An abstract image of aspen trees near Kebler Pass, Colorado.
Panning my camera on non-moving objects can be a lot of fun. But one thing I’ve noticed is that in many panned images, there is a whole lot of depth expressed. I think it’s very helpful to have that depth. When everything is in the same plane, the image doesn’t have that depth and the resulting picture is a two-dimensional abstract.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but as in real landscapes and scenes, I’m often trying to suggest the three-dimensional attributes of the scene. To do that in this abstract photo, I got up close to aspen trees on first plane, placing them to the right to allow the other trees to balance the dominant ones. With the other trees ‘behind’ the main trees, the near/far relationship establishes a suggestion of depth to the scene. The other, equally important element that is suggesting depth here is the light. The side light brought dimension to individual trees, showing their “roundness”. And, as the light falls off to darker areas in the background, you get even more depth. My goal was to have the viewer feel like they were standing in this grove of trees, right next to me.
Taken with Canon 5D Mark II and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM