Sunday, February 24, 2013

Stop Motion

For the second assignment in our class, we were supposed to stop something in motion.  And it had to be something in motion.  It had to look like it was in motion.  A car going at 60 mph still looks like it is standing still and wasn't what the professor was looking for.

I was hoping to get good crisp pictures of the water going over the falls, but that didn't work as well as I'd hoped, so I used dice.  I dropped the dice and tried to catch them falling and bouncing around.  The shutter speed synced to the flash at 1/250 so what I was taking a picture of had to be moving relatively slow.  I was shooting in the dark too which complicated the problem of focus.  I would put my hand in front of the camera about where the dice would drop, drop the dice and try to catch them.  Even then, most were out of focus and in some, there is still some blurred motion.

What you see here are the best I managed to obtain.  I submitted one of these below.  If you had to turn one in, which one would you have chosen?


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    1. Thank you for your input. For what reason did you choose that one?

  2. #4... It feels very still, but out of all of them, has the strongest sense of potential movement... I think the blue dice seem to "hover" where the white maintain their intent...

    1. Thanks for the response. I hadn't thought of it that way, but that does seem pretty accurate. It really came down to a tossup between 2, 3 and 4 with 2 and 4 being the finalists.

      After cropping the 2nd one, that is what I turned in. I liked the reflections of the dice on the table, but it seems that the people in class liked the strong shadows in the second one.