Monday, February 25, 2013

The Monet Technique

As beginners in photography the most common and frequent assumptios is: the more still the object to be photographied is, the better the photo. However, this is not always true. "Keep quiet, don't even dare to blink, please" I used to utter frequently.  However, there is a photography technique that allows you to do what the first assumption ban it. That is the Monet Technique.  It is named after Claude Monet and is used for making a blurring effect with the image by putting the camera on a low shutter speed and taking a picture while you move the camera. This results in a blurred, but intricate photograph. Some people find this trick effective when taking pictures of flowers, it works best of course when there's a variety of vibrant colours. 
So to take pictures using the Monet technique I used: 
1. a simple panoramic view of a small part of Bangkok city 
2. a Nikon Camera set the aperture to either f/16 or f/13, and
3. a 50mm Nikon lens
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In front of this nice view, the first idea that came to my mind was to take a nice panoramic view!!!   However, it was around 6.00PM,  in some way was a bit dark to make a sharp panoramic view.  Anyway, hand-holding my camera I shot, and as you can see the photo is not sharp!!  
Shutter priority
f/1.8
Exposure 1/125 sec
ISO: 800
It was in that moment while looking the photo on the camera I decided to take photos using the Monet technique : )  Bellow see the results!
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Shutter priority 
f/8 Exposure 0/4 sec 
ISO: 200
short up and down movement  _DSC9338.jpg
Shutter priority
f/16 Exposure 1.6 sec
ISO: 200
Drawing an slow and upward spiral
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Same settings as the above one, but moving the camera faster than the previous one while shooting.
Shutter priority 
f/16 Exposure 1.6 sec 
ISO: 200
Drawing my signature :)
_DSC9333.jpg Shutter priority f/16 
Exposure 1 sec 
ISO: 200 slow-vertical movements.

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Shutter priority
f/16 Exposure 2 sec 
ISO: 200  
Although I am drawing an spiral movement with the camera, it can be seen the red roof of the  temple in the lower side of the photo.
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Shutter priority 
f/13 
Exposure 1 sec 
ISO: 200 
Drawing a "V". The roof of the temple can be spotted clearly.  _DSC9340.jpg
Shutter priority 
f/16 Exposure 0.6 sec 
ISO: 800 
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Shutter priority 
f/16 
Exposure 5.0 sec 
ISO: 100 
Shaking and drawing an "O" with the camera while shooting!