Category Archives: Part 3

EYV Exercise 3.2 The Trace of Movement (Part 2)

Since first reading through the course notes for part 3, and as part of my preparation and research for assignment 3, I wanted to try multiple exposure techniques to show movement so I decided to make a second attempt at exercise 3.2.

Unsure whether making a double exposure image was best done in camera or in post editing, I decided to download a multiple exposure app to my camera. I certainly must have been determined since this involved a steep learning curve. First I had to update my camera firmware since my current version would not support the app, then I had to download the app to my camera. Easier said then done. However, I will cut a very long and tedious story short and simply show you the results of my initial practice, taken on a motorbike racing weekend with my husband.

Here is the result of my first attempt.

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I took one image with my husband’s finger stretched out prior to pulling the lever. I then took a second image with the finger drawn in as he finished the movement. This final image is the result of my camera processing these two images into one. I wanted to show a sense of movement in the action of using the clutch. I used a tripod to ensure that the rest of the hand remained as still as possible.

 

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I attempted this image while hand holding my camera. I wanted to show the movement of the flag on this fairly windy day. The lesson learned was to use a tripod. Hopefully then I would have ended up with one flagpole rather than two.

 

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Not sure what to say about this one, except that it was experimental. I quite like the abstract result. This image was taken by focusing on a particular leaf and then taking a second photograph of the same leaf  blown to a new position by the wind. My camera merged the two images and I enhanced the colours in photoshop.

This exercise is not intended to produce a cohesive sequence of images. I wanted only to experiment with a new technique and consider the outcome. This capturing of movement is something that I hope to return to and may consider in assignment 3.

 

 

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EYV Exercise 3.1 Frozen Moment

The brief for this exercise was to use a fast shutter speed to ‘try to isolate a frozen moment in time in a moving subject’ and to ‘try to find the beauty in a fragment of time’.

I positioned my subject in an area of maximum light. This was early evening and the light was not bright. I chose my 50mm fixed lens for its wide maximum aperture of f1.8 because I wanted a speed of at least 1/1000 and I wanted to isolate my subject from the background. Even at this aperture, the light was such that I needed to put my ISO up to 1000. I have never used such a high ISO and was interested to see the impact on my images.

I tried different locations in my kitchen, and an additional bright light but eventually decided on a position as near as  possible to an outdoor light source and I relied on this and a normal ceiling light.

I used continuous drive mode which, on my camera, allows up to 11 frames per second, and used manual focus to try to ensure my subject would be sharp despite the wide aperture. This was difficult because I had to estimate the position of the falling egg based on my hope that it would fall centrally within the bowl.

My shots were still a little dark and I adjusted the raw image slightly in photoshop, adding a bit of clarity and saturation, though my editing was minimal. I was pleased with my camera’s performance at high ISO.

I think my images capture a fragment of time perhaps rarely seen by the human eye, and one that is quite beautiful. Overall I was pleased with my attempt.

 

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John Szarkowski believed that, rather than capturing movement, a fast exposure fragments it, capturing a thin slice of time and creating something new (course notes p 60). I see my images as capturing a moving subject but not as showing movement. The viewer sees movement in the image because s/he knows that the egg was moving downwards from the shell to the bowl. I believe my images show a fragment of time and reveal something new since the speed of the action of breaking an egg is such that this image is rarely see by the human eye.

Thank you to my very patient husband. We had omelette for tea!

 

EYV Exercise 3.2 The Trace of Movement

The brief for this exercise was first to research some of the artists who have used slow shutter speeds to record movement.

Please see my posts on Hiroshi Sugimoto  and  Francesca Woodman

I have also looked at the work of Robert Capa, Robert Frank and Michael Wesely, and have collected images and made notes in my sketch book.

Second, the brief was to use a slow shutter, multiple exposure, or other technique, to try to record the trace of movement within a frame. A selection of shots, shooting data and a description of the process should be included.

My first attempt for this exercise was made at Lake Windermere. There were many tourists taking selfies against a background of swans and boats and I wanted to capture the movement of the people at this popular beauty spot to create an image that showed the place as busy and crowded, but without detracting from the beauty of the surroundings.

However, I couldn’t slow the shutter enough because it was a very bright day. I resolved to buy filters when I got home and decided on plan B.

I began to think about the reality of my experience in the Lake District. My experience was not one of swans and boats and selfies. I was touring with my husband, and consequently spent a substantial amount of time admiring the views from the passenger seat of our van. I decided to try to re-create my views of the area by photographing with a slow shutter from our moving vehicle.

I steadied my camera on the partly open window, which functioned as a tripod to ensure vertical stability. Because the van, and hence my camera, moved horizontally for the duration of the shutter opening, the scenes were captured as I perceived them with my eyes as we rushed by. The result suggested a more realistic representation of my experience as a tourist in the area.

Here are some of my favourite images:

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These images were all taken with a shutter speed of between 1/8 and 1/13, and an aperture of between f20 and f22. ISO 100. I particularly like the final image, which shows, through reflection, the items on our dashboard alongside the image of the road we are yet to travel. The car in the distance adds to the sense of movement.

I enjoyed this exercise and was quite pleased with my final images. I feel that they capture the trace of our movement through the countryside and offer a challenge to traditional views of the Lake District.

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I made a second attempt at this exercise. Please see my post:  EYV Exercise 3.2 The Trace of Movement (part 2)