Having been either a full-time pro or serious amateur for the last 20 years or so, I’ve been down more than a few roads when it comes to content and creative expression. I know there’s still a ton I want to do, but I’ve become particularly fond of the long exposure. Why? Well, frankly I get bored quite easily with traditional photography methods, unless of course it’s client driven. Adding a long exposure, coupled with add-ons like artificial lighting, painting, movement etc. keeps me geared up if you will. )
For the first image you see I was scouting for a workshop the following week. This is Mt. Robson, BC’s second highest peak, and stunning all by itself. But I had a vision in mind so I set up and waited. Traffic was light that night but at last a large rig came onto the scene with great tail lights and after a 30 second exposure I was able to come away with something I was pretty jacked up about. Look for a good story in your images, something the viewer can take away and imagine. It becomes alive that way, emotive and captivating, and it’ll keep you pumped for the next shoot!
dancer in a static pose in order to create amore impactual feel. The difficulty with a shoot of this magnitude however develops
when the dancer needs to be deadly still for about 1/2 second…not easy! That’s about the time required to give traffic the flow and blur look. I was very pleased with the end result!
For the last image I had hiked for 3 hours to a place called the Knuckleheads, Southeast of Powell River on the Sunshine coast of BC’s coast mountain range. I was on assignment and feeling a bit of pressure to produce strong results after a day of relentless snow. I did manage to pull off enough during the day I was fairly confident with but I had conceptualized this cabin image since arriving about mid-day.
For this image, I used a 20 second exposure, with a medium sized flash light for light painting the snowshoes and the snow on the front balcony, creating a warm, cozy feeling, once again emotive. The long exposure allowed the cabin’s lights to illuminate the snow on the right in a very dramatic way, thus adding to the drama. This was my favorite of the trip and the client was ecstatic.
Long exposures require a bit more thinking, but allow for so much more creativity and vision, and for me that’s most of the fun. You’ll also get that added drama that will make your images pop off the page, whether it’s for your family or your client…
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Good luck! Cheers, K