In the world of photography, there are two ways by which you can capture a single moment in time. The first way is through the use of fast shutter speeds. Typically, a speed of 1/200 second and faster can freeze time, very effectively. However, the faster your shutter speed, the more light you need, for proper exposure. Sometimes, that light just is not available. That is where the second method can be useful – stopping time using your flash. This post focuses (no pun intended) on that second method.
To stop time with your flash, you need two things – a flash and as dark of a room as possible. With a dark room, you can leave the shutter of your camera open for long periods of time, giving you the time you need to compose the shot, before triggering the flash, to capture the shot. In a dark room, even if your camera is set for long exposure times, your camera will record nothing but a black frame, until the flash is triggered. The quick burst of light gives your camera the light it needs to capture the scene, before the room goes dark, again. Since the duration of a decent flash is around 1/200 second, your camera is catching the action of that 1/200 second, regardless how long the exposure is set.
An example of this technique is the photo at the end of this post. The example photo was taken in an almost perfectly dark room with a 5 second exposure. Although it was a long exposure, the camera captured only the 1/200 second that the flash illuminated – the moment the ice hit the pink lemonade, within the glass, effectively freezing that moment in time. The 5 second exposure time gave me ample time to hit the shutter release button on the camera, line the ice cube over the glass, release, and trigger the flash via wireless remote, as the ice hit the lemonade. To get the shots, the following settings were used:
- Camera Program Setting: Manual
- Exposure Time: 5 Seconds
- Aperture: f/10
- ISO: 400
- Flash Setting: Manual
- Flash Zoom: 24mm
- Flash Power: 1/8 Power
- Flash Location: Off Camera (Frame Right)
- Flash Trigger Method: Wireless Remote
Those settings are a good springboard to start from, but your results will likely demand that you adjust the settings, accordingly. There is no secret combination of settings that will guarantee a perfect result. It’s all trial, error, and adjustment. The key thing is, have fun while doing it! I had fun taking this example shot, using the settings mentioned, above:
We at 7:10 Studio Photography love Autumn. The cool, crisp air. The colorful leaves. The frost that has to be scraped from the windshield, in the morning. Okay, that last one is something we would be happy to leave out, but the other stuff is pretty cool! In fact, we love Autumn so much that we decided to dedicate an entire series of photographic art to the season.
The “Autumn Leaves” series is a set of photographic art prints that are great, either as stand-alone prints, or together as a set. All prints within the series feature textured backgrounds that give each photo the appearance of being painted. Each print is then mounted on Masonite to add durability to the print. Each print is sprayed with Lustre spray, to add a beautiful sheen to the surface of the photograph as well as to help protect your investment from harmful UV rays, ensuring that your investment will last for generations to come!
Home, office, or lobby, the “Autumn Leaves” collection adds an elegance and warmth to your wall space. For more information, check out the 7:10 Studio Photography Etsy Store.
Prints available in the “Autumn Leaves” collection:
Last night (24 May 2012), I went to Grand Haven, Michigan’s North Pier to catch what I hoped would be a spectacular sunset. Shortly after arriving at the pier, I realized that the tops of thunderstorms that had fired across Wisconsin had obscured the western sky, the sunset with it.
Luckily, a group of adventure seekers more than made up for the lack of sunset.
These kiteboaders combine speed and athleticism in a manner that makes the sport appear almost effortless, even when catching air, propelling them 20-30 feet skyward.
Nate, one of the kiteboarders with whom I briefly spoke, explained just one of the many beautiful aspects of the sport. That is, after the investment required to obtain the equipment, from that point forward, kiteboarding is free fun. Just suit up, strap in, and go. No membership fees, no pay-to-play requirements. Once you have the equipment, you’re set. A beautiful thing, for sure.
To get started, I would encourage you to visit Nate and his associates at Mac Kite in Grand Haven, MI. They will get you set up and ready to enjoy Lake Michigan in a way you never imagined!
There are two new prints available in the 7:10 Studio Photography Online Store. The first new print is a breathtaking photo of a stormy sunset at Grand Haven, Michigan’s South Pier, with a textured sky to add a new dimension to an already beautiful photograph. The second photo is a a more serene depiction of Grand Haven’s South Pier with an early Autumn sunset fading into a star-filled night sky. Both prints are available on your choice of Kodak Endura Professional Paper, mounted on Artboard, or Fine Art Canvas mounted on 1/8-inch Masonite. All prints arrive at your door ready to hang on your wall out of the package.
I had a chance to hit the beach during one of Michigan’s windy days. I could not believe the beauty and the violence of Lake Michigan. It was a great experience that, quite literally, took my breath away!!!
I didn’t get enough of Lake Michigan’s beauty in the first batch of high-wind wave shots I posted in my previous entry, so here is another shot, from a different view. This photo was actually taken from the North Pier, looking Southwest, toward the South Pier. This wave was spectacular, in person. The wave splashed over the rails, soaking my daughter and I, even though we were standing a good 30 feet from the pier. Enjoy the photo!
The weather was not what I would call “perfect”, but the rain did hold off long enough for a quick walk-around Chicago’s Loop to take some artistic photos of the skyline, as well as the inner-city infrastructure that adds to Chicago’s atmosphere. Among those photos, these are my favorites. Remember, all photos are available as prints. If interested, feel free to contact me, or visit the Print Price List.
Lately, I’ve been on a real science fiction roll. My taste in television programming, my web surfing habits, and my photography have all started to reflect this sudden craving for all things sci-fi. Following is a recent photo inspired by all of my sci-fi stumblings. Enjoy!
Took a walk around the Grand Haven, Michigan boardwalk, today. Along with the Pere Marquette train exhibit, there are a ton of awesome things to photograph, along the way. One of my favorite things about the boardwalk, though, is the fact that you meet some awesome people along the way, almost every time. This time was no different. I ran into a group of guys and gals – some on inline skates – who requested I take their photo. I complied and promised that I would post the shots, this evening. The shots of the skaters were put through a custom process that I created to give a cross-processed, almost “Lomo-ish” effect to them. Anyway, enjoy the shots. Oh, and to those that I met on the boardwalk, feel free to say “hello” in the comment box! Enjoy the photos.
On a side note: my music project, Null Factor, is set to release the 6th studio album – “Anticitizen”. Null Factor is an Electronic Industrial project, taking influence from acts from Skinny Puppy and OhGR to more well known musicians such as Nine Inch Nails and KMFDM. The album will be offered in various price tiers. The plan is as follows:
- 128Kbps MP3 w/ no cover art or liner notes (10 tracks): $.99
- 256Kbps MP3 w/ cover art PDF file (10 tracks): $2.99
- 320Kbps MP3 w/ cover art & liner notes PDF files (10 tracks): $4.99
- 44.1KHz/16-bit WAV w/ cover art & liner notes PDF files (10 tracks): $6.99
- 48KHz/24-bit WAV w/ cover art & liner notes PDF files (10 tracks): $8.99
- 96KHz/24-bit WAV w/ cover art & liner notes PDF files (10 tracks): $9.99
- Physical CD in jewel case and 4-panel full color art (12 tracks): $16.99
For those who like Industrial music (or have even heard of it!!!), the new album should be available in the Null Factor online store at http://www.nullfactor.com by Tuesday, May 10, 2011.