Part 3 Traces of Time – Project 2: A Durational Space Exercise 3.2

Exercise 3.2

Tracing time to create a durational space has been something done by photographers since technology progressed from daguerreotypes allowing for choice between isolating and allowing the trace of time to be shown on the image.

The exercise requires a demonstration of the utilisation of technique to show traces of movement and of time in images.

A slow shutter speed can be used to record movement within the frame.

Bluebells (f5.6, 6 seconds, ISO 100)Bluebells

The bluebells were being very lightly blown by a breeze and this slight movement allowed an opportunity to use a slow shutter speed – although in this instance the time the shutter remained open and capturing light, and movement, allows for it to be termed a long exposure. The capture shows the blur of the bluebells as they moved whilst still being firmly anchored plants. The ISO was low to assist with exposure balance and the aperture was reasonably wide to keep background distractions defocussed that despite the motion blur the focus could still be seen to be on the foreground bluebell head, the subject of the image.

Sport Relief Cyclists (f22, 1/25, ISO 100)SportRelief

The image was shot handheld at a low shutter speed allowing for intentional camera movement during the panning. Grain was further added in post production and a black and white conversion seemed fitting to remove the distraction of the many coloured sportswear, paramedic uniforms and stall banners from the background allowing for the attention of the viewer to focus on the cyclist, shadows and sense of movement.


Cleethorpes Beach (all 3 images shot individually at f11, 1/200, ISO 100)MultipleExposureCleethorpes

Three images are combined here of the couple walking along the beach at Cleethorpes. This ‘old form’ of multiple exposure, refraining from using the multiple exposure function available in some cameras, relies on the layering of the processed images and masking most of two images away leaving three incidences of the couple at the shores’ edge. The technique gives a sense of time, or a durational space, as a viewer of the image can imagine having the photographers’ view and seeing the couple walk along the shore.