The last day, and I was struggling to figure out something to take a picture of with a long exposure that matched my color scheme!! I tried pouring water into a clear glass pitcher to see how the bubbling action would show up over a few seconds. Not good! Then I had a better idea! I tried rolling a tangerine across my backyard patio. Now that visual should scare all of you. There I was, laying on my stomach on the stone, trying to focus my camera, which was propped on the stone, so of course I had to turn my head sideways to even see through the viewfinder. I'm way too old for this..... Plus activating the shutter while trying to roll a stupid tangerine not too fast in front of the lens.... well, it just wasn't working out at all.
So I walked around the kitchen and saw these silk oak leaves that I use for filler on plates when I entertain. They were garnishing a bowl of lemons. Bingo! I'll have them blowing in the wind! But, alas, there was no wind. So I went into my family room where there was an unadorned wall, and I stood about 10 feet in front of it to avoid shadows, arm outstretched with the leaves in my hand, and experimented with shutter speeds and ISO to get a decent exposure. I was able to get about a 1/2 second exposure while I slowly moved my hand. So here I am with camera in right hand held up to face (unsupported other than by hand holding it up), and left arm outstretched holding these leaves and moving them slowly. I'm sure there is a combination of camera shake and intentional hand movement that has resulted in this image, which I actually like!
So, there you have it. Trials and tribulations of getting a shot on the last day of the challenge.