Oct 24, 2017 Session

Shutter Speed Priority for the Artistically Inclined

I had fun playing with the Christmas lights and the colour swatches. Here is my favourite picture. Please post your experiments on bottom of this page.

Colour swatches on the floor. ICM with Zoom effect. 4 second exposure. Saturation push.
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Oct 24 Itinerary:

  • A presentation by Barb Kreutter on Intentional Camera Movement. For Barb’s work see http://kreutter.zenfolio.com/p427750456#h98cb1d90
  • A demonstration on artistic zoom effects at slow shutter speeds by Jim Springer
  • Break to move cars.
  • Practice – Apply what you have learned. We will have moving flashlights, swinging Christmas lights, and static lights to practice zooming and bokeh.

This session will be about what can be achieved with slower shutter speeds.

Bring your tripod, and if you have multiple lenses and neutral density filters bring them as well.

The focus of this session will be “Motion Blur”. As you are probably aware by now, there is a trade-off between camera shutter speed, aperture (lens opening) and ISO (sensor sensitivity). To get the longest possible shutter speed in a given light condition, you close the aperture as far as possible, (highest f number) and turn the ISO down, (lowest number).

Those of you who have a tripod bring them with you to this session. A neutral density filter will also be helpful as these devices will reduce the light further allowing for even longer shutter speeds.

Here are some additional resources for inspiration:



Here is a graphical representation of the three main controls on your camera
Shutter Speed – Aperture – ISO.

45 Responses to Oct 24, 2017 Session

  1. Dave Arnold says:

    here are two of the colour swatches one at 10 sec and one at 15

  2. Dave Arnold says:

    here is the second one

  3. Dave Arnold says:

    and now for the twirling light strings —- first one cropped a bit to emphasize the centre that reminded of an insect or a carnival mask. Only a two second exposure which I find surprising

  4. Dave Arnold says:

    hint of cactus — 4 sec f 22 ISO 100

  5. Dave Arnold says:

    Lollipops 6 seconds

  6. Shauna says:

    Strand of white lights 5 seconds. I used a blue hi-contrast filter in Lightroom to darken the background.

  7. Shauna says:

    Looking out the shutters onto Rosedale tennis court. 1/10 sec.

  8. Karen McDaniel says:

    It was a lot of fun experimenting with the lights yesterday. The was taken at a different angle from Dave’s. 86mm, f25, ISO 100 for 3 seconds.

  9. Barb K says:

    My favorite of the day is this image which I converted to B&W in Lightroom.
    ISO 50, f/8, 1.6 sec.

  10. Ron says:

    This is a shot of the shutters looking out towards the road, as I rotated the camera. Taken with 35-80 mm zoom lense set at 80 mm, ISO 100, f/29, 1.3 sec exposure.

  11. Ron says:

    Here is a flower shot, using the zooming technique. 18-55 mm zoom, f/32, 1.3 second exposure. I also used iPhoto to reduce the exposure slightly, increase the contrast and saturation, and to tone down highlights.

  12. Ron says:

    Here’s another one, this time a dried flower arrangement, again using the zooming technique. The somewhat distracting white stripes in the bottom right corner are reflections of venetian blind light in the glass table top. 75-300 mm zoom, ISO 100, f/32, 6.0 second exposure. I used iPhoto to increase the colour saturation a bit.

  13. Bill says:

    Zoomed after counting 1,2.
    f 8, SS 1/5, ISO 100 F length 40 Luminar for colour boost.

  14. Bill says:

    ICM in a jiggle pattern SS 30 seconds shooting white string of lights with both a polarizer and ND 64 filters. f 8, ISO 100, SS 30 s. F length 17.

  15. John Cobb says:

    We went for a walk in Nose Hill Park on Friday afternoon. Tried out ICM. It’s hard!
    Initially the image was pretty washed out. Post processing, I had to play with the yellow and orange, as well as the highlights, shadows and white, in order to deepen the colour of the grass and create some contrast.
    ISO 100, f 32, 0.5 seconds, moving the camera upwards from the grass to the sky.

  16. John Cobb says:

    Second attempt at ICM. Needed to play with the yellow, highlights, shadows and white in order to create more contrast and bring out the blue in the sky through the trees.
    ISO 100, f25, 1/4 second

  17. John Cobb says:

    This is more of a UCM (unintended camera movement), rather than an ICM image. It was taken from the stern of a sailboat at anchor in Ganges Harbour on Salt Spring Island on Canada Day 2016. I had the camera firmly in place against the back stay of the boat, but didn’t realize how much the tide was swinging the boat back and forth on the mooring. I was quite surprised by the squiggly lights, which are lights on shore, as well as from the other boats at anchor.
    ISO 3200, f22, 10 seconds

  18. kim hunter says:

    Had fun making spooky effects. This was taken outside the front doors. Zoomed in.
    f22, 1/3 second, ISO100, 105mm

    • Henri says:

      I really like this photo as a piece of art. It has a beautiful balance and enough shape recognition. I could imagine printing this and hanging it on the wall.

  19. kim hunter says:

    Second spooky photo. Same settings.

  20. Ross says:

    This is an abstract of Kim looking at a lake. You could say it is her in a fog!!!

    Focal length:50, f-stop 20, exposure time 1/20

  21. Susan Ashley says:

    Starburst SS 2.5 sec
    I was exploring adding frames to the ICM images

  22. Susan Ashley says:

    Neon Swirls

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