This week we are doing something kind of abstract. Its a technique called zoom blur. You zoom in or out while taking your picture and the shutter is open. It gives a really cool effect and the outcome depends on whether you zoom in or out and how long you leave your shutter open.
I had planned on a really cool project this week, but was vetoed by Sharon. I wanted to set steel wool on fire and spin it around and get a really cool light painting effect with lots of sparks. She was afraid she would set her hair on fire and then be arrested for burning down her home town. I thought mug shots would be a cool project for the following week if that happened.
Here are our much safer, although not as exciting zoom blur pictures!
Sharon got to pick our theme this week. Imagine how excited Keith and I were upon hearing her choice! Of course we could do it INSIDE and did not have to go out and brave the harsh elements, thus eliminating the chance of losing our limbs from frostbite.
We all did the same basic technique and had broken backs from bending over. No one is complaining though as it was INSIDE!!
The Milky Way
Star Date April 14, 2014: There is no wormhole Spock. This is the end.
Sharon wanted to explain our procedure in case anyone wants to rush out and do the same type of picture.
We put some water in a clear baking dish and put some oil in it and stirred it to mix it up. We suspended the dish on paper towel rolls or cans to raise it up a little. Colored paper, beads and/or pom poms were placed underneath and a lamp was placed to shine on them. We shot straight down through the baking dish and the stuff underneath gave us the colors. Great position for getting the shot, but not so much for our backs. We could also add food coloring to the mixture to get different effects. Now you know our secret and super elaborate and high tech setup. Of course if you have a tripod you can set your camera up on that and save your back. Maybe I should break down and get one that won't tip over when I put my camera on it and tip it straight down.