My Best Photo 2011 - Ben vs Balloon

by Jon Laysell December. 16, 2011 6867 views

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 [photoblog.com], but a lot closer cropped .

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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Helen Hooker 5 years, 5 months ago

Fantastic shot - you're so creative.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Clickpen 5 years, 5 months ago

I love this very cool, I love to experiment with these elements at high speeds, thanks for sharing.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Yokai 5 years, 5 months ago

So interesting !!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Karman 5 years, 5 months ago

This is WAY too COOL! Now I have something to try to capture. :) Yes I am a copy Cat!!! Love it!!!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Eiram 5 years, 5 months ago

Amazing shot! All the best to you and your family in 2012!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
David Cardona 5 years, 5 months ago

AmAzIng! I added this one into my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Contesina 5 years, 5 months ago

Beautiful!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Mark 5 years, 5 months ago

Stunning shot! Good work.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jet28 5 years, 5 months ago

Truly amazing - great choice! Best wishes!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Gerd Korts 5 years, 5 months ago

I would have bet on of this serial

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jacki 5 years, 5 months ago

Great choice, your shots are always so creative, Jon. Best wishes to you for a good 2012!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Masoud Ahmadpoor 5 years, 5 months ago

Great!
[b]wish the best for you dear Jon in 2012 :)[/b]

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Eric J H Joyce 5 years, 5 months ago

Very nice.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Mallusatish Reddy 5 years, 5 months ago

Amazing capture,great choice~!~

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 5 years, 5 months ago

Wow thats amazing ! Great idea and awesome result :)

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Sara G 5 years, 5 months ago

An amazing project and shot...we learn when we wish we had done things a little differently..Great selection :-)

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Tim 5 years, 5 months ago

such a great idea :))) Brilliant!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Larry Nelson 5 years, 5 months ago

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!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 5 years, 5 months ago

Extraordinary!
Great choice.
Best wishes.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Zajä…C 5 years, 5 months ago

I agree with you ;)

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Veronica 5 years, 5 months ago

Amazing!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 5 years, 5 months ago

Super choice, I do love this shot!!!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Milton Jacob 5 years, 5 months ago

this is perfectly a lovely shot

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Gonia 5 years, 5 months ago

absolutely super Jon!I wish you many such cool ideas and many splendid pictures! Maggie

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Armando 5 years, 5 months ago

Very interesting!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jennifer Litwinowicz 5 years, 5 months ago

i love this shot!!!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Agnes Felber 5 years, 5 months ago

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!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 5 years, 5 months ago

Extraordinary. I didn't get it at first, but this is truly impressive.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Marsha 5 years, 5 months ago

A fantastic shot that represents so many things one being your propensity for combining cool and creative experiments with your excellent skills in photography!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Vivienne 5 years, 5 months ago

Love the contrast of the balloon skin, chisel and lump hammer. :-))

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 5 years, 5 months ago

Wow
Incredible !
So beautiful

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Anna-Marya Tompa 5 years, 5 months ago

fabulous in every way

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 5 months ago

Impressive ...and powerful.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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