As a total departure from my Iceland work, I’m sharing a new project I’m working on: Long exposure ICM landscapes. My goal with this series is to create something like color field abstract expressionism in landscape photography. I’m tentatively calling the collection “Palette of Place” as my hope was to create abstract expressionist images that have a vaguely recognizable color palette and shapes/lines for those familiar with the location.
I’m sharing several from Clear Lake, a lava blocked section of the McKenzie River in Oregon.
I have a lot of questions about these images, but I think my biggest one is whether the images work best when there are some details to help guide the viewer to location or whether that element simply makes the images look a failed attempt at a clear image.
Let me know if in the process of adjusting clarity (usually downward) and texture (occasionally upward) I have introduced noise or other artifacts.
Lots of feedback here:
- Do any of these appeal to you, and if so why?
- Do you like some resonant shapes (trees, boat, etc) as in 2, 4, and 6 or do you prefer a more abstract color field approach as in 1, 3, 5
- If you are from the PNW, does this “feel” like this location? Would the location have tickled a dendrite in the brain without knowing?
(If this is a composite, etc. please be honest with your techniques to help others learn)
All are single images, processed in LR
All are slow shutter, intentional camera movement images using an ND filter to allow slower shutter speed (3, 4, or 10 stop depending on day and location).