“Abstract Light?” – Pacific Ocean – James Carretta – Featured Photographer   29 comments




“Abstract Light?” – Pacific Ocean – James Carretta – Featured Photographer

Today’s photo is a bit different than the normal travel photo seen here and that is exactly why we posted it.  What do you think it is?  How was it done? Do you like it?  Why do I ask all these questions?  Well I can at least answer that one.  I ask because when I saw this photo I asked myself all of them and was only right on the “Do you like it?” question.   I love to think, so thanks Jim for that and your crazy photo!

Take it away Jim:

I took this photo inside of the cruise leader’s stateroom aboard the NOAA ship David Starr Jordan in 2005.  I turned out all the lights and closed the door.  A little bit of artificial light was coming through the vents in the door from the passageway outside.  I had one of those early version point and shoot digital cameras (3.5 megapixels I think).  I did a 10 to 15-second exposure, while SLOWLY rotating the camera clockwise.  I didn’t know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised with the result.

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29 responses to “Abstract Light?” – Pacific Ocean – James Carretta – Featured Photographer

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  1. Stunning. Light always does its own thing. This is beautiful.

  2. This is the kind of picture I love. It’s beautiful in and of itself, but it also can be integrated into a complex piece art. I can think of lots of uses for it. Background for a logo. A wormhole opening in space. the list goes on and on.

  3. I really like this kind of pictures. Pretty cool.

  4. You are amazing. I see great and beautiful things in this kind of light 🙂

  5. It’s the vortex to my soul it seems!!

    I have no other words for it. Amazing

  6. Because you inspire me I have nominated you for:

    A Very Inspiring Blogger Award



  7. It’s interesting to think that that’s my Pacific Ocean spinning there…

    But it is. That’s my heart. 🙂

  8. Hi,
    I really like this, the angles are just perfect. Well done.

  9. Beautiful, gives me hope for my little point & shoot.

  10. Wow.. this is absolutely stunning. I love the blue as well.. it’s striking and it definitely stands out.

  11. Oh my goodness! I love to think, too, so this was a treat for my brain. I would never have guessed what it was! What a clever thing to think of shooting, resulting in a uniquely stunning photo. Well done.
    I really like it. Looks like traveling through a vortex in space to me!

  12. Very interesting…I love that this site includes the details of how the photos were taken.

    Alaska Girl at Heart
  13. I love abstract and art period. Simply beautiful!! Don’t be surprised if some of your pics show up on my blog… I love abstractions because it somewhat defines me! Complex yet simple…. Keep it up!!!

  14. very beautiful!!

  15. Oh. I REALLY like this!

  16. Q: Do I Like?
    A: Yes!

    Nice blog, I’ll keep coming back.

  17. wow, that’s amazing the effect the light created. It seems like a maze of light and energy floating in circles and evolving.

  18. I am not a photographer, but a photoshopper. This one looks to me like it was made using the Photoshop Knoll Light Factory plugin by Red Giant.

  19. Very cool. Wish I could take shots like that. Nice to know how it was done. Thanks for sharing!

  20. that is beautiful

  21. At first I wasn’t interested in this photo, but then I read the description of what it actually was and how it was created.. I think its really cool and interesting how you came up with doing this and the result. A lot of fun!

  22. Its pretty, but it made me think of a screen saver bouncing all over the place. Thanks for posting.

  23. Wow. This is a really great picture. I try to take photos myself and am occasionally blessed with one that turns out to exceed my expectations. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  24. Jim, as impressed as I am with the photo and your technique, I am amazed at your experiement. Who would have thought to rotate a low-res digital camera in a darkened stateroom? YOU did! The result goes way beyond what one can normally achieve with such a camera. Pure magic.

  25. That’s pretty! Looks like Transparent white and Winsor Violet colour mix! Very nice!

  26. Wow! Stunning indeed! Well done! 🙂

  27. Reminds me of the Christmas star they hang in front of Tiffany every year (New York City). Funny how things remind you of other things.

  28. Amazing, thanks for sharing the technique.


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