Motion


What catches my eye. 

Motion. Color.

Those are a couple of things that inform my photography. It doesn’t matter whether the subject is a Mardi Gras parade, as you see in this picture, or if it is some other subject like a city at night. Sure, making tack sharp pictures of a city is one thing, but showing the city alive is quite another.

Both have a place in my work. I’m a storyteller. A complete story has both kinds of imagery and everything else in between.

But.

Motion and color catch my eye first. In many ways, I should shoot video. Unfortunately, I’ve never been attracted to that process. Unfortunately? Yes, because that’s where the money lives. You don’t have to be a big time film maker to triple your income if you switch from stills to video.

I’ve thought about it. But, doing it in a way that actually is useful to somebody else  really is the word I just used — a process. More equipment. More investment. More editing. Much more time. In many ways it is the real life study of the phrase “you get what you pay for.”

Anyway.

I try to make still imagery in a way that gives you a taste of the color and motion that I saw. Yesterday I posted a picture that pretty much illustrates the decisive moment. Today, this picture shows you how I arrived there. What I saw. What I felt. Same subject, made in a very different way. I wonder which you like better. For me, it’s this picture. It’s the energy of Mardi Gras. The energy of a parade. And, the energy of young adults doing what they enjoy. Playing music while participating in a yearly event.

I’d like to tell you how I made this picture. But… the best I can do is to tell you to slow down the shutter speed to at least 1/8 of a second. Close down the f-stop to at least f8 or maybe even f11. Then work away. Don’t chimp — look at your camera’s monitor — and just keep looking, seeing, and photographing. When you get home you might have something that works. Something that you like. I’ll tell you one more technical thing. Working this way insures that your image won’t have noise in it.

 

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6 Comments

    1. Noise looks like grain. Little dots. It is usually caused by turning up the ISO to shoot in low light which causes the camera’s image processor to get overheated and create noise.

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  1. Cool composition! I thought a few times about trying some slower shutter street photography. Will try your settings with and without a tripod.

    On the video topic, just like photography, everyone now can easily shoot video. By in the analog, Video Toaster days, I found I was pretty good at editing. Today, I don’t shoot video but would like to edit for other videographers.

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    1. Thank you. This you couldn’t shoot with a tripod because everything is moving, including the crowd around me. This is mostly about staying very focused and letting everything happen around you.

      I’ve made tiny parts of three videos. But, I handed them off to professionals who edited and assembled them.

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