The Timbercutter's Trail by Ben Loveday

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The Timbercutter’s Trail is located in the Mount Lofty Ranges, immediately south of Mount George, north west of Aldgate. Single positive blur photo.
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Ben Loveday is a photographic artist based in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, with a focus on landscape, urban and conceptual photography.
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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...12 months ago

    Oh, what an intriguing natural abstract you’ve created here! Perhaps one day you will share some info about creating effects such as your “positive blur” in this image.

  • Hope this helps:
    I’m sort of self taught- basically I set the camera on speed priority as it is the speed that generates the amount of blur. This then allows the camera to choose ISO and f stop, which is a good thing because the illumination is changeable from scene to scene…ie if you used manual, you’d spend most of your time doing settings rather than composing. I don’t have a neutral density filter to darken the scene so I have to find a dimly lit scene, or wait until the golden hour, after sunset. I generally then undercrank the f stop about 2 or 3 settings so that the setting is for the brightest part of the scene…many photographers of the old school do not do this because they are trying to get the central subject exposed correctly, not the sky behind, but with blur I do not like blown highlights I want the sky blue not white. then it is a matter of playing around with different movements during the exposure time- ie moving the camera body, winding the telephoto in and out, panning a moving target, or any combination. At this point one needs to be patient, and try shooting the same scene many times, checking the result each time…each attempt will produce radically different results, even when you think you’ve done the same movements….because of course you haven’t…the result is a function of how the movement occurred in relation to the exposure variables.
    1. You don’t have to focus, because its blurred anyway. Yes, you do have to focus because blur is in one direction when the camera body is moved. The focus is necessary to get sharp edges on the blurred band of colour.
    2. The camera is impregnable- no it isn’t: shaking it around will loosen parts and often spray oil droplets onto the sensor….so use a robust camera, get a sensor cleaner, and clean it after consulting the manual- the drops appear as spots at high f stop settings.
    3. I’ve seen all those marvellous vertical blurred tree shots- yep- these are the easy ones. There are a million blur types…learn to experiment, and with it will come skills and knowledge and originality. Look at this “cubistic” one, created by movement reversal 2/3rds of the way into a pan of the girl: The Fashionista

    – Ben Loveday

  • Forgot one thing- the speeds I use are generally between 1/5 sec and 1 sec, but one has to check the meter to ensure this will produce an f stop and ISO that are within the camera,s dynamic range. My f stop range is rather limited: 4.5- 22 because its an old SLR, but with most commercial SLR’s nowadays you can get up to F 36 allowing a lower speed for any given lighting condition. Be cautious about using ISO’s higher than 400, because the higher the ISO the grainier the shot. To get my camera down to 1 sec speed at f22, ISO 400, I need a quite dark scene, like deep inside a pine plantation or a street scene about 20 minutes after sunset. All of this will vary with the camera and lenses used so its a matter of experimentation with your own gear.

    – Ben Loveday

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...12 months ago

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing this information, Ben! I was hoping for a hint or two, and here you’ve gone into great detail – and I’m hanging on your every word. :) I’ve experimented enough with intentional camera movement to know that results are neither easy nor predictable, yet still I am intrigued. Thank you so very much for taking the time and effort to share!

  • No worries Celeste- I probably could have summarized it a bit better.

    – Ben Loveday

  • Danica Radman
    Danica Radman11 months ago


  • Thanks Danica

    – Ben Loveday

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp11 months ago

    Very nice capture

  • debidabble
    debidabble11 months ago

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