Jerardo Arciniega: When I saw this week's challenge I knew I wanted my photo to be of a race. Unfortunately I was under the weather most of the week and therefore didn't go outside much. Because of that, I decided to do a race with a few toys I had. I set up the Lego Mario and Luigi next to a finish line and pushed a toy car behind them to create the blur.
Nikon D3100, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm lens, ISO 200, f/5.3, 2 sec exposure time.
I'm still new to having a DSLR, so having a chance to really have fun with the exposure settings was a real treat! Well, almost. I wound up not being able to shoot this until Sunday due to a snowstorm. I wanted to capture just how busy Philly is, so I stood directly in the middle of Broad Street. For about 30 Minutes, I braved near 20 degree temperatures without most protection, and it wasn't until the end I got the shot I wanted. At one point someone started eying up my camera, which had to be the most hazardous part of shooting this, frostbit be damned.
I was in morro bay this weekend and there was a farmer's market happening and I really thought this would be a great opportunity to find a subject and setup my tripod and camera. I wandered around looking for a good candidate and this woman had a very interesting "hat" (I'm still not sure what kind of animal it represented but it had ears and was fuzzy and the "arms" had pockets for her hands although she didn't always use them in the shots) so I asked her permission if I could photograph her while customers hovered explaining that she would need to keep very still.
she was quite skeptical at first but I convinced her I was on the up-and-up and took about 60 shots overall. this is the best that came out because a) people move really fast in 3 seconds and b) my subject would tend to move and c) a lot of shots had people between her and the lens.
camera: nikon d3000
exposure: 3 sec
focal length: 35mm
ISO 100, 20-second shutter, 0.0 ev exposure, f/22 aperture in shutter priority using an 18-55mm kit lens with a ND4 filter at dusk. Edited in Photoshop to crop, perform a bit of spot healing to remove a blurry dust particle, and add a vignette.
Not much of a story behind this... came across the photo challenge, was out buying shoes in a rather busy store (usually is on Saturday) and so I gave it a whirl, deciding to make the shoes my frozen objects while the people around me blurred away.
I chose this one because I like the colors which the blurry people are wearing which contrasts with the blue skateboard.
Using a Canon 500D 18-55mm lens. I shot for 2 sec at f/8, ISO 100. I used lightroom to tweek to files.
* Exposure - 3.0 sec at f/11
* Focal Length - 24mm
* ISO 100
* Manual mode
* Flash did not fire
* VR off
* Auto-focus set to AF-S
* Captured in RAW
* I set up a turntable on a platform with cloud-filtered afternoon sunlight angling directly at the setup. I placed my camera on a small, pocket tripod on one side of the turntable, and arranged the subject on the other side of the turntable. I set the camera to timer mode, triggered the shutter, and then slowly walked the turntable in a circle while the camera went through its cycle. It took a few tries before I found the correct shutter speed, since rotating the turntable produced a significantly different light level through the course of the rotation, but eventually settled on 3 seconds. I chose this particular aperture because I knew that the motion would sharply separate the subject from the nicely blurred background, so I felt free to choose a large f-stop to both ensure the entire subject would be in sharp focus, and to allow a slower shutter speed to provide for a greater blurring effect. Post-processing was performed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, and involved some fine-tuning of the various elements of the exposure, cropping to the contest dimensions, and a touch of vignetting.
* As I was considering how to render a subject in sharp focus while blurring the background, I noticed a turntable in my kitchen, and realized that if I put both a camera and a subject on a turntable and spun it during a long exposure, I'd have a perfectly blurred background and a perfectly sharp subject in the same frame. After a few tests under a few different lighting conditions and locations, I settled on the soft, cloud-filtered afternoon sunlight coming through my kitchen windows as the source. I tossed a chiffon throw blanket over the turntable, elevated one section with a small box, and positioned a couple of figurines as the subject. I realized that the movement of the turntable would completely separate the subject from the background, so I chose a large f-stop so as to render the entire subject in perfect focus, knowing that the motion would simultaneously render the background as a perfectly smooth field of blur. It took a few tries to get the shutter speed and technique right, but eventually I figured out the trick of walking the turntable around at just the right speed, and settled on a shutter speed of three seconds. I also had to work out what range of backgrounds to represent in the picture, because over the full 360 degrees of possible rotation, some segments of background were better than others based on the layout of my house.
For the tools and camera settings I have a Cannon EOS Rebel and I used a 30 second exposure with the default ISO. The hardest part was focusing the camera on something so could get the camera to take the picture (remember it's dark out).
I tried a few shots with my 'models' standing in front of moving crowds at the store; but this shot was much more fun to me, as it told a (very familiar) story to us. I hope one day my niece will remember the days when she would NOT stop jumping in beds, spinning, dancing and chatting... ever.
Canon T2i, ISO 400, f/22, 3.2 secs.
Shot in Times Square, New York. It was the only way to make them "stand out" amidst a sea of tourists. The only instruction given to the couple: "hold a kiss for 3 seconds.". They happily obliged.
I dropped of our teenager daughter and her friends at the mall. I was hanging out reading emails and listening to music on my iPhone. Waiting for girls to finish their shopping isn't a big deal anymore because all that I need to entertain myself is on my iPhone. Like most people who are glued to their smartphones, it's really like the world was going on around me and I don't even notice.