Not sure if I have any words to put around this one at all – Shame I messed up the focus (I neglected to take into account that I needed to stand in front of the sink rather than in it – Duh…….
Having a bit of a sort through some of the (disappointingly few) photo’s I’ve taken this year and found this one of Big Bill, who last made an appearence in the 52 week theme for HDR. The snow had gone, but returned with a vengance again this week.
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.
Hidden – So many things sprang to mind for this week that it was almost a bit too much. From magical worlds hidden in the fridge, to lost socks poking out from under the washing machine a jumble of images tumbling through my head, some relatively ‘easy’ to set up and shoot some almost impossible without hair, makeup and models. Importantly though, pretty much all of them don’t involve the tabletop set-up that’s getting quite familiar now, and all of them are different to the previous submissions.
Of all of the ideas I’ve had, it’s the very first one that stuck in my mind. Over the course of the week it”s developed in my head and going for this will be both ambitious, and challenging. Totally outside my comfort zone both on a technical and artistic level (in that I’m not sure that I’ll be able to convey the emotional side of it as clearly as I ‘see’ it in my head. Hopefully I’ll have some time this evening to get it sorted and make it in time for the deadline !!
Another interior itch (which has potential to develop into a minor obsession) has been getting worse and I think it’s about time I scratched it. There’s an old Kodak Box Brownie languishing in my loft somewhere. I thought it was with the Cine8, clockwork movie camera, but had a quick peek and it isn’t. so it must be up there with the other super8 cine camera underneath something else. Guess I’ll be up there at the weekend rooting about. I remember using it as a child and I’m more and more interested in seeing if I can get anything decent out of it. Not sure if it still works, nor am I sure that I’ll be able to get my hands on any 620 film for it, but it’s got to be done at some point this year. The trouble with this is that I can see this going somewhere unpredictable and me ending up with a spare room full of chemicals by the summer…… Not sure how this will pan out but watch this space……
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.
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.
Then there’s the fast streams of molten magnesium and iron filings burning. How many more can there be.
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.
a chain or rope for mooring a vessel.
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.
Right, last minute change of plan again. Sat there having a fag after being told off by the dentist this morning for being a smoker. Whilst pondering that, I realised that smoking is pretty much a slow everything, a slow killer, a slow but steady drain on my wallet, a slow but sure way of losing teeth and so on. So…. Out came the flash and there we have it. If I were to actually have planned this rather than it being a spur of the moment thing I think I would have cleaned the ashtray. Might also have shot a bit wider and used another flash to highlight the smoke more (though that would have presented challenges with the background which I again kept dark by using a small aperture in a not very well lit room (the kitchen). Not as happy with this as previous weeks but it’s not an iphone picture of a traffic jam !!
Bit of a gaffe this week, work’s been an absolute nightmare and have been busy with Pumpkins and stuff indoors (no photos either). Had some really grand ideas for this week and unfortunately ended up rushing this in the last 20 minutes to get something submitted for tonight !! – Quite happy with it as a conceptual test shot but I can tell it was rushed so kind of spoils it for me. Aldso, it isn’t quite what I was after – Wanted me looking in a mirror, with the reflection half edited (so the real me looke whole and the reflection looked rotten). Would have also liked to have experimented a bit more with this to try and make the skin look mouldy and rotten but again, time stole from me again. That said, I can always go back and have a tinker another day.
Turning into a bit of a self portrait 52 this end, hopefully have something obscure for next week…..
If anyone’s interested, had an off camera flash, close and low/ Blended me with a stock photo of a skull (one of which is added to the Amazon wish list along with a smoke machine) .
Added the skull as a new layer and used Transform to get it into place.
Then added a layer mask and painted with a black brush so the background showed through.
Tidied it all up a bit, and then ran a Draganizer action that I’ve had for ages and never seen any need to use.