Tuesday, October 5, 2010

a new move

I must confess with this theme I have been a bit stumped. My photography tends toward what I call “Real Life Still Life,” the key word here being still. Shutter speed is usually just a tool to help me get the right exposure; I don’t use it as a creative setting very often. And yet, here I am, musing about motion and movement.

With all of this thinking on motion and looking at my own photos, I realized that in the course of choosing a shutter speed, of deciding to freeze or blur the action I see in the viewfinder, I often forget that I can intentionally move the camera too. Moving the camera during a long exposure can be like painting in an abstract way. You no longer control exactly what you get, but you create a new way of seeing a still scene. And seeing something in a new way - isn’t that what photography is all about?

Thank you to melodicshot for the beautiful image below, which reminded me to think outside the box on motion and movement. And, if you have never intentionally let your camera be the source of movement in a photo, it’s worth a try.

Souls by melodicshot


Unknown said...

oh, i'm so glad you tried camera movement -- the results can be as playful and free as a finger painting, or as studied and elegant as an impressionist painting. both of these photos are vibrant and expressive.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Both images have me thinking about experimenting and wondering if perhaps I've become too comfortable with my current methods. Sometimes blurred images make me feel dizzy. This is not the case with either of these. Fun. Thanks. Also...I love Lucy's finger painting analogy.

Kirstin said...

Kat, these are both lovely creative images. I recently read about zooming during a long exposure too, but I really do need a tripod for that!

blue elephant photography said...

i need to try more of these shots. i love both photos

Tammy Lee said...

Love the Painterly feel of both of these. Totally awesome.

Jamie said...

Wow - I'm in love with both of these!

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