It is fun to return to an area like I did Cordova recently to see what kind of new images I can come up with – I like the challenge. It seems I’m more likely to experiment and try different compositions, techniques etc. on subsequent visits to a location in an attempt to top what I did before. Admittedly, different isn’t better, but the same is never better – let me elaborate.
There really isn’t any point of returning to repeat the same images from the year before – the same image is never going to be a better image, but I find it can be easy to fall into that trap of repeating previous efforts, particularly if they were successful. Now a different image from one I captured before isn’t necessarily going to be better either, in fact it usually isn’t, but at least there is a chance.
So in Cordova I tried using a wide-angle lens on a tripod fired remotely. Without me actually standing by my camera, I envisioned the flocks of birds wading and flying by my camera at very close range. The birds did their part, but I didn’t care for the results so I won’t be posting any here. I still think the concept has merit and I plan on refining my approach in the future.
I also tried some long exposures while panning flying flocks and wading groups. A still image is so inadequate at capturing the mesmerizing flight of these huge flocks – I thought dragging the shutter a bit might help illustrate the motion. The above image was captured at a 30th of a second and appeared to be one of my more successful attempts. When I used longer shutter speeds, you no longer could tell what you were looking at, although it made for some cool abstracts – maybe a future black and white. With shorter shutter speeds, the motion lacked the soft blurred flow, it just appeared like a mistake.
So does this “work”? I know what Janine thinks – she is never a fan of “those blurred shots”, but what do you think? I rarely crop an image, but also considered cropping the band of ocean off the top, would that help? Thanks!