Faded in flash-blur...

As promised I would like to say a little bit about flash-blur...

2-13-09 Bullet Daze Revisited

 

 

The photograph above was taken during a photo shoot with the band called Bullet Daze. Before the photo shoot, I spoke with the lead musician in the band (I say lead musician because he basically orchestrates the whole thing and is not married to any particular instrument, although on stage he is often found behind the guitar or keyboard) who told me about some of his influences and explained to me what he thinks his music sounds like to him. He mentioned the term "fade" a lot and reverb and when thinking about what that meant to me visually I instantly thought of flash-blur. Flash-blur is something that people usually do on accident when taking pictures at night or in other low-light with their point and shoot. Its when the shutter is open on the camera long enough to pick up the ambient light and the image created by that, but also the flash fires and freezes the subject in the light it produces. For instance, in the image above the ambient light is what created some of the faded feet that are falling into the background, but you can see where the flash froze the image when the feet were closer to the camera (well, at least the feet on the left, the ones on the right were a little bit behind). The give away for when the flash fired is where on the woman's leg you can see the white of the strobe.

I'm a big fan of this technique for certain things. I use it a lot when I'm taking pictures of people dancing at weddings. I do this because, I don't know if you've noticed, but people can look really cool while they are dancing in front of you, but then when you take a picture of them that freezes their movement, they suddenly end up looking like a orangatang in mid-scream. With professional dancers who are so aware of their bodies this usually isn't a problem, but with a room full of normal people, it can get really ugly.

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