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Mixing it Up

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 12 January 2012 in Abstract & Conceptual.

One of my feeble attempts at "abstractism" - Two Seagulls take off from an icy cold pond, leaving swirls of water that look like kids scratching their pencils on a piece of paper. The birds wings reminded me of an electric mixer with beaters going at full steam!
If you like this one, I'll post another one in a few days ...If you don't, let me know and I'll stop :-)

OLYMPUS E-510 1/10 second F/11.0 ISO 200 300 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
; Earth Wind and Fire

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

wow - a crazy and wonderful result here . . you should play feeble more often, Denny, and keep that picture-gadget on 1/10th sec, f/11 !

12 Jan 2012 5:37am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks very much, Ronnie. I shall comply!!

sunstonemaria from California, United States

beautiful dance, great energy!

12 Jan 2012 5:44am

@sunstonemaria: Thanks so much, MAria - all the best to you ;-)

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

More! This is wonderful, creative and gives us another way to appreciate these amazing creatures.

12 Jan 2012 6:04am

@GJC: Thank you very much, sir. I hope you are doing wonderfully ;-)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Of course, we like, what a question !

12 Jan 2012 8:16am

@Gérard Beullac: Thank you, Gerard ;-)

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

I like it and I am still laughing at your discription

12 Jan 2012 8:18am

@Christine: Thank you Christine ;-) I hope all is well ;-)

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Hervorragende Bewegungsunschärfe.

12 Jan 2012 8:22am

@Heinz: Hallo Heinz - Vielen Dank!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

I like it Denny - it could make an interesting abstract........

12 Jan 2012 8:53am

@Nigel: Hi Nigel -Thank you so much ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

I like it, Denny. More please! An incredible abstract and great work to get this image. Your shutter speed is perfect here - this effect is not an easy one to capture!

12 Jan 2012 9:55am

@Stephen: No it was not - Thanks Stephen - this was miostly accidental to be honest..but I still learned from the experience and now know how to do it the next time and not regard it as an accident ;-) Thanks again sir ;-)

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

Beautiful !!

12 Jan 2012 10:37am

@Aly: Hi Aly - Thank you very much ;-)

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

I do like this. It is very artistic. You had nice light on the water, with the green tones and white reflections.

12 Jan 2012 11:16am

@Julie L. Brown: Thanks Julie - I am still reeliing from those clouds in your shot for today - awesome...what a "rush!"

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

sometimes a miracle happens and unexpectedly freaking good image comes up ;) Love it !

12 Jan 2012 11:48am

@Mariana M.: Hi Mariana - Thank you very much and You are quite right - a lot of good fortune happened here as I was playing around ;-) Thank you so much and I am very sorry I have been missing you - no excuse other than absent mindedness but I return...

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

What a fabulous result Denny! There is a great sense of choreographed motion in the shot! Well done! ;-)

12 Jan 2012 12:40pm

@Eric Cousineau: I liked that choreographed look as well - thank you Eric ;-)

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

definately more - this is excellent - so much movement and detail.

12 Jan 2012 12:46pm

@Jules: Thanks Jules..I appreciate it ;-)

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

That good sensation of movement.

12 Jan 2012 12:53pm

@Ana Lúcia: Hi Ana - Thank you very much and thank you for visiting my blog ;-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Almost perfect Denny, great choice of shutter speed. To help get it totally abstract I'd crop it to lose that far bank.

12 Jan 2012 1:03pm

@Curly: Thanks Curly- Point well taken on the crop..only reason I did not was I thought I would put the birds too high in the frame by doing that but I agree with you ;-) Thanks sir...

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Fantastic abstract Denny, far from a feeble attempt, superb.

12 Jan 2012 2:21pm

@Doug: Hi Doug - Thank you very much ;-)

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Nothing feeble about this Denny. Fantastic!!

12 Jan 2012 2:44pm

@Williams: Thanks very much, Paul ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wow, this is really cool and creative, Denny.

12 Jan 2012 2:51pm

@B. Thomas: Hi Barbara - Thank you ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Very creative work here, Denny - you really pulled this off nicely. I love this shot. Excellent!

12 Jan 2012 2:57pm

@Jason Politte: Thanks Jason ;-)

Sido from Seville, Spain

Nice testing. Anyway don't depend on our comments to post. I am looking forward to tomorrow's.

12 Jan 2012 2:59pm

@Sido: Hi Sido - Thank you very much ;-)

Rick from Toronto, Canada

I echo Paul's comment about there being no feeble in this shot. It is eye catching and pretty, and that makes it successful in my opinion. Let's have another one, buddy!

12 Jan 2012 4:33pm

@Rick: Check! Thanks Rick ;-)

Victoria from Sweden

Very nice photo!

12 Jan 2012 5:41pm

@Victoria: Thank you Victoria :-)

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Amizing ! Beautiful abstracts image. really nice captured, Denny.....:-)

12 Jan 2012 7:27pm

@Lena: Hi lena - Thank you very much...;-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wow, Denny this is fantastic -- love the effect of the birds wings and the subtle white reflection of the water.
Great capture and have a great day :)

12 Jan 2012 8:25pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Nicely captured which helps illustrate their way of using those wings. They also contrast nicely with the water, allowing them to really "pop." In regards to your question, I like it, so you can post another one. :-)

12 Jan 2012 8:26pm

@Steven: Thanks Steven ;-) I always like - scratch that - I always LOVE your images! :-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is a wonderful abstract! I really like it!

12 Jan 2012 9:27pm

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Great shot!

12 Jan 2012 9:27pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

terrific. well done

12 Jan 2012 9:45pm

Andrea from Regina, Canada

I like the effect alot. The composition might be better if the image wasn't so symmetrical, though.

12 Jan 2012 10:03pm

omid from mashhad, Iran


12 Jan 2012 10:34pm

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

A very successful abstract, Denny - they could almost be angels, rather than birds!

12 Jan 2012 11:04pm

k@ from Paris, France

This is just terrific, Denny ! I love the effect & sensation, great great success ! Bravo.

13 Jan 2012 7:06am

franz from Baden, Austria

brilliant! i doubt i've ever seen a better photographic rendition of "movement"! please to continue ... ;-))

13 Jan 2012 1:52pm

Jason Kravitz from Brussels, Belgium

I like the effect - and a good first attempt - maybe in a future trial - get in a bit closer (of course the timing is probably tough !)

13 Jan 2012 5:35pm

karla from Omaha, United States

Wow!!! This is great!!!! Do more??

14 Jan 2012 3:58am

Mike from California, United States

The blur of the wings and white against green is cool...Nice shot Denny.

14 Jan 2012 7:59pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


15 Jan 2012 4:39am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


17 Jan 2012 7:20pm

1/10 second
ISO 200
300 mm