Friday, March 20, 2009

Listening to the Inner Voice

In my last entry, I touched on the refreshing feeling of shooting with a new lens, forcing my perspective with a new visual tool. Less than 24 hours later, I found myself stagnating over shooting another seascape.

Running on little sleep, I got up for sunrise with my ritual of sticking my head out the front door looking for clouds like a groundhog looking for its shadow on groundhog day. I drove up the coast only to drive back down again. Feeling disinterested, I pulled into Four Mile, a beach just north of Santa Cruz.

I set up as usual, found some mildly interesting compositions, but after just a few minutes and only nine clicks later, I packed up the wide angle lens.

You see, I kept hearing this voice inside my head. It was compelling me to try something new. Wave panning. It is a technique where you choose a relatively slow shutter speed like 1/4 second as in the photo above, and slowly pan the camera and lens with the direction of the wave.

The success rate is very low, and exposures were tricky. But I listened to that inner voice, and this time it didn't require spending money on a new lens as I had the right tool already.

A new kind of photographic learning experience, and a technique I hope to improve upon in the future.

4 comments:

  1. This is just beautiful, one of my favorite images. I really enjoy your portolio on Flickr and glad I linked over to your web site. Its an inspiration.
    Regards,
    Jan Gee

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  2. nICE PHOTOS, GOOD WORK AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. YOUR PHOTOS HEALS A TROUBLED MIND, FOR SURE. IM AGOING TO FOLLOW-UP YOUR BLOG.

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  3. I think I can learn something from this blog. Fantastic photographs.

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