Abstracts and a Photographic Mystery

Here’s a photographic mystery for you! Can you reverse engineer these abstracts? As a hint, these were essentially created in the camera, with very minimal Photoshop processing in post-production (just a little cleaning up and enhancing colors slightly).

If you think you know how this series of abstracts was made, please comment with camera and lens, subject matter, lighting, and setup.

Abstract 1 © Harold Davis

Abstract 2 © Harold Davis

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  1. Charles Nauman December 9, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

    Don’t have a clue, but would like to know how these images were created. So, please let us know someday soon. Thanks. — Chuck Nauman, Las Vegas, NV

  2. Gigi Kandler December 9, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

    I am not able to figure out what they are, but they are quite wonderful. I look forward to reading other comments, and to finding out what the answer is.

  3. ANTONIO BIGGIO December 10, 2018 at 5:09 am #

    Hello. For me it’s a fork partially photographed and with some movement of the camera during the shoot with low shutter speed and wide open. I don’t know exactly witch type of lens but I think it’s possible that is zoom lens with the longest focal. (Sorry for my English)

  4. Harold Davis December 10, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    Please see https://www.digitalfieldguide.com/blog/16639 for the technical story behind these images!

  5. Gail Berreman December 13, 2018 at 9:17 am #

    Hi Harold, Love the images! Very creative. I just wonder how in the world you come up with these ideas. 😊👏

  6. Alice December 18, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    I love abstracts and have been longing to do them. But I don’t think I can use your method.

    Thanks for the beautiful and inspiring photos!


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