Kinetic 944

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© David Hull
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Photo Info
UploadedMarch 20, 2008
TakenFebruary 14, 2008
ModelCanon PowerShot SD900
Exposure3/10 sec at f/4.9
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length23.1 mm
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This is a camera toss photograph. No Photoshop manipulations - other than to resize.

21 responses

  • Patrick Westerfield

    Patrick Westerfield gave props (20 Mar 2008):

    Great colors.

  • Meghana K

    Meghana K gave props (20 Mar 2008):


  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (20 Mar 2008):

    Wow! Totally awesome shot!

  • Nancy Brooks

    Nancy Brooks gave props (20 Mar 2008):

    Really cool! What did it take a picture of?

  • Eric Anderson

    Eric Anderson gave props (20 Mar 2008):

    Oh my! She is a beauty!

  • Christopher Smith

    Christopher Smith said (27 May 2008):


  • Joseph Calvo

    Joseph Calvo gave props (6 Jun 2008):

    Amazing shot, congrats on the publication

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner said (10 Jun 2008):

    I wish you'd post answers to all the questions. this is a community of learners. I have tried this and failed. My lines weren't as smooth and guided, so I'm presumming you've used a tripod and the blue is so digital, maybe this was your Iphone? Please share.

  • Fried M. Khan

    Fried M. Khan gave props (11 Jun 2008):

    whhhhhhaaaaat the ****??!?!!!!!, ? ..stuning

  • Mohammad Taheri

    Mohammad Taheri (Deleted) gave props (20 Jun 2008):

    such a beautiful toss :D

  • John Merryman

    John Merryman said (24 Jun 2008):

    Great image! Would love to hear how you did this.

  • Maria Rapetskaya

    Maria Rapetskaya said (22 Jul 2008):

    Gorgeous! How'd you do that?!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner said (24 Jul 2008):

    I think it's sad that you won't share your's suspicious to say the least.

  • noc7

    noc7 gave props (26 Jul 2008):


  • David Hull

    David Hull said (28 Jul 2008):

    All, thanks for the kind and skeptical comments. I have not been actively managing my account on this site, due to time constraints. As you see I have only two images I have uploaded to JPG, directly as a result of the Camera Toss challenge. Please check out my stream on flickr, and the Camera Toss group on flickr (that I moderate) for more images and some details regarding the technique. The link to same is in my profile description.
    This image was created solely in-camera (as I don't have the sophistication with software programs to have created this digitally). The target for this image was a Jim-Boy's Tacos store front. The blue and red group of thin lines resulted from the alternating pattern LED "OPEN" display lights, the green and yellow membranous streaks from the store-brand neon lights (DC converted lights I believe as the AC current pattern is not evident), and the orange-ish streaks and 'background' yellow-ish streaks from a cowled light outside the store front and tungsten lights inside the store, respectively. The toss used to generate this image was approximately 4 feet high with a relatively slow rotation around the long axis of the lens (a barrel roll). A 'medium' amount of wobble was introduced into the rotation during the release to provide some sweeping curve elements in the overall pattern (less wobble produces a more circular pattern, more wobble produces more sweeping patterns, and an end-over-end flip of the camera produces more intersecting curi-linear patterns). Timing the shutter opening with different points of the toss (and using different height tosses to assist with this timing) is also responsible for generally repeatable patterns and allows one to "place" various repeatable patterns in the frame for overall composition (usually an iterative process).

  • David Hull

    David Hull said (28 Jul 2008):

    And...thanks to Peggy Gardner's "gentle" prods.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (29 Jul 2008):

    you knew I'd be back to looky, a taco store front...I will never look at a taco bell the same...

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (5 Aug 2008):

    I love this!

  • Carol Lozo

    Carol Lozo (Deleted) gave props (10 Aug 2008):

    Fantastic!! I love this, ingenious idea...

  • Evan Alexander

    Evan Alexander gave props (20 Oct 2008):

    amazingly lucky and skilled shot my friend...that is awesome

  • Epin Hervin

    Epin Hervin gave props (28 Aug 2011):

    Look like wondows media player's animation. I think "no digital manipulation" or "no edit" is the most popular photo word today. For me, as long as the photo make me freeze, I don't care about that. I just care about good photo & good photographer such as Henri Cartier Bresson & Ansel Adams, & the rest of it, my ear is close :) Sorry I'm too serious at this fun site

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