Jump! and Shadow of a shadow

For a “stop action” challenge on the Assignment 52 group

Jump! 12/52 for Assignment 52

Despite the forecast I heard for overcast skies, we have very few clouds today! And it was in the low 40’s. Downright balmy compared to my last outdoor shoot πŸ™‚

I set my camera to daylight, and shutter priority, then set the speed to 1/1600 (actually I tried a few lower speeds before 1600, but those were blurred- yes, my dog is very fast!) Camera chose ISO 250, which gave some grain that I was able to remove most of in post processing. F4.8 It still looks a bit blurry to me, but I’m not sure if that’s from movement or poor focusing. I wasn’t using a tripod, so I just set the focal length manually to infinity, but when it gets warmer, I might have to play around with that and see if I can improve the focus.

To set up this shot (and the several it took to get it). I put my dog on a stay to my left, tossed his ball to my right and when I was ready, I cued him to jump. Then I tried to capture him OVER the jump. This shot is just a titch early, but by the time I got it I was freezing so this is what I’m happy with πŸ™‚ I got a better timed shot with him directly over the jump and his back horizontal, but it was at a slower shutter speed and it’s blurred. 😦

I also would have prefered better lighting on his face, but in order to get a good background, this is how/where I had to position the jump. I tried having him jump the other way (turned the jump around) and it didn’t seem to help much. I tried from the other side too, it was only marginally better lighting and the background wasn’t as nice (and neither was my timing for the jump).

Shadow of a Shadow

Shadow of a shadow 12/52

This shot is an imitation of the style “mirror Image” that I have seen in other photos of other subjects.

This shot was not only mirrored, but rotated, which gives the illusion that one shadow is standing and casting another shadow. I haven’t seen this before, just happened upon it when I was playing around with the image and rotating it.

I had originally thought I could just get a photo of Dazzle’s shadow by standing next to him facing his side and getting only the shadow in the frame, but DUH, that put MY shadow in the frame!! πŸ™‚ So I had to take the shadow from the front, which is why his rear looks smaller than his front.

I also had the challenge of playing peek-a-boo with the sun between the thick clouds that were rolling in. I had about 10 sec to get the shot after I got him set up at the correct angle to the sunlight. I wanted to get a better angle on his shadow (from higher, to minimize the perspective issues) but now the clouds completely cover the sky.


Posted March 21, 2013 by dazzlesmom in Uncategorized

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