Abstract Sunday – Forest Aberration

Movable forestry

It’s been a while since I have added to my portfolio of abstract photography, which is always a source of inspriation for me to try out other new areas of capturing images.

As I went along with my wife to her herding lesson with our Cardigan, Dorothea Lange (aka Dora), I did a little wandering around to explore the farm property.  After taking some more representational images, I felt like experimenting with the woods border the farm.

Forest Aberration

What do you think?  Do you ever experiment with your photographic methods?

Technical Description

This image was captured with my Fujifilm X-T1 using a Fujifilm XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 LM OIS WR lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/6 second, f/10 at 200 ISO.

Transmogrification – Kryptomorphaics

Rose particles flow

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is often very interesting, and this week is no exception with the topic of Transmogrification.  This topic is near and dear to my heart, as I have a series of abstract images that I title Kryptomorphaics.

The concept behind this series is to reveal that what lies hidden from the eye (crypt-) through transformation (morph-).  The details of this series are described in a series of posts that start with TTT – Abstract Photography – ep. 1.

Rose Particle

This image is an example of revealing the energy that lies within this lovely rose; it truly vibrates and resonates with the frequencies that traverse the entire universe.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/3 second with f/16 at 200 ISO; a zoom blur technique was used to create the effect in camera.

The Elusive Rose Particle

Between dimensions lies beauty

In the annals of Particle Physics there is always discussion about the next particle to be discovered.  At which energy level can we expect to find it?  Can we verify its theoretical mass?  How stable will it be?

Heady questions, all of these!  In the alternate reality that surrounds us within hidden dimensions, we simply need to uncover the pathways into these dimensions and let our mind’s eye guide us across them.  When we are in an adequate frame of mind to follow these pathways, we find untold beauty and a wealth of new knowledge.  One of these paths leads us to this elusive vision of beauty…

Rose Particle

The Rose Particle is a rather elusive superposition of energies within interstitial dimensional space.  When perceived, it radiates universal energies, which have been known to establish beautiful patterns.

In response to Daily Prompt – Elusive.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/3 second with f/16 at 200 ISO; a zoom blur technique was used to create the effect in camera.

Daily Prompt – Simplicity

Simplification is beauty

In today’s Daily Prompt we are asked to look for Simplicity.  In a world fraught with complex issues and interactions, Simplicity is an important concept to embrace, as we remind ourselves to enjoy those simple moments, such as a smile, a touch, a nod or an embrace.  These simple moments are what bring humanity together, as we recognize that we all have the same needs, wants and aspirations, such as peace and harmony and safety for our families and ourselves.

Amber Waves

This image captures the simple beauty of the amber tones within a tree during the beautiful autumn season.  It allows us to just absorb the color and motion of the moment and enjoy it.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II camera using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/3 second, f/10 and 100 ISO.

Inspired by the Daily Prompt – Simplicity.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round-up

The first wonderful entries

It was very exciting and gratifying to get the first participants in this brand-new photo challenge.  This installment of the Tuesday Photo Challenge was all about texture.


The following fantastic entries were submitted:

Please go check these blogs out and let them know how you like their work.

Be on the lookout for the next challenge on Tuesday, and, maybe you’ll join the fun!

WPC – Representational Abstractism

Stretching our mind’s eye

There’s nothing more likely to find representational concepts in abstract form than the human mind.  The Yoga Tree is a fine example of this!

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A Proper Asana

Yes, in essence, she is a mere tree, whose form has been shaped by years of growth in a climate and environment, for which the current shape was an optimal adaptation.  Being on a farm, she had to deal with growing around a discarded oil tank, which almost certainly contributed to the curvature.

To our human mind, she presents an intriguing shape that we look to interpret; as she presents this shape, we see arms stretching to the sky in a pose that might remind us of a yoga asana: the Yoga Tree is born!

During the Summer, when she is ensconced in a fine set of foliage, there are other shapes to discover.  I’ll be sure to touch upon these in a future post!

My question to you: what did you see first time you laid eyes on this tree?

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app and enhanced using the Instagram app.

Inspired  by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Abstract.

Happy New Title and Tag You’re It!

As this blog didn’t evolve much over the past couple of years, today was a perfect time for the second daily task in the Blogging 101 course from WordPress’ Blogging University: Take Control of Your Title and Tagline.

It was time to rid this blog of the old title of ‘jansenphoto’, as my name doesn’t truly reflect me.  The new title ‘Dutch goes the Photo’ actually tells you something about me, my background and approach to photography.

Angleic Butterfly emerging from Vines
Cryptomorphosis 1

The new tagline ‘Focus Hocus Pocus’ is a nod to one of my favorite Dutch bands, Focus and one of their great songs ‘Hocus Pocus’.  Music like that never gets old, just like novel approaches to photography keep things fresh and exciting.

Another link back to the ‘Focus Hocus Pocus’ is on view in the image here, which I captured in the Netherlands about 5 years ago.  All the magic in this image titled ‘Cryptomorphosis 1’ was done in-camera with only minor touch-ups in Photoshop…