Meditations at Mission Delores and Basilica

The next installment of my abstract photography series, “Meditations” comes from Mission Delores in San Francisco. The first two images below are from the historic Mission, and the rest are from inside the more modern basilica.

I am continuing to experiment with intentional camera movement, also known as ICM. By using a slow shutter speed, I can create a sense of movement, paint with light, or just make abstract interpretations of the scene before me. I will go into more detail on the basic movements later.

Meditations at Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Delores,) San Francisco. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Meditations at Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Delores,) San Francisco. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Meditations at Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Delores) Basilica, San Francisco. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Meditations at Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Delores) Basilica, San Francisco. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Meditations at Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Delores) Basilica, San Francisco. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Meditations at Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Delores) Basilica, San Francisco. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Meditations at Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Delores) Basilica, San Francisco. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Meditations at Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Delores) Basilica, San Francisco. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

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Intentional Camera Movement

I have just recently started a new series, which I am tentatively calling “Meditations.” The technique I am using is called intentional camera movement, or ICM for short. If you haven’t heard of ICM before, you can see some great examples over on Flickr. The basic technique is to use a slow shutter speed, often a full second or longer, and to move the camera during the exposure. The results can add a sense of movement, or you can make the image completely abstract. The implications are seemingly limitless.

Although the technique is not new to me per se, this is the first time that I have attempted to use ICM with a digital camera to make abstract images. In the past, I have done this with Lomo and toy cameras, with interesting effects, but a digital camera allows you to check the results in real time and refine the image.

If you want to learn more about ICM, the ebook Slow, by Andrew S. Gibson has a great chapter on the subject.

I shot the images below at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

ICM Experimants at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

ICM Experimants at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

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Chili Peppers: The Most Photogenic Fruit

Apparently, all of the chili peppers that I photograph are dried.

Chipotle Morita chili peppers. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Chipotle Morita chili peppers.

Cascabel Chili Peppers (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Cascabel Chili Peppers

Dried New Mexico Chili. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Dried New Mexico Chili.

Dried cascabel chilis. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Dried cascabel chilis.

Aji Amarillo chilis (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Aji Amarillo chilis

A dried cascabel chili pepper. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

A dried cascabel chili pepper.

Aji Limo Rojo chilis (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Aji Limo Rojo chilis

Dried Mulato Chili (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Dried Mulato Chili

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Hearst Memorial Mining Building

I’m trying to do more architectural photography lately, so here are some images from a recent outing. The Hearst Memorial Mining Building is on the UC Berkeley Campus. It was designed by John Galen Howard, and supposedly Julia Morgan as well, although I don’t see much of her influence on the interior. Anyway, here are some interior shots. More to come.

Interior of the Hearst Memorial Mining Building on the UC Berkeley Campus. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Interior of the Hearst Memorial Mining Building on the UC Berkeley Campus. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Interior of the Hearst Memorial Mining Building on the UC Berkeley Campus. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Interior of the Hearst Memorial Mining Building on the UC Berkeley Campus. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

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Muir Beach

I took a trip to Muir Beach last week, and here are some of the results.

Muir Beach, California. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Muir Beach, California. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Muir Beach, California. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

Near Muir Beach, California (Gareth Bogdanoff)

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