Today in Trafalgar Square we embrace the elements! This time we explore water and the impact different shutter speeds can make creatively to an image. The fountains are a great subject for using creative exposure techniques. To enhance the image Lou transformed the colour file to black and white which creates a timeless quality to the historical context of the subject.
Creative Exposures Using Slow Shutter Speeds
Today our small group of tour guests learn how to change the way their photograph look as we try a variety of different shutter speeds for creative effect.
This image uses a slow exposure to create movement in the water. This gives the water a softer quality which enhances the flow and movement of the surface. This provides a visual contrast against the sharper surface of the fountain which adds a dynamic textural impact to the image. Tonal contrasts add visual interest as darks are contrasted against lights. This illuminates the scene and fills the frame with light.
Contrasts of scale in this image are created by placing the fountain in the foreground and the person in the background. This contrasts the large scale of the fountain against the smaller scale of the individual. Contrasts of scale add to the visual impact of the photo. The composition is beautifully rendered with a sense of historical interest using the pillars and traditional lamps in the background.
The shell of the fountain opens up and water flows through the scene using a creative slow exposure. Try this for yourself and see how easy it is add a creative touch to your photography.
Join Lou next time on one of our photography tours and get more tips which make your photography stand out from the crowd!