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Technique advice: Trying to create a photo where the seconds hand of my watch leaves a trail

 
Old 02-28-2009, 12:59 PM
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Default Technique advice: Trying to create a photo where the seconds hand of my watch leaves a trail

similar to this image except with the trail in the other direction:

<img src="http://kant1.chch.ox.ac.uk/images/scans/sweep_minutes.jpg">

The problem I'm running into is that the seconds hand itself is likely too small and moving too fast to register with any significance by the sensor.

1) Long exposure, no external light: If the exposure is too long, the hand disappears all together. If it is adjusted so that a blur is present, the hand has no firm definition at its last point.

2) Long exposure, flash pop at end: I was hoping popping a flash at the end would create a solid hand with a trail behind it, but even at a low setting the flash washes out the trail.

3) Multiple images combined (in camera): Similar to #1, the blur is very faint with no firm definition at any point (with auto gain on) or very much overexposed (with auto gain off).

4) Long exposure, multiple flash pops from external flash: Again, similar dilemma of either an overexposed image or very faint second hand.

Any ideas for a better approach? Or is this something that just needs to be done in PhotoShop? TIA



1)
<img src="http://www.pureresistance.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=2568& g2_serialNumber=2">

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<img src="http://www.pureresistance.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=2564& g2_serialNumber=2">

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<img src="http://www.pureresistance.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=2559& g2_serialNumber=2">
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Default No Advice to offer, but the Ingersoll looks very nice. As for me, I'm on watch probation

by the wife. It might end in the next decade.
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Thanks - I'll check out the link
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Default Thanks man - I saw it in Frankfurt and right away I knew I had to have it

which is saying a lot as I'm not one who does much impulse buying. The lady at the shop was very confused when I said "That one" and plopped down my credit card
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Default what do you mean by 'other direction'?

can't tell from your inspirational pic if the face in light or if it's the lum of the watch.
if it's the former, you'd likely need some ND filters to be able to get your exposure long enough to record those trails.
if it's the latter, the watch you're trying to capture doesn't look like it has any lum to it.
either way that shot was taken with closer to a 5 minute exposure, you're doing what appear to be 5 second exposures.

to me it looks like you're adding too much light and not a long enough exposure to get the trailing effect you're after.

here's a drunken attempt i did last night with only a 30-second exposure. was trying to go longer but my remote wasn't working. no external lighting, strictly lum. you can clearly see the trail of second hand and the start of movement from the minute hand.
<img src="http://images47.fotki.com/v1479/photos/5/51621/7000063/IMG_1070-vi.jpg">
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Default I was hoping to recreate that shot without the use of the lumen, i.e. have a daytime

picture where the seconds hand leaves a blue blur as it sweeps along.

By other direction I mean instead of the seconds hand (or maybe its the minute hand?) leaving a strong impression at the 9 o'clock position and then trailing toward 10, I would want a trail from 9 to 10 with the strongest impression at 10 o'clock. The way that photo is shot it looks like the hand is going backward.
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