Saturday, February 24, 2007

Coverage: Tages Anzeiger (Zurich)

The Zurich newspaper "Tages Anzeiger" contacted me last week requesting a photo for publication along with their article about Camera Toss. I haven't seen the printed version yet (they are sending me one) but you can read the text of their article online. Published Feb. 22nd.

And hating to put anything on this blog that doesn't include a photo. Here's a particularly nice daylight camera toss, subtle motion effects, but you'll still notice the differing blur directions caused by the previously mentioned focal plane sensor distortion... if you look really carefully.

Ghostly trees@Name inspired by Canary Wu (by tossthecam)
Canary Wu
Originally uploaded by tossthecam

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

clickykbd's picks - issue 24

As promised... a long awaited best of the photo pool selection! There has been a ton of activity since I last did a picks selection, so don't be offended if your's didn't make this small sampling. Included are many great examples, but also many wonderful first efforts... Enjoy!

Photo Selections

heartless (by mappamundi) DSC05757 (by QuakkauQ) open the door (by davidaola) TV Toss 6 (by Methexi$) Fire (by derevaun)
Recently at Starbucks... (by Dirk Paessler) Asda Toss (by Paulus Maximus!) shell toss 2 (by this_is_not_a_name) blue toss (by this_is_not_a_name) thats another story (by marce_garal)
laser refraction (by El Ray) Ebullient (by one43) hello, hi, c'mhere guy (by _ferro_) Credence (by one43) nirvana (by _ferro_)
in flight (by wonder wombat) spin cam: hot caramel (by nadi0) give us a dollar (by _ferro_) DSC00566 (by tossthecam) darkness falls (by wonder wombat)
LED Swoosh (by m.fedoseev) I like lamp (by David Broering) CameraToss3 (by David Broering) Cosmic! (by Night-thing) roundround (by Miaitza)
Sunset (by Miaitza) blue toss (by Miaitza) Camera Tossing, Second Attempt (by timetravelfx)

Photo Credits:

All photos taken by users of the Camera Toss community. Hover to see author attribution, click to follow to the image's original location on flickr. Apologies for not giving attribution by name here, my bookmarklet broke since having migrated to

After a long hiatus...

It is about time I devote some more attention to this blog... although really really inactive of late... that hasn't stopped all the camera tossing from proceeding at a steady clip.

The reason for the inactivity is I've been distracted by work, life, and traditional photography for a while. Been shooting alot of b&w film myself and got my own daily photo-blog up and running for sharing some of it. I'm even on the verge of purchasing a darkroom setup I found on craigslist last week. But don't fear... I haven't forsaken the art of throwing my cheaper cameras... and have reason to do so again. It has been many months for me personally but you should see some new ones soon.

I have a few announcements i'll be posting to this blog soon, and I should have some new photo pool pics up by the end of the day. Thank you everyone who has commented inquiring as to the inactivity... I'm still here... and Camera Toss, as a concept, is alive and well!

But as with any post... here's an image from the photo pool to wet your appetite. A little bit of theory too... as we've been discussing the effect of focal plane shutter distortion as exhibited by CCD and CMOS cameras that operate without a physical shutter. Perhaps a new term is called for? I suggest "Focal Plane Sensor Distortion", because if you pay attention it is not quite as simple as the slit-scan shutter induced phenomenon. Each pixel is recorded individually in time, not a slit or row at a time. We've constantly seen examples of the effect due to the extreme motion involved in a thrown camera. I've since become fascinated with it and am planning my own explorations of it. Food for thought, and experimentation!

DSC00564 (by tossthecam)
Originally uploaded by tossthecam.