motion freezing

I really, really want Class 1-A to do a blanket fort.

Perhaps it starts just because someone dragged too many cozy blankets into the living room. Perhaps it starts because two or more of the children couldn’t sleep and huddled together for comfort. Or perhaps none of them could sleep because of nightmares, a thunderstorm, or after watching a horror movie.

One way or the other, they end up in the living room, tons of blankets, pillows and stuffed animals strewn out between them, and it doesn’t take too long for someone to come up with the idea of a blanket fort.

The more enthusiastic kids like Mina, Kirishima; Kaminari and Tooru are the ones to start building and hiding. Bakugou joins in because, heck, those idiots don’t even know how to build a fort, he can do that so much better. Uraraka is all for it and drags Izuku and Iida with her. Shouto joins, liking the thought of a warm, cozy nest to sleep in. Tokoyami wouldn’t confess it, but it’s exactly the same train of thought that bring him under the blankets, too.

Kouda is completely content with sitting in the middle of the fort, his rabbit securely on his lap and a stuffed animal next to him while the others build a rather impressive fort around him.

When Toshinori walks into the living room, on his way to the kitchen, he almost stumbles into the fort that takes up most of the living room space. He freezes mid-motion as everyone calls out Watch out!

“Now, what’s all of this?” He asks, baffled as he takes in the walls of blankets and pillows, covered with a big blanket for a ceiling.

“It’s our fort!” Mina’s head pops up between a few pillows, expression shining with excitement.

“Ah, yes. Of course. It’s rather impressive,” the fort shields everyone rather well from his gaze, and Toshinori has to bite back a laugh as he asks, “Is… everyone in there?”

“Uh, yes,” that’s Izuku’s voice that comes from somewhere in the middle of the room.

“I think we lost Mineta somewhere between a few pillows,” Sero comments good naturedly.

“Actually, we buried him,” Jirou mutters.

Iida’s gesturing almost topples a wall over as he exclaims, “Everyone! Go look for him! Really now…”

“Sensei, come join us!” Kirishima pops up next to Mina’ waving so much that Bakugou emerges, too, swatting him over the head to stop him. “Ow!”

“Is there enough space for me in there?”


“Pleeeease, Sensei!”

Toshinori relents, crawling under and into the fort carefully. He’s too tall and lanky for this, has to basically lie on his stomach in order to fit, but since the ground is also covered in pillows, that’s not even that uncomfortable.

And honestly, uncomfortable or not, it’s so worth it just because his students greet him loudly and happily, basically snuggling up to him once he has settled down.

Once Aizawa walks into the dorms, back from his job as an underground hero, there is nothing to be seen from his students or his colleague. Only the blanket meets his eye once he turns the corner.

Aizawa stops, blinks, let’s that sink in for a moment, before, “How many hours did you all spend on this?”

There is some shuffling, before one edge of the “ceiling” gets lifted and a pair of eyes blinks at him.

“Welcome back, Sensei,” Tsuyu greets him kindly. “We did our homework first, promise.”

“Hm,” Aizawa frowns, not sure if that is enough of a reassurance.  

“It’s just that we couldn’t sleep afterwards.”

If he wanted or not, Aizawa’s reservation towards this child’s work vanishes at that, and he sighs. “Toshinori?”

“Ah, yes?” Tsuyu scoots over as the retired hero appears next to her.

“You better tell me that my sleeping bag is somewhere in there with you.”

“I actually saw it somewhere around here…,” more shuffling, and the blond grunts triumphantly, “Ha! Thank you, Tooru. You’re sleeping bag is here, Aizawa-kun.”

“Well, nothing for it then,” Aizawa crouches, carefully examining the thick walls of blankets. “Is there a door to this thing?”

“Oooh, is Aizawa-sensei joining us, too?!” Kirishima exclaims. “Sweet!”

“It’s getting fucking cramped in here, guys,” Bakugou grumbles.

“Just make yourself a bit smaller, man.”

“Yeah, you could deflate your ego a bit,” Kaminari suggests. “Lots of space would come from that.”

“You fucking little…!”

“Yikes! Help! Get him off me!”

“Guys! You will topple the whole fort, stop that!”

By the time Aizawa has been granted entrance to the fort, he is already regretting his decision to join in on this – there won’t be any escape if people start exploding stuff or electrocuting each other, and he is tired to use his quirk.

“Don’t worry,” Toshinori seems to read his mind. The blond looks utterly too childlike for a grown man, lying on his stomach and making himself comfortable amidst stuffed animals. “They will calm down soon enough.”

“If you say so,” Aizawa huffs, but relaxes enough to climb into his sleeping bag and try to get some sleep.

And really, it doesn’t take too long for the bickering to calm down, yawns to be heard and really, and shortly after Aizawa feels someone flop down next to him, half snuggling up to him.

Cracking one eye open, he regards his students – especially Mina, who is basically falling asleep on his arm – with a calculating look before he huffs and goes back to sleep.

He has to confess – this fort is really good work from these kids.


The Tricolor arrows (Frecce tricolori in Italian)

The Tricolor arrows ìs the aerobatic  demonstration team of the Italian air force.

Today i’m posting something different from my usual macro shots,i hope you enjoy.

All rights reserved, please leave captions and credits intact,no reblog to 18+

Following our two weeks schedule, our fifth prompt is about

“Freezing Motion”

So, almost the exact opposite of the last prompt, which was about Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) - and that will still continue for a bit on @abstract-challenge 

Our fifth prompt runs from Monday, September 25th to Sunday, October 8th, 2017.

Every choice we make in photography - consciously or no - has its effect. And one goal of these photoprompts is to help us to become more aware of these effects and the choices that lead to them.

Why would we even want to freeze motion?

In many cases photography can be more than “simply showing what is there”. And many will say that photography _should_ be more than “just showing what is there”.
In other cases, photography can show what can’t be seen with the naked eye - like with "frozen motion”. Frozen motion can lead to spectacular photos.

(photo by @ramonasphotos and used with kind permission)

How can we freeze motion with our cameras?

What we basically want to achieve, is to reduce the motion blur to its absolute minimum.
And the key to freezing motion is a very short exposure time (a high shutter speed). The shorter the exposure time, the smaller the amount of motion we capture and therefore the smaller the amount of motion blur in the final photo.
Fairly logical, right?

The problem, of course, is running into danger of underexposing. We need to compensate for short exposure times by either having a lot of light, opening the aperture and/or using a higher ISO.

But “freezing motion” is more than just the technical part of it. Sometimes a photo doesn’t look “frozen”. Like this shot:

A shutter speed of 1/400s was needed to make the train look like it’s standing still. And that is what this photo does: it shows a standing train. Yes, sure, the positioning on the tracks gives a hint that it might have been moving, but there is no real indicator that it was. The frozen motion in this photo is not really “effective”.
This shot probably would have been more interesting with visible motion blur that showed the speed of the train.

When we freeze motion, we want to give the viewer a hint that there was indeed motion in that photo that was “stopped” by the magic of photography.

The photo below gives two clear indicators. The bird is in the air. We _know_ that it is either actually flying (or held by invisible threads, which is unlikely), and there is visible motion-blur in the background, created by panning the camera.

A splash of water can’t be seen by the naked eye, a bird “stopped” in flight … There is no way that photos like these could have been achieved without freezing the motion. And there is no way of seeing something like this without “tricks” being involved.

From a technical side, how can we do this?
We need to have the possibility to set the exposure time. In case you don’t feel safe enough to expose your photos full manually, try the “Shutter Priority” (“S” with Nikon, Sony, and other cameras) or “Time Priority” (“TV” with Canon cameras) modes.
You set the desired exposure time, and the camera does the rest.
Depending on how fast the motion is that you want to freeze, here are some pointers to play around with:

Person walking: 1/125th - 1/250th
Person running: 1/500th - 1/1000th
Sports: 1/500th - 1/2000th
Flying bird: 1/600th - 1/2000th
Moving cars: 1/400 - 1/4000th

Like Matt @catharticexperience  always says so perfectly:

The key to any type of challenge is one thing: have fun and be creative! These are hints what can work, please play around and do what works best for you!

If you wish to participate simply share your photo on your own blog and tag it #photoprompt within the first five tags. Your first entry will be reblogged to @pws-popup , and a selection of those will be selected for a feature, with comment on comment on @photosworthseeing 

Happy shooting,

- Pete