In the words of one of my all-time favourite photographers:
To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place - I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
It clouded over this afternoon while we were walking in Friston Forest, which meant the light wasn’t great, and ‘regular’ photos were coming out a little blurry, so I decided to play with my camera and shoot some long exposure shots of the woods with intentional movement blur.
There are some wonderful abstract photographers out there that I have come across reading on landscape (a rather wonderful landscape photography magazine by the multi-talented Tim Parkin) such as Peter Scammell, Valda Bailey and Chris Friel, and I thought I’d have a go myself.
After much experimentation and lots of attempts, here are some shots that I quite liked. I think with a lot more practice I could end up with some pretty fun results.
All shots taken handheld, with lateral or rotational movement slowly while pressing the shutter. To try this, set a slow shutter speed, then move the camera about 10-20cm in a given direction. Try varying your speeds to achieve different effects.
Taken using manual settings at around f11 at 1/10th of a second using a 56mm lens, using my Fuji XT1.