Archive for February 18th, 2012

Aspen Blur

I have spent much of this week trying to rest and rid myself of a nasty chest cold, so I haven’t been out and about to capture any fresh images. Hopefully, I will be able to get over the next day or two as we have just received about 4 inches of fresh snow and it is still snowing. Yippie!

Several weeks ago, on a rainy day, I headed to my favorite Aspen Tree grove to photograph some blurs. There is something about Aspen Trees and their ability to be great subjects for creating pleasing blurs. The steady rain on this day helped to saturate and darken the tree trunks nicely. While photographing the series of blurs that I captured on this day I decided to try something a little different, I activated the vibration reduction feature on my Nikon 80-400mm VR lens. As I framed this particular section of Aspens in the above image I selected an aperture of f22 for an exposure time of 10 seconds. Next, I activated the vibration reduction feature and attempted to handhold the lens as steady as possible while the vibration feature compensated for my body movements during the lengthy exposure. The above image is the result of this experiment and it is the only image from the series of blurs I photographed on that day that had this interesting blurred movement to it. Please take a moment and let me know what you think of the end result.

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