A Friend Who Could Stand Still and Avoiding an Incident
The idea was for someone to look calm in the midst of a busy city at night. I was primarily thinking of a shot on a moving escalator and a shot with car lights zooming behind. At first, we found a busy enough intersection, but not too busy so as to set up my tripod. The exposures I tried were between 2 and 5 seconds. Thankfully, my friend could stay still. Still enough, in fact, to have clear focus on his face. For lighting him, I handheld the flash from my film camera, and shot it off a couple of times at different angles for each exposure. I had just thought to bring it with me the day of the shoot. I’m glad I did.
For the escalator shots, again, I’m very thankful my friend could stay still. I used a tripod, of course, but it was on a moving escalator. There were a few bumps on the ride. I first rode up and down a few times to check the timing of the ride, as well as to feel where the bumps were. After many trials on one escalator, I almost gave up, but we walked a bit and found a better escalator. I used that one for the shots that are on here. There’s a slight blurriness in his face, but surprisingly clear considering those exposures were also timed around 2 or 3 seconds.
Photo credits: Reeddaigle.
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