I made a ton of photos this past summer in Canada while visitng my original homes of Niagara and Toronto, and I'm going to be featuring them in themed posts every Monday until most of them have made an appearance. This collection is from the suburbs of Toronto - backyards, front yards, parks, shot up close and personal or through a window. Contorted white pine, hydrangeas, decorated trees and some unidentifable subjects. I was trying out different techniques to get something beyond the standard pretty flower snapshot.
Today's DesignSkool lesson: Some of these pictures are the result of experiments with camera panning on slow and very slow shutter speeds in different lighting conditions. I love that you can never predict exactly what you're going to get. The same could be said for most types of photography, but with these manual techniques there are so many factors that come into play and it's really exciting to create surprising effects. It's like painting with your camera but only being partially in control of your brush. If you're looking to make your photography more creative, try it. Set the shutterspeed on your DSLR to a slow time (so the shutter stays open long enough to make an exposure of your movements) and begin moving the camera slowly, experimenting with different directions and motions, shutter speeds and vantage points. Just be sure to keep your ISO very low or you'll get a blank or washed out frame. But hey, sometimes making a mistake can result in an unintential thing of beauty, so just get out and try it!
Photos ©Denise Grayson