Saturday, June 20, 2009

"smear phenomenon" photographs

This is a recent print of mine with some zen-feeling words scattered over a "failed" photograph. This happens when the camera does not get enough light and the pixels pick up some of the color of the shot, but go wild and crazy with it. It is called "smear phenomenon". The operating instructions for my camera are explicit in saying it is not a failure of the camera - but of the photographer. The photographer has not created the right conditions for adequate light. I actually like the effect - looks like abstract art to me. I also have a sneaking suspicion that I am due for a new camera as I have had the "smear phenomenon" in full daylight conditions.

Another more colorful example of "smear phenomenon".

Love this example. Am mulling over how I will use it as a print.

What do you see when you look at these images? Intriguing aren't they? I am determined to do something creative with them.


  1. Hmmm...well they are pretty, but probably not what you wanted to photograph.

    A slow shutter speed and very smooth panning might get that effect - I think it would be hard to get such a smooth smear by handholding the camera to pan it, though.

    You have a really nice blog.

  2. Wow, I wish I could manage to do that with my camera...


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