Poetry In Motion {Tree Series}




Shivakumar L Narayan
Poetry In Motion {Tree Series}
During our earlier stages of photography we get advice and we read in all possible forums and get advice from everyone that the best photograph is one which is in sharp focus and well defined subject. We try all that is possible (bumping ISO, using sturdiest of tripods, etc) to ensure we get that. But as we proceed further in the image making process we realize that its sometime the non-sharp subjects which causes more pleasing and "artistic" images. During my last trip i personally tried the forcefully induced camera shake in getting some repetitive patterns and specific type of images which i had visualized after seeing similar images in other international photography forums. Having said that its definitely not at all an easy task to shake the camera and still continue to get a keeper image which pleases our mind's eye. It takes a really lot of effort to over come what i have told in earlier past of this description (bump down ISO, remove camera off tripod) and proceed with getting pleasing images.

NOTE: In past i have overheard few people tell that anything that is sharp and in focus in nature/wildlife photography will go into other photography forums and the ones with shake will land up in CNP. But let me admit there is a huge difference in posting an image which has deliberate shake induced to get certain effect compared to the images which gets blur due to sudden movement of the gypsy in which you are shooting from or due to using non-image stabilized lens in a tricky lighting situation :)
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Commentby Shivakumar L Narayan on Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:26 am

I have posted couple of other views here in my blog > http://journeythroughnature.com/blog/20 ... ree-series

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:52 pm

Very well made Shiv, What I like here is the abstractness introduced by controlled shake. I wanted to see the first image in you blog in large size but looks like you forgot to link to the larger version. Thanks to Vikram Sathyanathan, I now have samples of **all** of Hahnemuhle's fine art papers. I *think* this will look very pleasing on either William Turner or German Etching paper of them.

Coming to the topic of blurred vs sharp image :) I think our ability to see and make images moves along a spiralling path. The accidental blurred image we made during start of our photographic journey will be very different from the one we made after 10 ten years of attempting at *seeing* Honestly speaking I can 't understand modern arts but if I think no one understands it then you know where I stand :) Same goes with photography too. Everyone has their own scale and interestingly everyone is right in this world ! So all that matters is how much we ourselves believe in it, the conviction we ourselves have in such treatment of our images - rest who cares..

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Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:46 pm

Shiv the controlled blur works well on all counts. I think Ganesh made a very pertinent point. I think visual artists keep trying various combinations. This works is something one can fall back and sit and enjoy with pleasure.

A creative mind is a restless soul...

Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:42 am

"all that matters is how much we ourselves believe in it, the conviction we ourselves have in such treatment of our images - rest who cares..." is what makes this forum special than others.
Shiv, i have tried and experimented a lot on different subject with 'controlled' blurs, have not achieved what i want. If this is what you thought to be the output and got it, i say it is a quite a bit of work, well made. Enjoyed these images.