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Forest abstract
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm/f2.8-4.5 Camera: K-5 ISO: 80 
Posted By: newmikey, 07-21-2013, 02:54 AM

None of this was done in post-processing, except for raw conversion. All five images were created by panning or zooming the camera during exposure. I'd love to read your comments!






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07-21-2013, 03:06 AM   #2
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wow, last one looks like a painting almost ! I like it and the first most. Nice technique and nice results - well done!
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The first two and the last one are my favorites. Great job. This must be a difficult technique to pull off but you sure managed it.
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I've done a few with some maples similar to the third photo.
The up and down panning was harder for me to achieve.
Did you use a tripod?
I used a tripod for panning, but not for zooming.
Good efforts. Like the last two the best.

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Very creative! Love the last two best. Thanks for sharing.
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Nice! I've tried the spinning one before. Can get some really cool results with that.
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way cool, interested to know your technique, settings, etc.
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First of all: thanks everybody for looking and commenting, highly apprciated.
QuoteOriginally posted by Bob Harris Quote
way cool, interested to know your technique, settings, etc.
I was actually walking the dog in the municipal forest and didn't bring my backpack so I ended up trying to make do without grey filters, tripod or any other tricks of the trade and was thrown back on the K-5 body + Sigma 17-70mm.

I turned ISO way down to 80 and aperture all the way to f22 - for what I wanted, diffraction really isn't an issue. For what it's worth: the full exif is in the original-size images on flickr.

For all images I found out very quickly that, whether panning, zooming or spinning, it's crucial to start moving before triggering the exposure. So I focussed on the top of the trees and then either panned the camera reasonably quickly downwards, triggering the shutter after starting the move. For the circular ones I actually attempted to spin myself by standing on my toes, camera pointing straight up and then pivoting on my two feet while keeping the same area focused in the viewfinder. The zoomed ones worked in a similar way. These were the only ones I felt good enough to show out of some 80 raw shots though so be prepared to experiment a lot. This stuff is simply non-repeatable - every shot works out differently.

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thanks for the info Mike, much appreciated. Bob

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