Now you don't / by Mario Mirabile

The City of Kingston has a thriving arts program. It has a gallery available for community exhibitions, regular art competitions, and actively supports theatre, film, public art and music. There is even a pair of artists in residence at the City Hall.

They conduct an annual competition called Artz Blitz. The concept is simple - a theme is announced on Friday at 5:00 PM, and a completed work needs to be delivered to the Arts Centre at 5:00 PM Saturday. I've never entered before, but thought it might be an interesting challenge so I sent in my $25 and sat back and waited to see that the theme would be.

The  theme turned out to be "NOW". which really had me scratching my head. My first thoughts were along the lines of time or age, but something Trish said set me on the path of "now you see it, now you don't". We dropped in on friends Friday evening for a quick birthday drink, and even though I didn't have a clear idea of what I was going to do, I secured the services of Allana as a model. The next morning, as I scouted locations in the local streets, my idea solidified and this is the result. I submitted it under the title of "Now you see me", but on reflection I think I prefer "Now you don't". I'm not expecting great things in the competition, and I'm not even sure that the photo meets the theme, but at least I won't have to wait long to find out. In keeping with the spirit of the competition, the results will be announced just 24 hours after submissions close.

Tech Talk
I was initially going to have Allana walk past a sign pole, but the diagonal formed by the guy wire made a much better delineating line. The setup was fairly straightforward. I had the camera on a tripod across the street. With Allana waiting to the right of frame, I took one shot then asked her to walk through the scene while I fired a rapid burst. I planned to merge two frames and have Allana completely disappear as she passed the wire, but the fortuitous inclusion of the lady with the shopping trolley sent me off in a different direction. 

Olympus E-5 and Zuiko Digital 35-100mm f2. Post processing in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CS6.