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Zoom burst colours

Tobers

Well-known Member
I was up in London dropping my daughter & friend at Anna Abramovich's 16th birthday party (Roman's daughter - "clang" name drop alert) and got fed up waiting for any celebs to arrive so I could pap them.

I ended up wandering down to Picadilly Circus where the latest illuminated ad screens are just amazing. In my quest for very colourful nighttime photos to balance my very monochrome daytime ones, I thought it would be a good spot for a bit of zoom burst action.


1/10th | f/9.0 | ISO100 | 24mm-105mm on 24-105 unsurprisingly | no pp except cropping.

It's quite a tricky technique. You need the shutter slowish but not so slow that you move the camera. A decent aperture to get some DOF in the scene, focus separately (using AF-On button in my case) set the zoom at one extreme and then start zooming then press the shutter. If you press the shutter then zoom you end up missing half the zoom range.

I did both zooming in and zooming out, and found I was more comfortable with the latter due to the action of hand, wrist & arm being a bit smoother rotating in that direction. I think the above shot is a zoomed out one and I hit the wide extreme of the zoom range with a bit of shutter opening still left, which is why the "background" looks nicely focused rather than a big blur.

You do get quite interesting results though, especially at night where it can turn a relatively static scene into a very dynamic one.

You can reproduce the effect in Photoshop, but in this case the flashing of the neon which results in the cool "staggered" effect in the pic especially on the Zero and Sanyo signs wouldn't be reproduced.

Tobers
 

rizingstar

Novice Member
Excellent capture and technique, seen this on Flickr and instant fave (still in pimp mode here sorry :D )

Seen this effect before on a bridge up this way and always wanted to give it a try, works great :thumbsup:
 

denno75uk

Well-known Member
Fantastic shot Tobers.:thumbsup:

I was having a play with this technique myself the other day and just couldn't get a result I was happy with. I'll give you're method a try.

One thing, have you tried cropping a tad tighter so the signs' trails go right to the edge?
 
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vulkan75

Guest
Nice one...ive tried this myself withthe kids and also at the tele:D..cool effect.

How come you get celeb party invites then? are you famous too?....wanna be friends?:D
 

Tobers

Well-known Member
Fantastic shot Tobers.:thumbsup:

I was having a play with this technique myself the other day and just couldn't get a result I was happy with. I'll give you're method a try.

One thing, have you tried cropping a tad tighter so the signs' trails go right to the edge?

Ta - I didn't want to lose the top of the signs but see what you mean about the sides - might have a fiddle with that. I've got about 20 of these to chose from :smashin:.

Nice one...ive tried this myself withthe kids and also at the tele:D..cool effect.

How come you get celeb party invites then? are you famous too?....wanna be friends?:D

Definitely not famous and unfortunately I didn't get the invite, it was my daughter wot got it so I didn't get in. It was all shrieking 16 year olds with too few clothes and silly hair styles anyway. Apparently it was a bit of a blast - great fun with some major money being spent on it so it should have been. Happy to be friends regardless of my lack of famousness however :smashin:
 

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