View Full Version : Assignment #15 - Time

07-12-2008, 09:55 AM
The future has already arrived. It's just not evenly distributed yet.
- William Gibson

Time is an inherent element of any photograph.

Photography has always had a unique relationship with time. Very early photographs show empty city streets because the exposure took far to long to capture the bustling pedestrians. When photography took over portraiture from painters none of the subjects were smiling: it's simply wasn't possible to hold a smile for long enough to create the image. Advances in the technology brought faster and faster shutter speeds, and the ability to stop motion revolutionized our understanding of biomechanics. Today we have cameras that can record 1/8000s - 0.000125 seconds - and strobe lights that can 'stop' a bullet in flight. And we've improved on our ability to slow down, too: hour-long exposures are still possible, and motion studies are easier than ever.

Time is always one of the variables in choosing an exposure, but it's usually an afterthought that simply enables our desired aperture value. For this assignment, reclaim and express the element of time. I've already mentioned several ways it can be done, but there are many others: be creative and see what you can find.

One final thought: there's another art form that has an even more powerful relationship to time than photography does. I've been writing assignments for many years, and in all that time, nobody has ever responded with a video. Compact cameras are outside of the scope of Four Thirds Photo, but DSLRs can produce stop-motion animation... is it time?

07-16-2008, 02:49 PM
"6 seconds"

Maybe to obvious, but it is a start.
On the right you see the 6 seconds ticking away and the date is also changing.



07-18-2008, 12:03 AM
As night follows day:



07-19-2008, 06:32 PM
I've tried shooting some new long-exposure photos, and didn't like them, and my attempts at doing time-lapse and motion studies were also disappointing. So here's anold photo, which is the longest exposure I've ever shot - 455 seconds - and a new one with time as a subject instead of a technique.



07-20-2008, 04:27 AM
I just uploaded this pic in the photo thread, then saw this contest thread.

5 second shutter

07-20-2008, 06:40 AM
Maybe not on theme?


"Time and Tide"