I need to get out more. Some background information

I like to be out in the fresh air, taking photographs and enjoying the surroundings. However, due to one thing and another, I haven't had the opportunity to get far from the house. (Until very recently)

So, what do you do, when you can't do what you want but still want to take photographs? For me, I began to look more closely at the immediate surroundings. There was always the garden of course but flower photos are not my strong point but I tried a little twist (literally) to add a bit of a difference by moving the camera while taking the picture. As you can see in the photo below, of purple geraniums, there is a pleasant blur and makes, what I think is a reasonable background.

Purple Hardy Geraniums abstract background.

It's a technique known as Intentional Camera Movement ICM and gives you a chance to get a little creative. For this picture, the shutter speed was 1/4 sec and I used a 50mm lens. The idea is to keep the camera still as you press the shutter, which gives you some idea of what is in the photo but then to move the camera, giving you a sense of movement and blur. It's very much trial and error and changing the shutter speed faster and slower can give you the effect that you're after. You can just move the camera across the scene or introduce a twist, whatever you like. I do recommend keeping a tight grip of your camera though, as you don't want to end up with a very unitentional zoom, as the camera plummets towards your subject.

The photo below is of St John's Wort flowers. This time, the shutter speed was 0.6 sec and the camera moved across the scene.

Abstract background. St Johns Wort blurred with intentional camera movement.

The next photo, is an old striped carrier bag. This time, I very briefly kept the camera still, before twisting it. The shutter speed was 1/6 sec and was taken at 70mm.

Pastel colours of candy stripe background.

As I said, it's trial and error. Some subjects you think will work really well, don't, while others surprise you by being much better than you thought. If you do submit photos with camera movement, it's a good idea to mention this in the "Notes for editor"

Another avenue to explore is close ups or macro. It can be difficult at first but when you look harder, things start to appear right under your nose. The photo below is part of a hand knitted sock, which looks very bright and colourful. This was taken with a Tamron 90mm macro lens and using a tripod to keep things steady, as we don't want any camera movement this time.

Brightly coloured rows of knitting, background, macro.

Finally, the last photo was of a piece of silk material, twisted into a spiral and photographed, using a focal length of 70mm.

Rainbow coloured silk, twisted into a spiral.

The more you look, the more ideas will spring to mind and you might find yourself, picking up anything and everything, as you say to yourself, "Hmmmm" in a questioning way. The thing is, give it a try, it could give you another way to add more photos to your porfolio.

(The photos I've shown are cropped, so to get the full effect, it's better to open them up.)

Photo credits: S Walker.

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November 13, 2019

TheSlowWalkers

Thank you  Enrique, much appreciated.

November 12, 2019

Egomezta

Wow, amazing combination of colors, nice blog, true colors.

November 09, 2019

TheSlowWalkers

Thanks Udurovf.

November 09, 2019

Udurovf

Thank, nice idea.

November 01, 2019

TheSlowWalkers

Thank you very much Fabio. 

November 01, 2019

FabioConcetta

Very nice colors and blog!

October 29, 2019

TheSlowWalkers

Thanks very much for that Bruce.

October 29, 2019

Rbrucew

Very creative; a proactive approach to finding photo subjects. great colours too.

October 18, 2019

TheSlowWalkers

Thank you very much Bettina and Aurelie. I've been making a conscious effort to find more colour in my photos.

October 18, 2019

Aurelielemoigne

These photos have beautiful colors.

October 18, 2019

Bwagner656

Nice photos, thanks for the insight & tips.

October 17, 2019

TheSlowWalkers

Thanks a lot Merisser. Glad you liked what you saw.

October 17, 2019

Merisser

Wonderful technique, images and blog post. Thanks for sharing!

October 16, 2019

TheSlowWalkers

Thanks very much Heather. Hopefully we'll get to see some of your "new look" photos in the near future.

October 16, 2019

Mcardleh

Great suggestions here, Patrick.  I enjoy being able to look at things anew, and this definitely does it.  Thanks for posting.

October 15, 2019

TheSlowWalkers

Thanks Patrick, glad you found it of interest. I was pleased with the St John's Wort photo, as it almost looks like it's been painted. One thing I like too is that you never can tell quite what you're going to get and even then, if you do it again, it will be different again.

October 15, 2019

Patrick57

Interesting blog about your techniques and my favourite blur would be the St Johns Wort flowers which have made a good abstract image with lovely pastel greens and yellows, the colourful silk is a very nice picture too!

October 14, 2019

TheSlowWalkers

Thanks very much William. The bag was actually quite strong coloured stripes but came out much softer, which was a surprise.  You can use it with material and all sorts of other coloured items. I've also seen it used in landscape photography but I haven't tried that as yet. 

October 14, 2019

Williamwise1

Wow, I love the third shot "Pastel colours of candy stripe background". Very cool idea and technique. William 

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