Last Sunday, my area was in a severe thunderstorm watch. I was exhausted and was planning on staying home and relaxing and getting ready for the upcoming week. Scrolling social media, I saw a picture that a friend posted of mammatus clouds over Council Bluffs and just like that I changed my mind, grabbed my camera and raced out the door.
I made a few stops before I ended up at Lake Manawa, my go to spot for sunrise and sunset (what can I say, I'm a sucker for capturing golden hour over water). I like the still images I captured that evening because it shows the ever changing cloud formations I witnessed that night, but I LOVE the abstract images I created. Instead of just panning my camera across the scene, I tried rotating my camera by 1/4, 1/2 and full turns while I was taking a long exposure. The effects are absolutely magical.
I am finding myself drawn more and more to abstract photography (don't worry, I'll never stop capturing dilapidated structures and lovely dead crap), as there is something immensely therapeutic about manipulating a scene and being unsure about the results, only to find that you are delighted by them. When I am feeling drained emotionally, mentally, and physically, a good ICM (intentional camera movement) session helps me regain some of the energy and clarity I've lost in the mess of life and helps me recharge me what is to come.
I'd love to know what speaks to you more, the realistic or abstract images, in the comments below.