Inspirations – Andy Brown
I shot with a Canon 5Dmk2 and Canon EF 17-40mm L. Exposure was 0.2 seconds at f/14 and ISO 160. The camera was handheld throughout and I panned vertically to achieve the ICM – it’s the first time I’d tried this technique and a concept I hope to revisit soon. Processing was done in ACR and CS4.
Intentional camera movement goes against the grain of so much I have learnt through my imagery – there are no hard and fast restraints on focus, clarity and detail. Instead, it’s an intriguing way to try and reveal the spirit of your subject – and of course trees work well given their familiarity and strong vertical lines that react so well to panning! My intent was to work a contrast between the all pervasive mist and the vivid hues of the woodland vegetation, with the trees providing a pseudo-abstract link between the two planes. It’s funny how with the creation of some images I spend hours deciding on composition, deliberating over subtle lighting nuances and suchlike prior to releasing the shutter. This photograph was borne of completely the opposite. I was on my way to an entirely different destination when I drove through this woodland, laden in early morning mist. I stopped, took just a handful of shots and was back in my car within twenty minutes and on my way… ~ Andy Brown