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Playing with slower shutter speeds and moving the camera is a favourite technique of mine. Never knowing quite what I’ll end up with, viewing each image for the first time comes with equal measures of anticipation and trepidation. I can have spectacular successes and spectacular failures, but I do love the excitement and challenge of these shoots as they often develop into a great learning experience.
‘Golden Spirals’ is one such image where, after a lengthy process of experimentation and refinement, everything came together. Reviewing my past attempts with a helpful dose of good humour, I soon learned what worked and what didn’t, and managed to devise a particular circular motion with the camera over a specific location above the object. I was delighted to see how the light accentuated each gesture and spiralling sensation, so I focused on the central blue cross diagonals and began to imagine the blades of a wind turbine creating tiny vortexes of golden light.
The article ‘Exposed: Golden Spirals‘ outlines how I created this image ‘in camera’, but don’t click the link if you want to preserve the mystery!