Walking through the woods one cool, misty day – my mood was feeling a bit detached and out of sorts.  Coming into view of this stand of trees, I figured that I would try and capture an image that could match the odd feelings I was having during this foggy hike.

A walk in the woods

It was actually challenging to try and get the little Olympus point and shoot to behave like I wanted it to do since you can’t manually set the shutter speed.  After a few attempts and learning how to fool the camera, I was able to get something that came pretty close to matching the mood I was trying to capture.


~ by Derrick Birdsall on March 26, 2012.

23 Responses to “Impressionist”

  1. You painted a brilliant photograph here, Mr. B…
    well worth the fight/challenge!

    • thanks Inky! It was some fun trial and error and outsmarting the camera. Modern point and shoots are designed to give a pretty sharp, in focus image automatically… outsmarting that took a bit of time, but I think it was worth it! Thanks again!

  2. Good effect wiith your point and shoot camera. Using a DSLR with a zoom lens, you obtain similar effect by slowing down the shutter speed and quickly zooming or turning the lens.

    • thank you – of course you are right with the DSLR information…. as I was visiting this place on my motorcycle, the only camera I had with me was my little point and shoot. 😉

  3. Very nice, Derrick! These types of shots aren’t easy to pull off successfully with a DSLR nevermind with a P&S. Well done.

  4. I like the effect you got. Very nice. 🙂

  5. This is a pretty neat shot made with the point and shoot. I took mine with my fairly basic cell phone which is exactly why it came out so unfocused!

  6. Now how on earth did you do that?!

    • I fooled the camera into thinking it was darker than it was to slow down the shutter speed and then panned the camera across the scene I wanted to capture. 😉

  7. A really intriguing shot.

  8. ahh the imagery, I see the forest through trees

  9. Just lovely!

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  11. so how did you fool the camera in to thinking it was darker…please tell

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  13. Terrific composition! love it. Here is my take on “unfocused”:

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