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:
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…
Photo Challenge credit: http://shutterboo.com
Flickr group to join: http://www.flickr.com/groups/shutterboowpc2011/pool
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.