Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Night vistas

As usual, these have been deformed by moving the camera during exposure. Do try it yourself, it's fun!


  1. I take it these photos are on film rather than digital? You've captured some great effects.

  2. Nah, it's an ancient digital Nikon Coolpix 995 my mother gave me when my even older digital Kodak broke down.
    Took me weeks of manual reading to find the long exposure time settings for night photography, though...
    It has ten buttons, two dials and an arrow disk. Five of the buttons have two markings. This is not exactly a marvel of user interface design. :)
    Still, it works well. Thanks, mom!
    She's something of a nerd, in that she needs to have the latest gadgets. I'm happy to remain a few generations behind the curve. It's a lot cheaper.

    Anyway, the art is not in the tool you use, but in your ability to feel its limits and possibilities, your inventiveness in its use. That comes with time and practice. Chinese ink brush artists say that you must make ten thousand pictures to learn it properly.
    I have taken about ten thousand since I started this blog, but mostly by cheating: some four thousand went into those animations, and such mechanical snapping does not teach much...