Musings on Photography

Leap Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul Butzi on February 29, 2008

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In years evenly divisible by 4 (but not evenly divisible by 100 unless they’re also evenly divisible by 400) those of us who use the Gregorian calendar get a February with an extra day. Today is such a day. Whatever else we’re doing today, we’re also busily keeping our calendar in sync with the heavens.

And there is no better day than this Leap Day to contemplate, with some merriment, the ‘jump’ photos done by Phillipe Halsman.

A decent explanation and a start is here. Then just type ‘phillipe halsman jump’ into your web search engine of preference, and you’re off.

Happy Leap Day.

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  1. Gordon McGregor said, on February 29, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Dali Atomicus has been one of my favourite pictures for a long time. Even though I like cats.

    It is somewhat sad to think that now if someone was making this picture each bit would have been shot in isolation and mashed together in photoshop. It might I suppose look more put together, but a whole lot of the point would be lost along the way.

  2. Gordon McGregor said, on February 29, 2008 at 8:25 am

    I also have to confess to having used the idea myself a few times to jazz up a dull group photo. Hard to be dull when you are jumping in the air.

  3. Paul McEvoy said, on February 29, 2008 at 10:33 am

    what happened to her hair? Looks like some weird photoshopping. Is that supposed to be a hair light?

    Is that Arthur Miller?

  4. Rosie Perera said, on February 29, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    A classmate of mine in the “Narrative Photography” class I’m taking right now did a photo essay on her trip to New York. She had a friend of hers leap in the air in every shot to give it some continuity and add a point of interest. After the first two shots, we came to expect the jumping woman and began looking for her (the way audiences expect and look for the cameo appearances of Alfred Hitchcock in his films), and were disappointed when she didn’t appear in some of the photos. It was quite striking, and her friend was a great leaper! The compositions were good, too, so it wasn’t just a gimmick to liven up what might have otherwise been a mundane travel photo essay.

    There are some fun leaping photos at, a blog site dedicated to fine art of hotel bed jumping (some of their biggest fans are from the hotel industry). Come on, admit you’ve done it, or wanted to… 😉

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