(Canon 30D, Canon 24-105 f/4L IS lens – 1/640 second, f/4, ISO 100)

What you are seeing is a capture of a lightbulb in the process of burning out. To create the shot, my friend Harley and I removed the glass enclosure of a standard household lightbulb (while leaving the innards intact) and powered it up in a pitch black room. The result was an immediate burn-out, which we were all too ready to photograph. The red hue on the smoke was added in post-processing.

Here’s one more I did inverting the shot:

(Canon 30D, Canon 24-105 f/4L IS lens – 1/1000 second, f/4, ISO 100)

For detailed instructions on making a similar shot, visit DIYPhotography.net.


UPDATE:
For those requesting (here and on Digg), here is the top shot with minimal adjustment (contrast, crop and noise reduction):

(Canon 30D, Canon 24-105 f/4L IS lens – 1/640 second, f/4, ISO 100)