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Moving Forward 2: Part 2 of a 5-part study of motion

August 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

As part of my Motion Series, I travelled to Seattle.  I found some inspiration in the airport.  I’ve found airports both excited and absolutely horrifying at different times in my life.  There is the hustle and bustle of an airport that brings about anxiety.  There is also the marvel that millions of people every day move from all corners of the earth into these small spaces as they travel from one end of the country to another in merely one day.  You find all kinds of people in airports.  There are those plugged into cell phones with earbuds in ignoring all the movement, the families struggling with far too many bags and strollers, those that insist if they stand in the line to board, the plane will be ready faster, the business travelers tied immediately to business calls as soon as the flight attendant welcomes cell phone use, and the ever-exhausted traveler just waiting for the constant movement to end.  It’s an interesting place to see a slice of life.

 

I had my camera, a tripod, and an Neutral Density (ND) filter set with me. I used the ND filters to take long exposures during the daytime.  For these shots, I set my camera on the tripod and used a slow shutter speed to capture motion.

For this last shot, I also used a long shutter speed and an ND filter, but I placed the camera on the handrail of the moving walkway.  I think it made for an interesting perspective.

Next week, I'll talk about capturing motion in the evening.  It has been a really fun series!


Moving Forward

August 16, 2017  •  1 Comment

     As I’m embarking on a new life change, the words of my Aunt Janet keep passing through my head, there is no time machine.  You can’t go back and undo things.  You can only learn from the past and keep moving forward.”  Well, as I write this, I am less than year from retiring from the Army.  I’m within six months of finishing my bachelor’s degree in digital photography with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division.  My son is a junior in high school.  My daughter just started middle school.  The only constant is my husband and my house.  Within the next five years, I will retire from the Army, grow my photography business and my son will start college. 

    There’s no stopping time.  It just keeps moving forward.  This idea has inspired my latest series, “Moving Forward”.  It is a study in photographic techniques capturing motion in varying lighting conditions.  I’m experimenting with new to me techniques like nighttime photography with light trails, daytime photography using an ND filter for long exposures, and panning.  It has been quite the ride.  

    

     I took this photograph of my friend, David, at dusk in Brown Canyon.  I went with a group of riders specifically to capture nighttime light trails. After setting up my lighting equipment and testing my camera, I realized that I didn’t have my transmitter to sync my camera to the flash units on either side of him.  In true photographic fashion, I improvised.  My daughter and David’s daughter were each stationed at a flash unit.  On the command “go”, the hit the test button on the flash.  It took a few tries, but we made it work.  The result is this motion blur after the flash hit David to stop the motion.  It was much easier once my son came back with my transmitter.    

When my son came back with my transmitter, there was more fun to be had.  Then came the light trails.  I had to time the speed of each rider individually to get their average speed so I could predict when to open the shutter in order to catch the light trail in the frame and get the flash units to pop at the precise moment when the rider hit the jump.  A lot of trial and error went into this shoot, but it was incredibly interesting, and I learned so much about nighttime photography. 


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