(VIDEO) BlogHer10: Four Days in Four Minutes Stop-Action Movie

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the lovely Danielle
The lovely Danielle

Often, when I tell someone that I'm a photographer, I receive a response similar to the following:

"Oh! I love photography!  I'm no good at it, though.  You know what I do? I just shoot tons of photos, and hope that oen of them will turn out all right."

Here's a secret:  so do I.

I was reminded of this on Sunday, as I was quickly scrolling through the images on the back of my camera with my friend Jenny, sitting in the LaGuardia airport terminal waiting for our flight to come home.  She laughed. 

"Dude, this looks like a movie," she said.  You totally need to make this into a movie."

As she said this, I remembered watching a fantastic stop-motion video made by supremely talented photographer Casey Templeton, where he admitted taking dozens of bad shots in order to get a good one.  I so get that.  In fact, when I shoot, I tend to do it very quickly -- I'm constantly talking to my subject, we're joking and laughing, and all the while my finger is firing the shutter so rapidly, it sounds like I've got the camera on a sports setting.  Usually, when I take portraits, people are surprised that I'm finished as quickly as I am; but really, I've taken tons of shots during that moment.  It's the only way I can make sure I get the natural, relaxed, real image that I want.

(And let's face it:  sitting to have your picture taken often feels like sitting in the dentist chair, minus the horrifying drill.  I understand this.  Let's do this quickly and painlessly, I say.)

And so, inspired by Jenny and Casey, I thought I'd try my hand at my own stop-motion video, showing you about 90% of the photographs I took over the entire weekend in New York (which means the video below is made up of well over 1300 photographs).  Most of the images you see here are straight out of the camera without any processing whatsoever, save for the ones that I chose to share on my blog earlier this week -- those, which have been Photoshopped, will be clear in the video.  (For what it's worth, I don't Photoshop much:  for comparison, notice the first two images shown above of Danielle, which are straight out of the camera; the third one has been Photoshopped.  I have a pretty light processing hand).  The video will also show you outtakes of stuff I came across in New York that aren't about faces, including henna, hoola hoops, and dancing on giant pianos.

Enjoy.

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Karen Walrond is a writer and photographer in Houston, Texas. This post first appeared on her site.  Read/See more of her life at www.chookooloonks.com

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