Friday, December 19, 2008

Photo Hunters~Wide

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Last week, at my company Winter Celebration, I spent some time with one of our bus drivers. I rarely get the joy of visiting with him, as we work in different buildings. Whenever we are together, there is really only ONE topic of conversation....PHOTOGRAPHY! He is a fabulous photographer, and is always full of interesting ideas. This last conversation didn't disappoint. I hurried home and tried a fun little technique.

Standing in front of my lit Christmas tree, I set my shutter speed to somewhere over 3 seconds. I aimed my zoom lens at the tree with the zoom set to a WIDE angle. I then pressed the shutter and proceeded to zoom in on the tree throughout the long shutter release. 

Here is my results:

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It was really hard to hold the camera steady while zooming, but certainly fun to try.  Next time, I may try attaching the camera to my tripod to help with the shake.  I'm not certain it will help because I'll still need to manual zoom from WIDE to narrow.


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All in all it was a fun little project, and I look forward to trying it on other things.  

Have a great weekend!  I look forward to seeing other WIDE photos. 

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Jeanette said...

Oh that is very clever! I still need to try that, but I think a tripod would have made a massive difference.

PastorMac's Ann said...

How fun! These are terrific. So creative and the results are spectacular!

YTSL said...

Woooooah! Great effects generated!! :)

jams o donnell said...

Great technique. It's hard to pull off but you've done it nicely! Happy weekend and happy Xmas

Butchay said...

very unique and creative!!! nice entry

mine is here:

http://butcholle.blogspot.com/2008/12/ph-wide.html

napaboaniya said...

Creativity Sparks :)
Here's wishing Sugar,your other half and you a very Merry X'mas!! :)

Blur Mommy said...

Wow, cool effect!

CRIZ LAI said...

These are nice and creative. :)

http://crizcats.blogspot.com/

Christina said...

Wow, that is so darn cool! I've seen this technique before, but never tried it. Since I usually use my 50mm, I don't generally even have the option to zoom. ;o)

Angela at mommy bytes said...

Cool effects! Looks like fireworks. Happy hunting. I used "wide" angle as well.

Marcelle said...

My word, this is so interesting...I am so new at this hobby of mine I dare not try it now, but will keep the idea in the back of my mind.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Gorgeous. You are so clever. :D

Mrs Mecomber said...

Stunning photos! Very, very good. I wish I knew more about photography.

I did Photo Hunters today, too. I hope you can visit, and leave your link.

http://newyorktraveler.net/photo-hunters-wide/

Teena in Toronto said...

Really cool effects!

I played too :)

jmb said...

Very neat idea Corey and I certainly would never have thought of it. Must try it out.

Have a great Christmas season.

KISSEDALOTATOADS said...

Those turned out pretty neat. Merry Christmas.

Bonggamom said...

What a clever technique -- I never even thought of zooming in *while* the photo is being taken!

mirage2g said...

I love doing those, and writing names while at it! =)

HAppy weekend, fun idea, enjoy!

Pretty Life Online said...

Nice one for today's theme , mine's up too hope you can visit. Happy weekend!

Rachel said...

Those are great Corey! How fun!!

tommie said...

That is too cool, I will have to try this!

I think I started coming to your blog when you did the tutorials....how long ago was that??

Happy holidays!

secret agent mama said...

You know that I'll be trying this, for sure!

Love it so much, Corey!

Victor said...

Nice Nice!!! Happy weekend ^_^

visit mine, Wide Aquarium..
http://www.victorkiu.com/2008/12/21/photohunter-wide-aquarium/

Veggie Mom said...

I've always had a difficult time photographing lights, even on the tree. But your results are stunning!

Mama Zen said...

Cool!

JC said...

Excellent shots! Love the last one. Merry Christmas, Corey, to you and yours!

Tabitha Blue said...

Oh, cool idea!!!!! You know I'm going to have to try this now!! Thanks!

:)

Golightly said...

Very cool idea, I want to try it!

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