An Exploration of the Power Behind Emotion & Expression

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:

Lights Off

Lights On

Top View

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:



4 responses

  1. Very creative. I am having trouble finding the shot I want to submit, so I am holding out on posting. I never hope for snow, but right now I am. I think I could get some good JOY shots on a snow day. Fingers crossed, looking like we might bet 2 – 4 inches tonight.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    • thank you!

      yah, Joy was a pretty tough topic for me to capture too. Hopefully you get that snow storm!

      Im excited to see your shot 🙂

      January 10, 2011 at 11:58 pm

  2. I love how you showed the process it took you to get to this. And I totally missed that the straws spelled “joy”. You are one clever photographer!!

    January 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm

  3. Wow! What a set-up. I didn’t realize it took that much to set up this shot, so I’m glad you showed it. It actually was one of my favorites from this week, very creative and I thought, really well done.

    January 12, 2011 at 8:25 am

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