Trees and Foliage Abstract

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I was up north in Point Reyes National Seashore on Saturday photographing nature, while walking through a wooded section I stopped to photograph the trees. They were Birch I think; they had tall, on the thin side white trunks and lovely green foliage.

I always like to play around with Intentional Camera Movement when I happen upon a wooded area with nice trunks, and foliage.

Trees and Foliage Abstract

I find the technique works best with tall stalked flowers and trees. One lowers the shutter speed enough to cause blur then you intentionally move the camera/lens in an up or down motion to cause the blur. For this image my settings were f/13, ISO 400, 1/13s.

I moved my camera/lens from up to down fairly fast to create the blurred image.

The key is slowing down the shutter speed and drag the lens in an up or down motion to create the blur. It takes a bit a practice to get it, but with several tries one can usually attain a pleasing blur=ICM image.  You can create interesting affects zooming in and out, or shivering ever so slightly as well.

Here’s an image I made in 2014 with Agapanthus using the same technique.Agapantha Abstract

Nikon Df| 28-105mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2015

More to come…


A new Adventure with a LensBaby Composer Pro

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I recently sold a lens I no longer use because I upgraded it to a better version. I put the money in the bank, then promptly

purchased a LensBaby Composer Pro with Double Glass Optic, and optional macro converter set.

There’s a bit of a learning curve, but I think I’ll get the hang of it with a little more practice.

These images are the first in what I hope will be a long love affair with this little lens.

This is my Hydrangea. I love this plant.  It’s taken a long time to get to this size. We’re having the front yard and driveway redone and I’ve been asked by every contractor if I wanted to remove it and pave over the area. I’ve replied, “No, it stays!” every time they ask.

I took this image with the LensBaby Composer with Double Glass Optic at f4

HydrangeaThis is closer look with the Double Glass Optic and 16mm and 8mm macro converters attached @f2.8

HydrangeaWhite Oleander- LensBaby Composer with Double Glass Optic and Macro Converters @ f2.8

White OleanderWhite Oleander- LensBaby Composer with Double Glass Optic and Macro Converters @ f2.8

White OleanderI am looking forward to having some free time to wander around the neighborhood looking for flowers to

photograph with the lens. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to play with.

Nikon D700| Lexar Professional Digital Film| Hand-held


Agapanthus Abstract

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Agapantha AbstractThe Agapanthus are in full bloom at my house. It’s one of a short list of flowers that I can grow…

er…if I’m honest they do well without much attention.  I’ve been playing with blurs for a couple of weeks and these tall stalks lend themselves well to this type of blur.

I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a Lens Baby Composer Pro to my kit to use when photographing flowers, and expand my creativity, or open it up! Do any of you have one? If so, did you buy the kit? Do you have a favorite optic you use with it? Any advice or tips regarding the Lens Baby Composer Pro?

Nikon D700| AF-D Nikkor 105mm micro lens| Circular Polarizer| Hand-held