I see that the last time I posted an in-focus straight-ish picture was around April.
I’ll just sort that out then.
Perfectly fine picture, but probably not an unusual picture in any way. The only enjoyment I can personally take from it is that it was my version and it’s quite nice. But it’s certainly not one unlike anything else you’ve seen before. It’s just sort of… competent.
I will not say that I am competent at all the disciplines that photography encompasses but I do know how to end up with the image I am trying to get when I start. Once you are skilled enough at observation, you start to see the contrasts and shape, lines, colour and light that will all make a competent image, or maybe even an arresting one, if you do it right.
The challenge, when you get to know how it’s all done, is how to create an image that is definitely yours and couldn’t be anyone else’s. One that isn’t your own version of something that was already taken and yours doesn’t make better or worse. It’s just pretty much the same.
So how do you do that, once you’ve managed to learn how to turn out pictures that are just like those you wanted to learn how to take?
Personally I am drawn to the absolute chaos and unpredictability of the Intentional Camera Movement technique. Although you might aim at something with the intent to make an image – and you have half an idea of what you’ll probably get – there is no way to predict exactly what you’ll get.
I like that anarchic element.
As an example, here’s a view over a gate from a walk we took yesterday. It’s a stand of young trees, in a meadow of some yellowing grass with some flowers popping up in it, all swaying in a light breeze. It was an attractive visual scene because of the light play and colour combinations but a straight photograph of it… Well, it was pretty boring as it was and no straight photograph will show the energy that drew my eye in the first place.
So this is when I reach into the bag and fit my ND filter. I set the ISO manually to 100 (or I leave it on Auto and the camera whacks it up to 3200, I wonder why it’s gone up so high and then realise, remember and then set it manually…) and then I start taking pictures while waving the camera about a bit.
Is that any better? Possibly not, for many tastes, but it is certainly a more interesting result than the straight shot to me.
Possibly I should have been a painter instead, but in the end it’s all about getting or making an image you like. I just like one’s that are a little bit different.
A couple more variants are below. Click on any image to see them full screen.
PS: Sorry for not posting much recently, I had a bit of an accident, followed by a bit of a quiet spell brought on from healing from the bit of an accident. Hopefully I’ll get a bit more enthused and creative and post a little more often soon.
If anyone else wants to share a link to their own blog or images, either using this or other abstraction techniques, then please feel free to drop it into the comments below.