Abstract Trees

Photographic Information

To achieve this effect all you need is a longish shutter speed, 1/20th in this case, and a short controlled pan of the camera in one direction while the shutter is open. To get a long shutter speed during the day without blowing out the image, use the lowest iso possible and the smallest aperture possible, something like f/22.

This first image was taken with no pan of the camera and normal shutter speed.

And now with with quick pan upwards with a long shutter speed.

By | 2013-04-26T08:52:44+00:00 February 19th, 2013|Landscapes|52 Comments


  1. Sonja Kramer Haag February 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    this looks like a painting. love your blog.

  2. Tacey February 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    OH My this is mad good! LOVE!

  3. Sonja Kramer Haag February 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    do you do much in post-processing?

  4. susielindau February 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    I love the texture of them! Beautiful!

  5. kiwiskan February 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    interesting effect

  6. sukiesoriginal February 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    It’s kind of similar in effect to taking photos out of the side window of a moving car, only with a lot more control.It’s a lovely, dreamy result.

  7. jml609 February 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    this is awesome

  8. Hazy Shades of Me February 20, 2013 at 12:07 am - Reply


  9. tylerjessilynn February 20, 2013 at 12:15 am - Reply

    Wow loveeeeee the abstract trees! Those are beautiful

  10. Mark Simms February 20, 2013 at 12:47 am - Reply

    I tried this technique a few weeks ago, you can see the results here http://wp.me/p2sEYy-tG.

  11. The Palladian Traveler February 20, 2013 at 12:51 am - Reply

    Very cool, Patrick.

  12. Kees Middelburg February 20, 2013 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Dear Patrick,

    To computer scientists like myself, an abstract tree is a mathematical representation of anything branching with a root. Your second image shows a ghostly bunch of branchless things instead. 🙂

    With kind regards,

    Kees Middelburg

  13. sophiebowns February 20, 2013 at 3:12 am - Reply

    WOW! What beautiful pictures!

  14. sp56h February 20, 2013 at 3:27 am - Reply

    Love the dramatic effect of the second photo.

  15. elizabeththomasphotographyofcapecod February 20, 2013 at 3:45 am - Reply

    Very cool!

  16. LB February 20, 2013 at 5:28 am - Reply

    very cool!

  17. Melia Alexander February 20, 2013 at 5:48 am - Reply

    Oh, wow! These are amazing!

  18. planted oak February 20, 2013 at 5:53 am - Reply

    wow patrick that is amazing and very hard for me to look at! 🙂 –kris

  19. mydayscancount February 20, 2013 at 6:37 am - Reply

    I was just giggling when I read how you make the effect of the second picture.. I just sneeze and woosh there is my abstract picture taken unintentionally.. glad to know I can do it on purpose and look really awesome.

  20. Wingclipped February 20, 2013 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Patrick, I’m sorry to say that I find that particular image just makes me giddy!

  21. kelihasablog February 20, 2013 at 7:28 am - Reply

    Very cool…. I love the way you did that. I wish I had more time to experiment with mine… Lovely, almost magical looking! 😀

  22. killkaties February 20, 2013 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Very nice.

  23. harrienijland February 20, 2013 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Nice effect; as if it was fast-drawn with colored pencils. Funny thing: they still feel like trees. Can you pan so fast that any connection with the original subject is gone? Cheers, harrie

  24. Cassandra Smith February 20, 2013 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Love this! I was just playing around in the dark with the same idea last night. Keep shooting!

  25. tomclark1 February 20, 2013 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on Tom Clark and commented:
    Pretty cool effect. This blog is worth following if you need any tips or tricks with Photography.

  26. myspokenheart February 20, 2013 at 10:33 am - Reply

    It looks like a painting…

  27. jimmorrisondreamdiaries February 20, 2013 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Tress fascinate me so I love both of them. The second one is very Spiritual looking. These two totally different effects from one photo are what I love most. Great thinking and work!

  28. jimmorrisondreamdiaries February 20, 2013 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Trees fascinate me. I love both of these, the latter having a Spiritual effect as if it’s on the parallel universe to us. Great capture. Love both.

  29. David February 20, 2013 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Like the cool effect of the pan.

  30. faux.possibly February 20, 2013 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I’d love to paint this

  31. seebluesky February 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    That is a great winter piece, I like the effect!

  32. LensScaper February 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I’ve tried this technique myself and been impressed with what is possible with some trial and error and patience. This is an excellent example of this skill – winter really suits it too.

  33. Nutmeg February 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm - Reply


  34. Hank. February 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    This is quite similar to most of Hank’s photos. He calls them “Huh? SQUIRREL!!” moments but thinks they’re pretty neat anyhow. Thanks for all the great images–it’s nice to revisit the north via your postings.

  35. sowninpeace February 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Hay i have a pic like that ….except mine was an accident as i was in a car driving bout 70 km at the time with a reg ordinarly film camera lol

  36. RobynG February 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Love the abstract trees! Nice job!

  37. angela February 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    as of late, reading a lot of poetry by Ashbery (who oft writes of trees in very abstract ways), ergo, if i could hit the like button a dozen times… i would. cheers ~ a

  38. brettyarr February 20, 2013 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Fantastic effect!

  39. knod56 February 21, 2013 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Very Cool effect!

  40. Jennie February 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    ooh fun! adding this to my list of things to try 🙂

  41. Helen Cherry February 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Loving that second one… very effective

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  43. Paul Smith February 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Feel a little like I’m drunk and have taken my glasses off when I look at the second 😉

  44. tcbdentalconsulting February 23, 2013 at 5:54 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures!

  45. Louis February 23, 2013 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I like both of these shots. They evoke different responses. I would prefer them to be presented in separate blogs so that each can have its own space..

  46. mflahertyphoto February 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    You see some great abstracts made this way. After looking at 10 or so, I saw one where the photographer was able to get one tree in the foreground perfectly focused. I don’t know whether the tree was put in w/photoshop or what, but I realized then that these make great backgrounds. Now I’m ruined for seeing them by themselves.

  47. chrisb-jwordsandimages February 26, 2013 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Dreamy and beautiful.

  48. windhound February 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    The abstract shot is magnificent making a powerful statement about the presence of even the sparsest of trees.

  49. Chi Khing February 26, 2013 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Wow! Excellent stuff!

  50. thebestdressup February 28, 2013 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    ciao! takes my breath away.

  51. Elizabeth Wilson March 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Just great works as always..tnx for sharing 🙂 <3

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