In these pictures, I have been using slow shutter speeds with handholding the camera to introduce blur. My normal approach would include setting up my tripod and taking several bracketed images to find the right exposure or possibly exposures, one for the foreground and one for the dawn colors that I blend into a single image.

With the blurred images, I try to keep enough of the main subject recognizable while also trying to blend the colors together into a more abstract represenation of the scene. I think that color and patterns that I can acheive through moving the camera are the two most important aspects of creating a good image.

Winter Dawn #1

Winter Dawn #2

For the winter dawn shots, I wanted to include the bare trees. and I prefer the image where you can see a little of the bleak looking foreground.


Sweet Dreaming #2
18 second exposure
Sweet Dreaming
11 second exposure

Sweet Dreaming: Taken several years ago on a rare morning where my daughter slept in, on her bed with two of our Jack Russell Terriers and a few stuffed animals. At 18 seconds, the first image is very ethereal, while the second image at 11 seconds is more recognizable. For the longer exposure I purposefully moved the camera during the exposure. In the shorter exposure I tried to hold the camera steady without actually bracing the camera against the door frame to reduce movement.