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Urban Impressionism: Edinburgh Tour Buses

The use of camera movement and/or zooming during a long exposure is a technique I learned from one of my photographic heroes, Bryan Peterson. It takes experimentation to figure out which photographic subjects are likely to produce interesting images.

Edinburgh tour bus, impressionist photography using zooming and camera rotation

I really like this old style tour bus and I was delighted I could capture an impressions picture of this wonderful subject.

So a while back, I decided to try out this technique in an urban setting, namely central Edinburgh. I was quickly intrigued by the many colourful tour buses going by.

Edinburgh tour bus, impressionist photography using zooming and camera rotation

I love the colour red as it is an attention grabber in photographs.

The images in this post were taken with an exposure of 1/8s, turning the camera while holding the zoom ring. It takes quite a bit of practice, and I had to try my luck on a lot of passing cars and buses to get the three images you see here. I really look forward to trying this technique on other urban photography subjects.

Edinburgh tour bus, impressionist photography using zooming and camera rotation

This tour bus seemed to go by at a higher frequency than the others, and I therefore had multiple attempts at a “bus impression”.

Impressionist Photography: Twirls

In my previous posts “Impressionist Photography” and “Impressionist Photography: Spring Forest Pans”, I showed pictures obtained by moving the camera up or down during a long exposure. The camera movement removes a lot of the sharp details in the photograph and one is left with an impression of the scene.

Rotating and zooming during a long exposure of this group of flowers in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh produces an abstract twirl of colours

I used the technique on this group of flowers in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, to produce an abstract twirl of colours.

In this post I show you some pictures obtained by rotating the camera and zooming during the exposure. This produces abstract impressionist pictures, in that the subject is typically longer recognisable. I learned this technique from Bryan F Peterson, but I later found out that Freeman Patterson had been using it too, so I have no idea who first came up with the idea. By experimenting with the technique, I found it works well with a multicoloured subject.

Edinburgh Floral Clock in Princes Street Gardens. Rotating the camera and zooming during a long exposure to produce an abstract twirl of colour.

The Edinburgh Floral Clock in Princes Street Gardens has been photographed many, many times. So I thought I would try something different.