September 30, 2016

It depends...

The following image is not really abstract but a nice reduction of a staircase to geometry none-the-less:
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It was shot from below looking up and I developed it in a high-key way and further reduced distracting coloration in post-processing.

How much different the view from the top was!

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The colors of the floor and the railing plus the bright lights cast by the sun shining through the windows were all absent from the shot from below.
Fascinating how a change of perspective can produce totally different images of the same thing!

July 26, 2016

A little more abstract

Now this one should be more than 10% abstract:

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... and I hope you didn't immediately recognize it for what it is ;-)
I love the swirling,  bubbling, and chaotic structures in this one. Plus the reduction in color.
Processing was pretty straight forward in Lightroom, the main lever being a completely inverted curve, which produces the effect of a negativ film.

Hope you like it!

July 16, 2016

Experiment

Defocus is a great way to abstractify images, but if nothing is sharp at all in the image I often find the result not satisfying. That leads to the idea to superimpose or merge a second sharp image of the same scene like I've done here.
Today I tried with different processing of the individual images before merging them in Photoshop and also a different algorithm to calculate the composite. As Photoshop has an overwhelming number of methods it was a bit trial and error, but I like the end-result:

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May 15, 2016

Blurred Tulips

Just came back from shooting black (and white) tulips for an upcoming foto contest.
After doing the obvious stills from the bouquet I went wild with some long-exposure experiments with moving camera. Lots of shots, little satisfying results - but I knew from experience that you have to be patient.
Two shots came out in a way I liked: The first one called "Tumbling Tulips" was shot at 1 second during which I turned the camera:

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I like the dynamics suggesting a vase tumbling over. But I can assure you: no flowers (or vases) were harmed in this experiment ;-)
The second shot was of the "drop the camera" type at 1/4 sec. Called "White Space":

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The colors and contrast was tweaked in post-processing. And naturally the images needed some amount of cropping. But everything else in these compositions comes straight out of the camera from a single long-exposure shot..

May 05, 2016

A little abstract

Well, here we go again: is "abstract" absolute? In my opinion absolutely not! There are so many degrees of abstractification when you look at photography.
And if you define an easily recognizable well exposed subject in a full color photograph as the most realistic image (although lacking 3D) then anything from a black-and-white conversion or a crop that masks the true nature of the subject is already somewhere towards the abstract.
On a scale from totally realistic/easily recognizable (=0%) towards a fully abstract image (=100%) I'd rate the following perhaps at only 10% abstract. It depends a little on how fast you recognize the subject. Enjoy!

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March 05, 2016

Uprooted

Trees are very high on my photography list and I love it when winter has bared them of all leaves. You see more of their structure / personality and the ever spreading branches and twigs against a bright sky are a nice challenge for any lens.
I captured this one and thought about pulling it off from reality into in upturned "alterverse" where up is down and black is white. This works quite well with trees as the treetop has a certain semblance of their roots.
So here goes:
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December 20, 2015

Glowing Wood

Finally! Today I took two shots specifically for abstractification - and merged them into one.
I'm not very deep into Photoshop layers but always wanted to create something from different shots. In this case one shot is sharp and the other was defocused. After fiddling a bit around with the transparency and the different ways to merge layers in Photoshop I got a result that was close to what I imagined:

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Hope you like it (should be viewed larger: just click on the image)!