...join them. That was my approach this week while photographing aspen leaves. I was able to catch a few before the breeze or wind began, but much of the time, when I wanted to photograph close-ups, the wind would be blowing, because during the autumn months in New Mexico, that is normal. So I took a different tack to the wind and experimented within shutter priority, varying the speeds between 1/30 and 1/10 of a second. It was interesting to see the results. They seem to be somewhere between marginally impressionistic and totally abstract. My process was to shoot a group of images, download them into the computer, see what worked and what was of marginal interest, and head outside to shoot again. I did this about five times over three days with mixed results. Some looked downright muddy and weird. Eventually, I honed in on the idea of color, and how movement and shutter speed work to create some wild designs.
First, a shot made in the morning, when the leaves were backlit, there was little or no wind. The second is a general aspen shot, courtesy of nature.
Then, I let my camera do its magic at 1/30 of second. The small branches not only bent in the wind but the leaves flew like flags against the blue sky.
What attracted me to this image is the combination of light peach and yellow, subdued slightly by the grass backdrop.
This shot was taken in early afternoon, leaving the gold very bright and dramatic, taken at 1/10 of a second shutter speed. The photograph below that was made during the same time frame, showing a little more structure in the midst of abstraction.
Before the deep frosts arrive later in the week, I hope to get out and do more aspen and cottonwood photography.
Wayne, TTT, Maria, Marilyn, Barbara, Dianne, Steve, Donna, Pauli, and Ingrid chimed in on last week's blog and I appreciate that.
Thanks for going on this experimental photographic journey with me!
until next Monday,
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