This was an interesting photo assignment I came up with for Platypod at the behest of inventor Dr. T. The concept was to show movement in the scene. Once the streaks were made there’s a freeze of the subject using rear curtain sync flash. Check out another photoshoot with rear curtain sync. Fun times!
FYI, I am a Platypod pro and was assigned to photograph this image.
I made one image for the streaks of the jogger moving through the scene. The exposure time of that shot was about three seconds with the flash going off following the run. I tapped Sedona personal trainer, Kim Hollenback of Solid Rock Fitness. She ran through the scene multiple times until we felt good streaks were recorded. See the final image for the result.
The other two images were for the middle ground and another capture for the starry skies in the background.
I used Adobe Photoshop with Layer Masks to blend all images together. Also, I used a technique borrowed from Milky Way nightscape photography called Blending. A blend is a combination of multiple images from the same tripod position. This exposes different areas of the image at different times. Another key point is this differs from a composite because composite images come from different places and times, which is not necessarily a realistic scene.
The light streak image was amplified by duplicating the layer and changing the Blend Mode of that layer to Screen. Screen Mode makes the bright portions of the image to become brighter. A mask and opacity allowed me to dial in exactly the brightness level I wanted.
To attain the streaks, night needs to have fallen. At least, for the amount of light I was able to bring on the scene. I used an LED light panel from Litra Cube along with two Litra Torch Cubes. Then, I deployed the using a Platypod eXtreme mounted on a signpost using the 36 inch strap. I added a Platypod Handle and attached two gooseneck using the 1/4 inch receptors built into the eXtreme.
I mounted an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III with a 12-100mm M. Zukio f/4.0 lens on an Ergo Platyball with a disc. I added an eXtreme between the Ergo and the tripod, and a Platypod Arm to the eXtreme to hold my Pluto Trigger. To make this work, I needed to have the trigger off-camera. The hot shoe was occupied by the remote trigger for the flash. This configuration made it easy to move whatever I hooked up to my camera as one unit to the ground.
Rear curtain sync result
This turned out to be a winner image in that Platypod was happy and Kim my model was as well. She posted a copy in a Facebook post and garnered lots of response. As a matter of fact, she likes the image so much she is going to use it as a large sign for her fitness business.
In addition, I’d like to alert everyone to bundles of Platypod gear on sale until October 31st.
Undeniably, I love it when a plan comes together!
Yours in Creative Photography,