The WordPress Daily Prompt is always a lot of fun to check out, as one never knows what kind of inspiration will be drawn from it. Today’s prompt is Timely, which reminded me of an image that I captured almost exactly 5 years ago…
This is not a multiple shot image, but rather a single shot (and a bit of practice). Using strobe flashes one can get as creative as your mind will let you; as I had experimented with multi-mode exposures before, I thought it would be interesting to do this with a metronome.
The biggest task in creating this image was to build an environment, where I could reduce ambient light to almost nothing in my studio, so that I could get a perfectly black background without resorting to post-processing. After that, the rest was a matter of some test shots and getting in sync with the metronome.
This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkII, using an EF24-105mm f/4L lens. Exposure settings were at 1 second, f/11 and 400 ISO. The flash used is a Canon 580EX II in multi-mode; IIRC I set the frequency to 8Hz.