Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

In the Background: The places that we pass through day after day, or even once in a lifetime, leave in their small way, echoes and traces of themselves upon us. But so often when taking self portraits or pictures of friends, the places themselves become a soft blurred mush of indistinct semi-nothingness, the limelight stolen by our smiling faces. In today’s challenge, let’s turn the tables. Take a picture of yourself or someone else as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background, or — as in the example above — the foreground, the center of attention.


Maybe this picture is out of theme but who cares? I’m the one who interprets the theme.

Technically, I’m in the background of this picture since I’m the one writing my name. (Yes, my name is Michiko, I’m not Japanese, a Filipino and not a girl, not yet a woman. Seriously though, straight guy :P) Since the sensor was exposed for10 seconds (10″ shutter speed, yeah all that photography jargon), I’m nowhere in that picture. They call these things as “Light Painting” since you’re really painting with the use of light.

Light paintings are one of my favorite techniques in photography, the level of difficulty of each photo ranges from easy to hard. From drawing your name backwards to star trails. Equipment are required for example a remote for the “Bulb” setting of the camera, a tripod for stable shots and most likely a must for all these photos and external light sources like flash light or light emitting diodes(LEDs).

It is my first time to do this challenge of dailypost and I’m looking forward into doing more! :)


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