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It’s Wednesday! Time for another installment of the 2015 P52. This week’s theme was Sign of the Times. We were supposed to photograph something whose days are numbered, so to speak. Something that, 10-20 years from now, we expect to be obsolete or vanished.

I grew up in the 70s and 80s, and I’ve seen a few things fall by the wayside. Remember when music stores were full of vinyl albums and cassette tapes? I do. I remember the days of one phone for the whole household, attached to the wall, with a rotary dial that tick-tick-ticked its way back to start after each number. I remember three channels on the television, and my dad walking over to thump its top when the picture would start to roll. I also remember the billboards along the highway informing (or warning?) us that The information superhighway is coming! The what? Oh, the times they are a-changin’. Always.

Black and white photo of a lighted bulb held in a child's hands

I thought about this theme all week. Printed books, newspapers, CDs, checkbooks . . . several things came to mind, but nothing struck a creative spark. Not until I was straightening the kitchen on Monday and saw a light bulb sitting on the counter where my husband had left it and never put it away. I immediately had the idea for this image.

Incandescent bulbs are slowly being edged out by the more environmentally-friendly LEDs, but I still love the warm glow of incandescent bulbs best, and I will miss them if they do become obsolete.

My daughter, as usual, was willing to help me out with a photo project, and she was pretty excited to see the end product. How did you do that?!? Even her brother was pretty impressed. We tried to convince him that she is magic, that all she did was hold out the bulb and say Lumos! but he wasn’t buying it. I was just excited that the end product looked exactly as I had it pictured.

Next on the blog circle is Kristy Wolfe. Thanks for stopping by!

(This is a composite of 2 images, both shot with
the Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 24-70 2.8L)


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  1. Tara says:

    Love this photo! It is pretty magical. : )

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