Hi folks, I have a new photo sequence on Flickr.A selection of images on display (sumptuous 12 x 22 prints) at my show "Light and Motion -- Photography and VIdeo" on view at 119 Gallery in Lowell, MA through April 13. The reception is March 24, from 3 to 6 PM,< to be followed by a concert and jam session with Tim Mungenast at 7:30.
Time exposures that turn moving lights into streaks are a staple of night photography. Time exposures in which the camera is moving instead of (or in addition to) the lights are less common. I have experimented with this technique since I started doing serious photography in 1970. It was not very practical in the days of film because I got no immediate feedback and had to pay for every shot.
When I use this technique with a digital camera, I get immediate feedback on the results of my last shot, and the only cost is the time it takes to evaluate the images. The prints on exhibit here were taken with Lumix LX3 and LX7 cameras, which are very compact and have high-quality Leica lenses. The compactness of the cameras makes it easy to whip them around at high speeds, enhancing the motion effects. The LX 7 is more advanced, but the LX 3 gives me immediate feedback when I use the camera in unlimited burst mode.
Most of the prints on display are one second time exposures, taken with the LX 3 in unlimited burst mode, which gives me approximately one picture a second. I get to look at each picture for a fraction of a second, which allows me to improvise further camera moves in reaction to what I have just taken. This adds to the improvisational feeling of the work. I think of the process as a combination of photography, dancing, and action painting photographic version of Action Painting.
I call the photos I take using this technique "Swirlies". http://www.flickr.com/photos/22231918@N06/sets/72157633045688377/ BTW Some of my videos can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/Tobenfeld -- " Practice makes perfect, imperfect is better." -- Paul Bley Emile Tobenfeld, Ph. D. Video Producer Image Processing Specialist Video for your HEAD! Boris FX http://www.foryourhead.com http://www.borisfx.com