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July 22, 2012 / Aware of the Void

Trying to Stop Time

Black and White and Ilac

Black and White and Ilac

This week I wanted to capture the sea of people that drift through Dublin.
These motion stills were my first attempts at this. My concern was that I would make a mistake with the exposure times and choice of location for the shots. I needed a good movement of people and a vaguely interesting composition. After my first trip out and getting something that resembles a photo I think I will give this another go. I have a clearer idea of what I want to achieve and how I might do it.

Metered exposure was 1/50 @ f16 so for the 20 exposures I wanted I went with 1/1000 @f16.

Camera:Nikon F100
Film: Fuji Acros 100
Dev: Rodinal 1+100 60 mins 20c
Motion Capture at the Spire

Motion Capture at the Spire

Camera:Nikon F100
Film: Fuji Acros 100
Dev: Rodinal 1+100 60 mins 20c

Metered Exposure was 1/80 @ f16 so for the 20 exposures I wanted I went with 1/1600 @f16.

I think the contrasting light between the sky/spire and Henry Street is a little too high here and I have underexposed for the street, live and learn.

Where Old Ghosts Meet

Where Old Ghosts Meet

Metered Exposure was 1/50 @ f18 so for the 30 exposures I wanted I went with 1/2000 @f16.

I have wrote to Debenhams to ask them to remove the sign so I can take this again without their sign dominating the skyline.

Camera:Nikon F100
Film: Fuji Acros 100
Dev: Rodinal 1+100 60 mins 20c

22 Comments

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  1. Chillbrook / Jul 22 2012 10:01 am

    Fascinating technique. I’ll have to give this a go myself. Thanks for the information.

  2. David Hall / Jul 22 2012 12:24 pm

    Interesting technique. I’m sure Debenhams will oblige. :o)

    • Aware of the Void / Jul 22 2012 7:33 pm

      Just waiting on a response, I think I have been emboldened ever since I asked a Vicar to move his car so I could take a picture of his Church!

  3. James O. / Jul 22 2012 5:38 pm

    Worked out pretty well, I’d say.

    • Aware of the Void / Jul 22 2012 5:47 pm

      Thanks James, I am happy enough with the first efforts and I will return to it again soon.

  4. christian harkness / Jul 22 2012 7:53 pm

    These are super Brendan, and I certainly think you got what you were looking for, and I do like the outside the box thinking on this!

    • Aware of the Void / Jul 22 2012 8:04 pm

      Thanks Christian, I will give this another go now that I know I am on the right track and further to our chat on your wonderful blog I may even give it a whirl in colour.

  5. ThisHandcraftedLife / Jul 23 2012 1:54 am

    Oooh, these are good! Love the ghostliness of those transparent bodies. More, please.

  6. marinachetner / Jul 23 2012 9:41 pm

    Love the last shot! It’s fun – you’re always so creative and on point with cool techniques.

    • Aware of the Void / Jul 25 2012 6:07 am

      Thanks Marina, “creative and on point”……wowsers! I think your mad but I am happy to take such a nice compliment.

  7. Kristin Ralston / Jul 24 2012 11:00 pm

    these are fantastic!

  8. steviegill / Jul 25 2012 7:05 pm

    Cool – like an army of ghosts or a ghost army!

  9. johnmeadowsphotography / Jul 30 2012 12:38 pm

    Really like this concept!!

  10. kathryningrid / Aug 6 2012 4:22 pm

    I love how this technique provokes so many streams of thought about what was, is or may be!

  11. Debra Broughton / Sep 7 2012 3:00 pm

    Interesting technique and great results. What were the intervals between shots? I’m sure I’d lose count half way through.

    • Aware of the Void / Sep 7 2012 4:50 pm

      Generally just a few seconds between each exposure, I watched for movement and snapped when the crowds looked right. As for counting I put tick marks in a note book. Have you ever tried taping your head while rubbing your belly….it’s a little like that.

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