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    Extra Long Exposures

    I've been doing a series of these for a few years now, I've posted some of em in the pinhole thread. I was wondering if anybody else in this forum does these too? I know I'm not the first, I've been really influenced by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Michael Wesely.

    Here's one I made of a play I recently did the technical direction for.

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    Re: Extra Long Exposures

    I do long exposure with digital of daytime architecture and night time architecture as well as landscape photography. I did some with my 4x5 last year and plan on doing more this coming year. I have a 5 stop and 16 stop ND filter. The part I like about using film instead of digital for long exposure, is no thermal noise, regardless of length of exposure. Living in AZ that is a plus in Phoenix during August late afternoon. I do need a 10 stop filter as well. These will be mostly b/w. Will try some color and see how that works for one workflow I use to convert from color to black and white in the digital world. At least 2 filters, a red or green (maybe yellow) and the ND. with my 5 stop and a red filter that would be 8 stops nd with the 16 equals a 19 stop. Either of these could give me exposure times a lot longer than digital, but no noise!

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    it's been a long time since i've attempted to do this with digital. back in those days i had such an entry level dslr that i could only do a maximum exposure time of 5 seconds. film allows me to do some really long ones. Last year I set up a pinhole to shoot for 8 days. I'd actually forgotten I'd set it up haha. I thought I was gonna end up with a solargraph looking image, but actually it came out pretty good (considering).

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    Re: Extra Long Exposures

    Quote Originally Posted by baronvonaaron View Post
    it's been a long time since i've attempted to do this with digital. back in those days i had such an entry level dslr that i could only do a maximum exposure time of 5 seconds. film allows me to do some really long ones. Last year I set up a pinhole to shoot for 8 days. I'd actually forgotten I'd set it up haha. I thought I was gonna end up with a solargraph looking image, but actually it came out pretty good (considering).

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    ^8 days of a theater set demolition
    That is actually pretty cool.

    Another aspect of long exposure with film, especially black and white is it is not as sensitive to IR I believe so would not get a colorcast that you get sometimes with a poor quality nd filter. Mine are Formatt-Hitech Firecrest so I don't have that issue. Another thing is it is probably easier to seal up the camera for light leaks than a dslr which is a sneaky bastard for keeping light out.

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    Re: Extra Long Exposures

    There are constant, shutter open film exposures for longer than 12 months! Do that with digital.

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    The sensor would puke and fry. Even if possible, the digital noise would be all you see. One giant firefly convention of green, red and blue!

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    Re: Extra Long Exposures

    Here's a new one of a play I've been working on all year. 90 min exposure, 210mm caltar lens, f64.

    "Everyone's Fine with Virginia Woolf" at Abrons Arts Center, NYC.

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    Re: Extra Long Exposures

    Quote Originally Posted by baronvonaaron View Post
    Here's a new one of a play I've been working on all year. 90 min exposure, 210mm caltar lens, f64.

    "Everyone's Fine with Virginia Woolf" at Abrons Arts Center, NYC.

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    Re: Extra Long Exposures

    Only two minutes, but that is extra long if you are only 10 and a half!

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    Re: Extra Long Exposures

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Only two minutes, but that is extra long if you are only 10 and a half!

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    Great concept Vaughn.

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