Wednesday, March 09, 2005

21 At Last

"Mi Hermano" by Wes Aldridge

Today is my brother's 21st birthday. God, time goes fast. It seems like only yesterday my fraternity brothers and I were sneaking him into honky-tonk bars in Printer's Alley with him at the ripe ol' age of 17. Ahhhh, those were the days.

Now, I guess he is a man. So today I raise a toast to him. And bro, the next time I see you, I owe you a few rounds with that ruff old Turkey... enough to make HST proud. Congrats man, I thought it would never get here.

As for the photograph itself, I think it is cool. I love the distortion in the image. Here is what's going on with it. I centered his right eye as the focal point of the frame. Keeping his eye the center throughout the motion, I rotated the camera in a circular motion for 0.8 second while firing my 550EX flash 4 times in stroboscopic mode. You can see the appearance of 4 distinctive cigarettes where the flash fired each time. Turning in the circular motion made his face look distorted and bent and also gives the arching pattern to the lights in the shot.