This week the 22nd challenge is ending. Which challenge? Well, I’m on a Dutch photoforum (www.photodrome.nl) and every now and then a challenge is held. Basically the challenge works as follows: a certain amount of attendants are divided into groups, they get a subject to take a photo of and then everybody on the forum gets a chance to vote which one they think is best. The winners proceed to the next round and so on and so forth.
The subject for the first round was: book(s). I didn’t have much time that weekend (you only get the weekend and the Monday to take the shot) so I found myself not having a photo with only a few hours to go. It was Monday, my photo had to be sent in before 9pm and the sun had gone down already.
Barely any light, barely any gear – just my D3000 and my 50mm, no flashes whatsoever – and still not a creative idea in my head. I had almost given up, but I pulled myself together and decided to at least create something no matter the quality. I didn’t want to have nothing to send in.
So I robbed some books from the cabinet and put them on the table. I turned on the overhead fluorescent lamp to get a little light to work with. I composed the shot by arranging the books and throwing in a piece of paper, a pen, some glasses and an empty glass with coke can. The paper reads ‘Boekverslag’ which is Dutch for ‘Bookreport’.
The shot was very far from perfect and I didn’t really like it, still don’t. But knowing the hurry in which I put it together I am not completely unsatisfied. Alright, here we go:
How did this photo do? Well, not stunningly great, but not too bad either. It got me through the first round.
The second round’s subject was: from above downwards. This appealed to me much more – I’m not that much of a reader – so I started thinking about it and got a few ideas in my head. I wanted to make it an action/decisive shot because I really like shooting that and I hadn’t done that often enough before – still haven’t though.
Just like the weekend before, I was quite busy and couldn’t find the time to shoot an image. So on Monday, the last day I had, I was forced to do something. I took some gear with me to school and I begged my buddy Jim whether he would want to me my ‘model’/'athlete’ whatever. He agreed, so we went out to the Valeriusplein, and there was this climbing thing for kids. I asked him to get on it and jump off.
I was laying on the ground shooting the images of him while he kept jumping and jumping. One of the big issues was, that he got tired and I was afraid he would quit before we would be ready. Thanks to Jim, he didn’t and we could go on till I had the shot I was looking for. I bought him a drink afterwards.
I was pretty content about the shot, and I really haven’t done much to it in postproduction. So the shot looked a little something like this:
As content as I was, I submitted the photo to the challenge with good hope. At first my entry was doing really quite well, but I started to slowly fall behind after a day or two. So eventually I lost this round. Too bad, but probably this photo isn’t as good as I thought it was, that’s a good thing to know. It’s always good to hear someone elses opinion about something you created. It can only make things better.
So I didn’t make it that far in this challenge, but I don’t hesitate to try again next challenge. Please tell me whether you like the shots or not.