Gerard Blair  

 Woodland impressions by Gerard Blair

September 2023 - Woodland impressions

September 2023 - Gerard Blair


About the Image(s)

This month I am hoping for feedback on an image I took about a year ago. It is intended as an abstract with a direct nod to the later Impressionist works.
It is an unusual style for me: I was deliberately trying for stretch myself, and since I think it is along the same lines as work others already produce and discuss here, I am eager to hear your expert impression :-)

The processing was ... iterative ... and I sought to add emphasis to the darkness at the core but fading to B&W.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II - Canon EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM

f/22.0 0.6 ISO320 Vertical camera motion

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

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Gerard, Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) is popular these days and certainly fun to do. I like the movement part but prefer the brown/green colors of the original compared to the lower saturation and harder blacks of the processed version. Also, I might crop out the brown stumps at the bottom to leave just the flow of the trunks upward.
Other variations you could try are a double exposure of a still image with an ICM one, or a longer exposure via neutral density filter of 2-4 seconds in which the motion doesn't start until 0.5-1 second into the exposure, or zooming during the exposure. The possibilities are great. Have fun. Karl   Posted: 09/10/2023 15:14:02
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
thanks for the detailed instructions   Posted: 09/14/2023 12:41:51

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Ditto to Karl...I like the colors in the original. I think because the original has green at the top of the "trunks" they look like trees; the other version looks like grass to me.   Posted: 09/10/2023 15:31:24

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Like Karl and Lauren I prefer the original. The processed version seems blown out. Karl's suggestions are great and I second, well third them.   Posted: 09/18/2023 19:39:40

Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
I concur in that I prefer the original with its softer tones and also that the bright stuff in the lower part is an unwelcome distraction. I really, really like the upper two-thirds, though.
Karl's suggestions offer lots of opportunities. My only thoughts on this are to just experiment with his ideas; with ICM, you just never know exactly what you will get and that is the fun of it!!!   Posted: 09/18/2023 19:49:38