Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Nature as Art

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Nature as Art prompt.

As soon as I read the prompt I had several ideas for the challenge. I decided that any effects in photos I selected had to be done in camera, no heavy editing to get an effect. I also decided that all the photos had to be square, although I can’t really explain that decision.

The centre of a Coneflower. A mix of subject and camera movement coupled with very thin depth of field from the high magnification macro lens.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Nature as Art


Autumn tree trunks. Subject isolation with a telephoto lens turns the tree trunks into a pattern.

October Squares: Lines of Tree Trunks


Isolating a small section of a sunrise with a telephoto lens turns it into a graphic image.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Nature as Art


Motion blurred tree trunks. An experiment with moving the camera vertically during exposure.

October Squares: Abstract Lines


Shadows of tree trunks across the snow. A straight forward shot with the fallen branch close to following the rule of thirds.

January Squares: Sidelight


Cloud movement over Colpoy’s Bay. A 60 second exposure at dawn allows the clouds to move across the sky and makes the water appear calm.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Nature as Art


15 replies on “Cosmic Photo Challenge: Nature as Art”

I’ve been trying to limit myself to no more than four, six at the most after getting carried away at times last year.

They are all marvelous, David, but my favorites are the tree trunk patterns, the sunrise and definitely the blurred tree trunks. I’ll have to experiment with that myself! Since my hands shake a little bit, I’m always trying to *steady* the camera, not trying to add additional movement. 🥴

Thanks Hannah. If you’re using a camera with some form of image stabilization don’t forget to turn it off. You don’t want the camera trying to compensate for the movement when it’s deliberate.

Oh – thank you! My Olympus has image stabilization. When I was upgrading my camera, one of the reasons I got the Olympus specifically was because my hands shake. I learned how to turn that off in the Olympus class last week. Now I just need to re-look it up. There was so much info in 2 hours that I felt lucky having come away with being able to control 3 things from memory. The rest, at least, I know how to look up. The instructor also mentioned that you need to turn off image stabilization if you are using a tripod. 😆

I often forget to turn it on as I use a tripod a lot of the time. If you have the Super Control Panel activated on your Olympus the IS settings will be on that.

I normally press the OK button in the center of the arrow pad and then use the arrow keys to move around the Super Control Panel.

Yeah, after I posted that reply I tried pushing the shutter half way. That didn’t work. Then I tried the OK button and that didn’t work. Then I tried all sorts of things and none of them worked. So I need to look it up.

It works using the OK button on my Olympus because I used it half an hour ago. When I’m using manual focus adapted lenses I have to tell the camera the focal length of the lens so it can set the IS system.

The OK button still didn’t work, so I started just pushing the buttons that we had pushed class. And one of the buttons worked! I have to push the F3 button. (I had apparently pushed it a second time somewhere along the line in class or afterwards. It seems to be a toggle button – on/off.) Once I had pushed the F3, the Super Control Panel came right up. If it disappears, all I have to do is push the shutter button down half way. Whew! Don’t have to look it up. 🙂

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