“Curving Light”

In a way I’m backing up a bit in this post. Still in abstract mode, but going auto, as in automobile!! 🙂
Going back to January, and the time of the NAIAS in Detroit! Well as most of you know, at all these auto shows there are a ton of flashing multicolored lights everywhere, boat loads of people, and many other distractions that can make getting the shot you want of a car a bit hard.
I came away with plenty of nice shots, and even some of the SRT Viper, which is the car used in this image. I really loved the bright yellow, and the way the vents on the hood curve, soooo in addition to regular shots, I also got this one as an abstract.
Yes it is bright, shiny, full of light, flashy, and don’t forget, bright yellow….but that’s what it’s all about!! Right!! 🙂
This car is really a totally cool sports car, and truth be told, when I was a child, I always wanted to own a bright yellow Porsche. Hhhmmm, I guess I could settle for the SRT Viper instead!! 😉
How about you? What type of car did you want as a child?

Abstract of the automotive type!!
Abstract of the automotive type!!

“Green Green Grass”

In keeping with the theme of my last post I wanted to bring another motion blur abstract. It’s a lovely yet simple green image. It appears to be an image of beautiful windblown grass, and that’s exactly how I see it. You may see something else.
It was made in the same way with as I discussed before. Slower shutter speed, and motion while keeping the shutter open.
I usually use nature as my subject as I did in this case. It just might not be what you think it is! That’s the beauty and strength of an abstract!! 🙂

Flowing, light filled, green abstract!
Flowing, light filled, green abstract!

“Abstracts using Motion Blur”

I have always been a fan of abstract images. Especially bright and colorful ones. By using in camera settings, like changing your shutter speed. You can achieve many beautiful abstract results.
These days it seems more common for people to use Photoshop or other forms of software to do the work for them. I know you can achieve dramatic results, and really change things around by using software to do motion blur, but for me, I like to do it the old fashioned way!
I have found the best results so far are with subjects like autumn leaves, spring flowers, trees, and other nature oriented items. Maybe that’s because I love nature! 😉
My preferred method is to experiment with different slow shutter speeds while moving my camera in the direction of my subject moving, like for trees panning from the bottom of the tree to the top, or sometimes in other directions to create different types of effects according to the subject.
During autumn, many times the winds are so strong here that any type of typical fall foliage image is impossible, for example when the winds are gusting from 30-40 mph. Instead I use the flow and movement that already presents itself to me, to my advantage, which can create some beautiful results.
Besides using slow shutter speed with motion. I also on a rare occasion like to zoom out while slowing the shutter speed just a tad. This seems to work really well with trees and flowers!
The image here is a simple and colorful one from last fall. I love the flowing feel to this one, but I also like to make images that have more of a feathery, brush stroke, or wavy twisting look to them.
Anyway you do it, it’s fun, and you really can’t go wrong. If you like it, then that’s what matters!
I’m sure a lot of you have done these, but if you haven’t, and are looking for something different to do, then I’d say let go, and have some fun. You never know what you’re missing! Try some motion blur abstracts!! 🙂

Abstract Photography using motion blur!
Abstract Photography using motion blur!

“Entrance Doubled”

For something a little different tonight. I decided to go a little overboard in processing this image, just for fun!
I did a little photo walk on my own not long ago, and just went walking around a town taking in the scenes, and getting some shots here and there of whatever caught my eye.
I really liked the doors here, as well as the beautiful brick work, and architecture. All of it being an historic building.
For some reason when I was processing this I just felt like taking it out of what I normally do, which is good for a change. I feel it really brings out the brick work! I wanted to bring out the doors too in a different way, but I’ll plan that when I go back and process it again!
I hope you like it, and can get a feel for the structure, historic feel, and mood! BTW, it was freezing that day, but without snow! 🙂

Double Doors Doubled!!
Double Doors Doubled!!

“Dawn of Calm”

In the last post I gave us a bit of summer warmth and cheer. Something I think lots of us needed at the time! In this post I’ve brought you an abstract image of a sunrise from earlier this the fall on a cold morning off of Lake Huron.

The colors in this were just like an apricot with golden tones. Really beautiful in it’s own right. This didn’t start out as an abstract, but as I went to process it, it seemed to me that’s just where it fits.

You won’t find anything in this image except pure gorgeous color, a clear horizon, and a calming spirit. Relax and enjoy! 🙂

Abstract Sunrise
Abstract Sunrise

“Sky Down”

For all of those who now have 2-3 feet of snow dumped on their area, and those who have seen their share of storms and clouds this winter. I thought you might be in need of a taste of summer again.

This image is pure summer! A huge cornfield with beautiful blue sky and clouds above it, a sky so big that it looks like the clouds are just swooping down!

So for now, I want those that are ready for spring, those that are ready for winter to be over, and those in need of a bright sunny day to just take a minute.

Look at this image and think……. warm temperatures, a soothing breeze, the scent of corn and soil. The sight of intense blue skies, and beautiful clouds……. Ahhh…..
Now close your eyes, keep this image in your head. Take a few deep breaths and just relax! 😉

Ok, So… that’s all for today. I hope this gave you a glimmer of hope of a new day dawning, and the end to a long cold winter, for those that feel that way!
For everyone else. Let’s get out and go enjoy the snow! :))

Reminders of summer!!
Reminders of summer!!

“Seeing Red”

When we think of the saying “Seeing Red”, we don’t usually think good thoughts. We may think anger, frustration etc. Well in this case, seeing red is a good thing, a very good thing! 🙂
I noticed this fire hydrant a few months ago, and have been trying to find a good way to capture it. Yep, I know that sounds strange. Like, just how difficult could it be to get a shot of a fire hydrant! 😉 Each time I went to its location, which was several times, the time just wasn’t right, things weren’t clicking!!
On a whim, during the snow I decided to go check it out, and lo and behold the time was perfect! Just what I wanted. Something bright and red, standing out against the white of the snow, and the darkness of the day!
Something so simple, so everyday, something we may even take for granted. There it is, turned into an item of beauty! Something that can stand out on its own and say, I’m here!! Look at me!!
I hope you enjoyed this post, and image as much as I did making it! It was an image in my mind for months before it came to fruition! 🙂

A bit of red on a snowy day!
A bit of red on a snowy day!

“1903 Ford Model A” 2

As many of you who follow me know. I’ve been working through a mountain of automobile images. I decided to post just one more car image here, then after that it will back to our regularly scheduled programming. No seriously, I’ll get back into more nature images!! I think I’m about Car-d out LOL!! 😉

I did find this car here to be of quite a bit of interest though. A 1903 Ford Model A, in fact the only one still surviving. The details are fantastic, and of course beautifully cared for. Shiny red paint, white tires with red spokes on the wheels. Plus a beautiful brass steering wheel and horn!! Truly a marvel from 110 years ago!!

I hope you enjoy this image, and if you’re a car lover. I have many images of different types of cars and their details on my site. So for now, until the next auto show, or maybe a muscle car show, I think I’ll stick to nature, landscapes, and maybe an abstract here and there!! 😉

Vintage Ford Model A
Vintage Ford Model A