Regular readers will know I like to play about with special effects...although there's only so much you can do with a pocket camcorder and an aging copy of Adobe After Effects.
Well, earlier today, I was watching a tutorial for making 'light streaks' in After Effects like in those recent cell-phone ads. Because I was bored to tears and have way too much time on my hands, I wondered if I could do the same thing 'in camera'
So, I took my camera outside where it was almost pitch black, set the self-timer for ten seconds and the shutter to stay open for fifteen seconds.
Then, I set the camera down, pressed the shutter and ran like hell for the horizon, swinging my Sonic Screwdriver (IE, blue flashlight) over my shoulder. I quite like how it turned out:
I'd have shrunk it down a little and cropped it, but I uploaded it on my netbook which doesn't have photoshop on it. This is literally directly from the camera. Not so much a pretty photo as a 'proof of concept'