Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

Dream Trees

Dream Trees | Brandenburg | 2017

“Evanescent” – soon passing out of sight; quickly fading or disappearing – this is the title of this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge from Word Press’ “The Daily Post”.

When I read this week’s theme in my WP reader I was just traveling by bus from Nuremberg to Berlin where I will spend the long weekend we have here in Germany due to our public holiday on Thursday.

Looking out the window I couldn’t imagine a more appropriate example of “evanescent”, as every single second the landscape in front of my window was disappearing behind the bus riding on the Autobahn.

For many more photos and a description of the technique I used continue after the jump…

Dream Trees

On the road| Brandenburg | 2017

I remembered a technique I once tried of creating streaks of colors and scenery by shooting with a slow shutter speed out of the window of a moving car or train and, while pressing the shutter, panning the camera backwards (against the driving direction).

So I took out my camera (Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 travel zoom), set the shutter speed to 1/8 sec and started shooting away.

Dream Trees

Dream Trees | Brandenburg | 2017

Dream Trees

Dream Trees | Brandenburg | 2017

This technique creates this blurred dreamy land-/ tree scapes with seemingly a lot of contradictory movements within the frame.

It is really a lot of hit and miss, and works particularly well if you have multiple layers in the scenery.

Dream Trees

Dream Trees | Brandenburg | 2017

It is worth experimenting with different shutter speeds and focal lengths.

Dream Trees

Green Energy | Brandenburg | 2017

Dream Trees

Green Energy | Brandenburg | 2017

Dream Trees

Dream Tree Sunset| Brandenburg | 2017

As usual with photography, take your camera and have fun. Actually, this afternoon’s creations were the perfect past time during an otherwise boring bus ride.

I wonder what my co-passengers though of me madly snapping at seemingly nothing for the good part of an hour.

For many more free tips and inspirations around photography visit my Learning Center.

Have a great Thursday!


Related Posts:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wanderlust

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

Weekly Photo Challenge: Danger


  1. Marcus, these photos are spectacular! The effect is almost impressionistic. It’s not so easy to create this effect but you did a fabulous job.

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