One of the things I didn’t realize about SlowShutter is it allows you to set the shutter speed. (hey, I didn’t say I paid attention..)
We were at the opening of the new East Gallery at the Grounds For Sculpture and I thought I’d take a few pictures of the new wing. The first image was using ProCamera, my normal “quickie” camera.
This is an ok image, a little static though, so I thought this would be a good time to try out SlowShutter and see if I could introduce a little motion in it.
Since I didn’t have a tripod with me, I had to try to wedge the iPhone inside the buck frame of an outside door to properly steady it.
The first image is shutter speed set to 0.5 seconds
There is a little movment on the ground but still rather static.
The next one is 2 sec.
You can now see the effect I’m after. The rush of the crowd inside the still container. This is pretty much the look I wanted but the room isn’t completely sharp (remember, no tripod..)
and now 4 sec.
and finally 8 sec.
You can see that it’s almost impossible to steady a camera for that period unless it’s firmly pressed into a flat, supporting surface. I also did a 16 second exposure but it’s not even worth seeing.
Another think you may notice is the variability in the rate people move. Crowds have a tendency to surge and stop. Once you find the correct exposure, shoot a bunch and pick the best one.
Please remember that what I’ve just showed also applies to Big Boy cameras too…
Blending several of the images together can also make for a wild composition.
Speaking of Blending… I think my next note will be on using BigLens and Blender to direct visual focus inside an image.