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6:00 am

Cupcake Yum.Yum

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First I have to say these were absolutely delicious. I took some photos of the owner of Cupcake Yum.Yum and as a thank you gift she gave me some tasty treats. I decided to play with my food before eating them. If you follow the link you'll see some of the photos I took.

In a way I used the cupcakes as a way to play. Experimenting and trying (and failing) is a great deal of what is necessary to better understand how light works and how objects react. Sometimes they do things you'd never expect. And you'll see the results of that if you take a look at the gallery.

For those interested in the setup, I had the cupcakes sittings on a piece of Plexiglas which was on top of a piece of paper. The paper was a roll of 1 yard wide by 25 yards long white paper at Staples meant for making banner, but was fairly cheap compared to some of the "photo" background paper rolls I've seen. The paper was sitting on some books to allow for room to light the objects from below.

I used three flashes for the cupcake photographs. One was in a softbox above the cupcakes with a grid on it to control the spread of light so it wouldn't contaminate the background too much. Another flash was set behind the white background with a red filter on it. I pointed that one at the white wall behind the paper to help diffuse it a little. And a third flash had a blue filter on it and was placed underneath the white paper in front of the cupcakes to light them from below. At one point I added a piece of white cardboard below the white paper to keep the blue light from spilling onto the wall and being mixed with the red light. 

Tomorrow I'll talk about one of the things that surprised me about the photo shoot.

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2011
6:00 am

Dublin St. Patrick's Day

2011 Dublin St. Patrick's Day - Images by Tim Norman

Had a great time covering Dublin's St. Patrick day celebration. The city of Dublin says there are about 20,000 people who attend the event each year, and according to U.S. News it is the 6th best St. Patrick Day celebration in the country. 

It is a great event but I miss the celebration with music, beer and festivities they used to have right after the event under a big tent near a bunch of hotels. None the less the parade was excellent as always and the audience and parade participants were great.

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7:01 am

Vader Idol

David Cauley, 6, of Delaware waits patiently as Darth Vader adds his autograph to Cauley's book during a Star Wars Day at the Powell Branch of the Delaware County District Library, 460 S. Liberty St., on Saturday, March 5, 2011. Cauley's mother said Vader is one of his favorite people. Vader is also known as Bill Kirsop. Members of both the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion attended the event in costume for the hundreds of kids and adults who came to enjoy the activities. See more photos from the event.

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6:12 pm

The March of Basketball

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Olentangy Oranges Maddy Joseph wipes a tear away as she walks to receive her runner-up medal following the team's loss in the division I district final game at Olentangy Liberty High School on Saturday, March 5, 2011. Pickerington North beat Olentangy Orange 46-39.

 

March madness is upon us at least for high school basketball. District finals just finished up for the girls. You can check out some of my basketball photographs in this gallery. You can also see some of my hockey, wrestling, gymnastics and bowling photographs from this season. It is sad to see the season end for our local high school teams but as a photographer it is also exciting to see some of the best athletic performances to come. Last year I was lucky enough to witness the number one boys team in the country, Northland High School starring Ohio State University's Jared Sullinger, lose to a scrappy and driven Gahanna Lincoln High School basketball team. It was an amazing game.

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1:40 pm

Candy Slow Mo

Falling Hearts from Tim Norman on Vimeo.

When the Valentine's Day candy started coming down in price the day before and after the big V day, I decided to pick up some to have a little fun with. I created some images that I mentioned in a previous post, and while making one of those photos I saw some potential to play with video.

I decided to shoot some 60 frame per second video of the candy falling and hitting a piece of plexy glass lit from below. Ok, so it isn't going to win an oscar. It could use some sound and muffling of the candy hitting perhaps, but this was all about playing. Playiing around is half the battle of getting better at anything. If you don't push your boundaries and try to learn then all you do is keep repeating what you created yesterday and the day before.

 
That works for some. Some famous photographers, artists and musicians created a personal style and they made their living for the rest of their lives off that style. But personally I choose to challenge myself and push boundaries.
 
Just as U2 has changed their style of sound over the decades so should photographers and artists change their visual styles. For no other reason than for personal self-satisfaction. By doing so they may come up with some stinkers or perhaps a lemon of an album, but it is the act of pushing forward and learning from those mistakes that we grow. 
 
For the technical details in creating the video, I used a Canon 7d at 60 frame per second at 1280 resolution. And then took that video into Adobe Premiere and slowed it to 25% speed using a sequence at 24 frame per second. There are a couple shots at 50% speed because they didn't match the look of the rest of the video if they were slower. I didn't really plan this out, I shot some mid February and followed up with a couple more shots last night when I decided to see if I could put a video piece together that made sense.
 
That reminds me... I've got to grab my medium format camera and go take some photos just to push some more visual boundaries- get out of thinking in horizontals or veriticals and think square for a day.
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