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Floating Jetty

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After my last two experiments with panning still objects, I felt it was about time to post something slightly sharper.

I’m rather happy how this turned out, since it was actually a rather windy evening as you can see in the trees, and the jetty was constantly moving. Not much, but at least a little, and I feared it would turn out, very unsharp. To my own surprise it’s not too obvious.

Concerning the processing:
Since I used GND-filters, I basically only did some minor color corrections/adjustments in Lightroom and minor level/curves adjustments in LAB mode in Photoshop. Those visitors familiar with this place though, might realize that something is amiss. You’re right… there used to be two pipes of the industry and a little bridge which was hardly visible in the trees, visible on the horizon. Well, they kind of disappeared.

Thanks for visiting my site and I hope you like it.

UPDATE: I recently become increasingly better in posting the wrong version of the image. Updated to the correct one now.

Exif Info: F16 | 17.0 mm | 10 sec

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Birch Trees

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Here’s another try at using the panning technique on still objects. I went out during the weekend, and took benefit of the overcast morning to experiment a little more with this and I have released a little “how-to” on the panning technique that I used here. You’re welcome to have a look at it on my blog here.

Birches are all around the place the here, but still I had to search a while to find this frame nearby the beach. I wanted to render the white trees with a green background which was not so easy to find.

While the effect is achieved completely in-camera, I have done some white-balance adjustments, color (clarity, vibrance) and curves in Lightroom and some final color adjustments in LAB mode using Photoshop.

I hope you like my work and thanks for visiting my site.

Exif Info: F32 | 81.0 mm | 1.3 sec

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Panning Still Objects

I got the inspiration for this technique while reading an article about photographer Ted Leeming and his interesting landscape photography. Intrigued but these these images I tried to reverse engineer this technique and have been experimenting with this a little during the last weekend and here’s what I figured out.

Camera settings:

Basically these images are just long-exposures with motion blur created by panning the camera through the scene/frame. So, I dialed in the lowest ISO on my camera (ISO 50) and since I have been shooting at daytime, I used the highest f-stop on my lens, f32 (ironically this also happens to be my sharpest lens) until I had a shutter speed of 1.3 seconds. If it’s too bright outside a ND-Filter will help to set up that shutter speed.

From my little testing I received the best results, at a shutter speed around one second. If it’s too long, the frame get’s too blurry for my taste and in case of tree trunks, just some streaks in the image. If it’s too fast on the other hand, the image just looks out-of-focus and unintended. Around 1 second though, it get’s blurry while still catching some of the detail.

Technique:

Now that I had my camera settings ready, I framed the image how I wanted it to turn out, then turned the camera up and then down again while releasing the shutter and slowly moved back to my intended framing. Best result I got, when I moved the lens down, before I pressed the shutter, so the camera was already in motion. It goes without saying, that this involves some practicing.

So far it worked the best for me, to move the camera/lens in the same direction as the subject. So in case of the tree trunk, from up to down, whereas in this flower.example I moved the camera in a little circular movement. Just experiment with different movements, it’s fun.

Subjects:

I chose subjects with clear lines and shapes and some color contrast to the background, such as these, tree trunks and flowers. I tried the same with different shapes as houses, boats etc, but the results I achieved where very unsatisfying, looked un-intended and just out-of-focus. For images like that, I could imagine a soft focus technique or the Orton-Effect to be much more effective.

Post processing:

Post processing these images, was a rather unspectacular act. Some WB adjustments, curves, clarity and vibrance and minor cropping in Lightroom and finally a some more color adjustments in LAB mode using Photoshop.

Conclusion:

I don’t see myself shooting like this all the time, but it’s a welcome edition to my growing repertoire of techniques. It’s a interesting and easy approach, gives some new ideas and is a good technique to use on otherwise those uninspiring, dull, boring and overcast days. On a side effect, it seems to make normal shots, look even sharper. But that might just be me.

I hope you like this little tutorial, and if you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to leave a comment or drop me a mail.

In the comments of my image “Forest in Pastels” photoblogger Jacques Bron posted links to his images, which he has done using this kind of technique (look here, here or here).

Have you been experimenting with this technique or have any suggestions, questions? Feel free to leave a note in the comments.

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Photography Podcasts

As I wrote on an earlier post I like to listen to podcasts. I have always some on my iPod/Phone with me. Usually I listen them on my way to a location, or while I wait for the light to change, or when writing this post.

I surely don’t have to mention all the information I get out of there. Especially I enjoy episodes which do not deal with technical topics, but more with the philosophical aspects of photography, on how photographers approach their work, think about it etc. If you are interested in that, you will find some very good information in these podcasts.

I’m constantly trying to expand my list, but my three favorites at the moment are PhotoNetCast (hosts: Antonio Marques, Martin Gommel, Jim Goldstein and Brian Auer), Exif And Beyond (host: Jim Goldstein) and This Week In Photography (hosts: Alex Lindsey, Scott Bourne et.al). I have some podcasts which I haven’t checked out yet, but once I have done that I will mention them here.

Here are the links if you don’t know them already:

If you have some podcasts to recommend feel free to leave a note in the comments or drop me a mail or a tweet.

On a site note I will ad a blog roll soon to the sidebar, and you will find some more links there also.

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Forest in Pastels

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I was recently reading an article about the impressionistic work of photographer Ted Leeming. The showcased images were very interesting and fresh even though the article didn’t mention how he produces those images, it mentioned that he is doing everything in-camera. After looking at those images I got a vague idea on how he produced the images.

This morning I had a little time off, and went to the forest in the neighborhood and experimented a little with this technique. And I can tell you… I had a blast! I was there only very short time, since I only wanted to try this technique a little, but when I looked at the images back home at the computer I was amazed on the outcome and wished I would have stayed a little longer. I decided to quickly post this one, even though I’m not 100% happy with the composition here. It is really very inspiring to work like this.

From the processing point, I have done nothing else than some color/white balance adjustments and cropping in Lightroom and some minor color adjustments and levels in Photoshop.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you like it.

Exif Info: F32 | 70.0 mm | 2 sec

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Being There

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Today I have a little announcement to do, before I write a little bit about this image.

I tried to implement a little blog to this photoblog on my own, when Richard from Pixyblog offered me to integrate one hosted here on Pixyblog, and the result is just great. You see a link in the header “17mm Blog” and it leads you there. Alternatively you can go directly to 17mm.pixyblog.com/. I will post some news, links, info etc. there from time to time so feel free to subscribe to the feed if you want to.

But now the image. As I wrote on my blog, me and a friend took a little trip to the city of Ii, but we left too late and arrived just a few minutes before sunset. Luckily, we quickly found a nice, little bay at the river, where I/we had the chance to take some images. The light was really great, and we were at the right at the right place.

Problematic were the moskitos though. I didn’t expect so many of them there anymore, but it was an average of 4 moskito bites per image.

Thanks a lot for visiting my site and I hope you enjoy it.

Exif Info: F11 | 17.0 mm | 2.5 sec

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Road trip to Ii

Ever since I got more interested into photography I was exploring the area around me with my bike. Whereas this is a great thing, the range is rather limited.

On Sunday I convinced a very good friend of mine, to go together with me in his car to the city of of Ii. We were rather late and arrived just a few minutes before the sun actually set, but still, we quickly found a little bay, where we were able to get some nice shots. The light was just great, and the sky was almost purple at one point.

We will go back there as soon as we have the chance to do so.

I’m still working on those images, but I guess that at the end of the week, I will be able to post one of the first images. Just a little teaser ;-)

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Wet Feet?

Okay, I admit… I didn’t get wet feet here. I was standing very close to the water and shooting at 17mm but still I was rather safe and dry on a rock. I wasn’t really sure though whether or not to trust the stability of my tripod, when I had to head over to my camera bag to pick up another filter.

This is also taken in the place called Koitelinkoski. Since I still have quiete a few, decent images from there I hope you like it.

Thanks you so much for visiting my site and I hope you enjoyed it.

Exif Info: F11 | 17.0 mm | 0.6 sec