Mon, November 16th 2009, 10:59AM:|
... that's what getting this shot was like! While the main objective of this image is to show the architecture around this location, having a totally empty place (free of people) would have rendered the entire scene too static. I wanted some pedestrians to cross the scene and I decided for an exposure time of about a sixth of a second for getting them nicely blured.
Even at 10mm focal length, a hand-held exposure time of a sixth of a second seemed pretty long on a 1.6 crop camera (yeah, no tripod as usual). I, hence, crouched and pressed myself against a wall, getting my knees to form a (more or less) solid underground for my camera.
It took me about 10 exposures (and 20 minutes of waiting — everybody seemed to have disappeared by that time) for getting people about where I wanted them. Everytime people got by and heard my 30D's mirror flip, they turned around and got some excuses: "Whoops, sorry for getting across your frame!!" Funny that people never get the idea to be an "important" part of the image...