Only the shoreline…

roling in

The visible is only the shoreline of the magnificent ocean of the invisible.

The invisible is not empty, but is textured and tense with presences.

These presences cannot be named; they can only be sensed, not seen.

John O’Donohue

Light impressions…

light impressions

However you may celebrate, or not celebrate, may this season bring you a deeper connection to the people you love and the experiences that give you the most meaning. These are the true gifts of the season.

Wishing all of you much peace, joy and love.



On the same tree…

If what I say resonates with you, it is merely because we are both branches on the same tree.

W.B. Yeats

trees icm1500

It’s been a while since I tried “intentional camera movement,” or ICM as it’s known. (You can see a previous experiment here plus find out about the technique.)

But since we’re coming to the end of the abstract photography course I’ve been taking, I thought I would give it another go. It’s a technique that takes a great deal of patience since the ratio of failures to successes is quite high. But it’s definitely worth the effort.

Even though I’m a big fan of non-recognizable abstracts when it comes to water reflections for example,  I tend to prefer a slightly recognizable subject when using ICM.

You have to use a slow shutter speed so it’s important to control the light that comes into the camera otherwise the overall effect will be far too washed out. I tried several different combinations before I was happy.

For this image, I used a very low ISO and a small aperture combined with a quarter second exposure. I thought about using a neutral density filter but found that I didn’t really need to. I was pleased that the trees were still outlined and the colours were deep and rich in the example above.

Tell me, do you enjoy making ICM images, and if so, do you have any tips to share?

Nowhere else in the observable universe…

Image location: near Kitchener Ontario; Technique: Intentional Camera Movement; Processing: Flypaper Textures

Go outside, now, and look at any randomly selected piece of your world. It could be a scruffy corner of your garden, or even a clump of grass forcing its way through a concrete pavement. It is unique.

Encoded deep in the biology of every cell in every blade of grass, in every insect’s wing, in every bacterium cell, is the history of the third planet from the Sun in a Solar System making its way lethargically around a galaxy called the Milky Way.

Its shape, form, function, color, smell, taste, molecular structure, arrangement of atoms, sequence of bases, and possibilities for a future are all absolutely unique.

There is nowhere else in the observable Universe where you will see precisely that little clump of emergent, living complexity.

It is wonderful.

Brian Cox