This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trees.
I had the post written in my head until I started selecting photos. I found a couple of shots I wanted to use but they didn’t fit into the post I was planning so I abandoned my original plan.
Here’s four shots of trees all taken within a quarter mile of our yard when out for a walk with the camera. Sometimes I was experimenting with deliberate camera movement during exposure and on one occasion I was testing a new lens.
Motion blurred trees. Taken when I was experimenting with deliberate camera movement during exposure.
Tree trunks taken on the first outing with my 85mm lens.
Motion blurred tree trunks. Another shot taken when I was experimenting with deliberate camera movement during exposure.
A confusion of tree trunks. Taken with a telephoto lens to isolate the trunks and compress the perspective.
Experimenting with panning the camera vertically during exposure.
One Word Sunday.
After experimenting with deliberate camera movement during exposure earlier in the year I had another experiment on a Sunday morning walk.
This experiment was different in a couple of ways. Firstly, the leaves are now off the trees so there is less colour but the trees are more graphical shapes with the bare branches.
Secondly, for my earlier experiments I had been using short telephoto lenses. For this shot I went in the opposite direction and used my fisheye lens. A fisheye lens has an ultra wide angle of view with strong visual distortion towards the edges of the photos.
I find it interesting that the tops of the trees are curved inwards due to the distortion of the fisheye lens but that the branches streak outwards due to the camera movement. It was an exposure of 1/3 of a second while panning the camera vertically.
I spent part of the summer of 1985 in Ontario, Canada shooting stock for a couple of photo libraries. So Throwback Thursday takes me back 33 years. In a strange coincidence, having moved around Britain and Canada in the intervening years I currently live about 20 minutes from where the photo was taken.
A shot of a wave breaking on the shoreline of Georgian Bay at sunrise using a slow shutter speed to get some movement in the water.