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Three with Slow Exposure Blur

May 25, 2020

So, what does one do when there is some interesting action to capture and there is next to no real light at all. When I reviewed this sequence I remembered – here I was forced to experiment, hand held, with a ridiculously slow shutter speed (1/4 second) and high ISO (this was 2007 and the sensor on the camera I was using would only go up to 1600 without falling apart – today that's 3200 and simetimes 6400). Fortunately I saved the exposures. Most came out far too blurred. In some, like the two below, I managed to catch something of peak moments, with little motion. With the featured shot above, Kukin dancing, the movement blur actually makes the picture – I imagine a sudden jerk of his head – in what I make look like a lot more light than it was – did the trick. Admittedly I never took these exposure seriously until now. The shot of Kukin (pronounced cookeen) has so much wrong with it, yet all adding up to saying something.

These just go to show that one should never be daunted or overwhelmed by limitations. They are a challenge that, in the meeting, sometimes yield pleasant surprises.

These were shot during a performance in a restaurant by the groupo Matatoa. the Island is where I learned to enjoy performance shooting for my B&W. It's also where I realized that there could be uses for the color JPGs that accompany my RAW exposures and gave them to Helga, the lady who publishes MoeVarua, a little freebie magazine promoting Easter Island. This is something I continue to do here at home with groups like Rogue Swan who are gracious enough to let me exercise my own art on them. It's a win-win, is something of a community service and makes it all that much more fun.

I'm very anxious for this pandemic to be over so we can all get back to doing what we do. In the meantime I'll continue my review of Easter Island exposures – I'm finding so much more to work on than I imagined I would.

Everyone please stay safe – and, more importantly, help keep everyone else safe.