Evaluating alternative in-transit abstractions

While working on my Instant Nomad series, I am evaluating a number of different photographs that have some abstract qualities such that it may be difficult to tell what is going on and where it was taken. In the case of these three photographs there is a central shape that hints that the subject may be a person and that there is some kind of object associated with that person. I think the blurring of the subject and the adjacent surroundings seems to provide some indications that there is motion or movement implied which is important to the background narrative of being in-transit.

I have one place in my book-dummy narrative that I would like to include one of these images. Initially the image I am using as a stray-man for the story, although visually interesting, did not seem to fully convey what I felt was needed. Thus I have been continuing to evaluate some other photographs that might visually connected with me a little bit better as to revealing some aspects of movement in conjunction with tension. I think that each of these three photographs that I have narrowed down my selection has an interesting combination of ambiguity and mystery that I think is central to this series. One of the agonizing aspects of editing; having to select just one photograph from a bunch of alternatives in which each seems to work almost equally well, each having unique visual strengths and weaknesses. sigh. This process will take a little bit longer…

All three of these were made in a similar manner; a 2-stop neutral density, the lens shut down to f/11 and set at the lowest exposure index of 100 resulting in an exposure that was about one sec or slightly longer in duration. Since I was using an Aperture priority setting for the camera, the exposure varied depending on the adjacent ambient lighting. In post processing I am keeping the image in a higher (lighter) key allowing some of the highlights to blow out.

Cheers

Doug

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Developing a Creative Photo Book, a virtual (Zoom) workshop I will be leading again in conjunction with Medium Photo, September 11th, 12th, 18th, & 19th. More details and sign-up available now at Medium Photo.

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