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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:



Week 1: Electricity

This is the first week of the 52 week photo challenge I will be doing for 2011! The theme was electricity.

Separation Anxiety (Week 1: Electricity)


If you’d like to join along…

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I’m not really sure how this whole challenge is going to turn out for me, 51 more weeks is a long ways to go. But, I’m hoping that this challenge will keep me focused on taking pictures more consistently and that I will be able to learn from the experience.

“There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them” – Tom Krause

Whenever I get that feeling that I might fail at something, and start to think that I am not going to give something a try…I remind myself of this quote and look to the future with optimism, knowing that the worst result that I could possibly get is, simply, experience.