This isn't the most exciting picture I've posted, but trust me and keep reading because I've been thinking out of the box, just like all of you. This is a still picture of the magical dancing light which appears on a particular wall in our home, but only for a few minutes in the evening, for a few weeks of the year. As the sun sets behind the trees in the garden it produces a beautiful pattern of light and shade, and the slightest breeze causes the leaves to move, making the pattern seethe and shimmer like boiling water. Ella and Miles often call me to come and watch the dancing light with them. And as we watch the light move around the house touching different rooms in different ways throughout the summer, we are reminded of those special windows cut into Egyptian tombs that let a shaft of light in, but only on a particular day.
I tried taking photos of this dancing light, but a still image simply doesn't capture the way it looks. So I ended up taking a short video clip (below) with my iPhone and uploaded it to vimeo.
It's not so much a video as a moving photograph, because I composed it like a still photograph -- it just happens to be a video clip instead. It turns out that this is an emerging style of photojournalism, where photographers compose a still image and then also take a short video clip, sometimes moving the camera slightly and running the video at a high frame rate to give a slow-motion effect. You can see an inspirational example here. It's not a slideshow and it's not a video; it's more a set of moving photographs.
Suzie Q's image captures such a tender moment. You can almost hear the quiet and feel the rocking as she gets her new baby ready for bed.
Do you ever wish that a photograph was a short video clip instead? A still, moving photograph?
kirstin of fleeting moments
evening glow by suzie.q