Posts by Category: Physiograms

November ’12 Review

Posted by Caz on Saturday, 1st December 2012

November was another busy month photographically. I love the autumn colours, so when time allowed I was out and about photographing the lovely leaves with my fantastic new macro lens. I’m very impressed with the results.

A Little Window In The Ivy

A Little Window In The Ivy

The dark nights made it easy to get out and do some more light painting. Here’s one which I liked from a session out with the GNPC folks at a very dark churchyard!

Light Swirls Panorama

Light Swirls Panorama

When it was too wet to wave the lightsabres around outside, I indulged in some indoor light painting with various different tools instead, and also had my first go at spinning physiograms – trickier than it looks!

Lenser Twirling

Lenser Twirling

Orbital Decay

Orbital Decay

Purple Splash #4

Purple Splash #4

More studio activities involved testing out my new Splash Art Kit on various occasions.

It produces some great results with a much better valve and pressure tank than my original  Camera Axe setup, and I’ve also bought some great flash brackets for getting better background colours.

I look forward to playing with it more over the coming weeks and months – I’ll certainly need some practice as I’m giving two talks with live demos about water splashes to clubs in the near future!

The Splash Art system also seems a bit more rugged and more easily transportable compared to the delicate electronics of the Camera Axe, so it should be much better for taking on the road to various places.

I enjoyed a lovely weekend visiting a friend at the seaside in Kent mid-month. Saturday was pretty grim, but we had a gloriously crisp, sunny autumn day on the Sunday. There was some amazing light in Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate.

Trappings Of A Working Harbour

Trappings Of A Working Harbour

Talking of the seaside – I witnessed another fantastic sunset in Brightlingsea a few days ago. I was there re-acquainting myself with the qualities of my 100-400mm zoom lens, which I’d just collected from being repaired.

Orange Glow Over Mersea

Orange Glow Over Mersea

Beachcomber I, II, III Triptych

Beachcomber I, II, III Triptych

Having been a loyal user of Nik Silver Efex Pro for a couple of years, this month I treated myself to Nik Color Efex Pro 4 as an early Christmas present.

I haven’t really had much opportunity to play with it yet, but I have found that it can make some stylish borders for pictures.

This triptych of beautiful stones in the sand at Broadstairs is finished off rather well with the additional edging.

My ongoing love for mono photography was once again fuelled by taking part in the annual Monovember challenge on Flickr. I am pleased with my thirty images, and feel that I did the group justice. However, I will be glad to go back to just needing to make two images a day for December, rather than three!

And so that brings us to the end of the month – and December is upon us once again! Watch this space for the next installment.

Spinning Physiograms

Posted by Caz on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

I’ve been meaning to have a crack at Physiograms for ages, having seen the wonderful work of my Flickr contacts Pikebubbles (David Gilliver) and ~ jules ~ (Julian Marshall). The principle is dead simple – hang a torch on a piece of string directly over your camera, take a long exposure while the string spins, moving the light source about.

The theory is easy! In practice – not so easy!

Red Eye Spin With Colour

Red Eye Spin With Colour

I laid my camera on its back on the floor in a dark room, put the widest lens I had on the camera (Canon 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM) and attached the cable release. Using the only torch I had, plus some coloured cellophane wrappers from a box of Quality Street, I set up the exposure in Bulb mode and locked the shutter open with the cable release. Having spun the string with the first colour, I then put the lens cap carefully on the camera (it still had the shutter open) while I changed over the gel on the torch and set it spinning again. Removed the lens cap, leave for 20 seconds or so, rinse, repeat.

As you can see, my first attempts weren’t great. The colours were OK but everything looked blurred. The torch I was using had quite a fat magnifying lens over the front of the LED which was causing a very fuzzy light source to be emitted.

A few days later with some new torches, I tried again – with much better results. I also tied the string from a hook in the ceiling rather than under a light fitting, which should make for better control of depth of field (as the torch is further away).

Ultra Violent

Ultra Violent – UV Torch

Three Colour Spin

Three Colour Spin – White LED torch with gels

As if these weren’t enough, I decided to hang the LED fan from the string to see what happened – and got some crazy spinning-while-spinning patterns! This one nearly made it for Day #1788:

Fan In A Spin

Fan In A Spin – LED Fan on the string!

I will be doing more experiments with Physiograms soon, to refine my technique. I’ll keep you posted.

20th MoNovember ’12

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 20th November 2012

20th MoNovember '12 Title: Vortex Spin
Location: At home
Camera: Canon EOS 7D /  10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM
Notes: I thought I would try my hand at making some Physiograms this evening. I’ve seen some brilliant examples on Flickr from my contacts Pikebubbles (David Gilliver) and ~ jules ~ (Julian Marshall). The principle is simple – hang a torch on a piece of string above the camera, set it spinning and leave the shutter open for a minute or two. But as with many things, in the execution it’s all about technique. Although this looks soft, I did in fact set the focus to the right distance. But the torch I was using has a large magnifying lens on the front, which makes the light source much more fuzzy. I think I need to invest in a different LED torch with more of a point source. Still, I thought I’d post my first attempt. Expect more soon!