Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Surreal Steve II- vertical panning blur

Holga pinhole camera, 5-second exposure, while panning the camera vertically. Kodak 100 TMX black and white film, developed in Caffenol CM. Negative was put on a lightbox and photographed with a DSLR, post-processing in Photoshop. (incl. colorization)

While we photographed together last week, D Stewart PDX introduced me to the technique of panning the camera to achieve motion blur during exposure.

I really want to do more of this work, and I took the kids out to see Steve the other morning, to try it again. This is a vertical panning (camera on tripod) over the 5-second exposure.

This roll of film had been in the Holga cam for a long time, and I forgot what the ISO was. I used an average of ISO 200 to meter. The images came out very thin on the negative, and I'm not sure if it was because of underexposure in camera, or not enough time in the caffenol developer. (8 minutes) But Steve does look nice in dreamy fog. I added just a bit of color for some added depth and contrast...after all, Steve's leaf buds are coming out, and he looks a bit more Springlike now.

Steve is a 150-year-old Fremont cottonwood tree t the San Pedro House, along the San Pedro River in southeastern Arizona, between Bisbee and Sierra Vista. He is one of my favorite tree-friends.

image made: March 7, 2011

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