March Edition 2014
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Bamboo Blurs by Denise Ippolito
Both of the images here were created using the Canon 5D Mark III camera with the Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS lens. They were captured at the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. I walked up a small hill and to my surprise there was a beautiful, small Bamboo forest.
I used a slow shutter speed to create the above image. In manual mode I set my ISO to 400 and my shutter speed to 1/8 second and my aperture to f/14. I was hand holding for this blur. I chose a landscape format even though the Bamboo was tall and lent itself nicely to a vertical orientation. I could have gone either way but I liked this better for some reason. The soft greens along with the soft lighting appealed to me. The leaves blurred nicely in the background creating a textured look. I captured several different blurs before getting one I liked with just the right amount of detail so that the viewer would know it was Bamboo but the horizontal lines on the trees would not over power the flow of the image. I like to use between a 1/6 and 1/8 second for my shutter speed when creating vertical pan blurs. Often in the field I switch quickly between sharp and blur; that is why I keep my ISO on 400 so that I can quickly adjust the shutter speed and/ or aperture. This look can be achieved easily on a tripod by locking the horizontal panning knobs and loosening the vertical panning knobs.
This above image was created using the same exact settings and gear as the first image. I also hand held the camera for this blur too. This time I used an in-camera multiple exposure. I set my camera to multiple exposures, chose 3 images and moved my camera ever so slightly three times in an upward movement to create the “repeats”. Creating blurs using this method gives a completely different look. You usually end up with more detail on the subject. You can choose to use 3, 4, 5 or even up to 9 images with Canon’s multiple exposure feature. I find that sometimes when you use too many images it looks cluttered. I like to stick to 3 or 5 for these.