Flowers in Abstract
I had been wanting to experiment with pan and blur techniques to create abstract photos since I saw an online seminar about it. The technique involves using slow shutter speeds and camera motion to create pleasing abstract images. When I came across this flower plant, I was drawn by the strong white, red and pink colors of the flowers and the strong lines from the plant’s stems. I initially took some rather pedestrian images of the plant, but immediately thought to myself that this would be a great opportunity to try this new technique I had learned about a couple of weeks back.
How to get this type of shot
The flowers were in deep shade covered by a large tree along the sidewalk in someone’s front yard. I already had a polarizer from the day’s shooting, all I needed to do is put my f-stop to f/22 to get as long a shutter speed as I could. An aperture of f/22 gave me 1/13s at ISO100. I experimented with different movements such as zooming, panning and in the photo above, a circular motion. There was a lady standing on the side of the road while I was doing this and she must have thought I was crazy. I shot several dozen frames and when I got home, not surprisingly, most of the images were not too interesting. However, I found the image above very pleasing with its vibrant colors and interesting shapes created by the circular camera motion. In addition, I feel the strong linear elements created by the stems really add to the image. Although this was my first time doing this technique, I had lots of fun and plan on using it in future shoots.