Welcome to my first post on my new blog!
If you’ve been following me on my Facebook or Instagram pages, then you are already familiar with my work and also know I’m not very “chatty” in those posts. Well, if you’ve longed to hear more about what I do, then you’ve come to the right place! Prepare yourselves to either be entertained or bored, depending on what interests you. I hope I can keep you entertained, and even more importantly, I hope you will learn something new by following and reading my blog posts. From time to time, I will share my techniques and other pertinent information regarding my individual photos. That’s why I decided to create a blog; I wanted to help others learn about this wonderful art of photography.
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Happy mid-August to you! 2018 is more than halfway through and I cannot believe it! What have you all been up to? I’ve been busy with various things; printing images for clients and gallery exhibits (yay!), and creating this crazy blog. Yikes! Working on this blog thing is very new to me and I’m still learning, so I hope you’ll please bear with me as I go along. I must admit, I am quite intrigued and frustrated by the process. Perhaps, some of you have your own blogs and can relate? I’m always open to suggestions or ideas from you if you see something that I could do better. Don’t be shy! I’d love to have your feedback! Please make yourself comfortable and click on my new blog and check out the menu options!
So, I’ve thought long and hard about which photograph to feature and why, in my very first post, for weeks, and finally settled on something rather different for me.
Why not? Granted, I didn’t start out WANTING to specifically feature an abstract photograph. But, sometimes, inspiration hits and overtakes and you’re moved to share the image immediately! Meet my newest image, “Morning on the Bay I”, which is the above-featured image for this first post. What you’re looking at is a shot I took looking out from my hotel balcony over Monterey Bay just after sunrise. I have photographed this bay many times over the years but wanted to do something very different in this shot. So, I thought I’d play around a bit with “ICM”, or “Intentional Camera Movement”. “Intentional Camera Movement” is a very fun camera technique that brings out very different images of the scene in front of your lens, depending on which way you move your camera and how much. It’s all about the movement, which is the exact opposite of what we have always been taught to do with our cameras – hold still.
When your camera is connected to your tripod (not a must for this technique, but it definitely makes it easier, IMHO), you simply move your camera either up and down, side to side, panning, or zooming in and out (with an attached zoom lens), while your shutter is open. Each movement elicits a different look to your image. There is no end to the creativity and abstract looks one can achieve. Move your camera a lot, and you will bring about more of an abstract image. Move just a little and only have a simple blur to the photo with minimal abstract quality. It’s all up to you! There’s a definite learning curve to the technique, however, and I highly recommend practicing until you achieve the look you want.
It is important to use a longer shutter speed…a quarter to a half-second or longer works. Of course, you will need to adjust your aperture and ISO, if need be, when using a longer shutter speed. In your first attempts using “ICM”, I suggest you shoot in “shutter priority” mode on your camera, choose your shutter speed and your camera will automatically select the proper aperture. If light is an issue, and it’s just after sunrise or perhaps it is sunset, then I recommend you shoot manually and adjust your apertures and ISO yourself. I used 0.5 sec at f/11, ISO 50, while I moved my camera horizontally, from one side to another, panning out over the bay. I loved the abstract result. What you see are delicate bands of neutral shades of blues and reds, which were the colors on the bay just past sunrise; the blues from the water, the reds from the sun. The bands are from the ripples in the bay. I’ll post the image, again, here, so you don’t have to keep scrolling up to see it;
“Morning on the Bay I”
Very abstract, and also soothing. Of course, the title is quite important for this image. Once you know the title, you can appreciate the abstract quality so much more, don’t you think? Notice I titled the image “#1”, that is because I was so happy with the way this turned out, I decided to have even more fun with it and process it using different color filters, including one of my favorites – infrared, and changing out the color channels.
“Morning on the Bay II”
“Morning on the Bay III”
“Morning on the Bay (IV)”
“Morning on the Bay (Infrared)”
So….which one is your favorite? I’d love to know! I’ll bet you forgot all about the original image, didn’t you? Color has a way of doing that to our brains. The more colorful it is, the more stimulating, and thus, we forget the simpler, more neutral version. I have a particular fondness for the infrared version, as it shows the textures in the bands (ripples of water) the most, and I find that interesting. I, also, like the ‘IV’ version, as it shows us the different degrees of light, starting with the cool colors of the water and moving up to the much warmer colors of the sun. I think any of these images would look fabulous printed very large on fine art paper, or even metal.
Please do let me know your thoughts on “ICM”. Would you try it yourself? Have you tried it? What were your results? I’d love to hear and I may even share your comments in my next blog post!
Okay, then! That wraps up my very first blog post. Whew! What do you think? Did you like it? Was it entertaining or are you asleep at the wheel? I sure hope it was the former, not the latter and I also hope you enjoyed learning about a (possibly?) new technique to use in your own photography. Give it a whirl! Until next time, friends! Thanks so much for tuning in and keep on clicking! 🙂