The wind blows the flame and the flame takes on different shapes. Using ISO and shutter speed to control the exposure, a simple torch flame turns in to an artistic statement. For some reason this shape reminds me of Batman. Can you see it?
A couple of years ago I took some video of a torch flame. I was disappointed, I thought the close up video would yield interesting patterns yet I couldn’t think of what to do with the video. It didn’t captivate me. Then I had an “aha” moment and got the tripod and the still camera and experimented with shutter speeds. I like this one the best and plan to do some more with two flames.This one reminds me of Johnny Flame and the Fantastic Four…FLAME ON!
I was out taking pictures of fall foliage and saw the reflections of the trees in the pond. I thought about Monet and wanted to do something that was homage to his style. The first image I took had extreme depth of field and the leaves in the pond were as sharp as the rocks. The result was a pretty but cluttered image and not at all Monet like. I then experimented with depth of field but to no avail. I could get the leaf reflection to be less sharp but then some of the rocks and the background would be unsharp and destroy the eye-flow. So I used mother nature and waited for the wind. I used f-32 and a slow shutter speed so the reflections become blurred through movement. Maybe not as good as Monet but a worthy salute anyhow. You can purchase a print of this image on my commercial taller by clicking here.
Most still photographers don’t think about panning very much. Panning is commonly used in cinematography but in still photography will cause motion blur. Sometimes motion blur can make an image work by giving the illusion of motion. If you place the camera on a tripod and pan with the action during a slow shutter speed you can still create blurred motion but through panning make the subject blur less. This was shot at an exposure of 1 second and the camera was panned with the action during exposure. The panning causes the background to blur but by panning with the action the deer are not blurred as much making them stand out. You can see more of my nature images at my gallery by clicking here