Saturday, 16 November 2019 22:09

Pointillist Redux

When autumn leaves start to fall, it might be a good time to consider intentional camera movement as a creative technique. What I realize more and more is that there are a number of unique approaches to the ICM idea and that it is well to try all of them as an opportunity presents itself. This Image was created along the Foothills Parkway East in Cocke County, Tennessee during the same adventure that gave being to the previous This Week's Image. I think that "pointillist" is an apt way of describing the outcome here, which can be pre-conceived and executed with just a bit of practice.

A focal length of 98mm, definitely short-telephotoland, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted, allowing for sufficient camera movement without introducing "sky" into the frame. An aperture of f/18 meant that there would be some sense of detail at depth in the image, and a shutter speed of 3.0 seconds at ISO 100 meant that there would be sufficient time in the exposure to carry out the complete technique, since the small aperture and small ISO number provided a longer shutter time than larger openings and greater sensitivity would have allowed.

Pointillism suggests a technique of painting in which small dots of color are applied to a surface in patterns that form images. In this particular movement approach, the allowance for detail in the elements of the composition created by specific steps in the process give a "pointillist" outcome to the result.



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