Making Lemonade

September 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


Was scheduled to visit a small botanical garden in South Carolina.  On the day of the photo outing, the lighting was not ideal and it didn't help that it was the time of year when there wasn't much in bloom.  It was one of those gray, flat days that are best to stay inside and post-process some old images.

But since this was the only time I would be at this location I didn't have many options.  As I was heading back to the car, I had to walk around a small pond.  On the bank was a cluster of river birch trees.  Fortunately, I remembered a technique I learned from Tony Sweet, get a slow shutter speed and move the camera parallel to the straight lines in the viewfinder.  It took about 10 attempts using different shutter speeds, aperture and arm motion and this is the result.

Believe me when I say this would be a very boring image if you could see the scene in detail.  This would have been "lemons".  However, the creative technique gave me lemonade.






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