The below featured photo was taken two days in Morris County, New Jersey. I employed a few different shooting techniques that day, ranging from Impressionist strokes (ICM) to straightforward lock-down shots on my tripod. Some photos are successful, majority were not. I expect many photos to be compositional and technical failures, it’s part of the journey and if creating good art was easy it would be less gratifying.
Moving along… the shot below was taken handheld with a very slight vertical hand movement aka Intentional Camera Movement (ICM). This photo works for me because the composition looks balanced and the details like the tree bark are very visible, yet the photo is inherently soft. A slight white balance shift completes the piece.
An #art photo of a cedar tree, executed in an #Impressionist manner. Photo taken with the #Tamron 16300mm VC AllInOne lens and the Canon EOS 50D DSLR.
Exposure settings: 2s F/22 ISO 200 + Intentional Camera Movement
While doing some nature photography today in New Jersey, I decided to try to capture some of the break waves of the Atlantic Ocean by using some Impressionism in my photography. I surmised that a handheld exposure of slightly more than 1 second would soften the detail within my frame just enough to leave some of the scene to the viewer’s imagination. I also like to retain a bit of detail for this sort of shot. There are many variables when shooting in this style, the most unpredictable one being the amount of shake caused by my hands over the course of a 1 second exposure. After shooting 20 or 30 frames and reviewing on my camera LCD, I decided that I should have at least 1 or 2 images to my liking. Below is what I consider the most successful capture.
The turbulence of the Atlantic Ocean resolves with a wave crashing on large rocks off the seaboard of New Jersey. #Photo taken handheld with the #Tamron 16-300m VC All-In-One lens and the #Canon EOS M mirrorless camera.
In the vast majority of my photographs, I’ve striven to make at least one element as sharp as possible. I think there is certainly validity in that technique, but perhaps there can be greater validity to intentionally make no elements in the frame sharply defined. Why do this? Maybe it can create photo art that is more unique and personalized. These camera techniques are very far from new, but I believe there are nuances within the techniques yet to be fully explored.
A softly rendered view of large trees covered in orange colored leaves in late Autumn. Photo taken with the Tamron 16-300mm VC All-In-One lens and the Canon 7D.
The above photo was taken handheld with the Tamron 16-300mm VC All-In-One lens and the Canon EOS 7D. Exposure settings: 1.6s F/14 ISO 100, 18mm.