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What is the word for the motion of a camera shutter? You know, how they have the sections that open and close like the iris of an eye sort of. "Shuttered" doesn't sound right (or work well), and "irised" ain't it. I swear there is a word for that round-edged collapsing movement. Anyone?
 

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Depends on the type of shutter - leaf shutters work different than normal focal-plane shutters, and Contax shutters work differently still, and, and, and...

Dilated?
 

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Dilated is soooo close, but seems like it's a more technical word. My mind keeps sticking "oscillate" in there, which obviously has nothing to do with it, but makes me think there must be an "sc" in it maybe. Bleh. Normally I credit heavy drinking with being conducive to empowering writing, but sometimes I think it just kills brain cells which die like little pages burning out of a dictionary.

To the specifics of your types of shutters, I have no idea. I know zip about cameras. But here's a picture of what I'm talking about. What would you call it when THIS thing opened or closed?

 

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John Daulton said:
What is the word for the motion of a camera shutter? You know, how they have the sections that open and close like the iris of an eye sort of. "Shuttered" doesn't sound right (or work well), and "irised" ain't it. I swear there is a word for that round-edged collapsing movement. Anyone?
That's funny. I was trying to think of the same word a few months ago. I envisioned a portal like the ones in Alien where the wedges constrict to close the thing off, and I couldn't come up with the word. I ended up changing the design of the thing for other reasons, but I was beating myself over the head for about a week over it. It would be nice to know. And I DID think about dilated, but that didn't seen to fit just right because the motion wasn't a smooth ring closing like a woman's...no, let's go with like a pupil when the light is taken away.
 

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I just called my son who is a professional photographer and he said that there is no word for that, besides open and close.  The closest is to stop down, when you reduce the size of the opening.
 

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Are you writing about an actual camera?  Or do you have, like, a portal or doorway that is opening and closing using that motion? Because I think that might make a difference.

If just describing a scene with a camera, you could just use the standby, the shutter "clicked," but if you need to get technical because you are describing a piece of specialty architecture, then I can see why you'd need a more specific word...
 

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John Daulton said:
But here's a picture of what I'm talking about. What would you call it when THIS thing opened or closed?
That's a leaf shutter, FWIW. And as far as I can tell, even consulting my dusty collection of antiquarian photography handbooks, there's no special $5 word for when that thing fires, trips, actuates, activates, and/or opens and closes.

Not that it helps, but flashbulbs "detonate". :)
 

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Satchya said:
Are you writing about an actual camera? Or do you have, like, a portal or doorway that is opening and closing using that motion? Because I think that might make a difference.

If just describing a scene with a camera, you could just use the standby, the shutter "clicked," but if you need to get technical because you are describing a piece of specialty architecture, then I can see why you'd need a more specific word...
Yeah, it's a giant hangar door of a space port. Right now I have it "shuttered open" and that looks like crap. I think I'm going to go with dilated, like George suggested. If brendajcarlton's photographer son doesn't have a word for it (thank you for that effort, Brenda), then, well, maybe there isn't a word. Maybe that page in my mental dictionary didn't burn away. ... Hmm, I wonder what would have had to burn away to make me think there was a word then?
 

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T.L. Haddix said:
You're talking about the same kind of motion that the iris on Stargate used, right? When they'd open it and close it, they'd say "Close the iris" or "open the iris."
Yeah, but that's too wordy. It speaks to the point of constriction or contraction, but doesn't sound spaceporty enough (lol). As long as I'm making up words, I was tempted to go with "irsed" and just move on. I still might, because, obviously there needs to be a word for this or people like me and vrabinec wouldn't be trying to find the damn thing. I expect he and I aren't the only ones. In fact, as a point of principle, I probably should jam it in there. Who knows, maybe in 300 years, there will be a reference to my book in the OED. How fun!
 

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John Daulton said:
Yeah, it's a giant hangar door of a space port. Right now I have it "shuttered open" and that looks like crap. I think I'm going to go with dilated, like George suggested. If brendajcarlton's photographer son doesn't have a word for it (thank you for that effort, Brenda), then, well, maybe there isn't a word. Maybe that page in my mental dictionary didn't burn away. ... Hmm, I wonder what would have had to burn away to make me think there was a word then?
Just a thought: why not abandon the shutter-simile completely and replace it with the image of an eye/iris dilating and contracting?
 

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You could always just invent a term, if you wanted. Or misuse an existing one, for fun. :)

"She watched impatiently as the aperture to dock twenty..."

inverted
cycled
dilated and contracted
de-fluxed
twinked
somehow failed to explode in a ball of plasma, despite being pneumatic and built by the lowest bidder
phase-shifted
re-ordered its nanomolecular structure to permit egress
broke the generally accepted understanding of causality, again
opened
 

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I agree with the Iris reference.  The Iris expanded, the Iris contracted--both seem clean and sharp and easy to picture. I wouldn't use "irised," though. It sounds unwieldy to me, for some reason.

 

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John Daulton said:
Yeah, but that's too wordy. It speaks to the point of constriction or contraction, but doesn't sound spaceporty enough (lol). As long as I'm making up words, I was tempted to go with "irsed" and just move on. I still might, because, obviously there needs to be a word for this or people like me and vrabinec wouldn't be trying to find the d*mn thing. I expect he and I aren't the only ones. In fact, as a point of principle, I probably should jam it in there. Who knows, maybe in 300 years, there will be a reference to my book in the OED. How fun!
shutterchoked?
 

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ruecole said:
What about "snapped open" and "snapped shut"?

FWIW, I prefer shuttered to dilated, though. Shuttered sounds mechanical. Dilated sounds organic. Totally different mental images. ;)

Hope that helps!

Rue
Beat me to it. "Snap" seems to capture the sound of a shutter better than does "click". "Snapped open" conveys both the sound and physical appearance of the shutter opening and closing.
 

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George Berger said:
You could always just invent a term, if you wanted. Or misuse an existing one, for fun. :)

"She watched impatiently as the aperture to dock twenty..."

inverted
cycled
dilated and contracted
de-fluxed
twinked
somehow failed to explode in a ball of plasma, despite being pneumatic and built by the lowest bidder
phase-shifted
re-ordered its nanomolecular structure to permit egress
broke the generally accepted understanding of causality, again
opened
Phase-shifted is a cool image. :)
 

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George Berger said:
You could always just invent a term, if you wanted. Or misuse an existing one, for fun. :)

"She watched impatiently as the aperture to dock twenty..."

inverted
cycled
dilated and contracted
de-fluxed
twinked
somehow failed to explode in a ball of plasma, despite being pneumatic and built by the lowest bidder
phase-shifted
re-ordered its nanomolecular structure to permit egress
broke the generally accepted understanding of causality, again
opened
LOL, this one: somehow failed to explode in a ball of plasma, despite being pneumatic and built by the lowest bidder

Quinn Richardson said:
Ensphincterated.
I laughed. For a while. Mentally, I think I'm only really three or four years old, so the word sphincter pretty much gets me every time.

vrabinec said:
Yeah, but if it's a giant hangar door, then it's not exactly gonna "snap", it'll be more of a roll.
Yeah it'd be loud, grinding plates, resonant heavy metal sounds (I see the music jokes coming), hydraulics hissing ... stuff like that.
 
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