Temporal Expressions – Long and Short Exposure

Light Painting –

We were asked to produce creative photo images which exploit long exposure and keep to the theme of ‘Cycle’. I used my Canon SLR to capture light moving by changing the shutter speed. It took a couple of shots to get the framing right and movement of light.

As seen in the picture below the full light painting has been cut off.


Once I had corrected the framing of each light painting, I then edited the brightness/contrast of each picture as the camera picked up the light of the background, which decreases the focus on the subject. 


Below are my final results of light painting, I kept to the them of cycle by creating circles from the light.  I used the shutter speed 1/30”, ISO at 100, and the aperture F5.6 and took the images in a dark room.

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Motion blur –

Is a type of short exposure photography it captures any movement in a still shot. Here are some professional examples below:


Below is my result of short exposure photography:


Temporal Expressions – David Hockney

David Hockney also explored a similar photographic technique to Crooks. Hockney produced photocollages known as “joiners” in which he arranged a number of Polaroid prints of the same subject and placed them in a grid layout. This allowed the viewer to see the movements of the subject.

From this, I replicated Hockney’s work by creating “joiners” from two still images I have taken.

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I did this on Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and edited the images into a grid layout similar to Hockney’s. As it is a single image and not various Polaroids I enhanced the brightness of a few of the grids. To give the sense that it was either two separate images or two images taking from different points of view.

I then did another “joiner” image by using 3 different images of the same subject but with the subject in a different position. I then edited a few of the sections in the joiner image as the lighting in each image was too similar so it didn’t give the full effect.

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Reflection – Looking back on this reinterpretation of Hockney’s work for the grid photo collage I would have liked to instead get continuous shots of the subject rather than editing one still image. That way it would give the viewer the same effect of time moving in a image like Hockney’s “joiner” images do. However, I really like the outcome and it is something I would explore further. 

Temporal Expressions – Daniel Crooks

  The next task given is to explore ‘Temporal Expressions’ and to reflect on ‘space and time’. Artists such as Daniel Crooks tests the concepts of space and time through many digital technologies like Time Slice. Crooks creates his prints by taking small portions from a moving or still image and then combine it with a similar moving or still image. It makes the viewer have the sense that the still image is causing time to progress.

After researching Crooks work, I reproduced some of his work with my own still images that were taken through continuous shooting

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This was my first attempt at duplicating the style of Crooks work. I simply used Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and edited the Hue/Saturation and the Colour Balance to both images. Then by placing both layers on top of each other, I used the selection tool and the erased the top layer to reveal the other layer’s image.

Below are some other examples I created from continuous images using the same process.



Reflection – With this interpretation I think some images came out better than others. As with the two images of the woman walking past the wall of graffiti, my first attempt was the image with the smaller slices. But, I didn’t think it gave the right effect like with Crooks work so I started again and increased the slices and edited the saturation similar to Crooks. I think two images of the cat worked well as I used 3 different shots that were taken continuously and from my SLR camera on a tripod. Out of all the examples I did, I think the cat image gives the best effect of time moving through a still image.