Tales From The Dark Side; Stephen King, Meet Chris Alvanas Page 2
Both are a bit tricky because it’s a series of exposures that creates the final image.
But Chris found in his original experiments with HDR that the high framing rate of today’s digital SLRs allowed him to fire off a five-frame auto-bracket sequence fast enough to support handheld images.
“And even if something does fall a little bit out of register, that adds to the esthetic of what I’m looking for,” he says. Besides, a tripod would inhibit the kind of spontaneous look he likes to get.
“My bracketing is by shutter speed,” he explains, “and I know I’m going to go two stops below, so my starting speed is at least up around 1/125 second; so the lowest speed would be in the 1⁄30 second range.”
The people in his images require “some necessary direction,” he says. “But they know what’s going to happen, so they stay pretty still.”
Of course he could boost the camera’s ISO. “But I like to stay in the 100 range, though I’ll go to 400 if I need to. And if the ISO gets a little noisy, well, sometimes a bit of noise can add a texturized grittiness to the image.”
Mr. King, if these pages find their way to you, perhaps what you see will strike an appropriately menacing minor chord.
What’s in it for me?
Just a good story.
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