07 September 2010

Paper Windmill Craft | The Muffed Target 10

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

This is the silhouette of a paper windmill craft made by me and my daughter for one of her school projects. As usual, we love to take photos of artworks or crafts that we have done to keep them in our memories. I'm sure that I could have come up with a much better photo, if only we didn't have to finish this project until the last minute. My daughter got almost late to school and this is the best photo that I got. I dunno, what possibly went wrong? Too much or less light exposure or what? May be someone could give me some advice on this.

If you want to make a paper windmill craft, you could use these following materials:
  • a plastic jar
  • origami paper
  • colorful aluminum paper
  • a wooden stick and
  • some nails.
The plastic jar was cut into the shape of a flower. Origami paper was cut into shapes of petals and glued onto the plastic jar. We used the colorful aluminum paper to wrap the wooden stick, and then nailed the windmill flower on it. Last but not least, we cut out some butterflies and leaves from the origami paper and glued them on the wooden stick and the flower.

I really wish you could see the actual colors of this paper windmill craft. But, then again it wouldn't be submitted to Thom's Muffed Target taken over from Gattina @gattina-keyholepictures.blogspot.com. Thanks for hosting, my friend. Have a wonderful week, everyone.

Music is expression of harmony in sound.
Love is the expression of harmony in life
~Stephen F. Gaskin

Keep a song in your heart.

7 appreciated note(s):

Nessa said...

I remember making wind mills. Yours is so pretty. I think it came out so dark because of the bright light from the window behind it.

Anonymous said...

That kind of thing always happens to me as well. And no matter what I do doesn't seem to correct it. Photography isn't at all easy. So cool how you and your daughter do this. Thanks for playing. Very much appreciated :) Have a great day :)

quilly said...

What went wrong -- the light should never be behind what you are photographing. Cameras are light sensitive and that is what they measure.

The light needs to shine toward your subject, not toward the camera. Different angles of light make a difference, too. Early morning and late evening sunlight is always softer than mid-day sun.

Different lamps will effect your photographs as well, changing clarity and color. No matter how you choose to frame your subject, light should always be one of the first things you consider; make certain it shines on your subject, not behind it.

quilly said...

Bytheway, what I can see of this craft looks pretty cool.

juliana said...

it's not a bad photo at all although it could do with some shadow / highlight correction.

it is always difficult to shoot in front of a direct light source (the window). either the subject is too dark or the background too bright, and in both cases the loss of detail in part of the photo is inevitable. there are techniques like HDR (i have never used it) or, if you don't mind about the background, you can adjust EV (evaluation metering: + for more light in underexposed parts; - for less light in overecposed parts) which tells the camera to expose the photo more/less than the sensor measured
i hope this makes any sense :)

Amanda Moore said...

Quilly is right the camera used the available light from behind the subject to expose the shot, since the subject is in front of the light with no light source of its own it is no longer the subject the area of exposure is. this is great if you want a silhouette shot (getting them on purpose is not that easy)Just remember your target always has to be were the light source is even if it is artificial like a strobe lamp or in you case just the lighting in your home because where ever it is is where the exposure will be. Too much exposure and it will be washed out not enough and there will be no detail only a dark image.
hope that help sweetie.

Anonymous said...

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