#2655 – 45
A couple of years ago, I had a go at a photo project known simply as 45.
The idea of the project? Set out on a walk with a phone/stopwatch and your camera. Set your stopwatch for five minutes and start walking. When the five minutes is up, stop walking. You have a minute to compose and take a photograph. Set your stopwatch for another five minutes and start walking. When the time is up, stop and, within a minute take and compose your second photo. Keep going until you have walked for 45 minutes and have nine photos.
A lovely warm Friday morning in May and I set out along the seafront in Worthing to see what I could accomplish the second time around. These photos are as they were taken. The only processing I have done is to straighten a couple of horizons (sorry, but that’s the OCD in me!), get rid of a couple of dust spots on the images (I really need to get my camera cleaned!!) and resized the shots for this blog. So, here you go. Nine shots, each taken five minutes apart.
Okay, not the most auspicious of starts… I was aiming to focus on the tape, rather than the bench, but it’s shot one of nine, so give me a break!
It was a bright morning, as you can tell, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky…
The bright sunlight, of course, isn’t great because of the harsh contrast it creates… In my mind, this was a much better photo!!
96, 97, 98, 99… By this point the day was warming up and the coat had come off!!
Apart from a series of dog walkers and a handful of joggers, going out nice and early meant that I pretty much had the beach to myself. Plenty of time during the 5 minutes of walking to collect my thoughts.
By this point, I admit I was on the verge of falling into the trap of beach, beach hut, beach, sky, beach hut… I knew it and I wanted to keep the series fresh, if I could.
That sky, though… I mean, I know it’s May, but it was so clear… (I am writing this blog three hours later, and clouds have resolutely replaced the sun!)
The weakest of the nine images, if I am honest to myself. Again, the sun was just that bit too strong and the contrast just that little too harsh…
Last shot of the nine, then, and there was a pot of tea with my name on it very close by! In contract (no pun intended) to the eighth shot, I liked the vibrant colours of the kayaks against the blue sky and sea. The yellow, bedraggled Keep Off sign just added to the make up of the image.