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Lake Sabrina, Bishop Canyon, California

Lake Sabrina, Fall Reflection, California

Lake Sabrina, Fall Reflection, California

#1 Brilliantly colored trees reflected in Lake Sabrina, California; #2 Bright orange colored aspens on Lake Sabrina’s shore; A small detail from the huge landscape singled out using a long lens

I had posted a shot on Flickr earlier and wrote about my first visit to the Eastern Sierra’s and about the fine morinig here at Lake Sabrina, check it out. This shot that I have here was shot on the same day. I must have made 100′s of photos that day, changing lenses, picking details, changing orientation, shooting panorama’s. This is just split in half compared to my earlier post, here I have use two exposure, manually blended together, one exposure for the sky and the other for the hillside in the shadows.

As I always do, I focussed my long lens at the grove of orange aspens on the middle left of this frame. I stitched 3 vertically oriented shots to get this. By doing so I did increase the number of pixels I have in a frame with same aspect ratio as a single frame, not bad ah?

Lake Sabrina, Fall Reflection - Detail, California

Lake Sabrina, Fall Reflection - Detail, California

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Fall Impressions, Aspens and Camera Motion

Aspens and Camera Motion, Hope Valley, California

Aspens and Camera Motion, Hope Valley, California - Canon-7D-16-35mm-F22-0.5s-ISO100

A collection of impression photographs of Aspens, achieved by controlled camera motion.

This is a very addictive technique that I learnt this fall. There are number of blogs/websites where they discuss this technique and the different ways to get good results, but none can give you the exact recipe for success. This is mainly because the technique itself depends on random camera motion and hence trying this out in the field and failing many number of times is the only way to get some decent results.

There are many names to this technique, “impressions”, “impression of light”, “in camera painting” etc. All of these refer to the end result, an abstract painting like finish to a photo.  I know that something similar may be achieved using Photoshop, but what’s the fun in doing that?

There are two crucial ingredients, I think to a decent looking impression. The subject itself and the type of camera motion (this also involves the choice of shutter speed), either vertical,, horizontal or a simple shake. I have not extensively studied the wide variety of subject that could benefit from this technique, but I found tall aspens respond very well. All of the impressions in this post involve aspens and almost all of them have vertical camera motion.

Let me know which one you like the most.

Aspens and Camera Motion, Hope Valley, California

Aspens and Camera Motion, Hope Valley, California - Canon-7D-16-35mm-F22-0.5s-ISO100

Aspens and Camera Motion, Hope Valley, California

Aspens and Camera Motion, Hope Valley, California - Canon-7D-70-200mm-F20-0.303s-ISO100

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Layered Aspens – South Lake Road, Bishop Canyon, CA

Layered Aspens - South Lake Road, Bishop Canyon, CA

Layered Aspens - South Lake Road, Bishop Canyon, CA

 ”Layers of colorful aspen, adorn the hill sides in the Bishop Canyon, California on a  beautiful overcast day

My first visit to the eastern sierras on Oct 2nd 2010 and I was greeted with a carpet of colors. The carpets were laid out on the hill sides and all I had to do was compose and shoot. The entire stretch of the road leading to South Lake was just beautiful. The weather too cooperated and remained overcast and rainy throughout the day. Overcast weather helped because it provided soft diffused light all day long and the rains made the leaves look fresh and vibrant.

As in my previous post, I used my 70-200mm lens to pick out details in the distant hills to get this shot. Things can get pretty exciting when we see complete hill sides draped with exotic colors. The normal tendency would be to include everything in the frame, which can hide true patterns and we may end up not publishing those at all. Looking with a long lens can completely change your perspective and bring out some cool patterns for the viewers eyes to latch on to.

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