Landscape Impressionism

by Blake Robinson

May 3rd, 2019    0 Comments     Add Comment
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And now, for something completely different!

As loyal readers know, I’ve been active recently photographing birds, principally at Pinckney Island Natural Wildlife Refuge. While I’ve been out on the island, in addition to the birds, I’ve been experimenting with some abstract landscapes and seascapes.

In the first image above, I used a fairly slow shutter speed – 1/15th of a second – and purposely jiggled the camera, in a northeast to southwest line. The idea is to give an impression of the scene rather than a sharply focused photograph. Perhaps a viewer may have a sense of wind, blowing the marshgrass. I call this “Pinckney Island Dream,” as I imagine this might how I would picture this scene in my dreams. (Sadly, I remember very few of my dreams!)

In the picture above, I used an even slower shutter speed, 1/5th of a second, and moved the camera side to side while the shutter was open. And in this one I did make the colors more saturated in Photoshop. So the photograph (and to me, it’s still a photograph) is more abstract. But the viewer hopefully can still recognize: the marsh in the foreground, the water, a marshy island, more water, trees in the background and then sky- six layers of nature in all.

These photographs don’t show up as well as I’d like in the small constraints of a blog. But I plan to make some large prints, possibly on canvas, and I’m hopeful they will make attractive pieces of art. We’ll see!

Here is a third image I worked on, as it appeared right out of the camera. It was shot at a fast shutter speed and is in sharp focus, but it’s a pretty flat and uninteresting picture. In Photoshop, I blurred it (side to side) and added contrast and color saturation. You can see the result below.

Would love to hear what you think of these images. I plan to make more abstract work in the coming months.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

 “Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”


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