There was a storm and then there were lights.
Last Thursday and again on Friday, September 11th and 12th, the sun sent a blast of energy our way in the form of a coronal mass ejection, or CME. While these strong magnetic storms can cause problems for electrical grids, GPS, and radios, what interested me, and just about every other photographer I know, was the light show.
You see these potentially damaging solar storms are also what gives us the Aurora Borealis. otherwise known as the Northern Lights. While much of my photography takes place during daylight hours, the reported potential intensity of the Aurora, and the fact we don’t usually see the Aurora this far south, had me grabbing my camera and heading for the mountains.
To a book of poetry near you!
I’m quite pleased to announce that the book “White Mountain Poems,” by New Hampshire author Jeffrey Zygmont, will be hitting the shelves very soon. Along with the photographs from three of New Hampshire’s most talented photographers, will be nine of my images, including the one you see on the cover.
Very exciting indeed!
…With A Little Something Extra.
The view of the Presidential Range as seen from the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge is one of my favorites in New Hampshire.
Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so..
More “Extras” can be found HERE.
It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing.
Been to all your favorite places and taken the same old shots you do every time?
Spice things up a bit and get your camera on the move to put some abstract into your nature photography.
Do like I did for the image below and grab your camera by the legs and give it a swing.
Tripod legs that is.
But before you do, make sure all the leg sections of your tripod are tight, the camera is securely tightened on the ball head, and you have a god grip on the tripod. Nobody wants to see their camera go sailing into the river, right? A remote shutter release comes in real handy too. I was able to swing the camera and then press the shutter button on the remote, mid-swing.
I had to practice swinging the camera out over the water a few times before I got the look I wanted, but it was a heck of a lot of fun seeing the different results.
And if you’re not adventurous (crazy?) enough to go swinging your camera around by the tripod. Just loosen the head and pan the camera from side to side with the tripod firmly on the ground.
For that matter, you can just hand-hold the camera and give yourself a spin.
All I Wanna Do Is Zoom-A-Zoom-Zoom-Zoom.
Another way to get your abstract on is zooming the lens during exposure. The effect kind of looks like you’ve just hit warp speed.
So frame up your shot and give that zoom ring a twist.
Tips For Having Fun With Camera Motion.
When creating abstract nature images let your imagination be your guide, but I’ve learned a few things in my experimentation that might take some of the guess-work out of it for you.
1~ For zooming, having the camera on a tripod is going to be way easier than trying to hand hold it.
2~ Stop the lens way down. You want a fairly slow exposure time to allow you to maximize the effect, either the panning/swinging or the zooming. Too fast a shutter speed and the look won’t seem intentional. It’ll just look like accidental camera movement or an out of focus image.
3~ Since the zoom effect will always be from the dead center of the frame, you’ll want to center the main subject. You may then need to adjust the crop for a more pleasing composition. Having the effect start in the center of the frame in every single photo you take using this technique is going to get boring pretty quick.
4~ Experiment. With all of it. Shutter speed, swing/panning speed, and zooming speed. Also try zooming in and out during exposure.
5~ If you are crazy enough to swing your camera on the end of your tripod, make darn sure everything is tight. Especially your grip on the tripod legs.
To see more “On the Move,” visit the Weekly Photo Challenge.