Here are my photos for the Assignment 18: Abstract Photography.  Over the last couple of weeks I have tried to show you various ways to see and photograph abstractions.  Let’s see how I went about it.

Being more at ease with motion photography, the first two photographs will show those techniques. The first I took on the Syracuse Creekwalk last month using ICM (Intentional Camera Movement).

Intentional Camera Movement or ICM Abstract Photo

Intentional Camera Movement or ICM Abstract Photo. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/20s, f/18, ISO 200, EV +0.6, 55mm focal length.

The second uses the long exposure while zooming technique.  When the shutter is open, I zoom the lens from 300mm down to 28mm.  Anyone care to guess where this was taken?

Long exposure zooming abstract photo.

Long exposure zooming abstract photo. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 4s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 3 stop ND filter.

This last one is an iPhone photo which I manipulated using a photo app to give an abstract look to it.  Taken at a local fundraiser where face painting got a little out of hand. I call this the All Seeing Eye. 😀

iPhone abstract.

iPhone abstract. 1/17s, f/2.8, ISO 160, 3.9mm focal length.

I am not totally satisfied with these.  They have wetted my appetite for more experimentation as I continue my photographic journey.

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23 Responses to Abstractions

  1. Drew M says:

    The first two are quite impressive, Scott. You’ve inspired me to get back into experimental photography.


  2. Robin says:

    These are pretty cool, Scott. I especially like the second one. I’m going to guess it was taken at a waterfall. I’m reminded of water by the blue (but now that I think about it, it could be sky as well… hmmm…).


  3. milkayphoto says:

    Okay, that last shot is just creepy but I do like the first two! 🙂


  4. truels says:

    I like the first two photos. The second using long exposure while zooming technique is exciting! The result is very beautiful. It is something I have not tried – I have to test this soon 🙂


  5. Gracie says:

    Great job on these abstracts! Like the first one the most, it’s the uniformity of the image that does it for me. I would have to try these 2 techniques eventually and hopefully I’ll come up with images as good as yours.


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  7. flandrumhill says:

    The second looked to me like it was taken from inside the washing machine during the rinse/spin cycle. I never thought of a waterfall. I love the colors.

    The ‘all-seeing eye’ is often pictured on a forehead, but this placement on the back of the head seems so much more practical 😉 I could use something like that when I’m working at the preschool or worried about coyotes while walking in the woods.


  8. Karma says:

    Interesting ideas, Scott. I don’t think I’ll ever become a big abstract fan, but that zooming technique is pretty cool.


  9. Giiid says:

    Motion photography looks like fun, I will try that. I like the two first photos for their color and style. The first one is really nice, that is my favorite. A “face” without a face is a bit scary to me, but I´m sure he looked great in the end, and had fun like just like you. 🙂


  10. Nye says:

    Scott, I bet that guy didn’t see you coming in the last image. 🙂


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