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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Billy Crystal

Winter is coming.

It was my first attempt at getting comedy legend Billy Crystal, as he left the theater after the second show on a double taping day. I knew it would be tricky.  

Billy turned out okay, but despite extensive massaging of shadow, contrast, etc, the gum is faint and amorphous at best. For a website called CelebriGum, this is a problem. Although I limped through the last couple winters, this year I decided to make a bold move. How bold? $8.77 bold. (Plus shipping bold.)

Meet the new CelebriGum wintertime light:

It's a clip-on LED light powered by three AAA batteries. Sure, its sinuous flex stalk and pearlescent glow are sexy, but can it get the job done?

Let's look at the test shots.

Without the light. Terrible.    

With the light, same settings and levels. A subtle yet huge improvement: The gum is clearly visible, but the ledge is not blindingly over-lit. Interesting bluish cast contrasting with the greenish tint of the street. We can work with this. 

Winter is coming, but we're going to get through it.


  1. If more things were pearlescent the world would be a much better place.

    1. Just one of the many themes the candidates will desperately try out on undecided voters in the coming days.

  2. “Blow, blow, thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man's ingratitude.” - Willgum Shakespeare

  3. Please keep your sinuous flex stalk to yourself.

    1. Why are Americans so prudish about battery powered clip-on LED lights?

  4. You might ask, why not just use the camera's flash? I found that it lit the ledge very well but left the rest of the scene in complete darkness.

    Or you might not ask that.

    1. Thank you, Celebrigum, for asking the questions that all of America might not have asked!

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