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Long Exposure


All photos taken by and used with permission from Darren Moore.

The beauty of Darren Moore‘s photographs is not in the capturing of fleeting moments, like with many others. It’s in the slow churning, the deliberate painting of light, in the patient waiting until the scenery is completely drawn and mirrored, with even the slightest of movements captured like ghosts floating across land or water.

This Surrey photographer’s haunting and transcending long exposures, as staggering as they are, only hint at the meticulous process behind their creation however. Aside from finding the perfect location and subject (which could be anything from old rotting wooden columns to castles to shipwrecks), getting the framing right, and determining the right exposure, according to Moore, who is as much a painter as he is a photographer, he also needs to set up his camera to take in less light since he mostly shoots in the daytime.

“Primarily working in Black & White, I specialise in a technique called ‘Daytime Long Exposure’ using Neutral Density (ND) filters attached to the lens. ND filters cut out the amount of light coming into the lens allowing the shutter to be left open for much longer than normal, capturing movement with an ethereal aesthetic.”

To top it off, he spends anywhere from 30 seconds to more than 15 minutes to shoot just a single image.

It’s these slow exposures that lend the unearthly quality to his photographs, such that when you look at them, it’s almost as if you’re walking into a parallel world, a mirror dimension where everything moves at the slowest pace imaginable and it’s just a little quieter and lonelier.

You can see more of Moore’s amazing work on his Flickr page but you can preview some of them here right after the jump.
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julius motal the phoblographer useful photography tip 85 write light

Writing with light is the literal definition of photography. It’s also something you can do with a small light, a long exposure and a fairly steady hand. I’ve been experimenting with long exposure recently, and most of initial efforts dealt with moving strands of Christmas lights in myriad directions to somewhat hypnotic ends. Then the idea of writing messages came along.

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julius motal the phoblographer quick photography tip 85 christmas lights

On the greyest of days, photographs can often suffer from a lack of color. That’s not to say we should be downcast when it’s overcast, but a little color goes a long way when it’s a drizzly mess outside. While the Christmas season has long since passed, Christmas lights can make for a compelling chromatic subject.

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All photographs taken by and used with expressed permission from Jesús Chapa-Malacara.

Motion has always been Brooklyn-based photographer Jesús Chapa-Malacara‘s focus in many, if not most, of his photographs. A former contemporary ballet dancer himself, he knows and understands motion as well as sees the aesthetics in it that many won’t – whether it be from a small child in play or an athlete in training. And he’s learned to translate what he sees into photographs so that everyone else can appreciate it too.

Jesús loves and has a knack for capturing dances in his photographs but most recently, he has taken this talent into another level. He’s taken his focus from one part of dance to the other, lesser known one. Rather than taking the usual photos of dance moves or tricks, he’s now focusing on the in-between – the movement of a dancer between each position, and he’s figured out a way to show all these in-between movements in a single shot, without the help of Photoshop.

As improbable as it may seem, what you see in that photograph (and the ones below) is not the result of Photoshop but instead of true innovation in what today might be considered old-school photography. Thoughtful and creative lighting, extraordinary photo subjects, an exacting attention to detail and a lot of hard work (on my part as well as on the part of my dance friends).

To launch his new found technique, which he plans to pursue further through a Kickstarter campaign, he has released a stunning series called “Esprit de Corps.” Esprit de Corps features beautifully and artfully-captured photographs of some of the world’s best ballet dancers in motion. Each of the photographs in this series is as haunting as it is extraordinary, showing the fluid movements of each dancer as if time has slowed down considerably and then suddenly frozen, so that you see the ghosts of past movements surrounding a dancer in midst graceful motion.

See the amazing photos in this series after the jump. To find out more about Jesús’ work, check out his website or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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The night sky is probably one of the hardest things to photograph since not only does it require skill, it is more than anything a test of patience and some knowledge of how the earth moves.

First of all, you would have to find a really dark spot away from civilization, where you would probably spend hours to get the perfect shot, so that the city lights aren’t polluting the sky – if you live in a big city like New York, Los Angeles, or Paris, this part isn’t easily accomplished. Then you’d have to know to use different techniques for different subjects; with shooting star trails, for example, you’d need really long exposures; on the other hand, you cannot leave the shutter open too long when shooting the Milky Way. Plus there are all these other things you’d have to consider, like knowing where the North Star is and finding the right foreground to add dimension to your shot.

As complex as it is to capture on camera though, the night sky has always proved a mesmerizing subject, not only because its majestic and pretty but also because it’s the perfect reminder of how truly vast the universe is. And tutorials on how to capture it right are always a nice relief to those of us who want to take on the challenge.

Thankfully, the folks at Tutsplus recently published a Starlight Time Lapse Video tutorial to add to the endless list of night sky photography resources available to us on the Internet. Their (very detailed) tutorial discusses everything from finding the right location to what settings you would be using to how you would be stitching together your shots to create your time lapse video. And they are making the whole process sound like a piece of cake that you wouldn’t be able to resist.

See their end result after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM1 Product Photos (2 of 8)ISO 2001-40 sec at f - 2.8

According to a post on Olympus Russia’s Facebook page, there’s new software on the way tomorrow for the E-M1. Part of the package will help you with long exposures as it improves image quality in Live Bulb. You’ll also get improved image stabilization and better autofocus in low-light conditions. The E-M1 will also play nicer in with the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH lens which means the chromatic aberration problem’s been fixed.

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