Saturday, April 27, 2013

Minimalist Long Exposure Landscape Photography by Samuel Burns

Long exposure photography is a process where the camera shutter is left open for extended periods. Using a large format 4x5 camera, 33 year-old Sydney photographer Samuel Burns hides away behind the camera under a dark cloth to compose each image on a ground glass, seeing the image up-side-down and using old fashioned dials to adjust and refine the composure.
"It is not unusual for me to spend half an hour setting up a composition, employing large format camera movements such as rise, shift and tilt and then hiding back away under the dark cloth to make sure everything is perfect. It needs to be to make sure the wait is worth it!"
These photographs have been captured using exposure times reaching eight hours. With the camera set in a fixed position on a tripod, he carefully loads the film, opens the shutter and then the wait begins.
"The result of such long exposures is that I am able to capture a series of events, rather than a single moment. As water flows and clouds pass by they slowly paint themselves onto the film and the image evolves into a visual average of the entire exposure time."
Once an image is taken, it's processed and a film negative is produced. He scans this negative into a computer and then spends hours correcting inherent imperfections, like dust and specs from the image. The next steps are to agonise over some more minute details, prepare it for print, "drink lots of tea, procrastinate and once I'm satisfied, and upload an image I think is worth someone having and loving in their home." says Samuel.

These photographs are available as prints over on his website. Samuel's work is an ode to art lovers who don't love art gallery prices, with each limited-edition museum quality print costs just ~$70.

(Minimalist Long Exposure Landscape Photography by Samuel Burns, via PetaPixel)

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