Trying new things

By: Arjen Drost

Dec 17 2013


Category: nature, Photography, Technique


Focal Length:70mm
Shutter:2 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Beach, water, air

As a photographer it is always important to try new things. By experimenting with new techniques you keep on developing yourself, setting new boundaries, opening new possibilities. This makes you a better photographer.

This weekend I was on Schiermonnikoog, a small island in the north of the Netherlands. When I was walking along the beach, I remembered an article I read in Outdoor Photography. There a photographer showed some pictures of seascapes that were taken with a relatively long shutter speed while panning the camera from left to right (or reverse of course). This way you reduce the picture to different bands of colours. I decided to give it a try. I put my camera on a tripod, decided on a shutter speed of 2 seconds and panned while taking the picture. I tried different settings, longer shutter speeds, shorter ones, slow panning, fast panning. This is more or less the picture I had in mind, though there is lots of room for improvement.

What do you think of a picture of this? Like it, or not? Room for improvement? Please let me know!


5 comments on “Trying new things”

  1. a very curious image! At first I was a bit wary of it but as I looked at it longer I started to really enjoy it! Certainly a bit different but I think a really beautiful picture! The colors and textures in it are so interesting and add such an amazing feel to the picture! Great work! Look forward to seeing more of your work!

    • Thanks a lot for the feedback. I also had to get used to the image at first. I’ll definitely keep on experimenting with this technique when I’m back at the sea.

  2. I really love this shot – very abstract, beautiful colours and shades!

  3. There is something very soothing about that color palette. There is a kind of fusion of photography and a certain style of abstract painting that I like a lot.

  4. I love it. It reminds me of some images by Australian photographer Murray Fredericks who did a project called SALT on Lake Eyre.

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