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.
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.
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.
This tour bus seemed to go by at a higher frequency than the others, and I therefore had multiple attempts at a “bus impression”.
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.
The Edinburgh Floral Clock in Princes Street Gardens has been photographed many, many times. So I thought I would try something different.