A previous post on Photography's Basics: Shutter Speed, I promised a post on using long shutter speeds to make abstractions. When the world blurs together on a memory card or film magic happens. Thing we see in real life are reimagined when the shutter is open for a long time. Light streaks. Motion blurs. Water becomes glistening snowflakes or diamonds. Stretching time One of my absolute favorite things to play with in photography is a moving camera with an open shutter and colorful lights. This all started when I was shooting film. I would … [Read more...] about Long Exposures for Abstract Art
I'm not a humbug... let's just get that out of the way. But I find holiday lights pretty boring after a short while. Like every year, I find myself walking or driving through an exhibit of holiday lights with the family. The kids love it (and I love that they are happy). This time I even left all my pro camera gear at home and only had a lowly point and shoot in my pocket (it's actually my nine-year old son's camera). Recently, I taught him about light-painting and long-exposure photography. He loves it. While on our walk through the … [Read more...] about Abstracts Made with Holiday Lights
I recently bought a condo at Las Vegas City Center. I still have my house in Henderson but on nights when I want to hang out on the Strip it saves me the half hour drive home battling all the drunks on a weekend. While City Center certainly had a rough start the place is now a mecca of beauty and magic. Next door to my condo is Crystals. It's a very high end shopping center so I've been taking morning photo walks there to both familiarize myself with the area, get a little exercise and work my photo brain. I'm using nothing but my iPhone 4s … [Read more...] about One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure – Try To SEE Photos In Everyday Places
While in Alaska I was after eagles. I made thousands of eagle photographs. But I'm always keeping one eye open for something unique or special or just abstract. I love abstract photography. I play little games with myself wondering if people can guess what the object I'm shooting really is. In this case, I came upon the harbor at sunset. The light was hitting this extremely colorful, rainbow-colored boat and the reflection caught my eye. The above photograph is the result. Would you have recognized that as a boat sitting in the water? The … [Read more...] about Abstracts: Don’t Forget To Look For The Little Things Next Time You’re Out With Your Camera
Fall is a great time to make abstract images. The leaves changing colors are great subjects, wether you're shooting macro or telephoto. I have a trick that I use when making abstracts that some of you might find helpful. I find a pond near colorful trees. Then, I use a super-telephoto zoom lens...in the case of these three images, the Sigma 300-800 zoomed from anywhere between 300 and 500mm. Then, I toss a pebble into the water and look for ripples in the reflection. I zoom in on a cool pattern and fire away. I like to work at very small … [Read more...] about Shooting Abstracts – Fine Art or Just Plain Fun?