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Camera Motion Creativity Without Photoshop

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Forget Photoshop!  Today I used a fun technique originally learned shooting slide film – This was a long time ago so don’t ask my age!   The technique is rather simple and can yield some fun and creative results.  The basic process involves setting your camera to a slow shutter speed while panning  up or down to create a blurred effect.  Let’s take a look at a couple images.  In both cases my shutter was in the 1 second range allowing ample time for camera movement to create the blurred effect.  Feel free to contact me with questions and thanks again for all your support!

- Vince

 

- The above image was shot today with the following settings:

Nikon Full Frame DSLR, Nikkor 16-35mm F4 set to 35mm – F16 @1.6 seconds, ISO 200

 

- The image below was taken a few years ago with the following settings:

Nikon Full Frame DSLR, Sigma 150mm – F16 @ 1 second, ISO 200

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- This image was taken with the following settings:

Nikon Crop Sensor DSLR, Nikkor 17-55mm set to 17mm – F22 @ .80 second, ISO 100

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Photographing Fall Colors in Ohio

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 - “Autumn Ohio”

Highbanks Metro Park, Ohio

In a few short weeks Autumn will descend on Ohio bringing with it cooler temps and a brilliant change to summer’s leaves of green!  I only wish this display would last longer than a few short weeks and perhaps more than once a year.  I’ll be traveling soon throughout Central Ohio and beyond to West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina desperately chasing color and light.  I never leave home without a few essential items in my camera bag -

  • Fully charged camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Wide range of lenses – I try to keep the number low but right now I currently prefer the Nikkor 16-35mm F4, 70-200mm F4, and Nikkor 60mm macro just to name a few.
  • Sturdy Tripod – I currently use a carbon fiber Feisol Tripod with an Acratech Ball Head – both light and durable!
  • Circular Polarizer Filter – If you don’t own one you’re missing out on something special.  I prefer the pristine optics of B+w and Hoya.
  • Rain gear, Muck boots and appropriate layers of merino wool.  Below average weather conditions usually yield above average images. –   Pretty weather and pretty things bore me!
  • F-Stop Camera Backpacks – Currently using the Kenti for compact short trips and the Tilopa BC for longer excursions.   Love the layout, durability and back support- Best camera bags on the planet!
  • Last but not least – A Creative Spirit willing to push the limits and explore nature’s hidden beauty.

Thanks so much for all your support!  I look forward to sharing more fall images soon!

- Vince