Tag Archive: Long Exposure


Fireworks

This is one of my long(ish) exposure pictures. I was aiming to capture multiple fireworks in a way that enhanced the view, rather than just documenting it

To achieve this I did a number of things:

  • I set up my camera on a tripod, then played around with the settings for a while.
  • After much experimentation I settled on 15 seconds as my exposure. To capture a reasonable amount of spread, whilst not over exposing the image
  • I also set my ISO down to 80, this reduced the noise in the image.
  • In terms of timing, I started the exposure before the firework launched, to be able to see the launch trail on the final image

My Personal Critique:

The colours in this photo are great, there is a range of reds and oranges throughout the image

The composition of the image is good, with the foliage framing the main subject in the centre.

In terms of  the image clarity, things could be improved. There appears to be a little vibration during the exposure, perhaps starting on a remote shutter or timer would aleviate this issue

To improve this image I would use a remote shutter and decrease the exposure slightly. However the framing should stay as it is.

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Long Exposure

This is one of my more recent pictures, taken from the top of a narrow boat. I was aiming to stretch the lights travelling across the bridge, as well as blur the surroundings. Thi9s would draw the viewer into the centre of the image, where the more vibrant colours are.

To accomplish this, I Did two things:

  • I set my exposure to 30 seconds, this would capture the light traversing the bridge at multiple points, causing it to stretch. The long exposure also assists in the blurring of surroundings.
  • Secondly, I took the picture from the top of a narrow boat. This has the effect of adding detail into the frame , as well as creating the motion blur I had desired. Fortunately the bridge and the lights are unaffected as they are a long distance away.

My Personal critique:

I really love the colours in this picture, for the most part they are dull and slightly blue, however they contrast greatly with the bright, clear colours over the bridge.

The bluring of moth the light an the surroundings does a great job of adding motion to a reasonably stationery image.

In terms of framing the image, everything is satisfactory. The narrowboat leads the viewer up to the bridge, which is the central focus of the picture.

To improve: Some symmetry wouldn’t go amiss, and the orange tree on the left hand side of the bridge could be removed.

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