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I've been having a lot of fun with multiple exposures and the impressionistic images they can produce. The biggest challenge is finding a suitable subject and shooting in such a way as to have a good composition in the final image. The pursuit is a work in progress. Each of the images was created from 20-30 images and the fun part is the surprising result. You really never know quite what it's going to look like until it's done being processed. One thing is for sure...it never looks like any of the individual images that goes into it.
Below is the most recent experiment. You can follow my explorations here: Multiple Exposure Project
This photo was well received on June 16. I'm enjoying the ICM Facebook page. So many creative photographers taking this technique well beyond the usual. It's good to be inspired!
One of the images I made while in Nova Scotia was created with a technique called Intentional camera Movement or ICM. It can give a very impressionistic or painterly or ethereal look to an image and is fun to do (It can also create a lot of messy images too so trial and error is a big part of it and just playing with a sense of fun).
Lo' and behold, there's a Facebook page devoted to this technique (why am I surprised?!) and it's such an inspiration to see all the different subjects and ways of moving the camera and possibilities! So I posted a couple and got some nice feedback. Then the surprise...it was chosen by the admins of the page as one of the photo of the day on June 7!
Here's the collage they put together and posted for all page members to see. The original image can be seen HERE:
I spent the week of May 20 in Nova Scotia at a photographic workshop led by Canadian photographer Andre' Gallant. Based in the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lunenburg we visited some of the iconic locations such as the Waterfront, Blue Rocks, and Peggy's Cove, as well as time to explore the village and surrounding area, enjoy the company and inspiration of fellow participants, eat great food, and fill our minds and souls with the photographic process. Andre' is an excellent teacher and workshop leader and it was a great week!
Here are a few images. Click on any one to go the the full gallery.
It was great to go out shooting with a long time friend today. These little bits of spring were a joy to see.
My walks at the Crossings in Albany have been a source of some surprising images. It's good to go places, especially places that aren't iconic or out of the ordinary. It encourages me to be open to what lies before my eyes.
The first one I recently had printed on aluminum and it looks fabulous!
The birches in our yard caught my eye last fall when I was on the deck. I realized that with the colors changing I had a short window of time to see if I could capture what I saw with my eyes and how that captured my imagination. Here are the first three season of Birch Fantasy. There are four images because early spring and mid-spring had very different looks and color pallets.
A couple of weeks ago, when February was more like April I noticed bluebirds in the neighborhood and we put up the nest boxes. They didn't get a nest built before the weather turned back to January. This morning they were back checking out the boxes and a battle ensued between the bluebirds and the house sparrows, truly the "deplorables" of the bird world. Not only were the bluebirds defending the boxes aggressively from these pests there were cardinals, chickadees, juncos, blue jays and even a woodpecker fighting them off. The swooping, charging and chattering was impressive. Finally the sparrows got the message that they are not welcome but also gone were the bluebirds. Hopefully they will return. We were so happy to have a pair produce a family in our yard last year and would love to see them again.
If you are not familiar with the problem that house sparrows present for the native songbirds read this article by the Cornell University Ornithology Lab. https://nestwatch.org/learn/all-about-birdhouses/managing-house-sparrows-and-european-starlings/ House sparrows (only house sparrows, not all the other types of sparrows) and starlings are considered non-native, invasive species. They are pests and a true danger to our native song birds. They are of no value to the environment nor do they provide any beneficial service. We have starlings around but they are not such a threat to the bluebirds because they cannot fit in a bluebird nest box or cavity but the house sparrows sure can and will. They will injure and destroy native birds, especially bluebirds. Please do not feed them and if they start nesting remove the nests to force them elsewhere. This article from Columbia University give some history of the invasion. http://www.columbia.edu/invasion_Passer_domesticus.htm and this is a good site as well http://www.sialis.org/hosp.htm#nestboxlocation
This cartoon is spot on! If you want to be good at anything you have to practice. Don't wait for a gift from God. And don't fool yourself into thinking someone else has that gift and you don't. And don't bother with "If I just buy that $8,000 camera or the Steinway Grand piano or a Maserati I'll be come a famous photographer, pianist and Formula One race car driver". Nope, it just doesn't work that way. At some point gear does make a difference, and there is such thing as talent but mostly, just like I told my music students...it's practice. If you want it you have to work for it. Now, get out there and shoot...or draw...or whatever makes your heart sing!
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