Several weeks ago I purchased Bill Neill’s latest digital book Impressions of Light and have spent many hours viewing the incredible images it contains. This book contains images that Bill has created with his “camera motion” technique and they are truly inspiring and have a distinct character all their own. After 35 years of amateur photography, I rarely see something this innovative and so moving (no pun intended).
I sent Bill an email last week expressing how much I’ve enjoyed his book and asking how he discovered this technique. I was quite surprised that to find out that “painting” with camera motion has been around for decades. Bill pointed me to several references such as an article he wrote for Outdoor Photography as well as links to other masters of the technique such as Dewitt Jones, Tony Sweet, Brenda Tharp, Richard Hamilton Smith and Gunnar Plake.
Learning more about this technique and looking at the incredible images in Bill’s book has inspired me. Out of 200 images I took last weekend attempting to learn this technique only one looked good enough to display.
Please let me know what you think!