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Camera Motion Creativity Without Photoshop


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


- This image was taken with the following settings:

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


Photographing Fall Colors in Ohio


 - “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



New Fall 2014 Photo Workshop


Learn the basics of finding fall color before peak color arrives.  Explore close-up and macro details with fall color at Inniswood Metro Gardens, one of Central Ohio’s premier locations for nature lovers and photographers alike!    You’ll learn what it takes to create compelling close-up and macro images with hands on personal instruction as well as what to look for when shooting landscape scenes.  This is a great setting that will enable you to take the theory of photography and practice in a real world situation while receiving professional feedback and guidance.


Cost: $39

Limit: 5 people

Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 South Hempstead Road
Westerville, OH 43081


Requirements: Digital SLR Camera and tripod.   A basic understanding of manual camera functions to include, aperture, shutter speed, iso, and white balance.  You’ll also want to bring weather appropriate attire (rain gear) and a positive desire to learn.

Please register by phone at 614-378-9511 or via the online cart below:

Date: September 27th, 2014 – FULL

Date:  October 11th, 2014  - Registration Link


Questions – Please contact Vince  - 614-378-9511 or vincenobel

The Impact of Creative Close-Ups

Finding creative subjects in nature’s clutter can be challenging for even the most experienced photographers.   Shooting close-up and macro images provides a great way to to isolate your subject for more creativity and impact.  This series of images show the initial scene and how I eventually shot it.  Let’s take a closer look -

This scene shows an average grouping of hyacinths shot with a 150mm macro lens at F5.6.  The aperture setting gave me a shallow depth of field but the overall scene is still too busy and cluttered for my liking.


My next step is to frame the image.  Getting closer will allow me to simplify my subject matter to just a few flowers.  As I frame the image in camera I constantly observe my background and how it relates to the foreground flowers.  I want a background that does not detract from my main subject.   We’ll go ahead and frame here -


Getting closer really changes the look and feel of this image.  By moving closer I was able to compress the scene with a shallow depth of field (plane of focus).  Using the shallow depth of field I can now focus on just one part of the image while the rest fades to various shades of blues and purples.  Remember depth of field is affected by your aperture setting, lens focal length, and camera to subject distance.  Combine all three with precise focus point selection and you’ll have images with more creativity and impact.

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Thanks for viewing! – Vince 

Fighting the Wind in Photography


Many times I find myself shooting in less than ideal situations.  Today started off well enough but once I found a subject the weather turned against me.   This dogwood bloom is a product of patience – waiting over 40 minutes for just a few frames between wind guests.  In addition to patience I made a few camera adjustments that helped me steady my shot.   Here’s what I do – 1 – Use a tripod – (obvious) – this will reduce camera shake but do little to combat the wind.  2 – ISO – Your sensor’s sensitivity to light.  The higher the ISO the faster you’ll be able to shoot (shutter speed).  I set my ISO for this image from 100 to 400 giving me two extra stops.  Why not more?  Well the higher you set the ISO the more noise invades your image.  I like images with little noise so I rarely go above 400-800 even on my full frame sensor.  3 – Aperture – I set my F-stop on my 300mm lens to its widest setting of F4.  Shooting “wide open” allows for more light and thus faster shutter speeds  - plus I liked the shallow depth of field it provided for this scene.   So what’s this all mean? – It means a shutter speed of 1/500th sec which combined with my patience was enough to get an acceptably sharp image.   Thanks for viewing – Vince