Monday, October 6, 2008

Trying something new for fall

I've been inspired by co-worker Scott Howard's photography to try a new technique for autumn leaves.
Scott's photos reminded me of a technique I'd seen someone do years ago with a double-exposure of a focused and an out-of-focus picture sandwiched together, giving a glowing effect.
So my attempt involves 30-second or longer exposures and carefully turning the focus ring about 2/3 of the way through the exposure. Here are the results from Sica Hollow and the Black Hills' Palmer Gulch. Be sure to click on the photos to get a bigger and better look at the effect.

The effect is much more subtle here, but it's adding that slight glow around the leaf, lichens and the pine needles.

Scott's work is mostly with slow shutter speeds to create impressionistic, painter-like pictures of the fall colors. Check it out at his photo blog - Backroad Light.
For both techniques, you will need long shutter speeds, which means either shooting in much lower light than you are probably used to, or in Scott's case, a 9-stop nuetral density filter. My shots were done in deep valleys and after sunset.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting. Maybe I'll have to try zooming with a long exposure.