Exercise: Shutter speeds

Shutter Speed (1/200, 1/160, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/20, 1/15, 1/10, 1/6, 1/3, 0.8, 1)

These pictures are a bit grainy.  High ISO and noise. I think they work quite well together and the grain seems to fit the mystery of the images. The disappearance. The figure fading almost into smoke at the end. 1/200. is solid, as is 1/160. 1/80. has some blurring around the foot. 1/60 has more..both feet, the hand. The extremities . The figure now appears to seem to move. 1/50. one leg is solid, the other marked across time. The head and areas further up the leg too. Different areas of the body are moving at different speeds. 1/40. and 1/30. have more blur but seem to look less like a figure walking..the blur occurs in the wrong place to hint at walking? The last row of photos sees the figure disintegrate. 1/20. all but a section of the leg is a blur. 1/15. the blur grows. Again the leg solid. 1/10. the extremities esp. the arm begins to dissolve. Fanning out. 1/6. the arms and the far leg have lost their traditional form. abstracted. 1/3. the leg is solid and is the only element that is recognised. The body shrinks down on itself. 0.8 sec. The collapse continues the foot remains and it is almost possible to see two figures here. Two sets of leg. 1 Sec. Like the last picture the figure has disappeared even the foot that has survived so far is transparent, the carpet is seen through it.

The “frozen” photos lack movement. Fixed. In the middle range there are various suggestions of motion in them. Some are more successful at this than others. It seems to depend on the position and motion of the figure. At certain points it appears to capture the walking motion. Others just suggest some motion. The later pictures are abstracted, the collapse of what we know as a figure. Certain points are left, the foot. But the rabbit figure disappears in to a cloud of smoke and we are left with half forms and smears. Unmoving objects remain solid but the moving object slowly becomes gaesous…suggesting Victorian spirit photography.

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