Project 365/119 – It’s All a Blur

On Google +, there are several photography groups that I follow. One of them being Nature Visions Photo Expo. A wonderful place that shows some creative nature photography. One of the recurring themes I’ve been seeing is blurring nature to create an impressionist image.

After today’s rain, I took my Canon G12 out to experiment with the spring flowers to see what I could come up with. Creative blurs, I quickly found out is more difficult than I thought it would be. First, allow me to show you my subjects.

Setting the camera on TV (Time Value/Shutter Priority) I first used the shutter speed of 1/15 of a second.

TV f/7.1, 1/15 sec, ISO 80

TV f/7.1, 1/15 sec, ISO 80

Nope..that’s not it. Let’s slow down the shutter speed some more. This time a 1/.6 of a second.

TV f/8.0, 1/.6 sec, ISO 80

TV f/8.0, 1/.6 sec, ISO 80

Oh no ! Too much light ! Let’s find something in between at 1/8 of a second.

TV, f/8.0, 1/8 sec, ISO 80

TV, f/8.0, 1/8 sec, ISO 80

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That’s more like it ! I discovered that having color and contrast really makes the blur images work. I also had to practice the speed and angle that I moved the camera while pressing down the shutter.

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I think to come up with something perfectly fascinating and worthy of Picasso some practice may need to be done. Although I like this last one of some random grass. Let me know what you think! Happy Spring everyone. πŸ™‚

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Oh ! I’m going to add one more. This one I think is the best one. I caught it when cleaning out the extra files.

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39 thoughts on “Project 365/119 – It’s All a Blur

  1. They are actually all good. And you are right, the last one looks like Laburnums. I wouldn’t know the difference on the speed and I like what I see. Keep on practising.

  2. Wow, Emily this process is very cool and my artist curiosity. Once you found the right process, I love the result of your second shot of green stems – spot on w/the value ranges, it absolutely works and draws out great interest.

    • I love how you can look at these images and can see how the color and movement works and doesn’t work. I wish you were with me to coach me through these scenes to really make something fabulous. Thanks Mary!

  3. What an interesting process, I love how there are so many things you can do with photography. I have looked a little at the photography groups on google+ but haven’t really joined any, I don’t use it enough, but I might have to start looking more. You have inspired me.

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