Painted with Light {somerset memories spring ’11}

michelle shefveland. strokes of nature 3, this is life scrap.words, art journal fresco papers

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all enjoying sweeter weather than us, as huge snowflakes are falling as I write…woke up to 2 inches of the fluffy stuff! Thankfully it won’t hang around…it’s just that it’s April 20th! There were tornadoes over other parts of the country; hoping no one was hurt.

michelle shefveland.this is life scrap.words, art journal blank canvas papers, world travels, photo art blends 3

So, let’s brighten the weather with some abstract blur imagery! I mentioned in our newsletter a few weeks ago that my latest Digital Workshop column in Somerset Memories is out, Painted with Light, and I am beyond thrilled with how it was presented. I’ve said it before, but Stampington puts out the most gorgeous publications I’ve ever seen. What an honor to have been writing for them for 6 years now.

The article shares my motion blur imagery process and gives all the camera specs for each image. Hopefully readers come away inspired to try shooting with slow shutter speeds themselves!

Below is one of the collages featured in the column…Alyssa blended into one of my blurs.

Off the Beaten Path 11 Papers, Take Flight Scrap.Words

To see more imagery shot with this technique, check out my abstract set on flickr or past blog posts here and here.

And for those to whom it is beneficial, below are the layers and blend modes used to create the collage above as well as a close-up of the texture in the piece. The top four layers make up the smaller focal photo art blend and the rest make up the blended collage on the background canvas. I shot the abstract blur of the April snow shower out my kitchen window this morning. When life hands you lemons, why not make art?!!!

Tomorrow I’ll be back to announce the two random winners of the $50 gift certificates to our shop as a round-up of our 8th birthday celebration. Thanks for the fun!

Happy creating! Michelle

Snowy Day Abstract Blur Photo Specs: Canon 7d, Tamron 28-75/2.8 lens, ISO 100 f/32, .3 second shutter speed (slow shutter speed helped emphasize falling snow on such a gloomy day)

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