A slinky is fun at any age!
Spring is Terri’s theme for Sunday Stills this week. As we are settling into Autumn down here, it was suggested to me (by Terri herself) to ‘just use the play on words (like a literal spring) or isn’t it the autumnal equinox in your part of the world where you can spring into fall? I’m sure you will choose something very clever Debbie!’ I like Terri’s faith in me!
I discussed my ‘spring‘ dilemma with my husband, and then my sister, before deciding to use a slinky, which is literally a spring. With my creativity juices a bit depleted, my sister came to the rescue with lots of ideas and props. She’s a top notch photographer and is always willing to help me learn new tricks. We enjoyed a pleasant afternoon shooting my new friend Slinky, with some great results. My sister also helped me with the editing process, so it turned into a mini-photography lesson. Thanks so much Sharon!
A Slinky is a toy precompressed helical spring invented by Richard James in the early 1940s. It can perform a number of tricks, including travelling down a flight of steps end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity and its own momentum, or appear to levitate for a period of time after it has been dropped.Wikipedia
Here are some of my favourite photos.
Slinky au naturel:
Slinky on orange:
Slinky on blue:
I searched a few toy shops in Hawthorn (Melbourne), and bought a Magic Spring for just a few dollars.
We shot outside using coloured cardboard as a backdrop, or cyclorama, ensuring the shadows and light weren’t interfering too much with the shot. I used both a normal and a macro lens to shoot these and we edited them in Lightroom.
I enjoyed the interesting shadows created by the light and the effects of the slinky. In total it probably took us about an hour or so with discussion along the way and more helpful explanations while we edited. It was a fun way to be creative together and I love learning new skills.
So there you go, spring doesn’t have to be all about flowers, busy bees and warm sunshine, with a bit of thought it can be a creative experiment with interesting results.
I now have a new toy to play with and I found out how the slinky came into being in the first place back in 1943 – so win/win! And as Terri suggested, I’m springing into autumn as well!! Proof you’re never too old to play with a slinky or learn new tricks 🙂
Do you have a favourite photo in my collection? Let me know in a comment below.
Have a great week ahead. Put a spring in your step!
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