So I have been playing with movement while taking an exposure. I get a keeper ( in my mind) every now and then. My question is for those who have done this. Do you use a tripod with a loosened ball head and then move the camera or freehand it? I have been freehanding it. The only thing I want to try and avoid is ,when I am going for the straight line effect, I end up with some curves or little 'hooks' at the end of the light trail.Any tips? I took this literally just over a half hour ago so it is pretty much right out of camera,( needs some adjusting)but just wondering how to improve.I know this doesn't work for all subjects, but the tiny bit of color in the woods yet seemed to call out for it.I love the way the undergrowth and leaves on the ground turned into glowing white whisps .I want to go back this afternoon and earlier tomorrow morning,while the sun is lower and see if I can get it with less blown areas too.I see a potential shot of just the tree trunks on the right, portrait orientation,and crop off the top of the whole image(plus I do not have an ND filter for this lens so darker will be a little easier) D300s, 18-70mm @18mm, lo 1 ISo, f22 1/1.6s
I would guess that the little hooks (and blobs) at the end are caused because you’re stopping the movement of the camera while the shutter is still open. Try to keep the camera moving (follow through) until after the shutter closes.
A tripod with a loose ball head would help you avoid any wobbles in the lines. On the other hand having a little wobble can sometimes create a desirable effect.
If you have a lens with a tripod color you can get some cool effects by rotating the camera during a long exposure.
Well I do have a lens with a collar (70-200) but once again I thought I might just free hand it and I like the results.Thanks for the suggestion!(I seem to be able to do a circular motion better than a straight line.Go figure..)Again all taken with the D300s,18-70 mm with a polarizer. I tried my D700 with my 35-70 and I still had to much light. I wish I had a subject like a horse and rider, or someone dressed in a white flowing gown (or all black even) to be standing in the center of either of these,at the far point of the 'vortex'.
And the straight lined ones did turn out a little better.
Sun 18-Nov-12 02:40 PM | edited Sun 18-Nov-12 03:30 PM by SheriB
well..since I do not have an ND filter for this lens, I start by cranking down my ISO as low as she'll go (Lo 1 aka 1EV under 200) then I crank down the f stop the same way.Although some where along the line I bumped it from 29 to 25 to 22.I found that too long an exposure made it look too 'muddy' depending on my light The vortex pics, the wider angle one was shot at f/22, 18mm for 1/1.3s the one with the large trunk to the right was 52mm,f/29 1/1.3s The other two were at 34mm, f/25, 1 sec (the pic with more yellow foilage and raspberry cane in front of the trunk) and 18mm,f/22 1/1.6s. I did a litte pp using ViewNX2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------
My wheels are spinning here..I just started to wonder what that wide angle circular one would look like if taken at night under the light of a full moon once every leaf is gone..and put a subject at the point of the vortex, with a flash set by them or even if they lightpainted themselves..Hmm who can I bribe..
yeah I did have a polarizer on these.( I have a 67mm and HAD a 52mm ..don't ask Plan on purchasing a few essentials after Christmas.) Sun was pretty much shining directly in from the left side on the circular shots,and just off my left shoulder on the others.I did have it adjusted to as dark as I could.
I like the first of this group.....cool with the circular effect---if the image had an image in the center as you suggest it would be great with super focus on that element like when using a lens baby. The others look like a lot of wiggle and out of focus so are harder to relate with except as interesting and colorful abstracts not unlike some fire works wiggling I have done.
Thanks for commenting!I wonder if using the tripod would make the others ( straight line) stay more in focus while still obtaining the the abstract look.(which is what I was going for) Might have to give it a try.
A beautiful piece Sheri! I really like the effect, it has a kind of 3D effect. It's very dimensional looking for lack of a better term. The little hooks or orbs I don't mind at all. I think they add to the 3D effect. The would make a real nice canvas print...
Too much fun?? No such thing Besides Hal..some of us are early birds and can't spend our nights hanging out of helicopters and shooting cop cars and motorcycles.We have to find something to do during the daylight hours.
Next week I am taking Nikonian moderator Karen Willshaw (Marjani) out on a night shoot with the SB800 herd and the local police department ... moving vehicles, motorcycle, long shutter times, rear curtain sync, etc. The goal is a few more images for the department's publicity, promotion, and recruiting programs. Care to join us?
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Wow ..now you are going to make my head big ( oh wait..that's just the feeling I have had since waking up with a head cold yesterday morning ) I had seen this method around( just the straight line and zooming type though)I think what finally made me think.."why don't I go try this?" was actually a post made by I THINK Dan( spiritualized67)And if Dave had never mentioned circular...I did a few..squiggly ..motions too.Did get two shots of the leaf covered ground that looked like there were smoke trails coming off the leaves. I figure when I put together that book about the farm Hal keeps telling me to do, I can include them with the anecdote of how the Boss set the woods on fire one afternoon. A day I will never forget..