I was trying for something artsy when I took random number photo 1355. A long exposure and 2nd curtain flash are what made this shot possible. 2nd curtain flash means that the flash fired just before the shutter closed again, rather than as soon as it opened which is how it normally works.
Camera: Canon EOS T1i, Exposure Time: 1.3s, Aperture: f/6.3, ISO: 100, Focal Length: 28mm
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A while back I wanted to try some artistic shots of the pool table we have at our office. The first one was a little tricky to get. I set the camera up on a tripod on the table and set the self-timer to give me time to get back to the other end of the table. The shutter speed was 1.3 seconds and I set the flash to fire at the end of the exposure instead of the beginning (2nd curtain flash). Then I waited until I hear the shutter open, and hit the cue. This way the camera was able to pick up the intact rack for about a second before the break and the flash caught the balls exploding off in all the different directions. Then I just processed it a bit afterwards to increase the contrast. The second shot is just your typical shot of the eight ball trapping the cue on the wrong side of the target ball, with a shallow depth-of-field. It’s been done a million times, but I still wanted to take one of my own anyway…