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My Best Photo 2011 - Ben vs Balloon

2011.12.16
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My favourite picture is one that hasn't been posted in it's current format on photoblog. It originally appeared as a part of this set, but a lot closer cropped [edit - and of course I use it as my avatar].

I then entered it in a photo competition but went for the wider crop to show Ben's face as I wanted to ensure that there was no dispute as to whose picture it was. Afterwards I decided that I preferred this version anyway.

Reasons I like this shot:

1. It was so much fun to do.
2. We see something unusual.
3. There is a beauty in the way that the water appears to split in two with the balloon.
4. I like the contrasts between the size and power of the hammer and chisel, the fragility of the balloon and skinniness of our kid's little arms.
5. Taking the shot stretched the technical ability of both me an my camera. If there's a camera that's freely available that will take shots faster than 1/8000th of a second then I'm sure I can't afford it.
6. The balloon didn't give up as easy as it might; the chisel alone wasn't sharp enough to split it. After several attempts we found a solution though; we heated the chisel tip over the gas stove first.

For all this, I'd still like to improve on this shot but it will have to wait until summer:
1. More light on the subject allowing for greater contrast.
2. Faster shot - freezing the water even more.
3. Getting Ben to hold the chisel a little lower - kicking myself that I didn't notice this at the time.

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41 Comments
????? great choice jon, love this image and i like the reasons for your choices, its does look like great fun
????? · 2011-12-16: 07:28
marilynx Impressive ...and powerful.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
marilynx · 2011-12-16: 07:31
????? You always make me laugh with your photos... I love it!

Thanks a lot for take part in this project.
If you want to participate in the big collage, please let me know it and send me your photo to rickyandruth@gmail.com

Regards,
Ruth
????? · 2011-12-16: 07:37
abstractlight fabulous in every way
abstractlight · 2011-12-16: 07:37
????? Superb Jon
and I like the thought out process for choosing it
especially reason #1 :-))
????? · 2011-12-16: 08:01
helys Wow
Incredible !
So beautiful
helys · 2011-12-16: 08:08
va000119 Love the contrast of the balloon skin, chisel and lump hammer. :-))
va000119 · 2011-12-16: 08:15
lookagain A fantastic shot that represents so many things one being your propensity for combining cool and creative experiments with your excellent skills in photography!
lookagain · 2011-12-16: 08:22
revenant Extraordinary. I didn't get it at first, but this is truly impressive.
revenant · 2011-12-16: 08:43
atszabo I am totaly amazed both by this individual shot and the original series, as well, which I missed at first posting! I hope to see more of this magic next year from you!
atszabo · 2011-12-16: 09:20
jennyLit i love this shot!!!
jennyLit · 2011-12-16: 09:24
????? Absolutely wonderful shot -- both versions! The angle of the chisel is perfect -- it leads our eye from the balloon to Ben's face on a diagonal.
????? · 2011-12-16: 10:16
armando Very interesting!
armando · 2011-12-16: 11:14
gonia absolutely super Jon!I wish you many such cool ideas and many splendid pictures! Maggie
gonia · 2011-12-16: 11:33
miltonjacob this is perfectly a lovely shot
miltonjacob · 2011-12-16: 11:37
????? Excellent choice for your photo! a great artist!
????? · 2011-12-16: 11:41
Ryana Super choice, I do love this shot!!!
Ryana · 2011-12-16: 11:53
veronicainheels Amazing!
veronicainheels · 2011-12-16: 13:03
hazaj I agree with you ;)
hazaj · 2011-12-16: 13:09
SADHYA Extraordinary!
Great choice.
Best wishes.
SADHYA · 2011-12-16: 13:13
lgnelson What a fun shot, Jon! Love the way you bring your family into your photo "adventures!" Best wishes for the holidays and the new year, my friend!
lgnelson · 2011-12-16: 14:37
TIM927 such a great idea :))) Brilliant!
TIM927 · 2011-12-16: 15:49
NellyBly An amazing project and shot...we learn when we wish we had done things a little differently..Great selection :-)
NellyBly · 2011-12-16: 19:34
EvaLizette Wow thats amazing ! Great idea and awesome result :)
EvaLizette · 2011-12-16: 19:58
mallusatish Amazing capture,great choice~!~
mallusatish · 2011-12-16: 20:42
danrav Jon, this pick is fantastic for your best of 2011. It is so YOU in everyway. Creative, excellent photography, precise, interesting and including a great text component! You are the best of 2011!!! You were one of the PB people who first caught my eye when I joined PB. I was so proud when you first commented on my posts. I still am! Thank you for being my friend here!
danrav · 2011-12-16: 21:00
joycephotography Very nice.
joycephotography · 2011-12-16: 21:22
Shaparak Great!
wish the best for you dear Jon in 2012 :)
Shaparak · 2011-12-16: 22:12
DancingDolphin Great choice, your shots are always so creative, Jon. Best wishes to you for a good 2012!
DancingDolphin · 2011-12-16: 23:33
????? OH, I love this!!!!!! Well done!!!!!!!!!!!
????? · 2011-12-17: 00:13
GKorts I would have bet on of this serial
GKorts · 2011-12-17: 00:14
jet28 Truly amazing - great choice! Best wishes!
jet28 · 2011-12-17: 05:29
yellodog Stunning shot! Good work.
yellodog · 2011-12-17: 08:33
Contesina Beautiful!
Contesina · 2011-12-17: 12:55
davidcardona AmAzIng! I added this one into my favorites. Thanks for sharing!
davidcardona · 2011-12-17: 18:00
Eiram Amazing shot! All the best to you and your family in 2012!
Eiram · 2011-12-17: 18:07
karmankwarner This is WAY too COOL! Now I have something to try to capture. :) Yes I am a copy Cat!!! Love it!!!
karmankwarner · 2011-12-18: 10:38
????? Great choice, and wonderful shot, loved the set, and love this one as much. Might give this stuff a try myself one day :-)
????? · 2011-12-18: 17:31
Yokai So interesting !!
Yokai · 2011-12-18: 23:23
Clickpen I love this very cool, I love to experiment with these elements at high speeds, thanks for sharing.
Clickpen · 2011-12-19: 05:21
girafferacing Fantastic shot - you're so creative.
girafferacing · 2011-12-19: 16:51
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