Creatively Content: #cs_mealsinmotion

Instagram, photography

img_0634-02-01-016625195400260907477.jpegI didn’t really take part in last week’s Creatively Squared challenge in the end. I took a few photos early on but wasn’t happy enough to post them. Which is why I almost didn’t write my weekly Creatively Content post. The #cs_mealsinmotion hashtag was all about trying to get the idea of motion into your photos. I had a lot of fun trying out some techniques but it was tricky. For one thing, doing it on my own was a bit hit and miss. I got a bit lost and my timing wasn’t great. But, in my defence, trying to sieve flour into a bowl whilst also trying to press the camera button is stressful. I really do need to get a remote for situations like this.

I always get the feeling that being an amateur for these challenges is difficult but this week was extra tricky. I had a lot of fun experimenting with fast shutter speeds but found my set-up really didn’t make this easy. I don’t have access to good photography lighting so had to do the best I could. It meant the results don’t look as natural or inviting as I’d have liked. It’s all very harsh and that’s after I edited the fuck out of them. Plus, I’m still learning how to get the best out of my camera anyway. I’ve only recently upgraded to a DSLR because I couldn’t justify the expense. And even now it’s only a basic one because I knew I wouldn’t use it much. So, I don’t really have a lot of room to play. These photos were taken at my quickest shutter speed and it makes me wish I had forked out for better equipment!

But I might as well share my stuff anyway. Starting with a quick stop motion video. I thought I had my set-up sorted this time but it’s still jerky. I don’t know how it happened.

It’s short but that was on purpose. My last stop motion attempt involved a lot of photos and the editing nearly killed me. I’ll post if for the hell of it cause, despite the amateur feel, I’m pretty proud of it.

But enough of my secret ambitions to be the next Nick Park. On with the photos.

Yeah, you don’t have to say it. They aren’t my best. You can definitely tell I struggled with lighting. But I do absolutely love the water splash effects. If only I’d have an even fast shutter. It could have been even more exciting.

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