Flower Explosion

Flower Explosion © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

This is the fourth in my series of flower photographs using zoom effect – and one of my favourites. All images in the series were shot on the same day in July when the nearby Grange Gardens were in full bloom and the early morning light was bright without being brutal. For this image I chose an aperture of f/11, shutter speed 1/8s and ISO 100.

Light Through Leaves

Light through Leaves © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

This photograph is another of my recent experiments with intentional camera movement where I panned down as I took the shot. The camera settings in this instance were an aperture of f/16, shutter speed 2.0s and ISO 100.

The Forest

where trees huddle together for comfort and warmth
and lichen grows on trunks and branches
in green, gold and copper patterns

where twigs and mosses cover the floor
and a canopy of leaves filter sunlight and moonlight
into diamond dapples and opalescent pools

deep, deep in the heart of the forest
quick and shy as deer, live tree nymphs
lovers of satyrs and daughters of Dionysus

~ Light through Leaves was chosen from my library in response to the poem The Forest.
© 2011 Mufidah Kassalias. All rights reserved.

Blue Flower

Blue Flower © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

Blue Flower is the third in my series of images shot using the zoom effect. Here I used a small aperture of f/32, shutter speed of 1/3 and an ISO of 100, then, as with White Rose, I zoomed as I took the shot. I also used the same post-production technique as with White Rose, altering the curves to leave  a simple dark background with ghostly light trails. Zoom effect produces unpredictable but often happily surprising results, and in this case I was pleased with the strong sense of movement, as if the flower were a rocket-flower shooting out of the frame heading towards the heavens.

Pink Wings

Pink Wings © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

Pink Wings is another of my recent zoom effect experiments. In this photograph I used a small aperture of f/22, shutter speed of 1/3 and an ISO of 100 – then zoomed as I took the shot (I can’t recall now whether I zoomed in or out). Although it can take more shots than usual to get one that works, it’s a great technique for shooting abstract images and one that often yields surprising results.

White Rose

White Rose © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

White Rose is one of my recent experiments with intentional camera movement and zoom effect, which is how I shot this white rose. The original image has a blurred green leafy background, but I decided to post-process the image to remove as much of the leaf references as possible by altering the curves (if you look closely you can see shadows of green),  and instead to focus on the aura effect that is an atmospheric by-product of this type of shot.