Weekly Photo Challenge. This week: ‘Now’.

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…

  1. Select as low an ISO as possible. In this case it was 400
  2. Marry your ISO with as short a shutter speed as you can get away with. In this case the shortest was 15 seconds.
  3. With your shutter open trace your ‘object’. Make the majority of your movements in the last few seconds.
  4. Review your pic and keep going until you are happy.

And there you go!


Merry Christmas.

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.



Travel is my passion and also my career. I’ve spent my entire working-life in the travel industry with roles as diverse as tour guide, travel agent and marketing manager for some of the worlds largest travel brands. My favourite city in the world to visit is NYC and France is my most beloved country to explore. I travel to learn and observe to understand always with camera in hand.

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