Sunday, February 19, 2012

When I'm not at work, I like to...

So recently, the social committee at my work announced a "photo contest". It's a cool way to interact with my fellow co-workers and learn about others who share the same interests.

They asked that you submit a photo that answers the question:
When I'm not at work, I like to ...
I initially had some trouble thinking of a way to finish that sentence, since I have quite a few hobbies. "I like to take pictures" seemed too obvious, and I would then be forced to take a self-portrait/action shot of some sort. I prefer to take pictures as opposed to being in them. I could always capture any old picture and submit that as an example of my photo hobby, but that would have been the definition of half-assed. It's like saying:
I love to take pictures, but I can't be bothered to participate in this contest in any meaningful way.
It didn't take long before I figured out that, of the many hobbies I enjoy, the vast majority of them revolve around technology. From photography (which I only really started practising post-analog), to programming, to playing games on my PS3, to this very blog; the central theme seemed to be overwhelmingly obvious.

And so I had my response:

When I'm not at work, I like to "plug in".

Of course, no one really "plugs in" to anything these days, but the term served to elicit the visual that I would try to create.

Get connected. by aaron d (instantkamera) on

"Plug in, get connected"
Nikon D90, 55-200vr @ 200mm, f/16, 1/60s, ISO200 + Raynox DCR-150 close-up dioptre.
Strobist: 2x Nikon SB-600, one below subject (gelled red), one from above.

I wont give away what the subject is, but I can say it's an area about as wide as my thumb. I wanted to make it glow "hot" to give emphasis to the idea of being "connected", so I used a wireless flash from below with a red gel to shine through the translucent portions of the PCB.