This is another in my series of photos where I use motion to create interesting shapes and patterns. Since both the model and the light are moving during a long exposure, I never really know what the finished image will hold. I love the surprise of finding a few gems buried in the assortment of results.
I’ve grown to love the surprise of creating fine art photography using motion. I have some general ideas about the finished image, but the actual outcome is always a bit of a surprise. Besides the model, this photo features tulle, an LED rope light, a strobe and a very slow shutter speed. The image here is a single frame with no Photoshop effects.
As with all of my fine art photography, prints are available. Feel free to contact me, or stop by one of the art galleries where my work is represented. You can find a complete list on my website at www.craigstocksarts.com.
This photo is from one of my favorite spots. It’s a simple snow fence along the I-155 Townline Road exit. Part of what makes the setting unique is the sodium vapor street lights that are along the exit ramp. When they turn on at night they cast an orange glow on everything in the foreground. If you look carefully you’ll notice that the corn in the middle-ground looks natural since it’s further away from the lights.
These two photos were taken minutes apart, but look vastly different. Which one is correctly exposed? Got your answer? OK, keep reading for the rest of the story.
Now, what if I tell you both pictures were taken in the dark at 10:30 PM under a full moon. The image on top is a long exposure that seems to turn moonlight into sunlight and night into day. The bottom image shows what the scene really looked like when I was standing there. So, is one more “right” then the other?
Digital photography allow us to control four basic elements; exposure, focus, perspective and color. Modern cameras can automatically handle exposure pretty well by themselves – most of the time. But the camera doesn’t know what we want. That’s why most of the controls on our cameras are related to exposure control. The controls won’t make sense to us if we don’t understand what they do, or when we might want to use them
I’m in the process of preparing class materials for a class on the basics of digital photography. It’s my job to explain the four basic elements of photography in a way that makes sense, so you can enjoy the process, avoid frustration and get better results.
My fine art photograph “Nightwatch” was accepted into the Peoria Art Guild’s 2014 “Urban Underground” show which opens Saturday, June 28th.