Slow Shutter – Mon/Tues

Two different days, not two different seasons. These photos were taken twenty-four hours and two minutes apart.


Slow Shutter – Days

More from my Canon S100. It has a "custom" setting on the mode dial that I've configured for long exposures. It engages the neutral density filter, zooms the lens out a bit, changes the focus and metering modes, kicks in one-third of a stop of over-exposure, and although it aspires to a fifteen second shutter speed it will shorten it as needed.

It's a clever little camera – my TS3, which cost about the same and is about the same size, needs to be bludgeoned into accepting a different scene mode. On the other hand, it's a strong swimmer. You can't have everything.


Slow Shutter – Nights

When I bought my little Canon S100 compact camera, I knew it would be better than my Panasonic for night photography. But I never thought it would turn out to be so adept at long exposures.

The photo of the food truck has that interesting pattern overlay because the camera fell forward during the exposure. And the one with the streetcar has two faint dotted light trails in it from the bikes that passed the streetcar's open doors.



Another photo from my long-delayed and light-damaged roll of XP2 film; it was taken during the summer at the Leslie Street Spit. This was the trip (and the camera) that sparked the idea that eventually became my 'Lakefill' series.



We're on the brink of the middle of January, and this is the first day that Toronto has finally had its first real attempt at a snow storm. It seemed like a good day for scanning film of people skating at city hall.

It took me almost a year to finish a single roll of film, for a total of nine exposures. I have two backs for my GX680, and the one with black and white film didn't see much use.

There was a problem with this film, and since there's no way to know if it was user or equipment error, I'm going to blame the camera. It wasn't fully advanced when I opened the back, causing light damage to the unprocessed film.

(I actually quite like the results.)


Lake Ontario from The Center

I want to say that this is to give a bit of variety after so many photos from my 'time and motion' project, but it's blatantly the same basic image from a different subject.

I even used some of the same processing techniques. In fact, I'm pretty sure that this is from the same roll of film as the red one, "III".

I have broken the links to hundreds and hundreds of photos, which will take a long time to repair. The workaround is to replace "photo.matthewpiers" in the link URL with "matthewpiers.smugmug". Awkward, but only temporary.

This is happening because I have revamped matthewpiers dot com. More of what I write and photograph will be going there, so check it out as well.

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