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Photo365 - 365 - Happy New Year


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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Photo365 - 365 - Happy New Year

31 Dec 2011 1:54AM   Views : 5009 Unique : 789

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 Sparkler Orb Photo 365.


KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
31 Dec 2011 7:23AM
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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CaptivePhotons 14 1.7k 2 England
31 Dec 2011 8:52AM
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 Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
31 Dec 2011 9:30AM
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.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
31 Dec 2011 10:26AM
A brilliant achievement. You must feel so relieved it's finished.
Give yourself an Editor's Award. Smile
31 Dec 2011 10:57AM
Fantastic end to a brilliant achievement, would be interesting to see all your 365s in a montage Grin

Happy New Year Smile
conrad 13 10.9k 116
2 Jan 2012 10:00AM

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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