painting and photographic works

Abstract Photography

Autumn Pastels (part 1)

I love the media of pastel – for the rich color and soft shapes that can be depicted. Autumn is a great time to be inspired by the natural landscape, to find images particularly suited to pastels:

DSC_9419-1

DSC_9429-1

DSC_9411-1

DSC_9430-1

DSC_9424-1

Those people familiar with my work probably correctly guessed that the images above are not pastel works but rather are abstract photos that I took and created, with the intent of using them as reference images for future pastel paintings.

Advertisements

Abstract Autumn

Here are some of my recent (September 2018) abstract photographs:

DSC_9237-1

DSC_9234-1

DSC_9231-1

DSC_9241-1

DSC_9239-1

DSC_9244-1

These photos were created by using a shutter speed of around 1.5 seconds and moving the camera during the exposure. I then tweaked the digital images (contrast, color saturation, cropping etc.) using Lightroom.

I hope to use some of these images as inspiration for paintings.


Forms on a Frozen River

It is the end of January and the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton is frozen over and covered with 15 centimeters of fresh snow. I venture to the river’s edge and am captivated by the abstract forms that I see:

DSC_7602-1

DSC_7642-1

DSC_7624-1

DSC_7620-1

DSC_7615-1


Six Years Later

This morning, I was looking through my old photos, curious as to what I might have been looking at, taking photos of, on this day in past years. As it turns out I hadn’t been very active on January Thirteenths, but I did find some from 2012. In fact, I quite liked what I was doing that year – it was a bit of a treasure chest of abstract images!

I took a number of those photos, tweaked and cropped them to come up with these final images (which I like and hope you will too):

DSC_0229-1

DSC_0236-1

DSC_0232-1

DSC_0235-1

DSC_0233-1

DSC_0246-1


Best of 2017 (Part 1)

I’ve looked back at my photos (those taken with my Nikon) from 2017 and picked out my top 20 favorites. The first ten are presented here and the second 10 will be in the “Best of 2017 Part 2” blog post.

20.

DSC_5601-1

19.

DSC_6021-1-3

18.

DSC_5760-1

17.

DSC_5917-1

16.

DSC_5672-1

15.

DSC_7458-1

14.

DSC_6988-1

13.

DSC_7199-1

12.

dsc_4962-1

11.

DSC_6028-1

My top 20 photos from 2017 continued in Part 2.


Impressions of Autumn II

In my last post I shared five abstract photos emphasizing the colors of autumn. It turns out that I have more images from that photo shoot (in Edmonton’s river valley) that really appeal to me and I hope that you will like too:

DSC_0053-1

DSC_0079-1

DSC_0062-1

DSC_0074-1

DSC_0072-1


Impressions of Autumn

It’s the end of September here in Edmonton and our autumn colors must be near their peak. It has been a while since I’ve dabbled in creating abstract photos but that’s what I did today and here are some of the results:

DSC_0045-1

DSC_0063-1

DSC_0077-1

DSC_0095-1

DSC_0044-1

These photographs were all created using a longish (1.5 to 5 seconds) exposure with deliberate movement of the camera.


Return From Whenever

It seems like a longtime since I’ve added a post to this blog and since I did any camera-motion abstract photography. Well today (Sunday, September 11, 2016) I did take my camera out, put on a neutral density filter and cranked the shutter speed down to 2 seconds. The day was cool, wet and gloomy but I imagined to find some color and these interesting images:

dsc_3603-1

Chicken Scratch

dsc_3645-1

Broken Spiral

dsc_3592-1

Rosy Glow

dsc_3643-1

Darkness in Light

DSC_3627-1.jpg

Cherry Blossom


Spring Reflections

Technically it is late-winter, not quite spring yet, but the melting has begun, puddles formed and reflections are making for some interesting images:

DSC_1607-1

Chains

DSC_1575-1

Puddle and Path

DSC_1576-1

Storyland Sky


Late Winter – Black and White

Here is a little collection of black and white photos themed around the patterns and textures of late winter (late February at my home here in Edmonton).

DSC_1432-1

“Last Year’s Plume”

DSC_1473-1

“Irregular Patchwork”

DSC_1447-1

“Up”

DSC_1452-1

“Ice and the Far Edge”

DSC_1394-1

“Temporary Condition”

A few more photos from this photo shoot may be seen on another of my blogs: YEGmonton.