Bob Shor  

Swirling Sidewalk by Bob Shor

June 2022 - Swirling Sidewalk

About the Image(s)

I shot this image on my iphone 13 using the slow shutter cam app (you have to purchase through the app store) with the shutter speed set at 1/2 second. This is an example of intentional camera movement that I have been experimenting with on the phone. These pics are meant to be blurred to create a painterly type effect (this effect is not liked by everyone). But, its alot of fun to see what you can create by slightly moving the camera (in this case twisting it slightly) as you press the shutter. You need the app to do this (you can also set a slower shutter speed in lightroom mobile and get the same effect). You can move the camera in different directions to see what effects you can create (up and down, side to side, etc.). You can't do this under normal lighting conditions with the native camera (or a regular camera) unless you put on some type of nd filter. I didn't post process this image except for a slight vignette.

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9 comments posted

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
This gives the image a soft, dreamy effect, and I like it...Does this app. have a special name?   Posted: 06/11/2022 10:09:49

Bob Shor   Bob Shor
Thanks Ruth- see the screenshot of the app you would need to purchase. Lots of fun and easy to use.   Posted: 06/11/2022 15:33:38
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Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Intentional camera movement and produce all kinds of creative results, and having the option within an iPhone app makes it accesible to those of us who might have found it daunting. You've chosen a great scene for this, Bob, it renders very dream like; you even have the light at the end of the tunnel! Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 06/11/2022 16:14:24

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
This is an interesting swirling image. The motion created a tunnel and the scene does appear somewhat painterly, fantasy-like. The original would be helpful to compare. I don't know if manipulating is possible, but if the area toward the end of the tunnel could gradually be made more static all the way to the gate (unblurred) it might offer yet another interesting look-- and a spot for the eye to land. There are many fun apps for creating art with the phone camera, it is one reason I love it.
  Posted: 06/14/2022 14:03:29
Bob Shor   Bob Shor
Hi Belinda- what you see is what you get with this ICM image. This is the original. So, when you are in the field and taking these types of shots, its all experimental to try and get the effect you want. I did take several of these and thought this was the best of the series (for my taste). ICM is very subjective. I guess I could have taken a static image of the same scene and blended it to get the effect you are looking for, but that isn't the intent of a pure ICM image and not possible in this case.   Posted: 06/14/2022 14:56:29

Gene Eckhardt   Gene Eckhardt
I find the image interesting, but I am not sure that I like it? Except for the swirl, it seems too close to my natural eyesight. Camera movement is an interesting art form, which I have only practiced by accident. I like the colors, subjects, and composition. I think I would have enjoyed the "normal" image. That said, I admire your creativity and willingness to explore and share other photo genres.   Posted: 06/14/2022 15:34:01
Bob Shor   Bob Shor
Gene- its definitely not for everyone's taste. I enjoy creating different effects with the iphone, which is why I find using one so compelling.   Posted: 06/14/2022 16:35:46

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Hi Bob,
I really like the way you experiment with new things of mobile phone. The sidewalk you captured has become something like a bridge-tunnel. It has a painterly effect to the scene. It seems similar to the zoom blur spiral effect when we twist the ring of the lens while shooting in SLR.
In this image, the foreground seems a bit brighter than the background that stop my eyes there. I don't know whether you can increase the speed a bit to make the subject at the end of the sidewalk more visible. I'd want to see more of your creativity. Thanks for sharing your work with new app!   Posted: 06/19/2022 21:14:51

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
This one makes me feel as though I'm stumbling unsteadily through a covered bridge. I like seeing where the painterly soft effect took you, but next time, try to remember to also shoot one "regular" shot, just to compare.   Posted: 06/27/2022 12:32:45