Eden Photographers Club Meeting - Tuesday, December 20th @ 7 pm EST (Topic: Long Exposures}

Vaccinium Vaccinium
It’s time for another meeting of the Eden Photographers Club! For December's Eden Photographers meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, December 20, at 7:00 EST, we will be covering long exposures. Long exposures are necessary to create things like the wispy veil of water in a waterfall, star tracks, and all sorts of abstract images that can raise your photography to a new artistic level. Along with macrophotogtraphy, long exposures are my two favorite types of photos to take, and I plan on teaching all of you the tricks to ensure that you can create photos that will dazzle people viewing them.

Also, remember to bring one or two photos that you would like to post during our meeting that everyone will critique. Critiquing and being critiqued improve you as a photographer, and I'm hoping we can begin focusing on critiquing during these meetings as much as the tutorials I present.

Further, two EdenFantasys gift cards will be awarded during the course of the meeting.

Finally, as usual, this is your chance to take ownership of the Eden Photographers Club. It is where you will be able to express you opinions on where you want to see the club headed, ideas for new activities, and topics you would like to see discussed. Of course, like all EF meetings, it will be a fun and free-wheeling opportunity to socialize with other EFers.

So, please join us for the meeting. I’ve you’ve attended before or have yet to make it to a meeting, everyone is welcome!
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Jul!a Jul!a
I can't wait!
12/14/2011
allinonekid allinonekid
I have the perfect image in mind for others to critique that fits in this category

Also, it will be my first Eden Photographers meeting!
12/17/2011
KinkyKrissy KinkyKrissy
I'm excited for tonight's meeting! Long exposure shots are something I've wanted to learn more about for a while.
12/20/2011
chasingaisha chasingaisha
I am looking forward to tonight's meeting. It will also be my first! I have been studying photography for 2 years and I have always wanted to learn the tricks on long exposure shots!

Thanks~
12/20/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Yay meeting tonight!
12/20/2011
Antipova Antipova
Woohoo! I'm going to take a nap and wake up to a lovely photography meeting.
12/20/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
I'll try and be here. Life is weird right now.
12/20/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
Thirty minutes to go, folks!

Perfect timing, too. I just got done making Xmas cookies with my mother.
12/20/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Vaccinium
Thirty minutes to go, folks!

Perfect timing, too. I just got done making Xmas cookies with my mother.
Mmmmm..... cookies.....
12/20/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
So.... I'm sure this topic has at least one thread dedicated to it, but what kind of cookies - if any - do you and your family make for the holidays?
12/20/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by Jul!a
Mmmmm..... cookies.....
Yup. These are clothespin cookies, which are kinda like mini ladyfingers. They look a bit like these, but without the powdered sugar:

12/20/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Vaccinium
So.... I'm sure this topic has at least one thread dedicated to it, but what kind of cookies - if any - do you and your family make for the holidays?
Some of my extended family (my aunt's in-laws?) make some mean bourbon balls. I'm still trying to replicate them...

Then my mom makes a bunch of the standards, but the only ones I really enjoy are date-rice-crispy balls and chocolate coconut no-bake cookies (oat base).
12/20/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by Antipova
Some of my extended family (my aunt's in-laws?) make some mean bourbon balls. I'm still trying to replicate them...

Then my mom makes a bunch of the standards, but the only ones I really enjoy are date-rice-crispy balls and chocolate ... More
Let's see. We make pizzelles, clothespin cookies, fattigman (a Norwegian cookie), toffee bars, janhagels (Dutch ), toffee bars, chocolate sour cream cookies, peanut blossoms, chocolate orange peels, buckeyes, and lebkuchen (German). I think that's it.
12/20/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Vaccinium
Let's see. We make pizzelles, clothespin cookies, fattigman (a Norwegian cookie), toffee bars, janhagels (Dutch ), toffee bars, chocolate sour cream cookies, peanut blossoms, chocolate orange peels, buckeyes, and lebkuchen (German). I think ... More
Ooh, I love fattigman---those were the rum strips?

And Rugelach... I'm a fig and date fan, this time of year.
12/20/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Vaccinium
Yup. These are clothespin cookies, which are kinda like mini ladyfingers. They look a bit like these, but without the powdered sugar:

Those sound really good.

My mom (the years she feels like baking) will make a whole bunch of different cookies. She seems to love spritzes and sugar cookies the most though.
12/20/2011
Antipova Antipova
I've never really seen the joy in spritzes or the dry style of Mexican Wedding Cakes / Russian Tea Cakes. I like my morsels moist.
12/20/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by Antipova
Ooh, I love fattigman---those were the rum strips?

And Rugelach... I'm a fig and date fan, this time of year.
Fattigman is a simple dough with crushed cardamon. Here's a photo:

12/20/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Antipova
I've never really seen the joy in spritzes or the dry style of Mexican Wedding Cakes / Russian Tea Cakes. I like my morsels moist.
I like the spritzes because they're so soft usually. They have a relatively unique texture that I really enjoy in a cookie.
12/20/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
Welcome to the tenth meeting (yay, double digits!) of the Eden Photographers Club! I hope everyone had a good month of thinking about photography and looking at the world through a photographer’s eyes. I want to thank all of you who are here tonight. Winter is upon us, and besides all the holiday photos all of you will undoubtedly be taking, there are still plenty of other opportunities for photographs out there.

This meeting will focus long exposures. Honestly, I could probably go on for hours about this topic, since it is one of my favorite ways to take photos. I'll do my best to limit it to around an hour, though . Long exposures are pretty much what they sound like - they are photos where the shutter is left open for an extended period of time. By doing so, you can create artistic photos that typically draw attention to movement.

Before we get started, is there anything anybody wanted to bring up about photography or the club?
12/20/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Vaccinium
Welcome to the tenth meeting (yay, double digits!) of the Eden Photographers Club! I hope everyone had a good month of thinking about photography and looking at the world through a photographer’s eyes. I want to thank all of you who are here tonight. ... More
Aside from wishing I had tried more of these in high school, nothing that I can think of!
12/20/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Vaccinium
Fattigman is a simple dough with crushed cardamon. Here's a photo:

Those are the ones I was remembering... I think my bakery used cardamom and rum.
12/20/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
All the talk of cookies is making me want some.
12/20/2011
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by Vaccinium
Welcome to the tenth meeting (yay, double digits!) of the Eden Photographers Club! I hope everyone had a good month of thinking about photography and looking at the world through a photographer’s eyes. I want to thank all of you who are here tonight. ... More
I'm feeling all right---ready to learn!
12/20/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by Antipova
Those are the ones I was remembering... I think my bakery used cardamom and rum.
You can use several different types of alcohol, but my family was pretty poor, so they omitted the alcohol because it was so pricy.
12/20/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
So, as I already mentioned, long exposures are photos taken with the shutter open for an extended period of time. There is no set duration for a shutter to be left open for something to be called "long exposure." Really, it depends on your subject. For example, a long exposure of a snail moving across a surface may need to be 10 or more seconds, whereas a long exposure of a race car flying by may be 1/15 of a second. In general, though, most long exposures will be in excess of a second.

Given that the shutter is going on - with few exceptions (that I'll mention later) - you cannot hand hold your camera. There is no possible way to hand hold a camera, no matter how steady your hands are. Merely the beating of your heart will send vibrations to through the camera and cause the resulting image to by fuzzy or out-of-focus. As such, if you really get into taking long exposures, a tripod is an absolute must.

You also need muted light to obtain long exposures. It is technically possible to create long exposures in bright conditions, but it would require an extremely small aperture (large f-stop) and the stacking of multiple neutral density filters on your lens. Suffice it to say, not only is this a lot of work, it will degrade the image as well.


Photo mine
12/20/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
I do have a question about the EF calendar. What is the situation regarding it?
12/20/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by Ivy Wilde
I do have a question about the EF calendar. What is the situation regarding it?
I have absolutely no idea. It is totally out of my hands now. Perhaps Sam knows more.
12/20/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
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Originally posted by Vaccinium
So, as I already mentioned, long exposures are photos taken with the shutter open for an extended period of time. There is no set duration for a shutter to be left open for something to be called "long exposure." Really, it depends on ... More
Very cool photo. Almost looks computer generated.
12/20/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by Ivy Wilde
Very cool photo. Almost looks computer generated.
Thank you. That is a freight train with a 10 second exposure.
12/20/2011
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