Photography As Abstract – Soft and Smoky

Okay, everyone, time for another abstract. πŸ™‚ Β I did this earlier this month when I was out and about. The subject was a large pot of mixed flowers that was by a parking garage near me.

I was trying many different ways of moving the camera, and at different speeds of movement to see what effects I would get. I liked this one, as it was just all soft colors with a smoky feel to it, and the image has depth and different layers to it. Β As always comments are always appreciated. (:

Shot with my Nikon 105mm macro at an aperture of f/40 at a shutter speed of 1/6. And just a note, when you’re shooting at very small apertures (higher numbers) check to see if you’ve got dust on your sensor (those little dots on a photo). It shows up in the mostΒ inopportuneΒ moments, even at cameras that have the automatic sensor cleaning. Β Hate that. (:


I just want to add that DeafiaΒ has tried doing abstract photos too, and he posted two photos today. You can see them here.

Image Copyright Β© Katie Johnson. All Rights Reserved.


~ by KatiesCameraBlog on October 24, 2011.

61 Responses to “Photography As Abstract – Soft and Smoky”

  1. Looks like some kind of painting… Cool! πŸ˜€

  2. Very pretty!

  3. Really nice effect Katie! Abstracts are so much fun in the digital age…no waiting for the results.! My next post was going to be abstracts also…maybe I will post that one on Friday instead and post something different next.

  4. Oh I love this one!!! The soft sweeping smoky color is brilliant!

  5. I love this one~~ ethereal and delicate. Great work, as always, Katie!

  6. Really beautiful soft colours in this – like a painting. I could happily print, frame and hang this on my wall.

    (Your other post prompted me to attempt this technique myself and it certainly has surprising, yet pleasing, results).

  7. Soft and smoky sums it up very well. The great thing about abstract images as that you can take them almost anywhere. Or perhaps it’s the images that take us? πŸ™‚

    • I haven’t been able to take abstract anywhere, to be honest, as I take a lot, but they have to look right to me, and most don’t. πŸ™‚ I’m getting better at it though. Thanks as always for your comment, Mufidah! πŸ™‚

  8. I just add your blog to my Blogroll. You may add mine if you want. πŸ™‚

  9. You have a great eye and the talent to convey it. My iPhone 3 and I give you a bow.

  10. Beautiful shot! Excellent on its own, but would also make a cool background in a portrait. Great work!

  11. I’ve tried some out-of-focus pics before but the smoke effect is otherworldly!

  12. You a very kind. Thank you, thank you. I try to write every day and discover that life gets in the way, but I keep trying. I enjoy looking at other people’s work. They inspire me. That includes you. Thank you for inspiring! Please keep at it.

    • You’re so welcome. πŸ™‚ I love reading your trip to my part of New Mexico, and I’ll work my way back through your blog. You just write so well, and it’s obvious you just enjoy what you’re doing. Thanks for the nice compliment on my work. πŸ™‚ It truly means a lot. And you’re more than welcome! πŸ™‚

  13. What striking and original photos – I’ve just found your blog and have been looking at your work with great pleasure. Thank you.

  14. I really like the softness of the colours in this. A really good experiment.

  15. this is so silky! πŸ™‚ Lovely and calming colours πŸ™‚

  16. so pretty katie

  17. Lovely photo, true art indeed!

  18. I think this is beautiful. Even though I have never seen them (one day I will, I swear!!!!) the image makes me think of the Northern Lights. It looks all swooshy, like it glides like air….?

    Love it πŸ™‚

  19. You are always experimenting. Which is inspiring. Thank you.

  20. Nice πŸ™‚

  21. This is beautiful. I like the whisps of green in the ‘smoke.’ The effect is rather ethereal.

  22. Nice results from an interesting experiment. Well done. Dust is a pain when it gets on your sensor. I normally lock the mirror up and use an air blower on the sensor, then take some test shots to make sure its gone. But its usually easy enough to remove the odd speck in post-processing.

    • Thanks, Stevie. πŸ™‚ I agree, dust is a pain. I read years ago on how to clean my sensor, and I’ve been doing that for years. I’ve thought of getting one of those Rocket Blowers, but at this point, the way I clean works well. I don’t like doing it, but it works just fine. πŸ™‚ I change lenses a lot and for abstracts, shooting at the smallest aperture (f/32 and above), if any dust is there, it shows up (shooting at f/10 or so–it doesn’t show up). I can remove it in post-processing, but I’d rather not have to do that. Thanks as always for your comment!

  23. Very nice indeed! But then, I have a soft spot for well-executed motion-based abstracts πŸ™‚

  24. Great picture! I’ve done this too but trying to create a cool pattern of light in the dark.

  25. Hmmm….Your abstract theme has inspired me to make some experiment with photography as well.

    Thanks for the inspiration! πŸ™‚

  26. Whispy, soft and beautiful. πŸ™‚

  27. Oh this is so pretty Katie….beautiful art here. Thank you for sharing with us!

  28. Soft and smoky… this is a lovely touches into the soft colours and shadows… Your eye of camera always finds interesting and artistic subjects. Thank you dear Katie, with my love, nia

  29. That is quite an effect.

  30. Awesome! It make really special feeling…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: