Day 275: The King
I hope saying this doesn't make me sound like some sort of egocentric pretentious art goon, but I really love this photo I took today. Mostly because it was the result of simply experimenting. My son was doing his homework and I was there just to make sure he stayed focused and didn't wander off to investigate the sound of Phineas and Ferb in the other room where his younger brother was enjoying himself.
I started picking up random toys and tinkering with them, looking for some interesting shot. Most of it was rubbish. And then I hit on the idea of this car blurring as it moved through the shot. I played with longer and longer exposures, perfecting the blur and then the angle.
The final innovation was shooting it backwards. I had been pushing the car toward the lens on the mistaken theory that a car moves forward. I eventually realized that if I started with the car close to the lens and then pushed it away, I could guarantee the eyes being sharp and focused. Going toward the lens, this was just about impossible. The added bonus was that the car became something of a ghost.
And even better yet, I didn't go outside for this shot. For almost two weeks straight I've been shooting snow and ice. Sure, those are fascinating targets but I'm getting sick of them. That may have more to do with the relentless diet of snow and freezing cold weather of late than anything photographic though.