Sketching the landscape with photography. These photographs were made using a slow shutter speed and camera movement. Other than some minor level adjustments they are as the camera saw them.
Animate bar(k)odes: the data of the landscape.
© Karen McRae, 2013
96 thoughts on “Blurring the Lines”
Ah, you are indeed sketching the landscape!!!
Beautiful bar[k]odes, Karen!!
Hi Marina, thank you! : )
Wow! Really great idea and beautifully done.
Thanks very much, Ruxandra!
Animated Earth; grace, mystery and strength. It’s all there.
Thank you, Elena. A great comment . : )
Lines in the forest resembling abstract expressionist drawing. Nicely captured
with technique and invention. I like how they invite the viewer to
experience spatial sense.
Thank you, Steven.
About 30 years ago, Spanish photographer Francisco Hidalgo created blurred photos of building etc to show growing hight of the day, by shifting PC lens while shutter was open. Though, to my eyes they were only mechanically created mess.
Much more akin to a “Modern times’ Juzz noise”. (In fact I met him in Photokina as both we were the contributers of the Zoom magazine)
What you created here are just beautiful. Whether they are abstract or landscape,
I don’t care, it pleases the eyes. Worth keep printout and hang on the wall.
Thanks very much, Yoshizen, that’s an interesting story. I’m glad you think these are successful and worthy of hanging on a wall.
The mystery of the forest is so compelling. I like these very much; remind me also of graphite or charcoal stretched upwards on the paper. Black, whites and greys are so appropriate here.
I thought they looked rather like charcoal drawings, too. Thanks for your comment, Judy.
I’m not sure why but the second and fourth images especially draw my eyes. They remind me of watercolor paintings. 😉
Hi Cynthia, thanks very much.
Hi Karen – with my tri-focals on, these tend to make my eyes cross – lol! As always it is your light that shines thru. K
Hi Kathleen, yes they have a bit of a blur, hence the title!
fascinating – love this kind of stuff
I’m glad you do, Nathan, thank you!
This series is a definition of photgraphic art. What great shots!
Thanks for sharing
Richard, that is a very kind thing to say. Much thanks to you – I’m glad you enjoy these.
So incredibly artistic. Beautiful Karen.
I like the last one the best…that little white landing spot seems to ground me and allow me to imagine the streaking of rain into a puddle of light.
Thank you, Scilla!
Odes, indeed. Surprising, Karen!
A surprise every now and then, just to keep you on your toes!
A brave experiment and a fascinating selection. It is interesting that although the same technique is used throughout, each picture evokes its own atmosphere and mood. I particularly like the hint of colour in the fourth and fifth.
Thank you, Louis. Yes, I was happy a little bit of colour came out in these. The second last one quite surprised me with its tones; influenced by direct sunlight, I think.
These are great impresionistic photograps. They should decorate walls 🙂
Thanks very much, that is a kind comment.
I think what is really striking here is your vision to do this and then the exploration. My question is not how you do it, but rather what makes you do it. Always a pleasure to see you push the boundaries.
Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I do enjoy seeing what I can make my camera do – and the challenge of crossing over into painterly or drawing-like images within a frame.
These immediately drew me in! Simultaneously subtle and full of impact.
Thank you, Micah, I like your description.
These remind me of the art school exercise of quick sketches we went through before starting our drawing in life drawing class.
Yes, landscape gestures!
Wonderfully done Karen. Very artistic presentation!
Thank you, Phil!
I hear music in these – denser, more rhythmic and darker than your recent works, but resonant and human – your presence is unequivocally there.
Oh, music is good. Thanks for your comment, Richard.
An accordionlike curtain of trees, spears of blissful light (probably embers from a distant dawn), ghostly terrain–the power of movement to poeticise experience.
Poetic words, Prospero, thank you.
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Beautiful shots, Karen. Well done!!
Thank you, Fred!
I like! Another way of delicate.
Thanks, Bente, I’m glad you like these.
Difficult to do – capture the natural world abstractly and yet imbued with meaning. Nice
Deanne, I love that you find meaning in these. Thank you for your comment.
In anyone else’s hands, these whould have turned out looking like well-intentioned art-class experiments. Instead, they have amazing interest and solidity.
Thanks ever so much, Gabriel. I have seen some very well done similar images by other photographers. It’s fun to see what you can get a camera to do!
I am seeing your photographs and I can’t explain my feeling, So i want say just wow !!
Nitin, thank you. It is nice to know when someone feels a reaction to your work. I very much appreciate your comment.
So painterly! Lovely.
Thank you, Anna!
I agree with all the previous comments re your artistry, and the magic and mystery of these creative photos. I just wanted to add a thank you for sharing a bit of the technique used to create these beauties. My favourite is the first.
Thank you, Trish. : )
One of the other beautiful things about you as a photographer, blogger, and person is that you always take the time to reply to each and every comment that you receive. What a kind and generous gesture.
That’s kind of you, Trish. A reminder that I have some catching up to do!
Best wishes sent to lovely you. : )
Oh Karen! These are really delicious. The physicality of them really is seductive.
Lovely words, Sydney, thanks very much!
Arg. You did it again! IwantIwantIwantIwant.
Anna, I love that you do. This makes me smile, thank you!
This is lovely! Beautiful images!
Thank you, Nutmeg!
Absolutely beautiful Karen!
Thanks very much, Marina.
great idea, great pictures, great illusions !
Much thanks for that, Juergen! I’m happy you think so.
Nice collection. Very peaceful.
ummm yummy They are like charcoal and a wash. Beautiful.
They made me think of charcoal, too. Thanks, Carla!
I LOVE these! Great work.
Thank you, Janet. : )
This is so cool!! Love it!
How beautiful, and very inspiring. I think I must try this once. 🙂
Oh you should give it a try, Inga. There are so many possibilities. Thank you!
These are terrific, Karen. Must give this a go too.
Oh, I’d live to see what you could do with this technique, Distan!
Haha.. I thought “they look like barcodes” as I scrolled down… then I saw what you had written at the bottom 🙂
It does seem to fit, doesn’t it? : )
These are very moving, and I don’t usually feel that way about landscapes.
Sara, I love that you find these moving. Maybe it’s the way they are not too literal – more of a sense of of the landscape…
Nice work. I particularly like the first one in the sequence. It has a watercolor feel to it.
Thank you, Paul. I like the idea of it coming across as a Watercolour – they might work nicely printed on Watercolour paper.
You’re welcome. Here’s something along similar lines I shot a 10 days ago. It’s a very simple yet hugely rewarding technique. I want to try it with film now. Watch this space.
aesthetic, poetic… sigh. I run out of words when I look at your pictures Karen. It’s so silent, so quiet, so beautiful.
Thanks so much, Anette. They are mostly quiet places, the ones that end up here.
great set, the last one does it for me. I like the effect on the composition that the path brings
Thanks, Karl. It was fun to try and make these work.
I love this technique, these are beautiful!
Thanks very much, it is a fun technique.
I like your bark odes 🙂