I am just back from a 2 week recharge in St Lucia and used the break to experiment with wave time stacks. If you follow The Photo Impressionism Project you will be familiar with Matt Molloy’s fabulous cloud time stacks. Basically the technique relies on a time lapse series that is then brought together using Photoshop’s lighten mode opacity blend to create a sense of movement.
I have adapted Molly’s technique to faster moving subjects using high speed shutter bursts. In this case 10 images of a breaking wave shot at 60 fps using Nikon’s N1 V3. The image then has to be colour balanced using the usual tools. I tend to rely on the white\black point method and NIK’s contrast filter.
I really like the feeling of the curl here and the pallet knife textures produced by the time stack. If I had just used an opacity blend the image would have been pleasing but much softer.
If I can brag, Flickr featured this image on Explore this morning; 2,700 views in the past 8 hours. You can see the Flickr version here https://www.flickr.com/photos/photo-impressionism/15997036038/.
5 thoughts on “Time Stacked Waves”
I really love your work, truly inspiring.
Thanks. I am really enjoying the creative freedom that comes with impressionism; it’s like yoga for the mind 🙂
Amazing as always!
Hi when you say 60 fps are your talking about shutter speed? Thank you
Most digital cameras allow you to shoot in continuous mode as opposed to single shot mode. Some of those cameras allow you to control the number of continuous pictures it will take in a second. The speed is measured as a frame rate. Shutter speed is the length of time the sensor is exposed to light. Hope that helps.