Some really good photographers obsess over making “pleasing blurs,” and I must admit, when I look at their images, I see glimpses of my own bad shots that I deleted because the bird wouldn’t sit still! But sometimes when I’m out shooting and the action isn’t all that exciting, I’ll take my second body and experiment. Usually I delete the results. But with this one I think I might be onto a nice-looking image. It’s a clump of pink salvia at Bok Tower Gardens. I was waiting for the hummingbirds to come back, and while I waited, I focused my Beast on the clump and then took half-second exposures as I panned the tripod up and down. The light levels were really low that day, so I got away without using neutral density filters. I thought the pink-and-green stripes were kinda pretty. What surprised me most about my experiment was that I needed to pan faster. It seemed so strange to be moving during the exposure, and in order to achieve a nice blur, you really do need to move!
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