As promised with the New Year there may be a new series of posts to try out something different and see how you like the idea… Yes, it’s all up to you to determine whether Warped Wednesday will become a regular feature.
You may be aware that I enjoy the occasional bit of abstract photography among my plethora landscapes and other subjects that catch my mind’s eye. What I enjoy most about abstract work is the process of discovery: finding something within the view in front of me that I can change, transmogrify in camera.
This image is a bit more unusual among my abstracts, due to the process that I used. The Canon 5D MkIII has the capability to do in-camera HDR, where it combines 3 exposures into a single JPEG using High Dynamic Range imaging techniques. The exposures in this case range from 1/10 second to 1.6 seconds; the fastest exposure was held still and when I got to the 1.6 second exposure, I twisted the barrel of my lens to get a significant amount of zoom blur. This confused the in-camera HDR processing to such an extent that artifacts were created around the leaves, which caused a sense of the leaves detaching themselves from the background.
Now, I’ll admit that I didn’t know what the final result might be, as this was a bit of an experiment. Trying out different things and techniques is part of the fun of exploring in photography and many other areas in life; it’s good to stretch the boundaries and keeping those experiments that we like.
I kind of like this experiment… what do you think? Have you ever tried some different techniques?