November 01, 2017

Zooming

This can be a pretty effective way to abstractify an image - although it is a well-used technique. As with other techniques that involve movement (of the camera) it tends to come with a penalty of reducing the contrast considerably. So be prepared to enhance contrast and/or colors in post-processing. I captured the following shot by looking into an abandoned building through its glass front. Using a tripod an ND filter, f22 and a 4 second exposure I managed to produce a relatively smooth and even zoom from 24mm to 70mm - or was this the other way around? I honestly don't know. But I suspect that the results in this setup would not have been much different. Using the tripod was essential in creating straight lines when zooming. If you move the camera while zooming (which will be inevitable when hand-held) the results look pretty wild. This is what I got - after turning the results to black&white + some contrast-enhancing. I also produced a "negative" by inverting the curve which interestingly now makes the image as if I'm looking (from the darker) inside out. Room_with_a_View_26110 It has something of a ghostlike appearance.

June 13, 2017

Amarylis

Preparing for an internal competition in my photo-club I was playing around with an Amaryllis. At first nothing came out of it because it all looked like the pretty typical Amaryllis photo. Finally I tried shooting through the petals against a strong light-source capturing the inner structure and fine details of it.
That was more to my liking:

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December 25, 2016

Decay

Decay can be a great abstractor producing e.g. rust with beautiful colors and fascinating patterns. But abandoned houses open to weather and forgotten in time you can also offer some interesting abstracts.
Like these walls where the color and plaster eroded and left strange cracks, lines, and blotches.
Found in Kolmanskop, Namibia.

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December 22, 2016

One on One

If you're using a macro lens like the Tamron 90/2.8 VC (F017) you are deep into abstract territory!
We humans are not used to see things up so close. So any shot approaching magnifications of 1:1 ("one on one" ;-) is going to be a bit off the normal scale.
Just captured these orchids in preparation for a shoot-out in my photography club with the topic of ... orchids.
I'd like to capture more of the color than the form of the orchids. So I was looking for a highly abstract rendering of the plant. Not sure that I succeeded though regarding the "highly" part...

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December 11, 2016

Cause and effect

I love this one from a macro-shooting at our local photography club:

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Well,  everybody knows that depth-of-field is really slim in macro-shots as it shrinks with the square of the magnification. So some promote focus-stacking to get more dof.
Or you live with it and enjoy the resulting blur from using f5.6 which in this case renders the image in the top-half/background abstract.
Or to be honest: The image was abstract to begin with, as it is simply the artist's palette ;-)

December 05, 2016

Abstract Nature?

Well, you could always find some pretty abstract images in nature. This one is from a round-trip in Namibia where we visited the famous "Organ Pipes" at Twyfelfontain. The Basalt structures lend themselves easily to some form of abstract photography as they seem to defy the normal expectations of "nature".
I processed every color out of this image except for orange and yellow which already seemed to be the dominant colors in this shot.
Enjoy!

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October 03, 2016

Experimental Staircase

Here's a more experimental development of the staircase below with a pretty complicated (at least for me) merge in Photoshop of four different layers:

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I like the puzzle-like quality of the colored patches upon the gray-and-white "ground plan". And I like the element of random-ness when the patches were created by separating the lightest and the darkest areas of the original image.

But as I sifted through the myriads of filters in PS I found it (again) pretty hard to pre-visualize any of those effects and was pretty fast lost. I had an idea of what I liked to do but never even came close. So this image is sort of a by-product of my research into the depth of filter algorithms...