Usually in photography the idea is for everything to be still. No movement. Photographers learn to hold the camera so it doesn't move. We brace our bodies or the camera against something. We wait for the subject to not move.
Except there are times you want movement. Light trails. Panning the camera as something moves across the field of view. The trick is to figure out what needs to stay still, what needs to move and by how much, and what shutter speed to select to get the effect you want. Consider that most cameras can have the shutter open for as long as the battery lasts, to 1/4000 of a second, so there's lots of choice.
I've had this thought of the flowers moving in the wind to produce a blur of colour, and yesterday looked like a good day to try, what with one thing and another.
Here's what it looks like when everything is still.
And now with varying amounts of movement. Same shutter speed, just different amounts of wind.
Normally I don't discuss settings, since for most shots there are many combinations of settings that will produce acceptable results. But here settings are key. ISO 100, f32, 2 seconds, 200 mm lens with an ND filter dialled up to about the maximum without banding.
Here's an earlier example as I was setting up. I am totally taken with these orange tulips.
The rest of the morning was just more flowers wet with raindrops in lovely cloudy light. You know, like so many others. But the purple irises are new, here's a couple of them. (Hi Susi!)
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Curtis and Celina