28 February 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday Challenge: Fad Items

Since it would be a full week into March before the first Thursday happens, I decided to post March's Challenge in February. I hope no one minds. The big celebration in March seems to be St. Patrick's Day. Call me crazy, but when ever I think about St. Patrick's Day, I think about Leprechauns. Whenever I think about leprechauns, I think about Lucky Charm's cereal. Apparently the leprechaun on the box had several names. Click here to read more.

With that being said, I thought it would be fitting to photograph our fad items that we or our ancestors may have collected. I wonder if collections are a 'modern' post-depression activity. I don't know. My mother collected teddy bears. I collected stickers, wrestling magazines, and followed much of the pop music trends. In high school, I started collecting Trolls. Now trolls were not a new thing in the 90s. They were a huge fad in the 1960s.

Photo Friday Challenge: Fad Items
Treasure Chest Thursday Challenge: Fad Items
f/5, exp 0.8 sec, exp bias: +0.7, ISO 100, Spot metering

I'll be honest. I didn't spend a lot of time taking photos of my troll. I guess I just didn't want them in my house any longer. The sooner it was photographed the better! Wow! They were so important to me so long ago. Yikes!

Anyway... with that said, I put this Troll key chain in my light box. I used natural light from my window. Then I set the camera on custom white balance. I snapped a photo of the white cardboard and the camera made the final adjustments. I flipped on spot focused and the background completely 'blew out'. In other words, it became over exposed.

Now, normally, I would not like this type of photo at all. Trolls were so crazy and almost 'psychedelic'. So, the over exposed nature of the photo, actually gives the photo an unintentionally cool effect. So, I ran with it. This month, have a little fun with your artifact photos. Your 'mistakes' just might turn into great effects.

To participate in the Treasure Chest Thursday challenges, simply: photograph your artifact and then share what you learned about photographing the artifact.

Next month: CRAFT ITEMS

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