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My Best Photo 2011 - Ben vs Balloon

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2011 by Jon Laysell Viewed 1348 times

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.

Please click here to see other peoples' best photos. [photoblog.com]

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    • # Clickpen

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

      2011.12.19 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Karman

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

      2011.12.18 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jacki

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

      2011.12.17 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sara G

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

      2011.12.17 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Larry Nelson

      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!

      2011.12.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Gonia

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

      2011.12.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Agnes Felber

      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!

      2011.12.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

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

      2011.12.16 Edited Reply Cancel

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