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Camera Toss

October 17, 2005 | Photography

I heard some whispers around the internet about a fun photography exercise called a Camera Toss. It entails setting the camera at a moderate shutter speed and throwing it up into the air. I saw a few samples and they were fantastic. So much so I had to try it for myself. Attached are six samples of what I ended up with.

While I didn’t get the same results as some that I saw I am very pleased and encouraged by the images that I did get. I found that an exposure of 1 second @ F13, ISO 100, to be good.

Now, before you try for yourself, please be careful. There is more to consider than just dropping the camera. The motorized mechanisms for zooming the lenses are pretty delicate and if you land hard on that, even in the palm of your hand, you can potentially damage the camera. I’ve found with this one, a Nikon Coolpix 4300 (I know, I need to get a real digital SLR) that if I suspect anything has bumped the lens too hard that I can turn the camera off and on and it will right itself. If you suspect you’ve done anything, turn it off and on right away so it can attempt to realign itself before you try again and potentially whack it again.

I did most of these indoors and over a bed, so I could get some pretty fun twists on the camera and not worry about having to catch it. And, without further banter, here are some images that I made.

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On their own they’re nice, but not something I’d hang on my wall or something that could stand alone. But these could easily find their way into web banners and other artwork as background or supplementary images. An easy way to get some different artwork into a design.

*Edit: These are all unedited pics – straight from the camera. I’ve found that adding some saturation and contrast can really add some punch to these guys.

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  • That’s pretty nifty there, sport. I am tempted to see if my old camera still works.

    Halbie, November 7, 2005 9:30 pm | permalink

  • Fascinating, they remind me of Fractal Flame animations, which is what I thought they were at first.

    JBadger, October 20, 2005 10:35 am | permalink

  • I prefer the whole "Great minds think alike" bit.

    Joey B., October 20, 2005 10:50 am | permalink

  • Something I’ll have to try at home with my Digicam… see how it goes, or see if I end up sueing j00z for bad advice! Ohnoes!

    Joey B., October 19, 2005 10:55 am | permalink

  • You can’t sue me, I never told you to do it, suggested you should do it, and I even told you what the dangers of doing it are.

    Stupid is as stupid does… 😉

    Shawn, October 19, 2005 11:19 am | permalink

  • Those kick ass!

    alden, October 17, 2005 9:02 pm | permalink

  • those are pretty awesome! very raw

    shoey, October 17, 2005 9:10 pm | permalink

  • tobo requests:

    links to the places you mentioned with the other camera tossage

    hi rez of the second from the bottom on the left

    Tobias Butler, October 17, 2005 9:11 pm | permalink

  • Thank you all for the compliments.

    Tobs: Request One and Request Two.

    Shawn, October 17, 2005 9:32 pm | permalink

  • Rockin. Got a new desktop. Thanks gipster.

    Tobias Butler, October 18, 2005 12:15 am | permalink

  • That fractal flame looks like fun…

    Shawn Parker, October 21, 2005 9:10 am | permalink

  • I ran it for awhile, but I don’t look at my screensaver that often. I run folding at home with my spare CPU cycles instead now.

    James Badger, November 2, 2005 5:24 pm | permalink

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