Abstract Art Photography with Fall Foliage

This week’s guest post is from Bridget of The Ivey League. Besides being a blogger and dedicated O2O member, Bridget is a photographer. A few weeks ago we asked her to do a post about taking photos during this beautiful time of year. We couldn’t be more pleased with the tips she is sharing today and we can’t wait to try them out ourselves!


Hey, y’all! I’m Bridget Ivey from The Ivey League and I’m tickled pink to be sharing some fun photography ideas on the O2O blog today!

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.
The weather is perfect and the colors are astounding.
It doesn’t even phase my husband any more when he’s driving and I yell “STOP!”
Sometimes the perfect picture is just right there can I just can’t help myself.

But there are times when you just want something different, something fun.
The vibrant colors of autumn are perfect for my new favorite obsession: motion blur.

Have you ever had your camera on the wrong setting and accidentally take a blurry picture? Yeah. Me, too. But sometimes I actually like my mistakes. And then there are other times when I purposefully make those mistakes. I love the abstract art feel that you can get this way.

For these kinds of shots, a longer exposure is key. You’ll want to play around with it, but most of these you see below are anywhere from 1/4 second to 3 seconds. Because I had plenty of light and I love the color that my Canon captures at ISO 100, I left it there and adjusted the aperture as needed. Remember the less light you want to let in(i.e. the darker you want your picture), the smaller aperture(bigger f-stop number) you’ll want.  So if, all other things being equal, you take a shot at f/9 and the same shot at f/2.8, the f/9 one will be darker.  Let that sink in a minute. Clear as mud? It took me a long time to really wrap my mind around all of that. I wish I’d had this explanation from Karen Walrond years ago.

For these next two images, I laid down on the ground beneath a tree in my front yard. (My neighbors are used to it my photo antics, too). Looking up into the leaves, I twisted my zoom lens as I pressed the shutter release button.

f/9.0 for 1/4sec, ISO100


f/22 for 1.4sec, ISO100

For these I stood underneath tall trees, pointed my camera straight up and spun around as I took the shot.

f/22 for 1/5sec, ISO 100


f/22 for 1/5sec, ISO 100

And for this one I let the wind do most of the work.  I waited for a big gust and gave a little camera shake to really emphasize the movement.

f/22 for 0.4sec, ISO 100

Just have fun! Play around and see what works. That is the joy of digital!

Will you play around with motion blur? If you do, I’d love to see them!
Just add a link to your picture in the comment section below.



  1. Ok, the spinning one is SO up my ally. Definitely trying that this weekend.

  2. I am SO going to try the spinning thing. Here’s hoping I don’t fall over. Lol!

  3. I tried out some the techniques today. So fun!

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