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133/365 - …and Always Twirling, Twirling, Twirling Towards Freedom! | by djwtwo
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133/365 - …and Always Twirling, Twirling, Twirling Towards Freedom!

So, for the past week there’s been a shot very similar to this circulating on the geek blogosphere, claiming to have been taken with prototype “Google Goggles”. Not having any prototypes hanging around the house, I wanted to see if I could do something along the same lines with my DSLR.

 

So, I took a few test shots to see what focal length and exposure would be reasonable, adjusted my camera strap so it’d be at about the right height on my body to catch my daughter as we twirled, then threaded some cord through the loop on the quick release plate for my tripod to use to secure the camera tight against my torso. I also used the zoom lock on the lens to lock it at 18mm to prevent creep (that’s the only focal length it locks at, so that was lucky.) My D7000 has a built-in intervalometer, so I set it to start in about 3 minutes, taking 120 shots at 1 second intervals, started the timer, and strapped the camera down as tight as I could. Grabbed my daughter securely (in this shot, she had let go of my forearms), and spun myself around to get her flying. Did that about six times (most exhausting photo shoot I’ve done yet—never got to 120 exposures on any pass—but also a whole lot of fun!), and out of the 200 or so shots I ended up taking, I had three where Thing Two was framed reasonably well and not too blurry. This was the best one.

 

Boosted vibrance in Aperture, and used smart sharpen in Photoshop just to get Thing Two's face and hair a tiny bit less blurry.

 

Nikon D7000 w/Nikkor 18-200mm @ 18mm, 1/20s @ ƒ/9.5 (shutter priority mode, +1.0ev), ISO100.

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Taken on May 12, 2012