Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sweeping Greens

The simplest of controls on your camera can produce exciting images. Using a fast shutter speed freezes motion, and a slow shutter speed shows motion. This image was created with the simplest of techniques  -  a slow shutter speed while slowly moving the camera vertically during the exposure.

The slow vertical "pan" during exposure works well for trees. It elongates their trunks while adding a hint of blur, providing an impressionistic look.

The slower the shutter speed, the more pronounced the blur effect. Try several different shutter speeds for each different subject, and then decide after you have downloaded your images which ones work better than others.

Be prepared for many unsuccessful attempts, but even if you get only one that you like, that is a good day. 

I always hand hold my camera for these kinds of images, but you could use a tripod if you prefer.

This was shot in summer, so all the tones are green with a hint of yellow. Autumn will provide a greater array of colors.

Try to avoid showing any sky since it will appear bright white and can be distracting.

Shutter Speed 1 second.  Aperture f/29.  ISO 100.  Lens: Canon 100mm macro f/2.8L IS.  Camera: Canon 5D Mark III.  Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Make the most of today. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto."  --Dale Carnegie

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