Week 3: Control

The list has fun subjects and not-so-fun subjects, but all were selected to make me [and you] think.  “Control” falls into the not-so-fun category for yours truly.  The first thing that popped in my mind was a remote control.  I looked at what we had around the house and then decided: this is challenge, challenge yourself, yo.  Pen to paper made the ideas flow but I had no clue how to capture them with the camera.  That kind of wasn’t helpful.  I told myself if I couldn’t get anything else, I’d revisit remote controls.  (I think it’s good to have a back up plan.)

One of the ideas I wrote down was “bound.”  Thing is, I don’t think a friend was going to let me tie them up and then take pictures of it.  (Actually, if I can convince someone to disrobe, it might not be too difficult but…)  Also, there’s no telling how horrible that could have turned out.  (The photograph and/or the situation.)  But there are things that make me think of  “bound” without having to tie up a pal.

Enter duct tape.  Enter the idea of a self-portrait.  Enter the fact that this girl was too lazy to get out of her pajamas and didn’t think a serious photograph could be taken seriously with star pajama bokeh.  Idea scrapped.  I had to bring another idea up from the bullpen.

Here’s my control:

Week 3: Control

Mind control.  She’s got power over him he doesn’t even know about… or does he?

It’s a stretch but this was a save from having to pull out the back up plan.  What really makes me happy about this shot is that these are two of my fabulous co-workers.  I hopped in their offices, asked if they’d play along and they said yes before they heard the whole set up.  We pulled out some chairs, tried a few things, moved some stuff around, tried some more and viola: mind control.  I love the people I work with – they let me have impromptu photo shoots with them and don’t think I’m weird.  Well, at least I don’t know if they think I’m weird and I’m fine with that.

If you want to see how everyone else captured “control”, go to the WPC Flickr Group.  I have to say there are a few “lack of control” submissions but I totally dig them.  (Very funny!)  And if you’re still on the fence about joining the group, stop.  Click through the photos and read the comments – it speaks volumes to the kind of people who are participating.  Thanks to everyone for be so encouraging.  There’s also the Challenger Roll where you can visit challengers’ photostreams and personal blogs – tons of great blogs, I highly recommend look-see.

And now, drum roll please, Week 4’s subject is COLORFUL.  This will be good!  And we could all use a little color in our lives considering how drabby and snowy the winter is here in the US.  Aussies, there should still be some summertime color to make us Americans extremely jealous.

Try something different this week.  Venture out and discover something colorful.  Set up a shot, use a light box or use a model – you never know if a friend will help out until you ask.  I cannot wait for next week!!   I love color challenges.  Happy snapping!

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January 19, 2011 - 9:15 am

Rebecca - I hadn’t seen your photo in the pool yet – I love this! and such a unique idea.

Can I ask how you made it so bright without loosing the subjects into the white?

January 19, 2011 - 9:36 am

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - The tones. The slightly raised eyebrow. Oh my. It’s a winner.

Do you think there’s room for me at your office?

January 19, 2011 - 9:51 am

amyhasbangs - It’s amaaaaaaazing! Perfection.

January 19, 2011 - 9:53 am

Brooke - @Rebecca – I shot it on a white wall which I think helps. And I increased the contrast and played with curves in the layers when I edited. Nicole’s arm and hand disappeared some but not enough to take away from it. I really just push a lot of buttons when I’m editing and have no idea what I’m doing.

@Wendipants – Of course, sweets, come on down! Did you know I get to work with Katie now? Not physically in the same office but by complete chance and the grace of god her team became my sales reps. I know… we might get caught goofing off.

January 19, 2011 - 11:35 am

denise:) - I love this, Brooke. It’s perfect! You’re lucky you have such cooperative and beautiful coworkers readily available for your “weird little hobby”! I think because they trust you’ll do them good.

My control pic didn’t turn out and I don’t have a submission- F FOR FAIL!

January 19, 2011 - 5:11 pm

Allie - I took a picture of my dogs with treats on their front paws. They are looking up at me, waiting for the signal that they can eat the treats. They had to wait through two shots because the first was blurry. ;)

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