Saturday, 10 November 2012

Delirium Tremens

Nikon D800  F/5  1/15s  ISO-3200  PrSH  EV +2  ???mm
Window displays can often be pretty impressive. Photographing them impressively is another matter entirely.

Sometimes a little artifice is required so as not just to repoduce someone else's creative handiwork.

One thing to do immediately is fill the frame entirely in the case of these wine bottles. If you have bits of other stuff, the counter, people's reflections, special offer signs and whatnot, if this isn't what you want, you will be weakening the image.

Here I'm not trying to say, look, I'm in Paris, simply look - wine bottles, and lots of them! But the first, static shot left a bit to be desired.

Nikon D800  F/5.6  0.77s  ISO-400  PrAP  EV +1  58mm
That's not to say that you have to like the zoom effect, but it's an option and certainly dynamises things.

Here on the left you can see the first shot I took. Apart from being rather over-exposed (you can't read the labels) it's a bit static and boring.

After that I decided to go for a zoom-whilst-shooting effect, which requires shutter speed priority to be chosen and a slowish speed to allow the effect of the zoom to register. As you can see in the shot below the exposure ended up being far too dark.

Nikon D800  F/5.6  1/15s  ISO-400  PrSH  EV +1  ???mm
All that was then needed was to correct the exposure and play around with the shutter speed and the zoom effect to get an image which reasonably pleases.

I zapped up the colours and stuff in post-processing and can easily imagine this image as the front cover to a book on wine (any takers?) or something.

The final image below is a little version of the original so you can see how much I had to revamp the colours and contrast to get a result I was happy with.

Original image
Zoomed images like this work very well when there are a lot of small points of light in the original image. These then get turned into zooming lines which help the final image immeasurably. The myriad little highlights on all the wine bottles served this purpose admirably.

And additional trick you can try is twisting - i.e. rotating - the camera as you zoom, as you click. If you're not careful it can just turn into a multicoloured mess but it's another option.

Evening time traffic and other night scenes can work well here too. If you hold the camera steady you'll find that the centre of the image can be almost sharp while the edges are most blurred and 'zoomed'. If you try this with a person, try to keep their face in the middle so that you can recognise their features while creating an attractive whizzed effect around them.



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* Sab Will runs Photo and Curios Tours in Paris, and also manages a variety of Paris and photography-themed sites and blogs. He writes an illustrated Paris Chronicle every day, runs a Meetup group for Paris lovers, interviews Paris personalities and reviews Paris books (on this blog), and even contributes to the city's street art (shh), so feel free to browse some of the links below and in the right-hand column to find out more about what he gets up to out there...

                        
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