Stobist. This competition was actually what got me going (GOYA) in the first place and I have forced myself to partake in all of the assignments thus far. To be honest, it has not been easy, but I have learned a lot about myself while completing the assignments – which is what I think the whole idea was to start off with.
I’ve been fortunate enough to make the shortlist of finalists in assignments 1 & 3, but am yet to be published on his site – which would make my year, since most of what I know about photographic lightning, I learned on his site.
The theme for the final assignment was “What moves you, transportation - literally, what moves you. Since I have done a few photographs for the automotive industry before, my first thought was to organize a unique truck or something and photograph it on a nice location. But then I had a look at the entries received thus far and saw that most people did exactly that and very well I might say. I had to come up with another plan to try and make my photo stand out from the hundreds of other similar entries received.
Given that this was the final assignment, I decided to get very ambitious with my lightning and try something more conceptional, which in itself is a bit risky as it might also very well get me disqualified. Let’s hope Mr. Hobby does not see it that way:-)
I decided to construct a photo portraying me on a flying carpet, high up in the air above the moon. My oil-stained garage floor was just perfect as a “moon surface” and I have always wanted to try and incorporate this in a photo. So I placed a small table in the centre of my garage and draped my “magic carpet” over it. I suspended the four corners to the ceiling with dark rope so it would not show in the final photograph, added some interest with smoke and I was on my way. Although this was a hell of lot of work to get the lightning just right, it was also one of the most enjoyable photos I’ve ever taken. Even if I get kicked out for straying, I am still satisfied with the results and will always treasure the experience.
If anyone is interested in the exact light set-up used, feel free to check it out here.