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Photo365 - 365 - Happy New Year

Pete > Pete Blog > Photo365 - 365 - Happy New Year
31/12/2011 - 1:54 AM

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I was intending writing Happy New Year with a sparkler for my last photo365. But I'm going to be rather busy this evening so I thought I'd have a go now as it's technically the last day, even though it's only half one in the morning!

So I set the Olympus E-P2 up on a tripod and used a torch to help focus on the bird table which will be at a similar distance to me. And then I set the 14-42mm to wide angle to ensure a good space. I did a few practice dry runs writing the message.

The camera was set to manual exposure and a 30second shutter speed and f5 aperture. I set the timer to 12 seconds to give me enough time to light the sparkler and then position myself ready in front of the camera.

In my few attempts I found it hard to write the three words clearly. So I decided to try the wire wool light orb technique, using a sparkler instead of wool. I attached one to a piece of string and made a knot in the string so I knew where to hold it.

A few test shots and I worked out that a 20sec exposure was enough time to do a complete orb...and I'm quite pleased with the result.


In the New Year I will combine the orb technique with a star trail and painting with light.

Well that's it for me...one picture every day for the last year. I nearly gave up several times, but can now feel proud of my achievement, thanks for viewing.

In 2011 I have taken 17699 photographs (many more if you count those I have deleted along the way) That's equivalent to nearly 492 rolls of 36 exposure film - nine rolls per week. It's the most I've ever taken in my 30 years as a photographer. While many of the photos were taken near or in my home I'm pleased with the variety, especially as I lead a busy work life.

Happy New Year everyone and thanks for your contribution in making ePHOTOzine a success.

And here's that failed new year sparkler message

Tags: Final, Orb, Photo 365., Sparkler


KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 94532 forum postsKarenFB vcard England166 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 7:23 AM

A very Happy New Year to you and yours Pete! I've been watching you throughout your 'photo-a-day-year' and I can't believe how quickly the time has passed. Will you carry on the challenge for 2012?

By the way, you have dreadful hand writing!!! Wink

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31 Dec 2011 - 8:52 AM

Happy new year to you too. Here's to an even better epz 2012 Grin

Thanks for the truly inspirational blog and website and your never ending commitment to the members Grin

Now, about that prize draw ............. Tongue

Pete Site Moderator 1418757 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 9:30 AM

thank you to both of you Smile

Quote: Will you carry on the challenge for 2012?

No, I just wanted to do the one. I intend to concentrate on more specific aspects of photography this year.


A brilliant achievement. You must feel so relieved it's finished.
Give yourself an Editor's Award. Smile

answersonapostcard Site Moderator 1112829 forum postsanswersonapostcard vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 10:57 AM

Fantastic end to a brilliant achievement, would be interesting to see all your 365s in a montage Grin

Happy New Year Smile

conrad  1110882 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2012 - 10:00 AM

Quote: Happy New Year

Same to you, Pete, may it bring you what you want!

Oh, and about those 492 rolls of 36 exposure film - wouldn't it be interesting to calculate the savings you made by using digital? Smile

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