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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New.

I thought it was an interesting prompt and had several ideas for a post. I had my first choice partly planned out in my head and then forgot about the plan and took the wrong lens when I went for a walk with the camera on Sunday morning.

Then on Sunday evening I set up a camera in the yard hoping for some colourful clouds at sunset. There wasn’t much colour at sunset but as I had the camera set up I started using the auto composite setting to record the clouds moving across the sky.

That’s when I started thinking about some of the old techniques for showing movement in a photograph. That led to me thinking about photographic techniques and how some are the same and how some have changed dramatically.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

The late 1980s in Cheshire, England. A male Common Blackbird checking on the photographer lying in the grass.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

30 years later I’m still lying in the grass and birds are still checking me out. A male Red-breasted Nuthatch on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

The early 1980s and I’m on a roof in North London at dusk turning the lights of the city into streaks by zooming the lens during exposure.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

Nearly 40 years later and the digital camera I am using has an auto composite setting. This photo was a base exposure of 1 second and a further 120 x 1 second exposures to show the movement of the clouds at dusk.

Edit: On Googling auto composite I discovered that Olympus call it live composite. Probably because you can watch the image building as the exposures continue.

 

25 replies on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New”

Thanks Sue. It’s something that I should be experimenting with more. It was only the second time I had tried auto composite and the first time I had no idea what I was doing.

It’s on my base model Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. I’d heard of it without paying much attention to it. Then with the lockdown I watched an Olympus video about it on Facebook.

A quick correction. I discovered this morning that Olympus call it live composite rather than auto. Possibly because you can watch the image building as the exposures continue.

Beautiful bird captures, both 1980 and 30 years later. I’m not familiar with the auto composite at all, but love the shot! Thank you, David for sharing.

Thanks Amy. I’ve just got back from a walk using the 44 year old lens I was going to use for the first version of Old and New that I changed my mind about.

After doing some research auto composite may be an Olympus camera setting. If other camera makers have something similar it may be called something different.

Thanks Ann-Christine. I wanted to come up with an interesting take on the prompt. I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of the one I went with.

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