PCA105: Hand-held Long Exposure
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Assignment: PCA105 – Hand-held Long Exposure
Date: May 2-9, 2010
Image Tag: pca105
Long exposure is a technique that is often used to create interesting effects with water and lights.
Most traditional long exposure images are taken with a tripod or on some flat surface but it is possible to create exciting images using this technique where the motion of the camera is combined with the long exposure.
The mission is to take a great many photographs where your shutter speed is set to 1/15 sec or slower without steadying the camera against or on an immovable object.
Choose one of them and post it in a week's time
You are welcome to try panning and also if you have very steady hands to do a traditional long exposure. Any combination of slow shutter and hand held is acceptable. Please let us know what you tried, what worked and what didn't.
What it Took
This was fun! I've always wanted to do long exposures, but had yet to try. Today was the day. We were shooting downtown at the Inner Harbor this afternoon, and I found some pillars on the water that looked interesting. Took several pics of the posts and water, together. Meh. They were "ok", and technically met the parameters of the assignment, but were pretty uninteresting.
Tonight, at dusk, the clouds were really nice, and moving very quickly (storms are coming). Ran outside to grab some shots of the clouds. Started at f/8. The 2-second exposure was pretty, but not long enough. So, I pushed it to f/18 for 10- and 15-second exposures. That led to more shots of clouds and trees, and finally the shot here, which is taken from our front yard looking toward the cross street. This is a 30-second exposure, sooc. Clouds, trees, and at least four cars that went by (we live on a hill, so they were going up and down, creating the slight diagonal). The broken vertical line in the bottom right quadrant is the street sign on the corner.
This lens is *heavy*, so I'm surprised and pleased there isn't more shake here (even with the image stabilization). Cannot wait to try more of these. Thanks, bowtoo, for providing the opportunity to try this really cool technique! Greatly enjoyed this assignment.
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T1i
Lens: Canon ef 70-200mm f/2.8
Focal Length: 100mm
Exposure Value: 0
Shutter Speed: 30 seconds
Flash: off; did not fire