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Time is as Lightning by Peter Zentjens

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I wanted to captured the speed with which time eludes us. I found my watch particularly suited for that. Except for some retouching, no Photoshop was used. This was captured in one shot with 3 swift bursts of the flash and my old Dimage 7Hi.

Another time inspired work


  • Peter Hill
    Peter Hillover 6 years ago

    Wow – apart from being an original concept, it is beautifully executed !! (And you have a pretty cool watch!) Nice one Peter

  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensover 6 years ago

    Thanks Pete!
    And I had a pretty cool watch, its R.I.P. :(

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 6 years ago
    No Way!!! How clever Peter!! Looks fantastic!!! I’m very impressed with your “technique”!!!! *-)
  • Thanks deb. That means a lot coming from a girl who just sold 16 cards at once! héhé. ;o)
    (still happy for you as you can see)

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Jacqueline Baker
    Jacqueline Bakerover 6 years ago

    i like this one Peter it really does get across just how much time slips through our fingers…..wasted watching t.v or standing in queues, i try not to do either too much! Like your colors and angle too!

  • Yes, horrible the way time seems to speed up when you get older. :)
    Don’t have time for TV, so I don’t have one. :)
    Only an occasional movie or series on DVD every now and again.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • PeterBusser
    PeterBusseralmost 6 years ago

    Striking for two reasons: 1) great shot, great composition. 2) I was planning to do something the like with my clock or watch. Just got me a flash that perform repetitive flashes…

  • Thanks, again, I’m very happy with all your comments Peter as you have chosen my less popular work and it’s great to get some more comments on them.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Christopher Birtwistle-Smith
    Christopher Bi...almost 6 years ago

    fantastic concept and execution!

  • Thanks Christopher, glad yo like it.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • GilesJefferson
    GilesJeffersonover 5 years ago

    Well done on being in the first set of featured work in this group. Dont forget to WATCH out for our challenges from TIME to time!!

  • Wow, thank you! It’s an honour being the opener of thee featured section.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 5 years ago

    hey that’s really cool, very effective, nice colouring. :)

  • Thanks again vampvamp

    – Peter Zentjens

  • JanT
    JanTover 3 years ago

    Great shot! Three bursts of your flash? I tried using three in-camera exposures, but that didn’t quite look right. Guess I’ll have to read the manual for the SB 800 flash. Great looking red second hand, too!

  • Hey Jan, I used one exposure (bulb I think) and triggered the flash three times. However, my flash(es) go beyond the SB 800 a bit. I’ve got a set of small studio flashes with some extras. They are not very powerful but then again, I both them for my still life work. Unfortunately, they are completely unused at the moment due to my fascination with painting with light. Thanks for another comment and Fav Jan!

    – Peter Zentjens

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