I wasn’t going to submit anything for the final photo challenge of the year. What with Christmas n’ all. Like all of you I have been a bit of a busy badger of late.
However last night I was trying – exceedingly unsuccessfully – to get a passable photo of our darkened lounge room with the lights on our faux Christmas tree blazing as the hero. I didn’t have a tripod to hand and the results were luke warm at best. But then I remembered a long shutter technique I have used on occasion in the past with some pretty ‘interesting’ results.
Basically I just…
- Select as low an ISO as possible. In this case it was 400
- Marry your ISO with as short a shutter speed as you can get away with. In this case the shortest was 15 seconds.
- With your shutter open trace your ‘object’. Make the majority of your movements in the last few seconds.
- Review your pic and keep going until you are happy.
And there you go!
Not sure if it’s PC these days to say that, I think I am supposed to say something more like ‘Happy Holidays’ or something more non-denominational. If I get in trouble with the editor so be it. (Which would be odd as I am the editor)
Christmas is what is happening for me and my family right now so I thought I’d share these images as part of this week’s challenge.
If you haven’t tried this technique before it can be a bit of fun. Give it a go sometime and maybe even share your results with me. I’d love to see your pics.