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03.18.09         365  

Day 76


Today was a little overcast and there were a lot of clouds. I spent most of the day getting caught up on a bunch of little things, scripting some new school videos, adding images to paintballer pro, etc. Most of the hard work is done for the 580 speedlite video, the rest of the shooting work is for the exercises and examples, then the editing, which I will probably wait to do once I get back.

I decided to head out to the pool and just chill under a cabana tent. Usually this pool at the Marriott is pretty busy- but as it started to sprinkle, more of the guests left and then suddenly, I realized I was completely alone!

Suddenly the idea came- "This might be a good chance for the 365....". I looked at my watch and it was 6:15pm and judging on yesterday I figured it gave me about 22 minutes to run to my room, change, grab my camera and get this done if I wanted to do it with natural lighting, which I promptly did.

I set the exposure on Manual, and then bracketed one f-stop. I set the focus square on the part of the vanishing wall I wanted to be (the lower right power point according to the Rule of Thirds), and then turned off the focus switch on the camera, so it wouldnt change once I hit the shutter button. Its hard to see, but there is a square pool drain between the 41/2 deep sign and where I ended up. I knew that if I swam in a straight line on these two points (the sign and the drain) it would get me to where I wanted to be (again lower right power point).

Got into the pool, hit the 10 second timer and swam for the edge of the pool. I had just enough time to do this twice before a few couples showed up to ruin my moment of solitude, but luckily...I got it. :)



Canon 5Dii, 16-35 2.8, 1/10, f2.8, ISO 50- Paintballer Pro "Grenade"

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