A Little Bit of Movement :)

The Way Through the Woods – 1/2 second exposure

I guess its a Marmite effect, love it or loathe it! Deliberate Camera Movement or DCM I mean. This is a technique whereby you deliberately set a slow shutter speed and move the camera as you are taking the picture which results in…..well…..blurred pictures of course 🙂 ! But this is deliberate blur rather than just accidentally being out of focus and it is designed to create an impressionistic image rather than a factual representation of the subject. I, being a massive fan of the likes of Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, J M W Turner etc, love it! But then, I love Marmite too 🙂 !

A Walk in the Park – 1/5th second exposure

These are three of the images I took last week whilst on a walk in the local park. I played around with various shutter speed settings, vertical and horizontal, even circular movement, in order to get a variety of effects. It is of course a ‘hit and miss’ technique because you never quite know what you are going to get, and maybe that is partly why I like it. The unknown and experimental nature of the technique adds to the creative experience for me.

Tree, Ferns and Foliage – 1/4 second exposure

There is also something about capturing the feeling or atmosphere of a scene rather than a detailed record, a little bit like a dream rather than cold reality, that creates a very alternative image and sparks a different interpretation in the mind of the viewer. These kinds of image can’t just be accepted, they need some interpretation by the viewer who can therefore add something – they need to be viewed actively rather than passively.

The great impressionists were very much into capturing the trick of the light rather than the detail and I think that is an amazing ability. They went to extreme lengths to achieve that too – Monet actually strapped himself to the mast of a ship in a storm just to capture the effect of the light and waves. As an artist myself, I have never really had the ability to create impressionistic paintings so maybe I fulfil that part of me in photographic form instead 🙂 !

On a technical note, the pictures were all taken with my Fuji X-T2 and the shutter speeds were 1/2 second, 1/5th second and 1/4 second respectively from top to bottom. This is a good time of year for this type of photography because the light levels are low enough to permit the use of longer shutter speeds without overexposing the images.

I hope you enjoyed viewing the images as much as I did in creating them.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings.

Stay safe!

Until next time,
Your friend
The Dorset Rambler

If you would like to contact me, my email address is terry.yarrow@gmail.com – comments and feedback are always welcomed.

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