Keeping Time

At regular intervals

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…

Keeping Time

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.

Technical Data

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.