Cellpic Sunday – 10 October 2021

Baltimore, Maryland.

Last week, my Cellpic Sunday image featured the use of 5-gallon paint buckets in a creative way to allow drone pilots to demonstrate their piloting and image capturing skills. This week, I feature a busker who’s using 5-gallon buckets in a creative way, as well.

I was at the annual conference of the Civil Air Patrol in Baltimore. During a lunch break, I wandered around the Inner Harbor area looking for interesting things to photograph (of which there were many). I could hear the sound of this guy’s drums from some distance away, so I followed the sound.

I was surprised at the complexity of his drum set. Traffic cones for stands and a pair of drumsticks for beating on the paint buckets were simple in themselves, However, the five bucket bottoms that make up the drum skins appear to be “tuned” based upon the number of buckets stacked within each drum giving the drummer a range of tones in his performance.

About the photo: Captured from my Samsung S7 cellphone, it was simply a “snapshot.” I didn’t think to adjust the exposure to stop the motion, so there is motion blur in the drummer and his drumsticks. I liked that happy accident as it shows that he was in the act of making music. If you click on the image above, you can pixel peep in HD and see the metadata for more details via my Flickr site.

I am entering this post as a challenge-response to Marsha Ingrao and Cee Neuner’s Photographing Public Art Challenge #PPAC. Cee’s challenge rules are posted here.

I encourage fellow bloggers to create their own Cellpic Sunday posts. I never have a specific topic for this feature, and the only rules are that the photo must be captured with a cell phone, iPad, or another mobile device… If you have an image from a drone or even a dash cam, that’s acceptable as well. The second rule is to link your challenge-response to this post or leave a comment here with a link to your post in the comment.

John Steiner


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