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What Self-Assigned, Fun Shoots Have You Done Recently?
Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 1:45 AM on 12.06.10
->> So after a long month of just assignment work, I took advantage of free admission for locals at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to shoot some photos for a blog post for work:

http://mcweekly-photoblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/sunday-at-monterey-bay-aquar...

It was really refreshing being there and shooting with no pre-conceived shot ideas and pure creativity and a camera. The Aquarium always chills me out and I realized I need to do more fun shoots for both work and myself.

So what fun, self-assigned shoots have you all done recently?

Let's see some to just relax with fun images.

~ n
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Jack Howard, Photographer, Photo Editor
Central Jersey | NJ | USA | Posted: 4:57 PM on 12.06.10
->> Experimental abstract time lapse of ice and watercolor paint... MobyGratis soundtrack...

http://vimeo.com/13334247

Shot with an antique 20D and the Canon TC-whatever, and a Reb XTi, with a Promote Control to set the intervals. About 10K total frames shot for this project over 2 days.

I really want to re-render the video now that I've learned a bit more about wandering into the frames in Adobe After Effects...


Hoping for a significant snowfall in the forecast before Christmas to try something else along these lines, too...
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Daniel Berman, Student/Intern, Photographer
Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 5:16 PM on 12.06.10
->> Fun thread Nic!

I photographed attendees and exhibitors at Bellingham Comicon earlier last month. I found an empty corner, set up lights and asked as many people as I could to pose for my portrait series. The results are on my member page.

Daniel
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 5:53 PM on 12.06.10
->> nice jack!!!
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 6:18 PM on 12.06.10
->> @Jack

MobyGratis music is awesome! I've used a track from them before.

Pretty cool that Moby is doing that. It gives him some nice cred.

http://www.mobygratis.com/film-music.html
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Jacob Langston, Photographer
Orlando | FL | | Posted: 6:50 PM on 12.06.10
->> I went to a friend's art show that also had some burlesque dancers. It was called Marvelous Mayhem Superheroes & Villains. It was nice just shooting for myself.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=102089&id=1212957809&l=66373162a7
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Dan Routh, Photographer
Greensboro | NC | USA | Posted: 7:50 PM on 12.06.10
->> Most of my blog entries of late have been self assigned.

http://danrouthphotography.blogspot.com/
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Angus Mordant, Student/Intern
Sydney | NSW Australia | Australia | Posted: 10:00 PM on 12.06.10
->> Whilst in London on holidays I took some time out of the busier parts of the city, in Hyde Park enjoying some time with the Squirells. Pics on my member page.
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Randy Sartin, Photographer, Assistant
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 12:31 AM on 12.07.10
->> Gee Dan, you owe me an hour or two of my life back. Nice images and cool stories....
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Dave Collyer, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 1:29 AM on 12.07.10
->> Funny, been doing quite a few self-assignments lately and enjoying. See them posted on my blog http://davecollyer.net/ Great thread.
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 3:46 AM on 12.07.10
->> I shoot Laura.

Ah, my kingdom for her presence. (She figures predominantly in my portfolio; more so than is probably wise.) I live only to see to her happiness and contentment.

Then, I shoot basketball. Being as how there is no money in it, I do it for relaxation and pure enjoyment.
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Dan Routh, Photographer
Greensboro | NC | USA | Posted: 10:32 AM on 12.07.10
->> Randy, thanks for the very kind remarks. I started my blog a couple of years ago, not really knowing what I was going to do with it and where it would go. Both commercial and editorial assignments have been really slow in our area lately, so I decided to look close to home and start documenting the things and people of my rural community. It's begun to take a life of it's own, and the more I shoot, the more I discover, both about my neighbor's and neighborhood, and about my own photography. If you want to be a photographer, you have to shoot and you have to shoot often, and all of this self assignment has kept me going creatively in this sucking economy.
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Tim Snow, Photographer
Montreal | Qc | Canada | Posted: 11:16 AM on 12.07.10
->> The best thing I have done lately was shoot at a local Help Portrait (www.help-portrait.com)
It was an awesome day, and I love knowing that by giving up a few hours of my time I would help make someone's day a bit brighter.
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Jack Howard, Photographer, Photo Editor
Central Jersey | NJ | USA | Posted: 9:30 AM on 01.22.11
->> Finally got a couple snowfalls to create a new time lapse piece I'd been thinking about for a while and mention above wanting to make:

http://vimeo.com/19006878

This was a lot of fun... so many battery changes because of all the night frames... I couldn't believe how long the temps lingered below freezing before this fellow finally started to get some serious meltage!
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Daniel Berman, Student/Intern, Photographer
Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 1:13 PM on 01.22.11
->> Jack,

That was really cool! The soundtrack fit the piece perfectly!
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Adam Vogler, Photographer, Photo Editor
Kansas City | Mo. | USA | Posted: 1:55 PM on 01.22.11
->> Jack,

I'm with Dan. Very cool. The soundtrack was awesome.
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Alex Menendez, Photographer
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 3:43 PM on 01.22.11
->> Shot for a few quick days in Haiti with NBA player Dwight Howard who was starting the DwightHowardFund.org site to help kids recover from the earthquake in Haiti.

Posted a few images here:

http://alexmenendez.photoshelter.com/gallery/Haiti-2010/G0000zSC.JqSWMbE/0/...


....and also shot some interviews with the 7D for a video here....

http://vimeo.com/16521946


Lots of work but well worth it!

Alex
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Jay Janner, Photographer
Austin | TX | USA | Posted: 12:30 PM on 01.29.11
->> I just finished a fun, self-assigned project. It's my tribute to gig posters. The photo essay combined two of my favorite things - visual art and rock 'n' roll. Check out the photos and video here: http://bit.ly/eDU8Wl
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Sandy Huffaker, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 3:11 PM on 01.29.11
->> Been working on a self assigned project on the Imperial Valley in California. It has the highest unemployment rate in the nation at just under 30%.
http://imperialvalley.blogspot.com/
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Vasiliy Baziuk, Photographer
Rochester | NY | USA | Posted: 11:29 AM on 01.30.11
->> stuff that i have in my "Personal Proj." folder on http://www.vasiliyimages.com/
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Jack Megaw, Photographer, Assistant
Philadelphia | PA | America | Posted: 12:09 PM on 01.30.11
->> Last weekend I got together with a friend of mine who is an avid tennis player and shot a bunch of black and white of him playing while underexposing by a couple stops to kill the background to jet black.

Here are the results:
http://jackmegaw.visualsociety.com/2011/01/24/underexposing-whilst-dodging-.../

-Jack
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Jack Howard, Photographer, Photo Editor
Central Jersey | NJ | USA | Posted: 11:55 AM on 03.24.11
->> As time permits, I've been continuing my time lapse experiments. I think I finally figured out all the little missteps and hiccups in getting that z-axis zooming going on with full-rez stills in After Effects.

http://vimeo.com/21399367

So, this is 720p video (1280x720 px) shot full resolution on a Reb XTi (3888 x 2592 px), so over the 4,290 frames, each frame creeps a little tighter and tighter in on the giraffe and renders & crops down to 1280x720 px, with the end resolution being a 1:1 crop of the frame at 720p resolution, so it stays sharp, crisp, with that z-axis motion the whole time. This is a test, so I rendered it at lowish quality, and you'll notice some fraggies in the b/g especially when the sun goes behind clouds.

I'm getting really hooked on Time lapse, and man, I wish, I wish, I wish I could do a project like this one:
http://vimeo.com/21419634 I feel like I'm in the kiddy pool when I see work like this!
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 12:28 PM on 03.24.11
->> I shot kite flyers in kabul a couple of months ago....don't know what I'll do with the photos but it was fun.
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Jack Howard, Photographer, Photo Editor
Central Jersey | NJ | USA | Posted: 12:47 PM on 03.24.11
->> I'd like to see that, Chuck.
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Saquan Stimpson, Photographer, Assistant
Newark | DE | USA | Posted: 12:29 AM on 03.25.11
->> I did some non assignment work earlier this week. I found a record store near me and shot some rare vinyl in black & white.

Check it out:
Sam's Music Connection vinyl collection

http://monsterphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/Sams-Music-Connection-vinyl-co...
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Frank Niemeir, Photographer
Woodstock | GA | usa | Posted: 7:50 AM on 03.25.11
->> Saquan,

You need to go back and do this:

http://www.sleeveface.com
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Dan Routh, Photographer
Greensboro | NC | USA | Posted: 7:55 AM on 03.26.11
->> Unplanned and no fun.

http://danrouthphotography.blogspot.com/2011/03/firefighters-and-flood.html
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