Searching for Tranquility

A bit of an eye twister

Searching for tranquility

This image is one that I captured about 3-1/2 years ago during a walk through the gardens of Gillette Castle in East Haddam, CT, which is a great site to visit year round.  My eye was caught by the multitudinousness of the water lilies; to a degree, I found the view of this pond slightly less than tranquil, which gave me the idea of creating this image, where the eye will never rest.

I am curious to find out how you perceive this image… let me know!

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon 5D MkII using a 24-105 L lens.  I pushed the shutter speed to about 1/3 second to be able to get the zoom blur at this level.  As the camera was handheld, the tricky part was to ensure that something would stay still.

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

23 thoughts on “Searching for Tranquility”

  1. That’s a great photo, I like the centre focus, and the rest feels like you are falling….. I’m pleased that you tell us the camera settings for the photo.

    1. With some help…I did recover your comment!!!

      Thank you for the interesting approach into light speed…makes me wonder how the water lilies will grow once they hit light speed…

  2. Hm… My comment didn’t show up. If it doesn’t, you might want to check your spam because it’s done that to me on a couple other blogs just recently and I had some folks’ comments in mine, too.

    1. It’s rather odd, because I saw your comment and tried to respond to it, but then all of a sudden I got an error message and it was gone.

      I never got a notification about your comment, but that’s not unusual, as your comments are approved by default.

      All rather strange…

  3. I am assuming the photo is cropped. Like the way it shows as radiating spokes from a central hub of tranquility. Canon 5D MkII is heavy and you did a wonderful job taking this beauti handheld.
    By the way, what you mentioned regarding Calensariel’s comment had happened to me a few days back. I saw a comment from one of the bloggers that I was responding to and suddenly the comment vanished. I thought of checking the trash but did not know how to do it. Afterwards I was checking something in my /wp-admin and the comment showed up there. Not sure if this is a bug.

    1. Thank you! It’s cropped just a bit, as I wanted it a little closer to an 8×10 format. Practice has definitely helped me get better at controlling the axis of rotation on the lens; it doesn’t work the way I want every time, but with the advantage of being able to get a feel for the result quickly, digital does make for a great way to experiment.

      Thank you for your insight on the disappearing comment. I will take a look in /wp-admin and hopefully I will find it.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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