One evening last fall I had the pleasure of staying in a most spectacular and spacious room.
A room like no other.
Its walls beautifully decorated in shades of evergreen and autumn gold, with well placed splashes of crimson.
The finishing touch, a border of distant mountains under a nearly cloudless blue sky.
The cost of this room, merely miles underfoot, the reward for a nights stay, immeasurable.
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If others are to be believed, a pretty decent one too. Though I still have my doubts.
Yet I fell into photography completely by accident.
Ten years ago I would have laughed at the idea.
High school is as far as I went with my education, knowing early on that college was not for me.
I disliked English class so much that the thought of actually paying for any more in college seemed insane.
And yet, I’ve been told I have a way with words.
And now I’m being paid to write.
The fine people at Craftsy.com have taken a chance and asked me on as a writer.
From the paint on a race car to graffiti on a wall.
Seek it, embrace it.
Do you see a well composed photograph that perfectly captures the beauty of the scene, or do you see the slightly blown highlights in the water in an otherwise good image of a waterfall?
Do you see a dramatic sunset with an amazing sky, or do you notice a horizon that is almost imperceptibly crooked?
Do you see an excellent image of a city skyline at night, or do you see the digital noise, however slight it may be?
Do you notice the brilliant green and wonderfully patterned leaves covered in raindrops, or are your eyes drawn to the several specs of dirt that should have been clone out?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you are afflicted with what I refer to as The Photographers Curse.
Sadly I’ve found the better I become at the craft of photography, the more severe the symptoms of this insidious disease, the more even the slightest perceived flaw in an otherwise perfect photograph jumps out at me.
Edited to add - I don’t necessarily find these “flaws” detrimental to the overall photograph, a good photo is a good photo after all. It’s that I can’t not see them if they are there in the first place that is the curse.
Are you afflicted, and are you able to “turn off” the inner photographer and simply enjoy?
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.
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.
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.
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