Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rock, Paper, Scissors

What in the free world is a girl to do with a picture of a rock?

I've been pondering this question since midnight last night when I saw Scott's post. I came up with quite a few pretty decent ideas actually. But when I awoke to see the windiest conditions Chicago has ever seen, I knew I was going to have to come up with a indoor plan.

More brainstorming......
Don't judge me, it was early.
and more brainstorming....

Then suddenly, it hit me.
Rock, Paper, Scissors!
I can play with paper and scissors. But how does one translate a kindergarten picture into a cool photo. Yeah, I could take a picture of my beautiful daughter playing with her pretty pink scissors or I could take a picture of my hands cutting paper or...
I threw my hands in the air, and there it was.

Flying paper.

Nikon d40 18-55 3.5-5.6
Shutter speed 1.00sec
aperture f5.0
ISO 200
focal length 23mm
spot light from below

I knew I didn't want a background and I wanted the only light to come from below. Don't ask why, it's just what I wanted.
So I headed to my unfinished basement and found a dark corner. I hung up a very dark blue blanket over the concrete to create a feeling of negative, infinite space behind the falling paper. I got out the work lights I borrowed from my brother Justin and set it up on the floor. Working quickly because those lights get crazy hot, I covered the lamp head to diffuse the light, set my camera up on the tripod and began shooting.
Once again I used my 10sec self timer on the camera to allow me two free hands to throw the paper strips with.
To be fair I will admit I did not use a pair of scissors in this project. I used my paper shredder instead. I maybe be crazy but I'm not stupid.

There was no post processing other than a crop so I could achieve a little more vertical feeling on the photo.

Now, who wants to play?
Sere... you up for a game. How about best 2 out of 3?



  1. Nice work Brandi. It's a great abstract. I'm trying to find something that I might have tried but I don't think I'd change anything. Good work!

  2. Me,Me,Me, I want to play! In the dark that is. I know it's a real bad example for my kids to close the bathroom door and play with matches, but that's what I'm gonna do. Of course I'll take the extinguisher with me.
    Your photo - crazy cool!
    It reminds me of the "Light show of sorts" from my August 30th post. They could be sold as a really cool pair.
    Thanks for the inspiration. If You here my yelling, It's probanly at my camera not because I'm on fire. He He He HA HA HA...

  3. HEAR me yelling yet? Correction for my terrible grammar!

  4. Very cool looking shot. I don't do abstract well but you do a great job with it!! I likes!