If you have read recent posts of mine you will know my recent obsession with graffiti. Well, recently I went on a Night Photography walk on the Liverpool Waterfront with Jon Hall Photography. I have to say I would not have been entirely satisfied if I had paid £99 for a three hours group session with no overheads for the tutor, but the reduced price of £29 with an Amazon local voucher was worth it. We stopped at a variety of locations and were supported to encourage with different settings, and techniques, particularly forcing long exposures. For me it was not a case of coming home with lot of great images so much as coming home with the knowledge that when I was not so rushed and not so limited to where I had to stand to hear the instruction ( and my fingers not so freezing cold I could barely move the exposure dial) I have some pretty good ideas of what I want to go back and practice until I get it right. it was one of those nights where having more bad images taught you more about what not to do than the successful images taught you about what to do.
That said, as you can see, some of my images are OK 🙂 I liked that my husband saw this next one and said: Oh you should get some great shots of the waterfront when we are in Singapore then. So long as he realises he is on tripod carrying duty for the nether trip!
The bit that made my head explode with future possibilities, though, was when he showed us how to use an exposure of about 10 seconds to shoot a person running around waving a mobile phone torch in the air and trying to draw things. It was just a bit of fun and led into teaching us how to do those traffic streak photos you see in travel magazines.
As soon as I saw that light streak though I knew: graffiti with light. In the first photo you can see Jon as a sort of ghost image. In the second the torch holder is much less obvious as it depends how much the person moves during the exposure as to how much they disappear.
My personal poker tell is that when I have an idea running through my head that excites me I squint and start to drum my fingers. ( I know. Attractive but I don’t do it consciously!) The evening I discovered this technique my husband said he was woken to find me in deep sleep with my arm reaching above my head and my fingers drumming on the headboard! It’s fair to say I woke up with many ideas for how to take this further in combination with other art ideas I have. It will take time to get there mind, but in the meantime there can be no excuse for not practising photography because its dark outside when I get home can there?