Monday, July 06, 2009

Photo of the Week - Inspired by Picasso

We here in the United States celebrated our Independence Day this past Saturday. Our family did up the holiday in the traditional American way, with a barbecue in the evening, and then fireworks at sunset. After all, everybody loves things that go "bang", LOL. I also discovered that fireworks are surprisingly easy to photograph.


Things got a little more creative when we pulled out the sparklers. A long time ago, I saw a copy of this photograph in a magazine - I found it fascinating, and I've never forgotten it. Of course none of us is Picasso, but surely we could manage to write our names in the sky? Turns out that it is pretty challenging after all. Lydia is the only one who managed to get her name done in the 4 seconds I allowed for the exposure.


Seth almost made it - I think his sky-handwriting is just too big. I'm including his photo too because I like the way the "e" in his name frames his face. It would have been so cool if he could have squeezed in that last letter in the time alloted.


Now all I want to know is how in the heck did Gjon Mili (Picasso's photographer) manage to keep Picasso in focus while all the while he must have been jumping around like a bug?

8 comments:

Jennifer Rose said...

that is really cool! my photos of fireworks just end up being a colourful blur lol

Serena said...

cool photos, judi!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Lovely photos Judi. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

Michelle Eaton said...

What great fun! I love watching fireworks.

Kerry said...

love the fireworks photos!! wouldn't you know I forgot to pack my charged battery for our's, so no photo's of them from me, boy was I disappointed!!

Carla said...

Great!! I've been wanting to do that. As long as the guy was moving with the long exposure, you don't see him. When he stays still for a few seconds at the end of the photo time he shows up. Wish I could explain it better.

HElen said...

Oh, I love those photos!
Looks like you had a great time!

Karen Becker said...

Love your pics Linda! Your dinosaur canvas is awesome too! Karen