Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Softness




Out on the beach in the late afternoon, I was playing around with "sweeps," selecting a small aperture, forcing a long exposure, and then slowly moving my camera right/left or left/right, seeing what would happen. The top photo is a good example of that. I love the softness, the pastel yet tropical colors. Then I spotted a couple as they walked the beach, collecting shells, all crisp in their red/white/blue colors. Without changing my camera settings, I took a slow-speed photo of them, not caring that they would blur out, thinking the blur might (a) anonymous-ize them and (b) might indicate a feeling of movement. The final photo was taken the same way — slow shutter speed, no details, just shapes, forms, colors of people walking on the beach.

And isn't this the beauty of digital photography? How we can play, experiment, try things, without spending anything but our time ... ©Carol Leigh

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good to have you back on line, Carol.
The birds, the shells, the tropical flower are lovely.
JC

Stephan Dietrich said...

Poetry in motion and works of art! The hidden canvas within your camera, painting without paint and pixels falling upon your sensor from your flow, motion and visions of swipes. Beautiful work Carol!

Glad to see (read) your computer is up-and-running, that your still getting out, capturing images and creating stunning work! All the best for the holidays!!!

Carol Leigh said...

Thanks, JC, for commenting. I trust you are traveling right now, east to west? Happy holidays!

And Stephan? Every time I walk past the boat "Pelican" here in Newport, I think of you -- and I walk past it a LOT! Today, in fact. I'm assuming that YOU are in much better shape than this poor boat. At least YOU aren't covered in a blue tarp! Or maybe you are ... probably brings out the color of your eyes! --Carol Leigh