There are some summer days that I just love the color that is around me. The gardens are in full bloom. The fields have the golden glow of wheat. Today I decided to concentrate on taking photos that concentrated on the color in an abstract way using "Intentional Camera Movement" and the multiple exposure feature on my camera.
A few years ago I was at a camera workshop and some folks had equipment that allowed them to take multiple exposures and then process them "in camera". I loved this feature and was waiting patiently for Canon to provide this same feature. As soon as they announced that they were going to debut a new Canon 5D model with multiple exposure and HDR, I immediately ordered the camera and waited for it to be released in the US.
I was not disappointed. Both features are things that I really appreciate about my camera. And I use these features to enhance my creative expression.
Today was all about color and making fun, abstract images. I tried conventional multiple exposure, with 9 exposures.
Here are some of the results.
I spied a couple of pink blossoms with a whole lot of greenery. I knew that the pink would do a nice bit of blending with the green and provide a colorful splash of green tones with some pink. Swirling my camera around created the affect, with 9 exposures.
This next shot was more experimental. I saw lots of color and wondered what it would be like all blended together. Movement wasn't a circle but more downward in nature.
I returned to a swirling approach with 9 exposures with one lily in the frame and some greenery and some brown earth. This time I slightly moved the camera in a clockwise position.
Slightly different part of the garden more of a traditional clockwise rotation with a center focus and 9 exposures. I can feel the thrill of the movement.
Then I changed my approach completely and took multiples by changing the zoom of my lens. A little more like a horror-movie than a celebration of color.
Tried changing the zoom lens again, this time just focused on flowers and 3 multiple exposures. A more subtle approach, but not the type of celebration of color that I was hoping for.
I liked the following affect a whole lot more. White color with a little green background. 3-Shot multiple exposure with just a slight twist on the zoom lens. In the future, I might play with a 2-Shot multiple exposure with just a little twist of the zoom to give it a slight ghost affect. And I might change the whiteness to a purer white by overexposing a bit.
I have to admit that it was great fun to play with color and creative expression. Some really work well for me; others were a nice experiment. But often, it's the experiments that I really like. So, I will continue to play around and use the features of my camera and my ability to move and shake in order to create!.