We took a walk around the neighborhood the other night and I had to take my camera. Our community flower beds are full of colorful pentas right now, and they call my name every time I drive by them! The mass of colors made me want to experiment with some intentional blurs…
First I tried moving the camera in small circles with a long-ish exposure. I got a lot of strange looks from people driving by! I added a bit of Oil Filter and Color Efex to the resulting image and I kinda like it.
I did some zoom blurs, too, but they were a little boring. So I started to play with the Flaming Pear Flexify filter. I kept using random settings until I stumbled upon one that made my zoom look like a butterfly. Then I added a touch of Fractalius and enhanced the colors a bit. It looks nothing like the original pentas, but it was a fun little experiment!
As we walked home, the sun was setting behind our neighborhood pond. Our weeping willow trees have always caught my attention, and with my 5D Mark III, I finally have the wide angle to try some of the shots I’ve imagined! I wish there were more sunset vistas near our house without the clutter of houses in the background!
Fall migration is underway, and pretty soon the pond will have some ducks, I hope! :)