This week, for Exploring With A Camera, the challenge is to blur an image on purpose, using different ways to mess with your subject. I used 3 different methods that made simple images look abstract. (Have to admit that this was fun!)
I held a drinking glass in front of the lens to get this look. The actual subject is a small painting I created a couple years ago.
Then I stood behind a sheer curtain and used the remote for my camera to get this image. The only thing I have done post processing is crop the image and give it the sepia tones.
This little faded flag was literally flapping in the cold winter breeze at the park yesterday. I slowed the shutter down considerably so that it would be blurred.
It’s called Artistic Blur, and Kat Sloma has some fabulous examples of it, as well as a great tutorial with ideas for trying it. Click on the button below to learn more!
After yesterday I was not sure if I could do anything really creative today, but such was not the case. Art does save us in many ways, no matter what that art form may be. Picking up the camera and looking for the light this evening helped bring me back to the present.
It helped that I had something to work on! Kat Sloma announced another topic for us to Explore with our cameras, the lights of night. It did my heart good to pick up the camera and play with it some today. Using my 50mm lens I did a bit of exploring right around the time that the sun went down, between 5:00 and 5:30pm. I set the camera in shutter priority, did not use a tripod, and gained a new appreciation of this wonderful, simple lens.
Though I did try to photograph holiday lights, I found that it was more fun to look at businesses that were open and see how the light came through the windows. This last image is my favorite.
To get some excellent pointers on how to get decent night time images be sure to click on the button below and read what Kat has to offer.
For the Saturday Featured Image this week I’m also sharing my exploration of the use of space, linking with Kat and her Exploring With A Camera series. She asks a couple of important questions…”How do you allow space? Is space only created by a big open sky?” And the answer is no, there are many creative ways to use space as we compose our images.
The nice blurred background is a wooded area.
I know that I was not actually thinking about the use of space in any of these images.
Seems that with time and practice it became part of what I do.
I love what the use of space can do for an image.
That statement, “Less is more,” really applies here.