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With this picture I learned something and made a small step forward.
I was walking back, cold and a little weary, towards the car after an early morning shoot from a windy hilltop. I chanced to look down this path, and I saw... What was it, inspiration?
Do you know that feeling when you get a momentary glimpse and a half second later your mind says hey that is a picture.
Do you know the other feeling when you go back to capture the image and it just does not work. Change your position, change the focal length, change your mind and go home. Robbed.
Before going home I thought I would give the impressionist technique a try.
One of the reasons that the standard photographs were failing was that the detail and minutia of the scene was crowding out the essential composition. Plus shooting trees in the wind carries its own problems.
Then shooting with the long lens on the tripod I introduced camera movement and immediately abolished the fine detail, the small print of reality.
I can tell you now, what you see above is so close to that initial vision it is uncanny. That first impression, too brief to be fully processed in my mind, was realised by adding a little motion blur to the scene.
Post processing of this type of image is almost negligible, tweaking the exposure and colour balance is about all that is required. It can all be done in the raw converter, no need to resort to Photoshop.
I would really like some feedback on this type of picture. Hate it, like it, tried it, please let me know, I welcome your thoughts.
Impressionist photographer Graham Jeffery, Hinckley UK.