Weekend Object Challenge “Slinky”

March 4, 2011 in Photo A Day, Photography

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Fans of this site might recognize this shot I called “Spring Water” from my Photo A Day series dated 01-09-11.


If you’re not familiar with what that is, I’m taking a photo a day for the entire year of 2011. To make this daunting task a bit easier and a lot more fun, I and several other photographers are doing it together. To make PAD (photo a day) even better we added two types of challenges, Weekend Object Challenges and Week long Technical Challenges.  Object Challenges are when we pick an object i.e. “Shadows” or “Light Bulbs” and try to get as creative of a shot as we can. Technical Challenges are we shoot only in Black and White or use Depth of Field etc. for an entire week.

This article is about the weekend challenge: Slinky.

Me and another photog, CherieLee.com had the same mini slinky so the challenge was to be as creative as we could with the same object. The above shot was my choice for the PAD entry. The shots below were my alternatives.

This one is called “Bottled Spring Water”

Spring Water Bottle

Spring Water Bottle

If you look carefully near the top of the bottle at the top most groove you can see where I sliced the bottle about half way around so I could “hinge” the top part and inset the Slinky in. I tied fishing line on the top part of the spring, pull up on the slinky to stretch it out a bit and used clear tape to attaché it to the top hinged part of the bottle. It’s hard to tell but the bottle is about half full of water.

As far as lighting goes I used an off camera wireless flash and I think you can tell from the shadow about where it was placed.

This is called “Spring Loaded”

Spring Loaded

Spring Loaded

Not too much explanation needed for this. Remote wireless flash was used in this shot as well.

I could give more details on these shots, that is if I could remember. This was the last shot of the day and that bottle of rum was full when I started and was definitely not anywhere near full when I finished. Yo ho ho and all of that matey.

Speaking of pirates, Scroll to the bottom of your Facebook page where it says in little blue letters “English (US),” Click on it. When the language box pops up, click on the arrow next to “English (US),” and select “English (Pirate),”  Shiver me timbers, it’s a hoot.


December 19, 2008 in Landscapes, Photography


This was taken at Core Creek Park, located in Middletown Township, Pennsylvania, in Southern Bucks County.

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