Exercise 3.2


The first 2 images below were created with the camera mounted on a tripod, the shutter release I set on mirror up to reduce any shutter vibration.  The light stands in the frame move up and down synchronised to a music track, during this, the stands also change colour which also gives the layered effect that reminds me very much of a refreshers lollipop I had as a child.

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ISO 100 24mm f16 15 sec mounted on tripod

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ISO 100 24mm f16 15 sec mounted on tripod

The following images are all handheld, I’ve depressed the shutter button to expose the sensor and while the shutter is open moved the camera around in different patterns to create different shapes with the light

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ISO 100 48mm f13 1.5 sec

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ISO 100 48mm f13 1.5 sec

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ISO 100 24mm f13 2.0sec

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ISO 800 28mm f16 1.0 sec





Exercise 3.3


I found an old film camera on an online auction site, a Minolta AF7000 not a bad buy around £25.00.

I opened up the back and turned on the camera, setting the camera to shutter priority I adjusted the settings and pressed the shutter button.   It took my eyes a short while to adjust to the light and focus on the image in the open aperture.

I found that I could only see a discernable image at 1 second or longer.  ( I needed to borrow my wife’s glasses as the aperture was so small ).

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Across the canal from my flat a cash and carry warehouse has been demolished to make way for a new development of flats.  I’ve been fascinated with the whole process (apart from the noise) and they’re now at the point where the building has all but completely been removed from existence and the concrete slab is being dug up.

The scene is from the 5th floor, the foregound is the canal and then beyond is the next bank and industrial estate, demolition site and apartments.  Next to that a roadway and more apartment blocks with larger residential tower blocks on the horizon with a construction crane and then for a change a nice blue sky with white/grey clouds threatening the end of the day with rain.   this image I waited for a nice day with bright sunlight.

The layers in the building site become more apparent when you look through the site, there are ‘diggers’, rock crushing machines, fuel and gas tanks, skips for waste separation and then the workers car and fenceline, beyond that the residential housing.  As my eye moves through the frame I re-adjust focus and then concentrate on the details at that point such as the piles of rubble through to the grass growing in the roof gutters of the houses opposite.  This takes time to see, look and then process before moving on.   In that time things change, birds fly around, clouds move, the sun changes rightness as it passes behind clouds.  With my camera I take the image, 1/45 second at F16 has now captured all of that in one single frame far faster than I can.


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Exercise 3.1


I initially looked at the subject of moving traffic, very quickly I realised this would not provide the desired results.  A car in the middle of the road at a high shutter speed is just sitting there, there is nothing to add any sense of motion or sense or action.   Similarly, cycles and motorbikes don’t add any drama, as they are on two wheels your brain is telling you that they must be moving as they are upright but no drama with no sense of motion to show they are moving.  I’ve included 2 images to represent this.  Shot at ISO 560 f4.0 1/500 sec

I moved on from there and went down to the river Thames, there are normal commuter boats moving up and downstream, adding to the tourist sightseeing boats and pleasure rib boats (there must be a joke there somewhere).

Movement of the boats creates a wave of water around the bow and a wake of disturbed water behind, as the Thames is tidal waves form and when the boat bow wave combines with the wave there is an explosion of drama.  Although the higher shutter speed freezes the action the effect of the boat on the body of water creates a dramatic effect and still includes a sense of motion.

Due to the higher shutter speeds I’ve increased the normal ISO of 100 to around 400, slightly less than the roadway images above as the water reflects the light, this allows enough of light to be captured in the shortest exposure time.


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ISO 400 200mm f6.7 1/500 sec

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ISO 400 200mm f8.0 1/750 sec

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ISO 400 200mm f5.6 1/750 sec

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ISO 400 200mm f5.6 1/750 sec

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ISO 400 122mm f5.6 1/750 sec

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ISO 400 200mm f5.6 1/1000 sec

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ISO 400 200mm f5.6 1/1000 sec

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ISO 400 120mm f8.0 1/500sec