Light Mess

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jan 27 2011

Category: night light

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Focal Length:50mm
Shutter:30 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

The End of the Bridge

On my evening walks back home to Cambridge I’ve been slinging the camera as usual. After shooting a couple walks at 3200 ISO and the widest apertures, I changed over to 30 second exposures at F22 (despite what the metadata at left displays). I shot quite a bit of this kind of work over a year ago and really haven’t touched it again until now.

The big challenge is getting it to look really good. Of course that’s always the big hurdle, but this long exposure stuff all looks really neat when you’re just starting to shoot it. I heard one of the photography professors at my school lecture today about his current projects, one of which surveys the endless fields of wheat in the Pacific Northwest. He began shooting it from small planes that he would charter for an hour or two, and the biggest issue? All aerial photography is inherently cool. You have to go beyond that to really get at some genuine excellence.

So that’s what I’m shooting for. Spinning my camera, running with arms outstretched, holding it tight against my chest, and all manner of movement experimentation in an elusive search for the cool.

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