I wanted to do a photography project. I like to do light stencils and long exposure images. So, I decided to submit a photograph. But I DID do some crafting.
I often use tissue paper to make my stencils. The earth is made out of fused plastic hobby lobby and hyvee bags. I thought that would add to the earth day inspiration for this project by using some found materials. I had some difficulty getting the earth to be accurate... I sketched this view as compared to a photo that I found online. North America maybe should've been a little smaller to allow for more of South America to be included. That might have been more accurate. I kinda doing a free form plastic fusion.
I was really doubtful of the project as I was working on the stencil, but I think that it turned out. I worked on this project on Earth Day itself, the skies were cloudy that night so I couldn't do the photo. I had to wait until the night after.
I used an embroidery hoop (picked up at a second hand store) to hold the stencil and taped it to a light stand so that it would be at the same spot and not move. I put colored gels (plastic film) in front of a flash light in order to add more definition to the stencil. Blue light behind the water areas, green behind the land masses.
If you do a long exposure outside at night, the earth moves but the stars stay still. It will depend on the computer, hopefully you can see the star trails in the sky. I was pointed toward the north, so the stars make a large circular pattern. I looked at this photo on an ipad, the sky was really dark.
The white dot above the earth was me turning a flashlight on and off. I intended for it to be a moon, but I didn't hold my hand still enough. So, the spot is wonky.
In the background is a red circle. I originally planned to make the whole solar system and realized that would take a crazy long time. So, I made one planet type form. It too uses fused plastic, and I also put strips of tissue paper in the mix.
I made a light box to put that stencil on. Its a rubbermaid type storage tote. I spray painted the inside white to reflect light, outside is black to make it light tight. I cut a hole on the outside so that I could stick the flash head in it. I did attach this to a stand as well so I could figure out the specific spot for it to appear in the photo. I added a red film to the flash to make sure it was colored like I thought I'd prefer.
There are all sorts of ideas for DIY photography projects at www.diyphotography.net
Its a good place for lots of people to share their spins on a tool or idea.
I usually wear black so that I don't show up in a photo. However, some light reflected off of my face. You can see me in the image in a couple spots.
This image is mostly right out of camera. I tweaked the brightness and contrast a little bit. We are in rural South Dakota, but still have some light pollution from near by towns. I had to tweak the sky a little to make the stars show up. I can see them on this computer, hopefully you can see them on yours. I made the sky black and white to improve the contrast too.