The challenge: control the movement of water with a slow shutter speed.
In the brief given to us, we were required to use a tripod when taking the shot since a fast shutter speed is required. Well, tough luck for me because, 1) my family planned to go out of town with my cousins so I didn’t know a place where to take the shot, 2) my sister forgot to bring the tripod since she didn’t know I needed it, 3) my cousin forgot to bring their tripod (even if I reminded her a few days before), 4) I couldn’t remind her again since my phone was not cooperating with me (the battery was dead and no matter how long I charged it, it won’t turn on).
So, deep inside I was panicking on how I was supposed to get the project done. Luckily for me, my mom said we could stop over into a resort wherein she will inquire about the membership. In that resort there was this one fountain…
That fountain was my only chance for this project in time… so thank you fountain!
Here are some of the ‘good’ shots:
The picture below is generally what you usually see. Its the front view of the fountain… and personally, I didn’t think of it as a big deal or something that was worth taking a shot at – but I needed a shot. Even with the constraints that I had at that time – without the tripod and with just this fountain - I needed a good shot.
So, I tried several things. Tried to use my hips to rest my arm so it can steady me, tried to use my sister’s shoulder as my tripod, tried to not breathe while taking the shot… and I didn’t get the result that I wanted.
Luckily (again), there was a pole by the side of the fountain. It was kinda far, but I was really lucky that I used it. Why? Because in this project I realized how important it is to find the right angle. When I took the picture from the angle where the pole was, it was so much better (in my opinion).
And so, I zoomed in (or rather cropped) and took different shots. Honestly, I was really happy on how it turned out (although I admit that I did get frustrated at first HAHAHA). Anyway, another thing that I realized is that sometimes, you just need deal with it and work with what you have.
Because if my sister and cousin hadn’t forgotten the tripod, if that pole wasn’t there for me to lean on and support, if I was satisfied by my first shot… I wouldn’t have been able to take this shot that I submitted. :)