Photographer’s time-delay exotic artworks
Amateur photographer David Johnson used a time-delay exposure to get exotic images.
David Johnson took the pictures during Spain’s entry into the competition, which spanned five evenings in August. To capture the fireworks images, David Johnson didn’t use common exposure settings that other photographers might use. Instead, Johnson fixed his focus around certain points of the fireworks, and then quickly refocused his lens as the rockets exploded midair, according to the Daily Mail.
“The technique I used was a simple refocus during the longer exposure,” says Johnson, an amateur photographer from Ottawa. “Each shot was about a second long, sometimes two,” Johnson says. “I’d start out of focus, and when I heard the explosion, I would quickly refocus so the little stems on these deep sea creature lookalikes would grow into a fine point.”
But with a slight bit of imagination, it’s not hard to see what might be a rare flower. Or, a strange bioluminescent creature pictured at nighttime on a coral reef, perhaps a sea anemone?
“The shapes are quite bizarre,” Johnson says. “Some of them was I pleasantly surprised with.”
Johnson has been taking pictures for about three years, according to his web site. “I’m always eager to get new gear, try different photography techniques, and take my camera everywhere I go,” he says. “I take photos for myself. That’s all,” he adds. “Going through the photos after a good day of shooting is the exact experience I love.”
Johnson’s photography portfolio includes people, animals, nature, travels, and sports. Indeed, these images could pass for many things: Flowers, sea creatures, distant stars and planets, or perhaps microbial organisms inside another living thing.