Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocussed

5 05 2012

Unfocussed – my camera toss experiment

This week, it’s all about being unfocussed.  To capture this image I tried the risky business of Camera Tossing. The fancy name for this growing art form is Kinetic Photography, meaning photography in motion, but really, it is a matter of throwing a camera in the air several times and trying to capture an artistic and abstract image.

There are some fantastic examples around from people who have experimented with the technique. They tend to shoot at night and use a light source to capture great patterns in light by tossing, bouncing, spinning their cameras!

I used an old small compact which is automatic so I couldn’t really change settings or exposure length. I took a risk and set the timer for two seconds, then threw it up in the air a few times. The first time it just took a great shot of the patio, another got a shot of me looking up with a big frown on my face (because I don’t catch well). Then I tried throwing the camera a little higher, with more of a spinning action (side ways spinning, then end over end spinning) and got some interesting results!!  If you’d like to see more from people who REALLY know what they’re doing in this art form, check out Designzzz for some examples.  Oh, and when you get started, you might want to put some cushions on the ground too.   🙂



20 responses

5 05 2012

Cool idea but I’d be afraid I’d miss and break my camera!! 🙂

5 05 2012

Yes, I had a few moments like that but I can promise that no camera was harmed in the making of this shot. LOL. Seriously though, I didn’t drop it. It is an old 3MP one I never use anymore and I certainly wouldn’t be doing it with my main camera.

5 05 2012

Totally cool! Love it! 🙂

5 05 2012

Great effect, scary technique!

5 05 2012

super, what a marvelous experiment … you are a real artist louise 🙂

5 05 2012

That is such a compliment – thanks so much Christine!

5 05 2012

wow! Quite risky but worth it . The outcome is really cool 🙂

5 05 2012

What an interesting technique! Love the result whatever it is!

5 05 2012

Wow. Brave technique. Stunning result! Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post.

5 05 2012

Have to agree with Simply Sage. Very brave, and the results were worth every nail-biting second!

5 05 2012
The Retiring Sort

Interesting technique – and a nice result!

6 05 2012
Connie T

That is so neat.

6 05 2012

cool trick-beautiful outcome! 🙂

6 05 2012
Lynne Ayers

I really like yours but I also took a look at the fantastic examples link you provided – Wow! These are gorgeous. But like you I’m a lousy catch – think I will pass on experimenting myself.

6 05 2012

Yes, I won’t persist with this but it was good to try. The people who master this do some great stuff with specific throwing patterns for different patterns and results. Glad you liked the link, they’re amazing.

6 05 2012

Great! Nice color. I also like moving my camera intentionally while taking pictures in order to create an abstract photograph.

My entry for this week theme also including a picture like this. 🙂

6 05 2012

Thanks Ingset, I like your window blind photo!

7 05 2012
Gilly Gee

Amazing Louise – but crazy! I don’t think I could ever bring myself to do it even with an old camera 🙂

10 05 2012
Leanova Designs

Love it 🙂

17 05 2012

i love the flow of colors.

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