I spend a lot of time looking at the work of other photographers for inspiration. Every once in a while I’ll find one that makes me jealous, usually because they’ve come up with a concept or an idea that I wish I had thought of.
My first reaction is, “Oh wow, I should do that!” But I can’t, because that would be just mean I was a being a copycat and I try not to do that too much.
My next reaction is sorrow, because for me that great idea is off the table forever now, I can’t un-see it.
It happened most recently today when I found Natsumi Hayashi’s beautiful Levitation Photography.
She posts a new Levitation Photo daily on her website yowayowacamera.com, she also provides information on her technique (mostly jumping) and the equipment used.
I love how she manages to avoid making it obvious that she’s jumping, her expression is serene and her hands and extremities gracefully posed. I haven’t tried this but I bet it’s way more difficult than it looks.
This guy had fun trying:
The levitation idea is a great hook, but Hayashi-san’s photography stands on its own without the gimmick. Great light, well thought out composition, sense of humor, what’s not to love?
As I was getting ready to end this post I realized that maybe I had this idea first after all!
I had forgotten about a photo I took years ago:
So what do you think, does this count? Should I be mad at Hayashi-san for stealing my idea?
The Napa Photographer