Get Pushed Round 28: Featuring Diana Sussellman

January 03, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Round 28 of Get Pushed did very well, wrapping up yet another fun round for the group. Many challenges were completed with flying colors, but Diana Susselman contributed a wonderful photo to the group that begged to be recognized. We’ve asked Diana to tell us how she managed this round.


3911 by Di’s Eyes (Diana Susselman) on Flickr.


SP: Could you tell us a bit about how you thought of doing the challenge in this particular way?

Diana: When challenged to do a dutch tilt, with extra points if it was Film Noire; I Googled it and saw the images for Dutch Tilt there.

My first idea was to try and get a speed boat coming at me at a tilt to enhance the feeling of speed and danger. While I did get many shots of speed boats in the bay in front of my house, none of them were what I wanted as, because I needed to use a zoom to get close to the boat.  The other side of the bay was pulled forward by the telephoto and spoiled the shot.

So I went back and looked at the images again to get another idea and amongst the many images there I saw a similar shot to the one I ended up with and realized I could emulate it in my back hallway.

SP: The long, dark, narrow hallway in the shot adds a sense of uneasiness to the image. Was the hall originally that dark, or was that a special effect added later?

Diana: The hall is long and I waited until dark to take the shot. I turned off all the house lights and the only light came from the outside lamp next to the back door. No special effects. I dropped the exposure a tad to sharpen it up a bit and added a bit of contrast and sharpening as well.

SP: What was your initial reaction to the challenge given you?

Diana: My initial reaction to the challenge was that would be fairly easy to do and that no way was I going to do the film noire version. I thought I could always fall back on doing a building.

SP: How long did it take you to get the shot that you wanted with this setup?

Diana: I spent much longer trying to get a boat shot than I did on this one.
I was my own model and I used a very long exposure, and I had to run back and forth a lot. But I took about 12 shots and it took me about 20 mins. The one I used ended up being about the 4th one I took. The first couple I scrapped because you could see things on the wall and doors etc. But once I adjusted those out the next shots were usable.

SP: How to you think “Get Pushed” helps you to loosen up some in photography and get out of your comfort zone into new things?

Diana: I like being pushed a lot. Some of the challenges have really opened me up to stuff I would never have done otherwise. But a few of the challenges have also ended up being very onerous and not so much fun. But I think I learned from everyone of them, and the fun challenges far outweigh the not fun ones.

As you can see, Get Pushed is a group that is adaptable for nearly anyone. No matter what setup you have, or what camera you shoot, there’s a place for you! Join here! 


About the Author

I'm a photographer living in the rural areas of West Tennessee. I enjoy landscape work and portraits. I also enjoy experimental work with studio lighting and external flash. You can find me on Flickr and Google+.