Artists such as George Braque and Pablo Picasso created a new way of seeing the world from different vantage points. In doing so they created a movement called cubism. For more information see the following link: cubism
One famous example is the piece entitled Nude Descending a Staircase, where Marcel Duchamp wanted to explore motion and movement. I discussed an approach to movement and motion in my photography blog post "Go with the Flow" whereby using slow shutter speed one can capture a sense of motion. The blog can be found here: go-with-the-flow
Another approach is to take a number of successive shots on the same frame. This more closely approximates Marcel Duchamp's painting as you can see in the image below.
The following drawing study conceptually uses the same technique. As the model moved from position to position I continued to draw over the same image (frame) blending one position into the next.
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"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others." Jonathan Swift
Photographers often obsess about sharpness. The sharpness of the lens, the number of megapixels in the camera's sensor, hand held techniques for stability or investing in quality tripods. This obsession is especially true for landscape photographers but also applies to street, sports and portrait photographers.
But photos that freeze the moment sometimes miss that special element. The element that helps to complete the story. The sense of the wind, the flow of water, the movement of dancers, the excitement of participants in a parade.
The photo above captures the coordinated movement of flags at a parade giving a sense of the performance while at the same time providing a sharp capture of the performers faces. I think this helps to transport the viewer into the moment more effectively that a freeze frame capture.
In the photos below the same principle applies by contrasting movement with sharp image elements:
So the next time you're out thinking of capturing the moment, think about incorporating some movement into your photo, you may be pleasantly surprised.
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"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Edgar Degas
The Gull River near Minden next to the Wildwater Preserve is one of my favourite places to take sports-action photos of kayakers playing in the water. It requires a considerable amount of skill to navigate the upper rapids and lots of opportunities for a skilled kayaker to show off his or her stuff.
The white water course is relatively short, with lots of nice locations to drop your tripod with camera and take part in the action.
The first five images were taken at high shutter speed of 1/500 sec or faster. This allows you to freeze motion such as water droplets. For a more interpretive photo I also took a number of shots at slower shutters speeds to show the incredible flow of water and spray. These shots were taken at shutter speeds between 1/10 and 1/20 of a second.
One important thing to remember is that your meter can be easily fooled by the extreme contrasts in the scene. This often results in blown out water highlights and water that lacks texture. I usually underexpose by 1/3 or 1/2 stop (or more) to ensure that I haven't lost the details in the water.
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“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
Have you ever wanted to make your photos more dynamic? Have you wanted to convey a sense of motion or focus the viewer's attention? One nice way to do this is to use your zoom lens and zoom in (or out) while you're taking the shot.
The following photos were taken of a jazz band performing in a night club. Although I like the photos, to me they don't express the energy of the music - the dynamic interplay between band members or the intensity and fluidity of the melody and rhythm.
So, I decided to play with the camera to see what I could capture. In these hand-held photos I was zooming the lens in / out while exposing the image. The trick is to get the shutter speed just right. You don't want the shutter speed to be so fast that there's little or no effect or so slow that the entire image is blurry. Ultimately you have to experiment based on the focal length of the lens and the f-stop setting. Note: If you hover over the images below you'll see shot information.
Another interesting way to create a sense of movement by using lens zooming is shown in the first photo below. The street was closed to vehicular traffic and this incredible flow of people were walking on St. Clair and the streetcar right of way. By zooming the lens I was able to emphasize the flow of people walking past me.
Another way to create visual focus is to rotate the camera. The young woman that's shown in the photo below was deep in thought. By rotating the camera I was able to remove distractions and focus the viewer's attention directly on her.
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"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Pablo Picasso
Eric David is a visual artist / fine art photographer that lives and works in Toronto.