With the holiday season upon us, The Daily Astorian wanted to display colorful photos of beautiful lights, but we also wanted to show the festive decorations in a new way.
These images were captured by placing a digital camera on a tripod and slowing down the exposure or shutter speed to anywhere between two and four seconds. Normally, the effect would be a sharp image of twinkling lights. But we wanted to go a step further and do something a little more interesting. By combining a slow exposure with a slow zoom, what you get (if you’re lucky) is a streak of light shooting out from a central point in the frame. And if there are lots of lights, as is common with a string such as the ones hanging from the Astoria Column, what you get is dozens of streaks of light.