Guy Davies, EPSA  

Tree Swirl, Longstock by Guy Davies, EPSA

July 2021 - Tree Swirl, Longstock

July 2021 - Guy Davies, EPSA


About the Image(s)

How I Did It:
I thought I would go for something different this month. With a slight easing of Covid 19 restrictions in mid May, Paula and I drove south to visit our long time friends on the south coast of England. We had a day out visiting Longstock Water Gardens near Stockbridge and I took a few shots of the flowers and the ponds. However, my eye was taken by this splendid rhododendron tree with its bent branches and the flowers and leaves behind it. I took a straight shot (see Original) but thought it needed something more, so I stopped down to f/14 to get a shutter speed of 0.8 sec and just rotated the camera as I pressed the shutter. Back home, in ON1 RAW, I applied the Auto adjustment (which I normally use as a starting point) and decided it needed nothing more in the way of exposure and contrast. The only other things I did were to crop and to use the retouch tool to take out a couple of bright patches at the top corners, plus a local curves adjustment on another light patch at the right-hand edge. I finished off with Dynamic Contrast overall at the default setting. Taken on my Lumix G9 with the Leica 12-60 lens at 48 mm. Exposure 0.8 sec at f/14 and ISO 200. For comparison, the previous static shot shown as Original was 1/25 at f/4.5 and ISO 400, also at 48 mm.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Guy, you created a Merry-Go-Round image full of color and the more I look to it, the dizzier I get.. Your circular camera movement was very steady and of uniform speed so there is a little area more defined at the center of rotation. Your PP brought out nice colors and the image looks like a star trails. Indeed, something different.   Posted: 07/06/2021 11:05:02

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Guy, thanks for sharing this wild image! For me, these are very different from what the "average" imager would take and therefore very exciting to look at and look "into." The green and magenta colors in the trees complement each other and make the image, to me, very soothing. As Isaac pointed out the "evens" of the rotation adds to the quality of the image.

I had hoped that the trunks of the trees were close enough that I could layer them and place the focused trunks together with the circular foliage. But, alas that did not work. I believe that a series of these swirled, vibrated and multi-exposure images would make for a very interesting art exhibit.

Thanks for sharing your creativity.   Posted: 07/07/2021 14:04:54
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Thanks for your thoughts Gary. Looks like I might have to go back some time to get some more like this!   Posted: 07/07/2021 14:56:43

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Experimentation offers all of us the chance to learn and grow photographically. Your accurate off hand lens turn added mystery to the canvas, thanks for sharing.   Posted: 07/10/2021 08:06:49

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
The colors play an important part. They make for a lovely abstract. I like how the limbs are separated. I have tried the up and version but with not much success.   Posted: 07/11/2021 16:41:00

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Guy
My camera club Hoylake which you and Paula graced a couple of years ago with a wonderful talk illustrated by your fabulous prints (can I add if like me you think Guys digi images look good his prints take his work to another level) had an ITM competition something I had never attempted and had great fun experimenting with and will try again so I understand why Guy did this.
As soon as I saw this a thought came into my head stained glass window,now maybe I need Isaac to lower my medication, the more I look at it still says the same you did so well with the rotation its a stunning abstract the colours sit so well together I think it would have won first place in our competition absolutely love it.   Posted: 07/12/2021 14:40:34
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Ian, thanks for your wonderful comments.   Posted: 07/14/2021 07:12:35