Last Thursday evening, my young grand kids surprised me with a nice bouquet of flowers after the launch of my ONTARIO book. I wanted to photograph the flowers but thought I would do something a little different than simply documenting them. I used a slow shutter speed and panned the bouquet making dozens of variations on a theme. Here are three of those variations.
September 11, 2012
A long exposure enables the crashing waves of Lake Winnipeg to soften as the last light of the setting sun casts a warm glow. A variable neutral density filter was useful in enhancing the sense of motion.
August 20, 2012
There is still much to see after the sun has set. As the last light reflects off the shoreline rocks at Hillside Beach, the crashing waves from Lake Winnipeg are softened by the effect of time.
I have photographed Rainbow Falls in Whiteshell Provincial Park for decades. While I had noticed some swirling of the waters beneath the falls, I was not aware of just how much there was. Of course, the amount of swirling changes depending on how much water flows at any one time. I decided to make the effect more pronounced by using a Singh-Ray Variable Neutral Density Filter with built-in polariser in front of the lens. This reduced the amount of light reaching the sensor considerably, permitting me to select a longer exposure (3 seconds in this case) to allow the motion of the swirling water to show up distinctly. This type of motion could not be achived otherwise in broad daylight. Motion that existed but was not apparent before is now revealed. This particular filter reduces the incoming light by up to 8 stops.