Spiro-Photography by 30pics4jackiesdiamond


Remember Spirograph? It took me loads of failure to get 3 decent shots in the two hours of camera club this evening. I learnt about Bulb setting, revised the physics of the pendulum, had a number of failures (I'm blaming jet-lag!), learnt that SD Cards have a speed (mine's very slow to write!) and we laughed a lot.

As ever in our camera club- no-one was 'the' expert. We used what we'd picked up from WWW and assisted each other to move on from failures We will celebrate our successes on FaceAche and move on to learning something new next meet-up.

This positively swirls on black
This is lovely, really cool pattern.
October 1st, 2018  
October 1st, 2018  
Oh, wow! That is so cool! You are invited to our camera club meeting to teach us how to do it.
It's A FAV (and guaranteed to make TT!!)
October 1st, 2018  
October 1st, 2018  
Very cool.
October 1st, 2018  
Well done !
October 2nd, 2018  
Yes I do remember spirograph :). A favorite of mine many years ago. Your photo came out beautifully-great on black.
October 2nd, 2018  
No idea how you did this but so impressive!
October 2nd, 2018  
Wow this is brilliant light painting . fav.
October 2nd, 2018  
Excellent! I have no idea how you did this.
October 2nd, 2018  
This is fabulous Jackie, an easy fav :)
October 2nd, 2018  
Never lucky enough to have a spirograph but this is simply exceptional. Fav.
October 2nd, 2018  
ooh yes i remember! fav
October 2nd, 2018  
Looks great on black!
October 2nd, 2018  
I have absolutely no idea what you did here ( i'll look it up when back home) but it is a striking image.
October 2nd, 2018  
@humphreyhippo thank you v much
@brennieb this much more fun
@joysabin many failed attempts
@merrelyn many thanks
@emma78 it's fiddly but such fun
@onewing others in camera club did much better
@fbailey it's all on www how to st camera settings, not the swirls though
@amyk many thanks
@cocobella thank you so much
@mittens I think so too
@joansmor it is isn't it!!!
@carole_sandford thank you v much
@salza thank you Sally

@farmreporter here's what I did!!!

Tripod on longest highest legs, balanced on three tables!
Taped over torch bulb to get small spot of light
Taped string onto torch, tied string to underneath tripod made a pendulum
Placed camera directly underneath dangling torch, my LCD screen will pivot out , so that helped me
Focused on light. Set bulb setting 1.5 minutes - seemed about right after failing at 30-60 seconds

Covered lens with a photography magazine ( lens cap should suffice, but I mislaid it in the dark)
Swing torch ( remember to turn it on, one of us didn't!!) Wait for wobble to stop. Turn off room lights, press shutter release, remove magazine covering lens. After 50 seconds, covered lens and swung torch in a different direction, uncovered lens again.

Room needs to be pitch black, and there were 8 of us in one room doing this together, so some light pollution did happen

Some stuck drawing pin into ceiling to get longer string and swings but I valued my lens too much to trust that!! No accidents happened with falling torches ( just spilt coffee!)

It was a real hoot to do, I learnt so much more about my camera's settings, co-operation, and learning from failing in such a friendly, safe way!! Get you camera club to give it a go, none of us had tried it out before so the blind led the blind I the dark ( with guidance from a variety of www sites!)
October 2nd, 2018  
Thanks, Jackie - will try to talk my club into doing it ... sounds like a lot of fun!
October 3rd, 2018  
This is wonderful. Your camera club is more fun than the one I tried out!
October 3rd, 2018  
@jqf were like 365! No competitions, just trips out, trying new techniques, having a larff
October 3rd, 2018  
Brilliant patterns Jackie sounds like you had fun
October 4th, 2018  
i tried this once, never got anything quite so beautiful
October 6th, 2018  
Wow! Well done!
October 7th, 2018  
@gardenfolk thank you
@kali66 you should see the failures!! Oh ou can't I deleted them!!!
@wendyfrost it was brilliant fun
October 7th, 2018  
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