It’s All A Blur
Take 52 Week #40: Blur
This week was more errors and trials than trial and error. I knew what I wanted to capture in my head, but the execution was rather difficult.
Yesterday is the only day I had a full afternoon to work on this project. And of course, it was raining with barely any light. I wanted some hesitation in the shutter to create the blur effect, but the darkness made it, well, a little too dark. So there I sat, with my son’s globe on the kitchen table so that the nearby sliding doors could let in a little more sunlight. I tried using some ambient light around me, but it reflected in an unappealing way on the surface. Since I was home alone, I was forced to spin a frustratingly wobbly globe by myself and then after it got turning, pick up my camera and madly shoot until it stopped. I tried my husband’s camera, thinking it was smaller and would be easier to pick up. But I got tired of the focus on his being so picky, so I switched back to my familiar Rebel. I tried shooting with a tripod. I tried without a tripod. I fiddled with aperture. I fiddled with shutter speed. Two hours of shooting and 120+ photos later, and I only partially got the effect I was going for.
I was hoping to create sharpness on the north pole of the globe and smeared colours and lines on the top hemisphere. I think I succeeded in the latter, but the globe shimmied and lurched so much that I never got the top as sharp as I wanted. I do like the way the translucent meridian on the globe caught some light and appears to be glowing purple.
I also want to give full credit where it is due.
One of the nicest blog finds for me this year has been fellow WordPress’er, Luke Heikkila. Luke is a Minneapolis husband and dad who is doing the 365 project, photographing some facet of his life every single day. I have enough trouble doing a weekly photography challenge, so I view people like Luke much the same way I viewed marathoners back when I was running half-marathons - a combination of stark admiration and puzzled curiosity. I am amazed at his ability to find interesting subjects on a daily basis. Like me, he has a day-job and a busy family. So challenging himself every day, within the confines of his often un-exotic real life, makes what he does even harder in my opinion. But he does it well and he inspires me to explode past what I know and try new things.
Last month, Luke posted a globe photo with his kids. For a girl with a love of maps and travel, I loved it. As soon as I saw this week’s theme, I knew I wanted to try something similar. So while this photo is mine and was executed by me (I can confirm that I lost several hours of my life in the process), the concept came from Luke’s blog. If you get a chance, check out his 365 project using the hyperlinks above.
To see all of my photos in this year-long challenge, click here.