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Chloe, 19 from Hertfordshire, UK. First year Digital Media Design student at Bournemouth University

Testing with Fast Shutter Speed 16/11/2014

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Earlier on I was looking back through my photo tasks when I stopped at photo task #2. I really hadn’t had any previous experience working with shutter speeds so I decided to try it out again. Staring at my candles, an idea came to my mind. What would be the outcome of using a slow shutter speed and a fast shutter speed whilst lighting a match from a candle? I was excited to see the outcome.

I used a fast shutter speed first because my outcome from my previous task using this speed worked nicely.

I’ve always been rather fascinated by the way a match roars into light, I admit I shamefully light match after match and just watch it burn and turn crispy black. I was really interested in how these images would come out, from the first to the last, every image tells a different story.


The first image to me represents the flame almost preparing itself to be touched by the match, standing strong up right.

The first image

The first image

The second image shows the flame is doubling in size. Perhaps putting all of its energy into one fat flame, getting stronger and more powerful.

The second image

The second image

This third image is as if the flame has exploded. The light is so bright, it’s hard to see if there is a flame there at all.

The third image

The third image

Finally, the last image shows the match alight, representing two strong flames.

The last image

The last image

I have gained knowledge from repeating this task and I love the way the images turned out. I will be trying out the slow shutter speed again in the near future. In my next post I will be using a slow shutter speed with the same candle, match and flame idea.

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Author: Chloe Rose Hutchings

Chloe, 20 from Hertfordshire BA (Hons) Digital Media Design student studying at Bournemouth University.

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