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PM Update – How & Why?

Well I don’t normally edit or update a post, at least I haven’t yet but I’ve gotten a few questions on what I was trying to achieve and how I did it.

Okay…so here’s the why. I don’t normally set out to shoot abstracts but I’ve seen some lovely ones and wanted to try creating abstracts in camera by using panning and zooming techniques. Something I’ve never done before and I’m always up to the challenge of trying new things. I headed out to a wooded area not far from my home and my initial goal was to come away with an abstract that would capture the colors of fall but not have an image were the subject was recognizable.  While this image didn’t exactly fit the bill, as you can certainly make out the leaves, there was something pleasing about it to my eye. I do have some other shots from that day that are truly abstract in nature and I’ll post those later on in the week.

The how. For this image I set up my DSLR on a tripod and pointed the camera to the ground which was covered in leaves and pine needles. I used my Sigma 18 to 200mm at a focal length of 96mm. f/16 and exposure time of 0.6 sec. While holding the shutter I panned the camera to the right to achieve a blur.  I brought the RAW file into Photoshop and tweaked levels and added an orange and red warming filter. I then used Topaz B&W Effects and applied an s-curve and used the Copper Red preset and adjusted the tones slightly.

So there you have.


I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was out and about searching for more fall colors this weekend and decided to try some different techniques with in camera effects. I wanted to create some abstracts using trees and leaves. Abstracts are not soemthing I usually do but I was quite please with some of the results. I’ll be posting a few more this week. Would love to get your thoughts….

You can click on the image to see it larger.

20 responses

  1. Gerry

    Hi Edith; yes, certainly abstract but apart from the glow of the maple leaf at the bottom of the picture, I’m a little confused about what the rest of the image is conveying. Perhaps you can explain the technique you used to get the colouring, shutter speed and aperture/ISO which would help one understand how the image was conceived. Gerry


    October 24, 2011 at 10:14 am

  2. So love this shot!


    October 24, 2011 at 10:35 am

  3. What a cool abstract. I like the hunts of the fall leaves in it. Good job!


    October 24, 2011 at 11:02 am

  4. Ooo very nice Edith!


    October 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

  5. Rob

    I enjoy the abstract, but have only photoed a few images. Quite the interesting abstract you have, the seeming patterns, a sense of movement. Intriguing!


    October 24, 2011 at 11:31 am

  6. Well now that is totally cool!


    October 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm

  7. Great abstract Edith. Love the golden color and I like that you can tell what that they are leaves after studying it. Nicely done.


    October 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm

  8. Very unique image, love it!


    October 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm

  9. This looks as if you have used a slow shutter and then spun/rotated whilst the shutter was open. Whilst it is a cool effect added to by the monotone color, I’m not quite sure what you were trying to achieve. Maybe with your next posts you could explain a little more.


    October 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm

  10. Nice abstract. I can just make out the leaves.


    October 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm

  11. Nice work, Edith. I like the color and the image sort of look as if clear water is passing above the leaves. It’s fun to experiment and be creative. 🙂


    October 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm

  12. Nicely done Edith, I like the feeling of motion you’ve captured here.


    October 24, 2011 at 9:25 pm

  13. Great site and great photos, thanks for sharing!


    October 25, 2011 at 5:59 am

  14. You know I really like how this came out Edith, it has a great sense of motion to it.


    October 25, 2011 at 7:50 am

  15. Nice work on this, the motion effect works well!


    October 25, 2011 at 7:59 am

  16. I like this – recognisable, but abstract enough to hold the interest.


    October 25, 2011 at 8:40 am

  17. Wonderful shot Edith! Thanks for for writing the details.


    October 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm

  18. Wonderful Edith. This is a very beautiful abstract. Well done. I have experimented with these types and this has made me think I want to do more of it!


    October 27, 2011 at 6:14 am

  19. Beyond awesome shot!


    October 27, 2011 at 9:07 am

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