Day 138 (17 May 2012) Fire & Ice

Have you ever lost your creative drive?  Had a time when you couldn’t think of anything to shoot?  Gotten stuck in a photography rut?  Try this: pick some random, possibly mundane, object and try to shoot it.  Don’t stop shooting till you get an something that is completely different from how you saw it before.  Try different angles, perspectives, lighting types/placements, depth of field, shutter speed, editing techniques, etc.  If you have a macro filter or lens, shoot something small or just up close and personal.  If not, try a longer exposure while twisting the zoom or focus ring.  Start doing that every so often and you will always be able to find a way to create a new image that will break you from your ‘box!!’

Today I did just that.  I thought I would try and shoot an ice cube.  That’s a pretty mundane and ordinary object, that we see all the time!  It took many different shots before I finally tried something completely different.  I was trying to use my speed light to cause it to glow and highlight the air pockets.  I didn’t like any of those (till I editing a couple).  Then I grabbed my laser pointer (It has had an appearance in a couple of posts, a chair and fruit), and It got me excited seeing what was happening on my live view 🙂  It was totally unlike anything I’ve done with ordinary objects.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I did creating them 🙂

Fire and Ice

60 mm, 1/5 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Fire & Ice)

Ice on Fire

60 mm, 10 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Ice on Fire)

Ice Cube

60 mm, 1.3 sec, f/10, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Ice Cube)

Day 117 (26 April 2012) Laser Painting II

It was suggested that I do a series based on my last laser experiment, so I’m continuing the experiment.  This time it’s not as dramatic, but after trying a few items, this turned out the best.

I’m learning that the color and luster of the object really affects the result.  So does the shape.  I’ll defiantly do this type of photo again.  Maybe even a portrait, as was suggested 🙂

Laser Fruit

37 mm, 16 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Laser Fruit)

Day 110 (19 April 2012) Laser Painting

I’ve been wanting to play with my laser pointer for a while, and finally bought new batteries for it this past weekend, and tonight was the night!  I thought it would be cool to use it to reveal a shape in the dark.  Can you guess what the object is?

Laser Chair

27 mm, 18 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Laser Chiar)

Laser Painting

27 mm, 13 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Laser Painting)