One thing I really like to do is abstracts. Not the kind made on the computer after-the-fact, but in-camera - at the time of capture. Usually this means capturing something unusual, or manipulating the focus, or using a slow shutter speed and incorporating movement into the photo. Not everyone likes abstracts, they are highly subjective, but they are a fantastic form of creative expression.
If you have a zoom lens you can try zooming while taking the exposure - for optimal effect the shutter speed should be fairly slow. Try starting out at around 1/15 of a second, and keep in mind the f/stop and ISO can be changed in order to get such a slow shutter speed with the right exposure.
Another thing to try is moving the lens slightly while taking the photo. Doing this from a tripod helps control the motion. If just a small amount of blur is present, the result could be Impressionistic and quite appealing.
I tried some new ideas in the field yesterday and have one result on the front page of my site.
Anyway, I have to tell you...I LOVE YOUR LOONS!! Goodness, those are VERY well done. I'm still working on getting good loon photos. Got a couple real good ones of a Great Blue Heron, and also Green heron. Thanks for sharing
Loons are one of my favorite creatures, and photographing them was amazing. Just to hear their calls astounds me.
I was lucky to be able to work with the Loon Preservation Committee (www.loon.org) to photograph some of the birds in NH this summer. I should update my page with other photos, as I got quite a few with chicks during a return trip.
I'm still looking for my fall abstract as well. May be a couple days as I'm headed down to the White Mountains in NH today to check out the notches and colors. I'll be checking back in though!
In their books, they generously and accurately offer the techniques on how to capture such images. Highly recommended.
"Photo Impressionism and the Subjective Image"
"Fine Art Flower Photography: Creative Techniques And The Art Of Observation"
Your "Bald Eagle in Flight" is one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. Love the snowflakes in the pictures. I live to admire nature and your pictures are a joy to behold.
Thank you for sharing with me...
Hoping I can get to look at some trees cloaked in their autumn finery when I head up to Stowe area Wednesday-Sunday. I am not hearing good things but we are willing to drive to see some nice colors. Can you suggest any areas?
I am hoping to be roaming around Vermont for much of tomorrow looking for things to photograph. I can post what I find. As far as the Stowe area, I'm not sure - my favorite thing to do is carry my Delorme Atlas along with me and just get "lost" on back roads, looking for photographic inspiration. Stowe should be a good area to be in, because you can travel different elevations to find foliage at different stages.