October 10, 2013 … artistic endeavour born of desperation

Today’s post has a narrow focus.

In fact it is centred on one small bunch of lilies. These are the remnants of two bouquets received by Mary last week, after the spent blossoms had gone to the compost. I was forced to seek an indoor subject after one of the wettest days in quite a while. 

The last of the lilies

They have done well to last this long

Let’s start with the flowers as we might see them with the naked eye, light with a single overhead eco-bulb room light. I wound the contrast up so that the fabric of the backdrop was not a distraction but otherwise these are the flowers in the normal view.

zooming out

Early in the piece, I was hand holding the light and zooming the lens, somewhat jerkily, hence the appearance of a double exposure. The rusty spots on the front flower are the pernicious pollen from the lilies … it will stain anything and is difficult to remove.


I switched to a bright LED light source and then began experimenting with moving the zoom during the relatively slow exposure.

zooming out

I started with the wide view and took a while to get to the zoom ring, hence the stronger part of the image is in the centre

Depending on how slow the exposure, and how quickly I could get my hand to the zoom ring after I pushed the button to start the exposure, the results were variable, and to some extent, unpredictable. Different results were achieved by zooming in and zooming out.

My favourite in the series

This was with a longer exposure which gave me more time to wind the zoom ring more slowly

Obviously I needed more time, so a longer exposure was tried, and the image I liked most was this one with the zoom being wound out slowly during the 3.2 second exposure.

spinning the camera on the tripod

No zoom, just swivelling the camera during the exposure

Instead of zooming, I tried panning, and the results were interesting but not quite there. I might return to this another time.

More conventional stuff is in the agenda for today.


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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