Lower Cape Cod Workshop and pan blurs

Just spent a wonderful two days co-leading a lower Cape Cod workshop with friend and colleague Amy Davies from Events by Amy (http://www.meetup.com/Photography-Events-by-Amy/).   Amy is an incredibly talented woman who has great attention to detail and thanks to her planning and organizational skills, the workshop ran flawlessly.  Initially, the workshop was scheduled to begin on Friday night but the weather threw us a curve ball as a tropical storm system moved up the coast and dumped lots of rain on New England for Friday night into Saturday.  Therefore, we made the decision to begin the workshop on Saturday instead of Friday and had great weather the entire time – so glad we were able to move the date and that nearly everyone could attend!  We had a super group of talented photographers joining us and fortunately, we had sweet light and great skies on both days and many varied photographic opportunities, including good waves and a number of surfers on one of the beautiful beaches that we visited.   We also worked on a variety of techniques including doing artistic blurs and panning.  The beautiful summer colors of the Cape are perfect for this type of photography and several places we visited provided the ideal palette.  Using shutter speeds of 1/15th second or less, we panned, swiped and jiggled our cameras to create some very unique images.    One of the great things about doing plan blurs is that they can be done in the middle of the day, even during bright midday light.   Everyone agreed that doing pan blurs was addictive…no two images turn out the same and it’s always fun to see the different results.  Great fun!

This image was created using a shutter speed of 1/6 sec at F32.  I used the TV mode (shutter priority) on my camera along with a neutral density filter to cut down the light and to achieve the desired shutter speed.  Processing was minimal however I did use add a texture from Flypaper to create some additional interest/color in the sky.

I always feel as I have made new friends after my workshops and this one was no exception.  Thanks to everyone for making this workshop such a success!

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