Blaze of Glory {76/365}

While rummaging through some cardboard boxes filled with miscellany, I uncovered a badly cracked incandescent 40-watt light bulb. Did you know that in 2014, the incandescent light bulb will be banned - no one can make any more?  They've been deemed inefficient, having failed to live up to a "higher standard".

I poignant thought struck me.  This object has now been discarded into the dusty vaults of history.  A shining example of man's ingenuity and his ability to use his creative mind to solve problems.  As a photographer, this is a sad thing.  CFL bulbs aren't pretty to be photographed by; they have an uneven-ness when being color corrected.  Even the "warm" CFLs give off an artificial warmth - almost too yellow.

So instead of throwing it away never to do what it was intended to do, I decided to let it go out in a final blaze of glory as a testament to human innovation in this modern age.

Canon 85mm 1.2L - f2.8 @2000th 400iso; glass carefully removed (I left a little piece for effect), fitted into a removable socket; when switched on, the filament, being exposed to oxygen, burned up very quickly producing a small mushroom cloud.