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

Triggertrap – Test shots….

I’ve had the app and the dongle for a while and other than some time lapse vids of the journey home from work I’ve never actually used it. This week I finally got round to purchasing a 2.5mm to 3.5 mm cable so I can use it to trigger the flash instead of the camera and subsequently started thinking about what I could use it for.

These were a hastily set up test session to try and get the setting for the ‘Bang’ trigger to work – Had a few issues initially whereupon the camera kept snapping away after the noise but after a few tweaks I think I got it sorted. I know that these are a bit rough round the edges, but as test shots I’m quite happy with them. All I need to do now is set something up properly with a decent background (not the shiny sink), replace water with milk (or cream) and swap out the smelly pickled onion for something a little more attractive……

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Onion splash - Triggertrap Mobile

Week 16 – Hidden (and other projects)

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……

Week 9 – Perspective

Going to have a lot of fun with this one. Unfortunately my head’s bursting with ideas, and that’s before I’ve looked anything up in the dictionary. Going to be a challenge to actually decide what I want to shoot form the list. This was a concept thing (to see if I could manage it on my own or whether I needed a model) and although lighting wise they’re shocking with a bit more effort to make sure that everything lines up where it should (and the shoes are cleaned) this could be an option….

Test Shots

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.