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Old Apr 27, 2005, 12:15 PM   #1
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This began as an idea about the life within a tree, but not until I remembered an old SLR technique was I able to accomplish it.It requireszooming while the shutter is open, spending half the time with fixed zoom, then zooming in or out (depends on the result wanted) during the second half of the exposure. If your camera has digital zoom, don't try it because it'll probably not work. Anyone with a mechanical zoom can spend hours filled with both frustration and fun.


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Old Apr 27, 2005, 12:18 PM   #2
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wow...what a shot!
i love it barbara!

perfect use of that technique too it does give the feeling of 'the life inside'
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Old Apr 27, 2005, 12:45 PM   #3
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Thanks, Vito! Well, maybe some of the thanks should go to my beloved andextremely manual Oly E-20. It's always up for playing games.
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Old Apr 27, 2005, 3:53 PM   #4
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speaking of which, i just got my rebel (well, in december)

so i can play with all these awesome techniques

and....

it's the photographer that takes the picture

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Old Apr 27, 2005, 4:07 PM   #5
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Vito, if you don't periodically thank your camera it will get cranky. Cameras have feelings too, you know.

Definitely, play with the technique. It's not something you want to do all the time because special effects should be just that--special--but it's a nice technique to practice so it's ready and waitingwhen a subject shows up that would work well with it.
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hmm...maybe that's why my landscapes from the other day look horrible

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Old Apr 27, 2005, 5:08 PM   #7
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Even if I wrote a song for my camera, it wouldn't take good landscapes. I don't understand this at all. It couldn't possibly be my fault.
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Old Apr 27, 2005, 5:26 PM   #8
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Barbara, I just posted a response to Vito's latest submission trying to use your technique. I don't care for his and, honestly, I don't care too much for this one. If you are trying to create some type of ethereal mood enhancing image, you may have accomplished it. As for a treatment on the subject of trees, it doesn't do it for me. I think it might be better in the digital art forum.

Don't get me wrong. Using zoom with the shutter open can produce some great effects, especially at night, provided you can operate the zoom without moving the camera. I just got a new Manfrotto tripod and it must weigh 500 pounds! However, the camera still shakes a bit if you touch it.

Anyway, as I said to Vito, it's my opinion and not necessarily that of the majority.

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Old Apr 27, 2005, 6:06 PM   #9
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I think it might be better in the digital art forum.
It isn't digital art, Cal. It's a traditional technique, a long-standing one. Because I know you're of the "old school," I find your reaction really odd.
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I think it looks like the first tree ever - the mother of all trees, & I like the tree-ish colours.



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