My friend Cindy has organized a swap of artist trading cards. An artist trading card is a small piece of art, about the size of a North American business card. Everyone involved in the swap is making 5 cards based around a theme of their choice. Participants send the cards to Cindy, who makes sets of 5 cards from different artists and sends them back. You give some cards; you get some cards.
My theme is abstract forest. All of the shots are from Pacific Spirit Park, a huge area of protected forest on the west side of Vancouver. The shots were taken with longer exposures (0.5 to 10 seconds) and involve some form of camera movement during exposure. The result is a more impressionist view of the forest.
The light streaks are caused by the bright sky showing between the trees. During the 1.6 second exposure I was gently sweeping the camera. I added the colour streaks in Photoshop. I like vibrant colours and I had a lot of fun choosing which ones to use. I like how this reminds me of those cute LGBT pride flags. Vancouver and UBC have fairly diverse communities, and the Park (which is ecologically diverse) is a great resource for those people.
This is a 10 second exposure of a huge stump that has fallen over and had its centre rot away over time. I held the camera looking into the hollow stump and turned it a full 360 degrees during the exposure. It was tough to rotate the camera smoothly and keep it aimed at the center of the stump. I made many poor attempts before lucking out with this one. The result appears a bit sinister, but I think it has a subtle message of optimism. If nothing else, the austere title should lighten the mood :)
My strategy for this shot was similar to Neon Forest above except I moved the camera in a much more chaotic way, still gently, but less linear. You can see the swirls that were created during the 1.3 second exposure. I spent some time in Photoshop adding some green and red tones to give it more of a forest feeling. I love how the forms, which were created by many trees moving in front of the lens, again resemble trees. I’m not sure that this should come as a surprise, but from my many shots this is the only one that retained strong elements of forest shapes.
Even though I couldn’t feel it in the thick of the forest, the wind was quite strong and the tree tops were swaying considerably. I wanted to capture that motion but the result wasn’t very dramatic. I decided to spice things up a bit by zooming the lens during the exposure. Luckily I had my tripod which made it a bit easier to zoom the lens smoothly during the one second exposure. The trees in Pacific Spirit Park are huge! Many people use the park for exercise, running or biking through, focusing on avoiding roots and each other. When you do take a breather and look up it’s awe-inspiring.
At half a second this is the shortest of the exposures. It was necessary to maintain crisp straight lines. My original shot is only half of what is seen, I mirrored it to create this image. The light breaking through the tree trunks provides a stark contrast to the darkness of the forest. I had to move the camera as steadily as my hands would allow, and ensure that I was moving before and after the shutter, in order to capture the lines as cleanly as you see here. The curve in the lines is due to the wide-angle lens.
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