Week 17 – Winter

Week 17 - Winter

It wasn’t actually that wintery this week, but work was manic and I knew I wouldn’t have time to get out and about. Grabbed a couple of chilly shots with the iphone, but wanted something more and something a little different to the icy, snowy shots. Dug some gloves out of the cupboard and placed them on the radiator for a quick grab fully intending to stage something properly later (the plan was to have these, snowboots and a puddle on the floor) but as is more often the case, I never actually got round to finishing it. Still at least I never missed a week in actually taking the shots. Just never added any to the group.

Week - 17 Winter

Week 16 – Hidden (Submitted Entry)

Bit of a rush job for a change, that never quite worked out how I wanted it to, but nevertheless ended up working quite well I think.

Week 16 - Hidden

I once saw a photo of a girl in a shower, mascara running down her cheeks. Although she wasn’t crying, the raw emotion on her face that the photographer captured was obvious to anyone viewing.

As soon as I saw this weeks theme, a similar idea started to form in my head because the only thing I could think of that related to hidden was ‘feelings’ or ’emotions’. that led me off on a path of pondering and it occurred to me that chaps, or gentlemen of a certain age don’t deal with emotions particularly well. For some reason we ignore them for the most, and certainly never ever talk about them (unless drunk !). I wanted to try and capture this with an ironic tip of the hat to the girl in the shower shots to say that blokes have feelings too…..
Unfortunately, space and time were a bit short and I never managed to capture the RAW emotion I saw in my head. Partly because I was too much of a coward to face the camera and partly because I couldn’t see what I was taking (I could do wirth a wireless way of triggering the camera) .

I was hoping that the image would be strong enough to convey this without the lengthy description but the couple of people that saw them before I posted didn’t get it at all (Erm it’s a bloke in a shower? being the primary response)…….. I’m kind of hoping that it will get you all thinking anyhow, be interested to know what spring to mind.

Was worth doing, just to get me out of the comfortable still life mentality. Out of my comfort zone for this week’s theme. I could have taken the easy option and gone for hidden beauty, or hidden detail but decided to plough ahead with this one. Didn’t quite convey the message I intended and the composition isn’t quite right (which effectively kills the entire photo) but think it was a reasonable effort and still makes you think about what’s going on a bit.

Happy New Year (Week 15 – New Start)

Happy new year everyone, and apologies if you’re a bit squeamish…..

Was going to save this idea in favour of a completely different approach for this week, but on reflection, asking the wife to pack a suitcase, and pose for some bye bye shots with runny mascara probably wouldn’t have been the best way of starting the new year, even if it was just for a shoot.
The second idea I had was a bin bag full of booze, not sure why I never did that now but sure there was a reason.

Anyhow, I read today that smokers on 20 a day will lose 2 teeth on average, every 10 years. I lost my 10 year 2, just before christmas within a week off each other. Ties in niceley with one of my resolutions….. No, I’m not giving up smoking, I’m giving up reading about healthier choices…….

Anyhow – After 12 years of neglecting my gnashers, I decided on a new beginning for my remaining pegs, with regular trips to the dentist.

(Just noticed that I also forgot to check my ISO before setting up – I thought the flash was doing a good job on 1/64)

Week 15 - New Start (Ouch)

Week 8 – ‘Fast’ – Submitted shot

Late submission, but in my head it still counts.
Wanted to try and stay away from the obvious again, and whilst not really pushing the limits in a photographic sense, I’m quite pleased that I managed to come up with an idea that was again a little different from the first thing that pops into my head. Wanted to capture the ‘fasting’ element with he empty plate and water, but thought about how dieting is almost a religion for some people as well (hence the tape measure).

Week 8 - Fast

fast   [fast, fahst]
verb (used without object)
1.
to abstain from all food.
2.
to eat only sparingly or of certain kinds of food, especially as a religious observance.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cause to abstain entirely from or limit food; put on a fast: to fast a patient for a day before surgery.
noun
4.
an abstinence from food, or a limiting of one’s food, especially when voluntary and as a religious observance; fasting.
5.
a day or period of fasting.
Origin:
before 1000; Middle English fasten, Old English fæstan; cognate with German fasten, Gothic fastan, Old Norse fasta

Week 8 - Fast

Week 8 – Fast

So many interpretations of the theme this week it’s pretty amazing. The first, and probably most obvious thing that sprung to mind was fast as an adjective. Quick, Not slow. This alone provides limitless potential with fast things happening around us pretty much anywhere, all day. Getting a fast shot here wouldn’t take a great deal of imagination, nor a complicated set-up. In fact, I raided the archives and I already have a ton of photos that would happily fit this theme.

Global Economy

Fast shutter, fast spinning coin, fast lens……. you get the picture (pun intended)

Alternatively, there’s the ignition point of butane – That’s pretty quick too. Quite difficult to catch this but worth the effort in the long run.

Lighter Sparks

Then there’s the fast streams of molten magnesium and iron filings burning. How many more can there be.

Sparklers - more random abstract oddness

So for this week I once again had some rather grand ideas. I haven’t taken the shot yet (in fact I’ve not even got the safety shots in the bag either) but I have been thinking.
Fast is a great adjective. It’s also a verb, an adverb and noun. Quite excited about this and definitely have something a little different to the immediate connection with speed in mind.

FAST
noun
a chain or rope for mooring a vessel.
Origin:
1670–80; alteration, by association with fast 1 , of late Middle English fest, perhaps noun use of fest, past participle of festen to fasten, or < Old Norse festr mooring rope fast1    [fast, fahst] adjective, fast·er, fast·est, adverb, fast·er, fast·est, noun adjective 1. moving or able to move, operate, function, or take effect quickly; quick; swift; rapid: a fast horse; a fast pain reliever; a fast thinker. 2. done in comparatively little time; taking a comparatively short time: a fast race; fast work. 3. (of time) a. indicating a time in advance of the correct time, as of a clock. b. noting or according to daylight-saving time. 4. adapted to, allowing, productive of, or imparting rapid movement: a hull with fast lines; one of the fastest pitchers in baseball. 5. characterized by unrestrained conduct or lack of moral conventions, especially in sexual relations; wanton; loose: Some young people in that era were considered fast, if not downright promiscuous.

Week 6 – Supernatural

So here we are at week 5 of 52. Instead of getting easier it’s getting more difficult to challenge the obvious and try to get something that’s both imaginative and challenging. Had so many big ideas for the theme of supernatural this week, none of which I’ll be able to fulfil for the simple lack of a large budget (or any budget at all for that matter), a team of make up artists to turn the entire family into a coven of Zombie Witches or any willing models. Aside from that it’s all good…..

Re-processed

Had a monster busy weekend so for the first time I’m without even a safe and simple shot, so scaling back on the ideas seems to lead me down a path I’d rather not tread for want of everyone else getting bored with it. I’ll have to see how it goes.