This week's theme was technique based. Zoom Bursts are where you take a long exposure shot with a zoom lens and then zoom out during that exposure to create light trails in your photo. While you could do this with photoshop this is an in camera technique. I wasn't sure how to do this as I was sure there were details that I needed to know. I went off to google and came across this writeup on how to do it. I've gone to Digital Photography School before. They're a great resource for self taught photographers like myself. If I have a question on how to do something they generally have good clear write-ups on the subject.
To capture a good zoom burst photo you need to have a long exposure, say 25-30 seconds, and something that would look good with light trails. Typically this is a building or cityscape at night. I thought about the usual spots to go take a long exposure of the City at Night. I had already taken photos from Beacon Hill.
I wanted to go somewhere else last night. I decided to go to Kerry Park. It has a great view of Queen Anne and Downtown Seattle. The only issue was that it's been SNOWING in Seattle. This is not a common occurrence, normally it's mid-40's and drizzly. I was not looking forward to how cold it was going to be. I bundle up and headed off after we finished the bedtime routine for The Boy.
I got to the park and selected my spot to shoot from. Fortunately the clouds were low last night and were reflecting back really lovely light from the City. I tried various options for the shot. I tried zoom faster and slower and zooming more and less. I came down to two different options.
Both photos have their merits. Option One is a bit more abstract and futuristic. You get a better sense of the zooming light trails from the buildings. Option Two though the buildings are sharper and the Space Needle is clearly the focus of the shot. I wasn't sure which one to submit this week so I asked my excellent photo editor.
As you can see I went with Option Two. We both liked how you could see the Space Needle better.
Now, I wasn't going to let a good opportunity to take a normal cityscape shot of the city pass me up. So I took a couple of different shots at various focal lengths as well using traditional techniques.
The one I liked the most I took using my 85mm lens. I got this lens a couple of years ago from The Wife. It's such a great lens. I can't get over how sharp this photo is. I don't use it that much since it's too long to use inside where I take a lot of photos of the boy and the dog. I really need to find more reasons to take it out of the bag and use.
Next week's theme is "Forsaken." Time to go look for some abandoned buildings.