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Staying Still Isn't An Option


When I was out walking the dog with my camera in the woods, I looked up into the tree branches and thought I must have a picture of that because it was amazing. For some reason I started rotating the camera during shooting. The resultant images were magical and captured my imagination. I experimented more and more and fell in love with the concept of moving the camera in different ways during a long exposure.

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