Oh good lord did I drag my heels this week! I’ll be 100% honest and tell you that I HATE having a slow shutter speed prompt. But I feel like it’s something that needs to be considered because it’s a technique not everyone’s tried and can be done a hundred different ways with super cool results. So I put my feelings aside because I want everyone to enjoy and get something out of this photo project.
I did think about it over the weekend… but did everything but take pictures. I lounged, I read, I watched movies, I laundried, I napped, I lightroomed, I brunched, I shopped, I visited, I suppered… I did all the things but actually try to get a picture. The struggle was present and I just embraced it.
So come Monday, when I was making a list of things to try that night, I had an idea… and it was outside of my comfort zone, but I was going to give it a go.
Settings: f/16.0, 0.6 sec, 35mm, ISO 100
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM
Yes. I took pictures at the grocery store. I found some settings that worked so that movement would be captured, and set my camera in my cart. When colors or the set up of an aisle caught my attention, I pressed the shutter button and drove that buggy as straight as possible for a second. It felt like an eternity. And I was that woman who walked down the same aisle more than once, not because I forgot something on my list, but because I wanted another go at the perfect picture.
The holiday aisle was my favorite. So many things are already on display for Easter, and so many different and bright colors to make it more interesting than yogurt. I chose this image because of the colors. But I also chose it because the subject straight ahead.
I remember as a kid loving to get into those balls! I don’t even think about it now when I pass, but OH MY GOODNESS I HAD TO TOUCH THE TOY BALLS! Of course, parents to this day still bark at their kids not to get out the ba… OK, put it back, we aren’t playing with that… no, now, I mean it, I’ll count to three… Haha! And when I saw this image, with the aisle blurred out on the sides, it made me think of a kid running excitedly to the balls, too focused to even care about the stuff on the shelves, just tunnel vision to the toys.
Week 10: On The Side
We’ve already had a couple of prompts that can be interpreted in several different ways, and we have another one with “on the side.” Does the literal sense of the phrase intrigue you? Will you interpret it as something extra or in addition to, such as a subsidiary job? Or are you feeling challenged and wanting to depict something that is more secret or covert that it sometimes conveys?
Look for inspiration around you or from other photographers on Flickr. Think through some idea, make a list and ask yourself which ones make you the most excited. Experiment, try something new. None of us will see your outtakes, but share your favorite image of the week that was inspired by this theme.
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