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My Thoughts on Photo Impressionism

The advent of camera enabled mobile phones and tablets has seen a rise of creative artists, who otherwise
would have not come to the fore. With a imaging device in everyone’s pocket we have seen a rise in the
number of images being posted across various platforms on the web. Statistics reveal around 1.8 billion  photos are shared per day.

“French painters who practiced impressionism since 1874, have continued to inspire photo‐artist even to
this day. A little search on the web for the term “Photo Impressionism” will lead you to 3,35,00,000 results.
It is not difficult to self‐learn this technique; with a little practice and imagination any one can create lovely
and impressive impressionist images.”

 

With so many images being uploaded how do you stand out from the crowd? Seeing mediocre images is
certainly boring – at least it was for me ‐ till I read and then studied about impressionism.

French painters who practiced impressionism since 1874, have continued to inspire photo‐artist even to
this day. A little search on the web for the term “Photo Impressionism” will lead you to 3,35,00,000 results.
It is not difficult to self‐learn this technique; with a little practice and imagination any one can create lovely and impressive impressionist images.

Many viewers ask me what equipment I use to create my Impressionist Images…and my answer is “the one that is available at hand”. I have created Impressionist Images using my Mobile phone, DSLR, Compact and a Mirrorless with equal ease.

Various techniques are used by various photo‐artist to create impressionist images. Some of them being ICM (intentional camera movements) Defocused images, Deconstructed images, Selective focus, Free lensing, Post Processing… and the list could go on.

I strongly believe as long as you can imagine your final output, there is no dearth of ways and means to achieve an impressionist image depicting that imagination of yours. With technology at your fingertips it is that much easier. Though I personally prefer creating the image in camera rather than in Post process, I would use the Post Process to complement the in‐camera effect.

Personally for me while I make impressionist images using a mobile device, my preference is to deconstruct the image and use color and contrast in the scene to add to that overall effect. Not that I do not use other methods like ICM or slow shutter speed to achieve the painting like brush stroke effects.

I predominantly use the MEC app on my Mobile Phone, that takes user determined multiple images in succession at user determined intervals and blends them as desired by the user. This method works good for me when I use a mobile device, however when I use a conventional DSLR, Compact or a Mirrorless to create impressionist, my method of preference is ICM and Multiple Exposures.

Static images generally tend to freeze the moment, nothing bad in it. But for me, it is not as much appealing as much as an impressionist image which tends to create a sense of movement, which tends to excite ones peripheral vision. When we look at a scene we have two visions, a ‘fovea’ or the center of our gaze, which is tack sharp and a peripheral vision, which is not as sharp as the fovea. It doesn’t mean that
peripheral vision is inferior , in fact it is used for different things like organizing the broad special scene and larger objects. The Peripheral vision is optimized for coarser objects. It creates relativity and sense of movement. Imagine sitting in a driver’s seat of a car and seeing out of the windscreen – you see the scene out of the windscreen sharp as it is in your foveal vision, but the passing scene from the side windows too
is registered in your peripheral vision and that is what gives the sense of motion.

It is this peripheral vision that I tend to depict in my impressionist images that I create using mobile devices. Things that are around but not in your foveal vision! The spatial imprecision created in the impressionist images is much more than simple blurring of images.

Do visit the Gallery  here to see Urban Impressionism,  here  to see Nature Impressionist Images, here  for Impressionist Images created using Digital Creative Enhancements during post process ( either solely or combined along with other techniques)  and here  using Multiple Exposure technique.

Feel free to experiment, and I bet….you will enjoy the process!

Till then… happy clicking.

Cheers,

Milind

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