Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Photo Basics–Shutter Speed

Taber Sugar Factory - 4 seconds

I thought that an image taken at night might better illustrate the idea that I was trying to convey.

The above image was taken at 4sec @ f/5.6, you can make out the wisps of steam as they exit the smoke stacks.

Taber Sugar Factory - 8 seconds


This one was taken at 8 seconds, also @f/5.6, but you can see the steam starting to extend and blur into a longer stream.

Taber Sugar Factory - 20 seconds


The last image I closed down the aperture to f/8 but went for a full 20 second exposure. You can see the steam is a continuous flow. The night shooting shows a more extreme use of shutter speed to create a different effect on a moving subject. The same principle is applicable to almost any moving subject, and you can adjust your exposure to give moving water (for example) a different appearance. The longer the shutter is open the more the movement will get smoothed out and look more creamy. I rather like this effect and try to use it on waterfalls and the like.

In the best light…


2 responses

  1. Daniel

    Cool pictures.


    March 16, 2011 at 06:38

  2. Your style is very unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from.
    Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this site.


    May 8, 2013 at 19:30

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