Abstract images via panning technique

Abstract images via
panning technique
by Kristel Schneider

‘To create interesting images of moving subjects requires some practice’

In my latest blog post I commented on Serge Deboffle’s exhibition entitled Art Animalier. Looking at what he showed at the Nature Photo Festival in Montier en Der made me look quite differently at the cranes gathering on Lac en Der.

It’s quite renowned that November brings thousands of cranes to France, in their migration from the northern parts of Europe. A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to see some big flocks flying together, and I could even go to Lac en Der before sunrise. To be there at the break of dawn when they gradually awakened to the first lights of the day was quite a unique experience then, as they slowly gathered to reach the day’s feeding spot.

This year, I have to admit, the lack of water in the lake was a big problem: the birds were too far away to be captured as portraits or even landscape shots. That’s when I could recall Serge Deboffle’s work to my mind and decided to experiment on the technique of abstract images. One of the techniques I currently used was panning, i.e. you move the camera horizontally and scan the moving subject as it moves along.

Proper panning imples motion. It creates the feeling of movement and speed without blurring the subject – as a slow shutter speed would tend to do. Indeed, think of the Tour de France: the biker you photography is sharp but the road and the surrounding are a blur, giving the impression of movement and speed.

My idea was to get the exact opposite in my images : I wanted the crane not to be sharp, or let’s say, their bodies would be but not their moving wings.

That was not as easy as I might have imagined, just because you want to see something, and not just a blurry stripe or some dark dots floating in the sky of your photo. So after numerous and various camera settings, I managed to capture some kind of picture I once had had in mind.

The result will be the same as painting: some people will claim that kind of photography is not their cup of tea, as opposed to me. Indeed, in my opinion, it’s always nice to learn and experience something new while trying out new techniques.

Look for other Crane images: Fauna gallery

Nature Photo Festival Montier-en-Der

Montier en Der
International Nature Photo Festival 2011
By Kristel Schneider

(all images Nokia phone uploads)

From the 17th till the 20th of November Montier-en-Der (and some surrounding villages)  was  full of life. In the village the festival spread over many different locations, from the city hall to the local schools and other halls. Outside you could enjoy some great outdoor exhibitions for free.  The overall program was very thorough. You could attend conferences, video/film projections, animations and lots of beautiful nature photo exhibitions.

During the festival I met some nice new photographers and I could speak to people I had met on from the social medias on the Internet. A Photo festival provides you with not only inspiration but also good networking possibilities.

In my opinion a couple of exhibitions stood out,  especially those of :

  • Olivier Seydoux, a great show called ‘Latitudes Nord‘, which displayed images from countries 60º and 70º latitude North.
  • Werner Bollmann, presented his new exhibition ‘Nordic Moments‘ with images from Sweden, Norway and Finland.
  • Ludmila Espiaube, ‘Hokkiado, out of the white’, images from a region in Japan under the snow, taken in an artistic, pure and beautiful way.
  • Stéphanne Hette and Paul Starosta, ‘Terre de contraste’ a combined show featuring amazing work on insects. Paul’s work was new from me. Stéphanne whom I had interviewed here on Visions and Nature and his work keep amazing me.
  • Serge Deboffle, ‘L’art et les oiseaux’, his show was interesting in the way he captured the movement of birds in flight.  I liked the ‘arty look’ of his images  and he inspired me to try out some techniques to get ‘movement’ images myself. (But that I will explain in the next Blog post).

Link French Television France 3

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