On the 28th of January 2007, I took a long walk from Titiwangsa Monorail station to the Eye On Malaysia!
Some photography enthusiasts did not want to go because they figured that everybody else had shot the EOM. Bollocks! If you are as enthusiastic, you’d inject your own style and make radically different pictures.
I went there with that mindset.
…and, for the first time, I brought my tripod out. 😀
2.5 second exposure, ISO100.
30 second exposure. Yeah, everybody has done this…
81 second exposure, on bulb mode. I held it down as long as I could; I’ve never held bulb mode this long before and don’t intend to find its limit. 😛
The bright spotlights inspired me to try this; Aperture Priority at F1.4 on my Minolta 50mm F1.4 gave me a bright 1/160 seconds. No flash was used! First time I’ve seen KLCC out-of-focus, even! Coincidentally, 1/160 is the Sony A100’s built-in flash sync speed.
Another, in front of the Eye On Malaysia. This was at 50mm, F1.4, 1/250th of a second.
And then, I zoomed. WHOA! Initially discovered this during an accidental pan shot.
I zoomed in and out on my Sony 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens while snapping away to get different permutations.
I thought I struck gold when I discovered the neon lights of the Eye On Malaysia had a refresh rate of 100 Hertz (blinking 100 times a second). Yes, I counted the number of flickers and divided it by the shutter speed.
And then whoa! Fireworks.
Out-of-focus fireworks remind me of Quake 2. Yes, the game I made a few models for.
I always wanted to zoom in on fireworks.
I also tried unsuccessfully to pan with fireworks. This looks like yarn though.
Initially a plain long exposure, the fireworks came on and I unlocked it from the tripod.
30 second exposure…
Though it depends when you hit the shutter (this, also 30 seconds.) Furry.
And now, for shots from my Olympus OM-2000.
Olympus 70-210mm F4.5-5.6 lens with Vivitar 2x teleconverter, giving 420mm F11.
Another 420mm shot, with boosted saturation.
Vivitar 24mm F2.0. I love how the shadows are so well exposed! Color/luminosity not tweaked. Took wideness of lens for granted, making Jenifur out-of-focus.
I love Fujifilm’s emerald-ish color! This was Fujifilm Superia ASA200.
Having two cameras, especially one that didn’t need dark frame subtraction (which explains the Busy sign after long exposures), was great.
True undestructive bulb mode!
Since I finally had a tripod near my house, I could do bulb mode on the traffic lights near my house! (No color/lightness tweaks.)
The virginal Sony version; got the green-yellow-red succession in 11 seconds hence the darker exposure.
If you bothered, you could count the seconds the lights are green, shoot 2 seconds before it turns yellow, and hold for 6 seconds (2 seconds for each color).
My first successful attempt was here.
Just as I was writing this, feeling all accomplished, I found out that TV Smith beat me to it! He is the man on the front of alternative photographic technique.