One of these days I'd like to have a hot rod all to myself in a studio setting so I can take full car shots without people milling around.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
It's been far to long since I went out into my garage and just played. What do I mean? Well...for me playing is trying to come up with new and interesting ways of making a piece of art using my camera. During my 365 project I started doing this to keep the project fresh.
Most of all my experiments had to do with long exposure and here's a list of things I experimented with.
- Smoke (used incense sticks) (several attempts but started around Day 61)
- Bubbles (blowing through the bubble wand) (Day 153)
- Christmas light strand and movement (Day 180)
- Objects in motion (Day 188 & 189)
- Twirling different colored thread (Day 190 & 191)
- Stringing different colored thread into a wooden hoop to make a pinwheel pattern and moved it in various ways for different patterns (Day 193)
- Several objects in motion (Day 200 - 203)
- Colorful pins stuck in a piece of black foam board and twirled (Day 208 & 209)
- Christmas lights and reflective surfaces (not long exposure) (Day 218, 270 & 271)
My latest attempt at playing was with fishing line. I strung two piece of line in a X with some slack and with my shutter open moved the lines to see what kind of effects I could get. Doing these kinds of things always seem to help me me through those time when I feel like I'm tapped creatively.
What do you do when you feel tapped?
Sunday, May 2, 2010
I've really been lagging on doing blog posts. I'm still going out to photograph at least once a week or more but have a slight backlog of photos to look through and to post to the blog.
Today I went out and decided to look at things a bit differently. I looked for shapes and reflections. I walked my normal route around downtown Monterey looking for things I have overlooked before on one of my many other ventures this same route. I've walked by the shot I posted several times and never looked up apparently. I don't know if it's a good subject or not but it gave me pause when I looked up to the top floor of a parking garage. What attracted me was the yellow box, which I assume is a parking meter box, against the blue sky. I also liked the repeated shape and relative size of the sign to the box. I couldn't do anything about the railing so worked with it the best I could to make it part of the shot.