Mike Patterson  

Sky-High Confetti by Mike Patterson

October 2021 - Sky-High Confetti

About the Image(s)

In late August, we attended the annual Blanco County Rodeo Parade in Johnson City, Texas. On one of the floats, a group of teenagers was shooting confetti into the air from some sort of toy bazooka. I’m sure this didn’t make the city too happy as they left a trail of paper all through the town. As they passed by, I took a goof-off shot of the confetti high in the air. When I later looked at the images, I found something that I thought made a nice abstract photo. I like the tiny pieces of black and white paper fluttering against the white clouds and deep blue sky. I cropped the shot and did minor processing in Lightroom. This was shot at 1/2000 second, f/10 at an ISO of 400. I used a Canon 7D and a 24-105mm lens. The shot was taken at 70mm.

3 comments posted

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Yes, these goof off shots invoke some emotion and yet what to do with them? The only place that my eye rests on is the third top left quarter of the composition, but is it sufficient to hold the interest? Without the clouds, the confetti could possibly be used as an overlay, but as it is I would use it to create some kind of abstract. I may get back to you on this. Yet, do not be surprised if someone say: "This is wonderful, I want to buy it".   Posted: 10/03/2021 09:44:40

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
This does look like a fun photo to shoot - - like flying mortar boards and graduations.   Posted: 10/09/2021 10:35:10

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
I'm of two minds on this -- yes, in a sense it is taking an unusual and creative look at an everyday event, but can it actually be thought of as an abstract image? The sky, clouds, and confetti are realistically portrayed, so that they are recognizable, but presented in a way that suggests some type of abstraction. Perhaps an abstract realism, if there can be such a thing? I do very much like the white, blue and black color combinations. This might also appear to be a cascade of thermal heat shield tiles floating to the ground. This last part is definitely an inside joke, if any of you have been following the latest development of Elon Musk's Starship.   Posted: 10/10/2021 09:34:28


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