Scavenger Hunt #33 – Party

A bunch of colorful star confetti, with a few still landing in the mass that's already set.

While I used the previous Hunt to experiment with composites and story-telling, I wanted to go “back to basics” for this Hunt, and try to get maybe closer from my comfort zone, but also closer to pictures that feel like “me”. But, for the personal challenge, I shot everything with my 100mm macro lens!

“Party” is not exactly an easy word to photograph these days – most restrictions are lifted, but it’s still going to be a while before I will consider going to a proper party 🙂 And I did want something in the close-up/macro direction… My first thought was to take pictures of bubbly wine, but it felt uninspiring. Confetti seemed more fun! I ordered two sets of confetti, and that was a good thing, because I hesitated ordering the star ones, and they ended up being a much better fit than the other ones I had first chosen.

I setup the confetti on an oven sheet pan, and started making pictures as I was throwing them. At the beginning, I was trying to hold the camera in one hand and throw the confetti with the other; I eventually gave in and setup a tripod, a remote, and multiple shots on trigger… as I was continuing to throw confetti in my pan. I settled on this picture, which was both reasonably sharp and still had some movement to it:

A bunch of colorful star confetti gathered on a black surface; some more confetti are falling.
CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR
Focal length100 mm
F-NumberF/9
Exposure time1/20 s
ISO1600

I’m not suuuper convinced by my edit there, but I think the major problem was the light, which feels… I don’t know, flat. But, it is what it is, and I have a Party shot!

The complete Scavenger album is available here: the Party album.

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