It’s already the 5th of 2018 Chinese New Year (CNY), and for a change, I decided to experiment with handheld slow shutter speed by utilizing the Image Stabilizer feature of the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens mounted on the EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera.

Today’s scenes are consisting of neon-lit CNY decorations, and one of them has a fountain in the middle, prompting the use of a slower shutter speed to create motion blur of the water.

For this to work, it means shooting with a lower ISO speed, of which I had lowered it from the usual high of 2000/5000 down to ISO 500. But the non-fountain images were captured at ISO 5000.

Capturing the motion blur at slower shutter speed was easy; balancing the difference between highlights and shadows during night time exposure had more hassle.

Nevertheless, I managed to get the shots I wanted.

Posted by Philip Chong

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