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Canon EOS Photo5 Entry 5: “Beware of falling lemons”

October 22nd, 2010 by Raj

What is Canon EOS Photo5?
EOS Photo5 is Canon’s annual creative photography competition that begins with a brown box. Inside there are 5 separate photographic briefs to challenge photographers. Visit the Photo5 website here: http://canon.com.au/worldofeos/photo5/

Brief 5: Inspired by Sound
This brief is about your creative interpretation of a sound. The task is to listen to the sound bite at the link below, and create a photo inspired by it – using any technique you want.
Sound bite link.

My Entry
The first thing that popped in to my head when I heard the sound for Brief 5 was the old Road Runner cartoons. I kept seeing Wile E Coyote falling off a cliff for what seemed an eternity before finally hearing a tiny “poof” as he hit the ground. The sound from Canon however didn’t end with that final thud and for that reason I wanted to capture an object falling but not actually at the point where it’d hit the ground like an egg broken on the ground.

My original concept did however involve eggs; my lounge room was again transformed, newspaper covered the floor beneath an old outdoor table, light stands either side focusing on an area above the table through which I could drop eggs and remotely trigger the camera & flashes. It worked pretty well I could capture the egg mid fall but it didn’t really look like anything was happening, I could’ve just taken a photo of an egg sitting on a table and you’d have the same photo.

It wasn’t until a drunken conversation with a workmate that evening (and half a dozen broken eggs) that I ended up with the idea of a toy riding an egg to the ground cowboy style and capturing it mid flight. Again the frozen image had no point of reference, not to mention the figurines I had handy didn’t bend too much and it looked more like they were laying an egg than riding it.

I decided to use the toy as a focal point and provide reference for something actually falling, more importantly I purposely dialled back the lights and shutter to capture some movement. The blur of the lemon (I’d run out of eggs) as it fell conveyed the sound more meaningfully to me, again the frozen image looking like some weird set shot of a toy and a lemon with no obvious meaning. Lastly having the table visible ever so slightly was again on purpose and served to again reinforce the object falling to an inevitable end.

Equipment used & settings
Canon 7D with 15-85 kit lens
ISO 100, 50mm, 1/320, f22
Bowens Gemini 500 with Soft Box attachment
Bowens Gemini 500 with Umbrella
1 toy figurine
1 lemon

View the other entries

“Ink Mole”

“Bubble Gum Hair”

“A Tree of Smoke”

“Confetti Explosion”

“Beware of falling lemons”
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