Peter Bargh

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December 31st, 2011

Photo365 – Day 365 – Happy New Year

I was intending writing Happy New Year with a sparkler for my last photo365. But I’m going to be rather busy this evening so I thought I’d have a go now as it’s technically the last day, even though it’s only half one in the morning!

So I set the Olympus E-P2 up on a tripod and used a torch to help focus on the bird table which will be at a similar distance to me. And then I set the 14-42mm to wide angle to ensure a good space. I did a few practice dry runs writing the message.

The camera was set to manual exposure and a 30second shutter speed and f5 aperture. I set the timer to 12 seconds to give me enough time to light the sparkler and then position myself ready in front of the camera.

In my few attempts I found it hard to write the three words clearly. So I decided to try the wire wool light orb technique, using a sparkler instead of wool. I attached one to a piece of string and made a knot in the string so I knew where to hold it.

A few test shots and I worked out that a 20sec exposure was enough time to do a complete orb…and I’m quite pleased with the result.

In the New Year I will combine the orb technique with a star trail and painting with light.

Well that’s it for me…one picture every day for the last year. I nearly gave up several times, but can now feel proud of my achievement, thanks for viewing.

In 2011 I have taken 17699 photographs (many more if you count those I have deleted along the way) That’s equivalent to nearly 492 rolls of 36 exposure film – nine rolls per week. It’s the most I’ve ever taken in my 30 years as a photographer. While many of the photos were taken near or in my home I’m pleased with the variety, especially as I lead a busy work life.

Happy New Year everyone and thanks for your contribution in making ePHOTOzine a success.

And here’s that failed new year sparkler message

May 8th, 2004

Orb play leadmill

off to see Orb at the Leadmill. Karen got accosted by some druggy who kept pestering her to buy

orb-flyer