Thursday, April 05, 2007

Any Ideas?

ISO 100 ~ f/22 ~ 30sec. ~ 18mm ~ completely unedited

Can anyone tell me how I took this picture?



  • I have no clue, but I'm dying to know! Completely unedited? Wow! Your pictures are always so good!

    By Blogger Goldfish, at 12:47 PM  

  • Hmmmm, I'm going to try to put my idea into words. :-) It looks like a light of some sort, but perhaps attached to something? The whole picture suggests movement, and the fact that you had such a slow shutter speed and were still able to get the clarity that you did shows that the movement was in a very tightly controlled pattern. It also appears that this controlled movement was slowing down.

    I have no clue what it could be - the only thing I can think of is a light at the end of a wire of some sort that was pulled while under tension. I can't think of anything else that would give such a spirograph effect...

    Anyway, I hope you don't keep us waiting long. You've once again managed to stir my curiosity!

    By Blogger Andrea, at 1:27 PM  

  • Cool picture by the way!

    By Blogger Andrea, at 1:27 PM  

  • Very amazing!!!

    As to how you took it...with a tripod, definitely. It does look like a light source, and the pattern reminds me of some sort of spiro-graph (though I'm not sure if a light spiro-graph even exists!) but that's what comes to mind when I see the picture. Don't keep us in suspense too long! :D

    By Blogger Bethany, at 9:10 PM  

  • Well, since you are all dying to know................ (grin)

    No, I'll tell you! :-) Very astute observations! Your guesses were very right, it is a keychain LED flashlight attached to a string which is in turn attached to the ceiling. The camera is on the floor, pointed straight up, and rotated at a constant velocity in the opposite direction as the string is naturally wobbling. It is - in effect - a light spirograph.
    The idea is not original; here is where I learned. There are also links there that go to his instructions. His is a lot more perfect than mine, though! :-) I jerked a little when I started rotating the camera on the floor. (I had it on a book on the floor, actually, so I wouldn't scratch the LCD.)

    Hope that relieves your curiosity!!! I was going to post a few more clues like:
    1) No wire was used
    2) There was no tripod involved

    Just to make ya'll a little more antsy, but I decided to be merciful... I know how anxious I was to find out how the other guy did it... What was funny was that I showed the other guy's picture to Dad, and asked him how he thought it was done... He said "Oh, probably with a light, a string, and a camera sitting on a tripod or on the floor!" :-) (FYI, the other guy did use a tripod.)

    Anyhow, enough ramblings... It was definitely fun! And a Big Thank You to all of you for the comments!!! It makes it enjoyable for me to keep posting photos!

    By Blogger Ryebread, at 12:49 AM  

  • Wow -- I am thouroughly impressed! And maybe, just maybe I'll have to try it sometime! :D

    By Blogger Bethany, at 8:34 AM  

  • That's really neat. You inspire me to broaden my idea of potential pictures! Thanks for sharing that!

    By Blogger Andrea, at 11:25 PM  

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