My daughter and I recently attended photo workshop to the Fiordland District in New Zealand. Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken are multi-award winning Canon EOS Masters that operate the Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography (QCCP) and run numerous workshops.
During one of the workshop presentations Jackie suggested that not all landscape photography is about everything in focus and perfectly exposed etc. She suggested trying to capture mood and emotion and “the essence” of a place by using really shallow depth of field and even introducing motion by using very slow shutter speeds.
Hence the title of this post “Dragging The Shutter”
I experimented with various shutter speeds, but finally settled on around 2 seconds. I found a shutter speed longer than this resulted in too much blur. Rather than trying to get too complicated I choose simple small amount of vertical camera movement.
This method is completely opposite to my normal methodology regarding shooting with medium format. In my previous posts I describe always shooting on a tripod, using mirror lock-up and often focus-stacking! (iPhone vs Phase aka David vs Goliath In The Camera World)
I am very happy with the images I took. It was a very useful exercise on a number of fronts:
1. I tried a completely different approach.
2. It pushed me out of my comfort zone.
If you are going to New Zealand and are planning to visit Queenstown I would highly recommend attending one of QCCP‘s numerous workshops.