the inside. I kept the box the bulb came in but was careful with it all the same. The silly part is I didn't think about suspending it until I got there, but ever the military boy scout I found some thread and figured it out. Adding water without making bubbles was funny too, but I found rotating the bulb made it easier. From there it's all about camera settings and watching for stray reflections.

If you're ever in the Eastern Sierra's area Convict Lake is magnificent in the morning light! S-
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Post by minniev » Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:15 pm

St3v3M wrote:Wait, wait, wait, you know me and you think it's impossible? Too funny!



I will have to say that I know no one else who would even think to do it, much less pull off such a feat. I am more amazed than usual.
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Post by St3v3M » Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:41 am

minniev wrote:I will have to say that I know no one else who would even think to do it, much less pull off such a feat. I am more amazed than usual.

Thank you! I'd be happy to make them for everyone, but it's probably just as easy to buy a glass ball unless you like the bulb of course! S-
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Post by Duck » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:15 am

The bulb idea is super cool. You might want to consider filling it with alcohol and hot melt gluing the base back on.

Alcohol will prevent fungus from growing inside the bulb and hot melting the base back on will keep the whole structure intact and not have to worry about being upside down, etc.
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Post by St3v3M » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:21 am

Duck wrote:The bulb idea is super cool. You might want to consider filling it with alcohol and hot melt gluing the base back on.

Alcohol will prevent fungus from growing inside the bulb and hot melting the base back on will keep the whole structure intact and not have to worry about being upside down, etc.

Originally I wanted the bulb in an old white porcelain fixture like this mounted to a nice piece of wood, so this would help! Rubbing alcohol? S-
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Post by Duck » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:42 am

St3v3M wrote:[...] Rubbing alcohol? S-

Well, vodka or other clear liquor can be used but that'd be a waste of good liquor. :lol:
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Post by St3v3M » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:48 am

Duck wrote:
St3v3M wrote:[...] Rubbing alcohol? S-

Well, vodka or other clear liquor can be used but that'd be a waste of good liquor. :lol:

I've been wanting to go back to Convict so I might revisit this, thank you! S-
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