San Francisco Night Impressions

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In early October I started experimenting with Impressionist Photography. I had read an article by Eva Polak, and had been studying her work for a couple of weeks and thought the Aspens of the Eastern Sierras would be a great place to try some techniques. I tried “movement” and “panning”, and failed brilliantly! When I got home and uploaded my frames I deleted every frame. I also tried defocusing. I kept 2 of those.

I’ve continued to play with the movement technique, but still am not achieving the result I want. I’m having better results defocusing. I used that here in this  night city street scene. I’m going to continue to play with the movement technique. Hopefully one day I’ll get it. Landscapes are in my blood, but  it has been fun challenging myself to try something new and get out of my  “box”. I certainly have a new appreciation for the talent and work of those like Eva Polak, and others who excel in fine art photography.

To see Eva Polak’s work go here:

Nikon D700| Nikkor 85mm| f5| 1/100sec| ISO 25600| Shutter Priority| Tripod


Author: circadianreflections

My name is Deborah Zajac. I'm a photographer living in Silicon Valley. I am a passionate nature, landscape, night/astro photographer. I shoot predominately in color and use Nikon Digital Cameras, and lenses. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the photos I've taken while on my travels. Please feel free to leave a comment I'd love to hear from you.

2 thoughts on “San Francisco Night Impressions”

  1. ooh, she’s street-shooting… 🙂 looks like she adds movement to the shot, just a twitch. like how a painter might streak his painting? looking through the rain-washed window and stuff?

    if you are going to purposefully defocus, consider a lensbaby. i like the composer pro with sweet 35 optic combo; too easy to play with! but lensbabies have a “look” that is fairly easy to spot. is rental a possibility?

    please continue!

    1. LOL! I was at the Dia de los Muertos Parade and thought while waiting for it start I could try defocusing again. I was more successful than when in the mountains I think. I didn’t take it far enough while in the mountains.

      I have a couple of friends who have the Lensbaby kits. You’re right there’s a look they produce. It’s not the look I’m after with this technique though.
      I think your thought ” like how a painter might streak his painting” is more the look I’m after.

      Movement may not be my thing in the end. It may be that defocusing and selective focus work better for me. Remember when I was playing with my extension tubes and took this photo?

      Today I see that as an impressionist piece and I used selective focus.
      I’m learning. 🙂
      I want to do more of these types of photos too.

      Thank you so much for the conversation! You make me think and for that I can’t thank you enough!

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