Flower Impressions -- Painting

One of my favorite ways to create impressions of flowers is to use long exposures with long lenses and hand-hold the camera. This means my slight movements during the exposure create a painterly feeling. I purposely turn off any anti-shake features on the lens or in the camera, such as Image Stabilizer (Canon) or VR (Nikon).

3 seconds, f/8, ISO 100, 70mm

A variation on this technique is to intentionally move the camera slightly, following the "shape" of the flowers. This creates streaks along the lines of the plant to mimic a painter's brush strokes. In the photograph below I made a small downward movement, following the stems of the lavender.

2 seconds, f/11, ISO 100, 55mm

If you'd like to learn more fun ways to create flower impressions, join my class at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana, beginning April 4, 2019. Click here to register.