Image of the Month: October 2013


Aspen Impressionism

In the spirit of last month’s post about fall foliage, I continued to think about creative ways to capture the season. I have taken a few images like this one with the unusual goal of not making an image that was realistic and sharp but instead was painterly and blurry in a different, artistic way. This image was created by manually dialing in an exposure with a long shutter speed (about half a second, I think) and making circular motions with the camera and lens while the photo was being taken. It takes some experimentation to get the effect you want, and you can move the camera in several directions for varying results, but this image succeeded in expressing the movement of trees we can all observe during a wind storm. That’s a type of natural event that is difficult to communicate in a fast, sharp landscape.

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