Week 2: Joy
Week 2’s theme of “Joy” failed to bring me any “Joy” whatsoever.
For me, Joy was definitely a tough topic to capture in a creative and thoughtful way…so I kinda cheated and just spealt the word out with straws.
I got the idea of using straws (keeping some in focus while others are out of focus) from this photography book I’ve been reading.
Once this assignment got posted, I had no idea what to do, but then I remembered this straw technique thing from the book and figured that I could write the word “JOY” with straws. It actually took a lot more effort than I had anticipated and I got frustrated several times.
In the book they had some fancy-shmancy equipment to use to get the shot, but working on a low budget and very limited equipment I had to go about the shot ghetto style. Here is what I used to get the shot:
-A piece of glass from an outdoor table top
-Two trash cans to hold the glass up
-Two lights (a desk lamp and a lava lamp light: without the lava lamp on top of course) which I placed underneath the glass
-A shoe box and a pencil holder to hold the lights in place
-Kleenex tissue paper used as my “seamless” white backdrop
-And of course the subject…my straws spelling “JOY”
Below are a few pictures of the setup I used:
Believe it or not, straws DO NOT make the best models. They are very uncooperative. It took me forever to get the word “JOY” spelled out in a way that looked somewhat pleasing.
Even now I do not like the final result…but I figured I would use it anyway since I put so much time in trying to get the shot and the fact that I probably will not be able to capture a scene of “Joy” anytime soon.
Anyways…below is the final shot for Week 2: