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... a technique I'm working on at the moment.

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The original picture is not mine - it's an image on my computer screen, but the effect is to then photograph it and introduce dynamism to the image. I'm hoping to use this technique to work on some fencing photographs which are literally just pictures, taken at wide aperture and fast focus. They're static snaps and need some flow.

You could almost certainly do this in Lightroom or Photoshop, or something, but working with an actual camera to re-take the shot after the fact lens a certain randomness into the effect which clinical darkroom software would never be able to reproduce.

Needless to say, it felt a lot like pot-luck to start with but I think I'm starting to hone this as an actual skill.
 
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I'm working through a few things at the moment, partly to do with memory, partly recovery, partly forgiveness, partly atonement; I often do a version of the "wave the camera about" to try to capture what I'm focussing on in my mind - not thoughography, but an abstract expression of that. It does require the right input which is consciously selected.

In the picture above of the Kendoku, it would be easy enough to superimpose the same image, say, three times, but it would be the same image staggered. The technique I'm trying to nail is to have different parts of the picture move. So, in this, the hand needed to have a very strict sense of straightness and moving forward while the head should have a slight bobbing. Sometimes it's a case of a little left to right, other times a rotation, othertimes a rotation off axis or maybe a move forwards or backwards. It's whatever suits the image.

I suppose (hopefully said in a non-pretentious way) it's akin to an abstract painter "feeling" just the right place to make the next splat or splash or smear ... a lot of trial and error, but I do feel that I'm getting towards something I could say was an actual technique with predicatable and repeatable results.
 
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Mucking about with macro today ... and a couple of vintage lenses dangling off the end of multiple extension tubes, the first is a Meyer-Optik Gorlitz 50mm Domiplan at f/1.8 and the second from a Zenit Helios 44M 58mm at f/2 but fuzzed up with a vintage Hoyarex filter up front, like wedding photos from the 1970s.

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The flower is from a lime bush. It's actual size is little more than one centimetre from stem to stamen.
 
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