Does fine art and landscape pictures goes together?

When trekking or hiking in a forest, looking around you might lead you to believe that there is no interesting picture to be taken.  We often limit ourselves to these open areas that we find at the top of hills or in front of lakes.

I have to say that this is unfortunate.  Moreover, these pictures of open space landscape have been taken by so many peoples that you are just doing another picture that is not much different than all the others.

Fine art is a way to differentiate you from the crowd.  This picture has been taken in Acadia National Park with Juan Pons on a Workshop.  Bar Harbor is an area with many nice landscape opportunities.

Juan took us to a birch forest, in the heart of the Acadia National Park, for us to take picture of the golden leaf at this period of the year.  These birch trees with their white bark and golden leaf created a nice opportunity.

This picture has been taken at f22, ISO 100, 30mm, 0.3 seconds while moving the camera from a horizontal position to an inclined up position.  This is not really an exact science so I took approximately 15 of these pictures, moving at various speeds up and down and finally settle for this picture.

At the end of the day, we shared our picture with the other participants of the workshop and this picture was appreciated.

A few things to remember:

  • You should move the camera vertically for vertical subject and horizontally for horizontal subject;
  • Having light and dark elements help create more stunning images;
  • Keeping a different object on one of the third line help break the monotony that could arise from this technique;
  • The sky at the top of the picture also helps the composition.  Depending on your subject, a starting and ending point seen in the picture would improve composition.

Years ago, with the high cost of films, this has been used sparingly.  Now however, there is no reason for you not to try this.

Take the time to look at my other Slow Shutter Speed examples.

So on your next hike; will you do some fine art pictures?  Do you have any story to share using slow shutter speed?
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