I am learning from Nalinki and her gorgeous photos and tips, explained in her post Available Light, how to paint with light in photography. In fact it is about practicing with long exposure and zooming in.
I was supposed to take a tripod and get somewhere steady, not on a boat, to start my learning session. As I was readying myself, my husband and I decided to go for a boat ride instead, as it was a gorgeous evening with warm temps, those that we rarely experience and cannot miss in Amsterdam.
Change of plans.
Just for fun, I played with light, as suggested by Nalinki and fulfilled my hidden dream to be an abstract painter. Just kidding!
Now I will take through my experimentations.
The first two shots I made after sunset and still got the gorgeous pink colors in the sky. No post processing here to get the pink color, just what the Olympus E-M10 can do. I just let the boat move and waited for the results.
I made the third and fourth photos in the same way.
I played a bit with the camera though, in the last two shots. In the first one I moved the camera, like panning. For the second one I zoomed after a few seconds. The first white ball is the moon, by the way.
The next two ones are different. Still on the boat, but we stopped it and I tried to do panning handheld.
It was a nice evening playing with light on the boat but I still hadn’t done what I wanted. So we went out another day to shoot a bridge close by. Tripod was at hand and no boat was part of the adventure this time.
I first shot the bridge. Then I zoomed it once. Then 3 times. Then I did panning and to close the play I tilted the camera. The last tow shots just for fun.
So, please don’t take me seriously as I was just learning to paint with light with low shutter speed.
Making the photos from a boat, by no means is a try to make a statement that I don’t care about technique. I am learning to do that because I find it so beautiful and want to do it right.
Till my next try.