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 7 – Submitted shot, Slow Death

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 !!

Week 7 - Slow (Slow Death)

Week 7 – Slow

Week 7 - Slow

Quite a poor showing this week. Certainly not a lack of insopiration but more a lack of opportunity. Quite embarrased to even have taken these ones (The iphone is a camera too right?) but kind of sums up the week really.
If I can’t get anything tomorrow then one of these will have to do, which will be disappointing to say the least. Already got some ideas for fast. Hopefully I’ll find the time to make them happen….

On the plus side – I haven’t missed a week yet

Week 7 - Slow

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.

Week 4 – Computers

And the 52 continues, not actually nailed a shot to submit yet, but have a few ideas and managed a couple of conceptual shots very quickly yesterday. to avoid the standard macro shot of the innards of an old PC I think I’ll need a couple of quick photoshop tutorials this week. Concept shots so far are as below with the actual submissions and selected best endeavours will be posted later this week.

Week 4 - Computer.....

This is NOT a finished shot, just a concept tester at the moment to see if my shocking Photoshop skills would be up to a bit of an excercise. This would be Very difficult to get right in camera. Like I said, it’s an idea, not finished and I know that you can see the joins and the blending is rubbish (that’ll be cos I’ve not finished it…..)

Conceptual #2 - Week 4

Week 3 – Colour

Week 3 - Colours

Week 3 has been a slightly disappointing one for me as I had this idea from the outset and haven’t quite pulled off what I had in mind. I mentioned before that whilst this is a fun challenge, my personal aim was to try to push myself outside my comfort zone each week both creatively or technically. so far it’s all turned out OK, but with the shots this week I’m just not happy with what I got compared to what I had in mind. I don’t think it was down to the technical side of things as much as it may have been with my technique. Perhaps I rushed it a little. Perhaps I didn’t prepare properly. I do know that some of the shots were ‘missed’ because of the time it was taking for my flash units to recycle.

The idea was to have a tank of water with different coloured food dye dropped in at the same time. I’m not an octopus and didn’t have a helper to hand so I couldn’t do this. I did notice though that once dropped, the dispersal was fairly slow, so I could have got a few colours in one after the other and still got the shots I wanted (i.e interesting patterns in different colours). That said, I seem to have missed the ‘best’ patterns because my flashes were taking a long time to re-cycle. Not something that’s usually a problem as I tend to have them at lower power than i did for today’s shoot.

I’ve included some shots of the set-up this week if anyone wants to try to have a go themselves at a later date. Should have been fairly straightforward.

Flashed were aligned next to the vase aimed at a white background (both on about half power to assure an even spread with enough light to completely overexpose the background.
Camera was on the tripod, pre focussed about half wat through the vase (I dipped a straw in and focussed on that).
Shutter speed was 1/200 on some and 1/250 on others – That’s the maximum synch speed I get – So exposure was controlled by aperture.

It wasn’t a total fail as I learned a couple of things (about my patience) and how to perhaps improve for another shoot another day.

1) Preparation – Always make sure that all of your batteries are charged before starting
2) Position of lights – These should have been slightly behind the vase I think. This would have made the reflections easier to deal with on the curved vase.
3) Props – A square tank would have been better than a curved vase, reflection and imperfections are much easier to manage if the glass is square on to the camera
4) Props – eye droppers would have worked much better than manually tipping the colouring into the water. I never had any
5) Helpers – Always handy
6) Keep going till you get the shot you want. Whilst there was no real time pressure to end the shoot I stopped before I got the shot I wanted. Should have just kept plugging away till I was happy.

Week 3 - Colours

So, that’s week 3. Would appreciate any constructive crit from you guys as well.

Week 3 - Colours

Let the week 4 planning commence.

Week 2 – Autumn

Right, week 2 and I found myself struggling. There doesn’t seem to be many trees about at the moment with Autumnal Leaves. Everything’s still pretty green. Additionally, whilst out and about most of the fields in darkest Essex have been ploughed, and whilst Autumna, aren’t that inspiring.

So, with options 1 and 2 out of the window (and with it a chance to improve my landscape shots) I was forced indoors again for the second week running.

With some help from the wife and kids I acquired some conkers (or chestnuts to the young and PC brigade) which inspired these. Hopefully it doesn’t look like they were just plonked on the bar indoors and next time I will take some setup shots to accompany the explanation.

Autumn - Week 2

Autumn - Week 2

Autumn - Week 2