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singular essentials

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A camera toss series. I hadn't done any of these in a long time and thought it good to revisit the bare essentials considering it was a camera I had not used for the technique yet. A single white LED provides the light source, exposures vary from .7sec to 2sec. What is produced is essentially an inverted physiogram (inverted in that it illustrates camera motion rather than subject motion) and can tell you alot about the movement possible with a given model of camera.


I also had been meaning to do this simplistic series for a while, because I feel achieving something aesthetically wonderful does not require an overly complicate light source, the beauty is ultimately due to the motion.


All images in this series are directly from my Kodak Easyshare 3.1mp camera, no hotoshop, no cropping or manipulation other than image rotation.


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my flickr group Camera Toss

the Camera Toss Blog

  • Lorrie McClanahan PRO 9y

    they sure created some interesting compositions
  • Stefan Engstrom PRO 9y

    Newtongraphs - I think these are particularly delightful for a physicist :-)
  • clickykbd PRO 9y

    they do appeal to the scientific mind... but obviously the success of the camera tossing phenomenon indicates they perhaps even have a more universal appeal. Our sense of aesthetics must come from somewhere... it's just a matter of tapping into it.
  • Stefan Engstrom PRO 9y

    there is a direct appreciation of the equations of motion in the waxing and waning of the traces of the light here that you can only get if you have spent some time thinking about the second law (methinks).
  • clickykbd PRO 9y

    I'm afraid you've pegged me SEngstrom. ;-)
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