Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Elusive Jump Shot

I've been meaning to post these photos since my trip to Texas in February,  and now that we've announced a self-portraits theme over at Mortal Muses I figured it might be a good time to share this ridiculous-ness.

For one of my photography projects this year I have committed to taking 52 self-portraits.  As part of that quest, I have been working on my "jump shot".  And as you can see here, I need a LOT of practice.

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Now, I am not sure if you are getting this people, I am supposed to catch a shot of me JUMPING...in the AIR.  If you look at these animated shots you can see me on the bench getting ready for the self timer to start.......and........then....I am on the ground. Let's try again... 

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Ahh.........nope, pathetic.

I am happy to report that I did finally manage to get a jump shot in the air.  They are not the best photos, but I felt like it was a mission accomplished.



I've had a little more success jumping since then with this shot, and I even like this one from the same day, where I jumped so high I went right up out of the frame.

Bottom line, although most of us are more comfortable behind the camera, selfies give us a chance to be silly, serious, creative, artsy...the possibilities are endless!  I hope you'll try taking a self-portrait this week and show your results in the Mortal Muses flickr pool.  Want to make one of these animated gifs?  Here's how I did it.

Linking up over at The Happiness Project because jumping up and down repeatedly somehow makes me happy!

20 comments:

Nancy said...

I think you did great with these! If I jumped off a bench, I'd need some traction. ;)

clairz said...

Love Nancy's comment. I have to admit that I was thinking, "not with these knees!"

Jump while you can, right out of the frame!

Krystal said...

that is hilarious :) :) good job on finally succeeding!!

Clare B said...

The first two video shots make you look like a toddler who is all geared up to make this enormous jump and then only gets 2cm off the ground. Very funny. The last couple worked well though.

Ashley Sisk said...

LOL you look about as ridiculous as I did when I tried it. Jumping selfies are soooooo hard. But I love that we can be silly and try stuff like this when we're by ourselves. I love the animation. You've done great! Thanks for sharing.

Jacey said...

Jump shots are hard to do. You're cute trying, though!

Dorian Susan said...

This post is so much fun. I've not tried them...I should. There are just so many things to "try" and not enough energy hours in my day to do them.
I like your first "success" shot.
Was thinking about Willow today...hope she's doing better.

camaca said...

funny!

refrigeratormagnate said...

aaaannnnnddddd
ACTION!
:)

Pam said...

I love jump shots! I would never attempt them, because I don't believe I could ever get it right!

VeganCraftastic said...

I love jump shots too, I haven't tried one myself though!

April said...

Jumping shots are so fun! Were you tired at the end? When I did mine last winter it was a total work out :) Nice job!

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Anika said...

I just love visiting your blog. This is fantastic and I love the animation! I think this could be the first animated gif I could sit and watch instead of fear an epileptic fit. Love this post!

lisa said...

These are truly feel-good shots!
Beautifully done.

Oliag said...

I will certainly try that animated gif sometime! but probably not with any self portrait:) At this time in my life I feel younger than I look and it is always a shock to see myself in a photo! You look great tho!

maureen said...

oh, how fun is that?
i'll have to put that on the list.
right.
when I have more energy than i sense.
xo
mo

Anna said...

Being airborne looks tricky to catch! Think I'll pass on that adventure :)

Marisa said...

This is so cool!:)

RainCityGirl said...

Congrats on getting the elusive jump shot. I have several like your first attempts!

mosey said...

My husband just asked me what I was chuckling about... I think we can all relate to the endless frames of "fails" before we get that elusive YES! Too funny....