Sunday, 25 March 2012

Shutter Speeds:Summary

As regards my favourite prints from the two exercises I have chosen number 8 from the Shutter Speeds exercise  I like the feel of the blurred movement combines with the sharper elements. I like the combination as it gives a feeling of speed and the disturbance of the water. Not totally a smooth extended exposure of water , as is often done with the sea and waterfalls, but a way of implying the force as well as the speed of the water.

Shutter Speeds - 8

However I prefer the sharper elements of image number 6 of the Panning series,the car being sharper and the blurred background and wheels give a better feeling of the motion. Not really speed, but the fact it is a moving car and not a static object. The kind of combination that would be ideals for photographing motor sport, particularly on a bend so the vehicle can be followed through and captured on the apex and the follow throgh allows the photographer to follow a natural curved movement. Which is a lot easier then trying to capture the image going directly across the field of view

TAOP - Shutter Speeds Panning - 6

Shutter Speeds Panning

This exercise is to see the effect of following movement as it moves across the focal plane of the sensor/film.

Following the motion with the subject as near to the centre of the fame as possible, before firing the shutter (panning) I tried to stay as close as possible the same combinations of speed and aperture I did in the previous exercise.

I tried to choose moving subjects at roughly the same speed for the following images:

Shutter Speeds Panning - 1

TAOP - Shutter Speeds Panning - 1
Exposure 1/3200 sec
Aperture f/4.0
All movement has been frozen which almost make the car look static, no real feeling of speed or any movement.

Shutter Speeds Panning - 2

TAOP - Shutter Speeds Panning - 2
Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1600)
Aperture f/4.0

A combination of frozen movement and the narrow depth of field required to give the fast speed to take this shot still don't combine to give any indication of speed or movement.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Elliot Erwitt - Sequentially Yours

From the BBC
The book Sequentially Yours collects a series of vignettes by legendary photographer Elliott Erwitt.
Each photo is taken just moments apart with the sequence telling a story that is surprising, moving or simply funny.
The Paris-born photographer, whose Russian-Jewish family emigrated to the US in the late 1930s, got the idea when he was looking through the contact sheets of all his work.
He realised that "sometimes a story is better told by more pictures rather than one".
The short stories about life and lovers, pets and children were shot all over the world during the past 60 years.
In his studio and apartment facing New York's Central Park Erwitt told the BBC how patience is the key to getting a good sequence of photographs.

Produced by Anna Bressanin, Camera by Ilya Shnitser"

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