Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Playing with the October Landscape at Schoepfle Garden

November 10, 2019

Fall color was past its prime by the time I got out to Schoepfle Garden October 29. Still, some lovely remnants remained. Besides photographing them as is, I played around with intentional camera movement (ICM) again. That I took the fourth photo here is thanks to Steve Schwartzman, who asked in the comments section of the last post, “In any of these, did you zoom your lens while you moved the camera?” I had not, but at Steve’s prompt, I tried it on this trip. Will try it again. What fun.











23 responses

  1. I was wondering how the zooming turned out for you, and now I know. I’ve sometimes gotten good long-exposure zooming results when there’s a prominent subject that’s relatively close and is different from the other things in the photograph.


    November 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    • That sounds like a good strategy, Steve. Thank you for making my photography even more fun.


      November 10, 2019 at 7:27 PM

  2. A wonderful set of images, Linda. Your ICM shots are very well done. I did a project with zoom during exposure on film a few years ago. I remember the few usable shots (slides) I got out of that camera but I had an advantage in that I could zoom during the printing exposure. The effect turned out to be much the same only more expensive.

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    November 10, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    • You made me laugh out loud, Ken. Wonder if you can zoom like that in Photoshop or Lightroom. Thanks for the nice words about these photos.


      November 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM

      • Good news, Linda! I think I found a way to zoom in PS. I have a lot more experimentation to do but I remain hopeful.


        November 10, 2019 at 10:12 PM

        • I can’t imagine. I hope to see the result of your experimentation.


          November 11, 2019 at 1:26 PM

  3. I used to do these zoom shots with racing cars back in the film days. Got a few good ones. Lots of bad ones. Damn film cameras don’t have a delete button. I like yours. Try some more.


    November 11, 2019 at 2:06 AM

    • OK, I will, Michael. Thanks. Not only did my film camera not have a delete button, but I was afraid to experiment too much because it could be costly to use that much film.

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      November 11, 2019 at 1:28 PM

      • Exactly. Me too. Digital photography has given us the opportunity to steepen our learning curves by enabling us to learn from our mistakes cheaper and therefore faster.

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        November 11, 2019 at 1:30 PM

  4. Fine set, Linda!


    November 11, 2019 at 3:25 AM

  5. Wonderful pictures, Linda, and I’m all for ICM and I do like the results you’ve presented here – but in a way I’m most struck by the simplicity and beauty of image 2. A 🙂


    November 12, 2019 at 6:11 AM

    • Thank you, Adrian. Fall-color photos are ubiquitous, so it’s nice to know that a common sight—not manipulated—can still strike.

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      November 13, 2019 at 7:29 PM

  6. These are some nice autumn abstracts, Linda. I’ve not tried to do these zoom ICMs but your images encourage me to give it a try. Nicely done.


    November 13, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    • Thanks, Steve. I think I only zoomed on the fourth photo, shown here two ways: one with the tree down the middle and one with it spotted out. But I will do this some more. We have snow right now—while many trees still have their fall leaves. I really should get out there before the snow melts. But it’s so cold . . .

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      November 13, 2019 at 7:32 PM

      • When it is this cold it is very hard to motivate yourself to get out there. I hate the cold, my hands suffer from Raynaud’s Disease and I have spent a small fortune on gloves purported to keep hands warm. Doesn’t matter what gloves I use or even having heating pads inside the glove liners, the fingers still freeze. But ice makes some awesome abstracts and frozen waterfalls are gorgeous so out I’ll go…and complain like crazy. 😀


        November 13, 2019 at 7:50 PM

  7. Fall foliage shots may be common but you have a way of making them your own. There’s something very satisfying about the first photo. Maybe it’s the way the leaves are dense in one place and scattered in another, or the way it’s almost a straight landscape orientation but also looks up. It’s very real. 😉 I like the way #2 is sort of upside-down, or turned 90 degrees, and now the branches seem to be dripping towards the bottom, which is unnatural but keeps me interested. So it’s not always about being real. But you know that. With the ICM photos, I’m most drawn to #5, I think because there are little leaf shapes alongside the blurring. I don’t like that effect as much in the zoomed photos because ICM zoom images, in general, don’t appeal to me. They feel static because you have one primary focal point that keeps pulling you back, insistently. 😉 Something inside me resists being pulled to one point like that.
    You have (had?) snow! Yeesh. I totally get thinking one should go out and photograph an interesting phenomenon like fresh snow on fall foliage, but then it’s just too damned cold. It’s hard to get motivated to go out even here, where it’s been consistently over 50 degrees. Let’s just stay inside and drink delicious hot beverages and have treats and good conversation… 😉

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    November 14, 2019 at 4:03 PM

  8. The first photo is the one I almost didn’t post. There’s always one like that, and invariably someone says something nice about it. Thank you. I took #2 looking straight up and considered rotating it in processing. So it really is real, relative to where I was standing. I understand your objection to ICM zoom images, but I will take more to see if I can change your mind by doing something spectacular with them. 🙂 I did not go out with the camera today, and now the snow is melting. It was nice staying inside with you and delicious hot beverages, treats, and good conversation. 😉

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    November 14, 2019 at 8:13 PM

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