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Making Shutter Sketches

So, there I was, tumbling down the all-consuming YouTube rabbit hole, when I came across an interesting video entitled “4 Intentional Camera Movement Techniques You Should Try! (Landscape Photography),” by Mark Denney - check out his blog!

You might be wondering: aren’t cameras for photography typically held steady to best capture in-focus shots? Yep, that’s what I thought, too…

Well, apparently there’s a trend going around for photographers to set their shutter speed (the amount of time it takes for the shutter on the camera to open and close, letting light into the camera) to longer times while swooping the camera around in different directions across different landscapes, creating mesmerizing, artistic photos. I watched - and I recommend you watch, too - Mark Denney expertly trek out into the wilderness, find a peaceful, colorful spot, and proceed to flip, turn, swoosh, and push his camera in his own experiment of this trend.

So, naturally, I went out and tried it recently. And you know what? It’s a fun and quite different way of capturing light, color, and texture in a scene. I like to call them “Shutter Sketches,” as they remind me of brush strokes from various artwork sketches and pieces that I've been fortunate enough to see over the years. Take a look for yourself at the collection below:

Shutter Sketches Collection - V1 | © 2022 Chris Fiegel | All rights reserved worldwide.


Pretty interesting, huh? This experience taught me valuable lessons in thinking outside of the box and moving intentionally, both of which are important in photography and life. I have had my fair share of poorly-focused photos and shaky results through my time with the lens, but I hadn’t much thought about the intention of movement in photographs beyond their static appearance and the subject’s movement in the scene (e.g. dance, planes).

All that being said, we’re almost to the official start of summer - just a few more weeks. There are leaves on the trees, bees buzzing, and landscapes galore. We have entered June 2022, and…well, I’ll let Olaf take it over for a moment…

Speaking of Disney, in recent weeks, I finished listening to the audiobook of Bob Iger’s autobiography “The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company," which I would highly recommend to anyone. Bob Iger’s profound insights on optimism, integrity, fairness, and passion through his expansive career are incredibly valuable, plus his stories about his time at Disney are too good to miss out on hearing/reading! Additionally, Dolly Parton’s music has been fun and emotionally touching to listen to lately, especially noting the skill in developing resonating lyrics in some of her classics - recommended for all 🎶


So, what are you going to explore next? Do you have something new you want to try in life? Think outside of the box, live intentionally, and be yourself.

Until next time, thanks for your time today, and have a great one!

P.S. Each time I post, I am including a list of some of my creative role models, providing their links, so you, too, can see their amazing content and be inspired!

Check them out, and more to come! See you next time!

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