I photographed the full moon over the flooded Trinity River the other evening.

As a standard landscape, this image below was pretty enough, but a little boring.

View of downtown and full moon during Trinity River flood, Dallas, Texas, USA

View of downtown and full moon during Trinity River flood, Dallas, Texas, USA. Canon 1Dx. 135mm. ISO 1600. f/8 @ .3 seconds. EV +1.

I zoomed in a bit and wondered what it would look like unfocused. Flashing lights and neon can look kind of beautiful when abstracted that way, especially in the soft light of dusk.

It is easy to do. You have to turn off or avoid using your autofocus, and then manually “unfocus” the image until you like the look.

Here was my first try. . . .

View of downtown and full moon during Trinity River flood, Dallas, Texas, USA

View of downtown and full moon during Trinity River flood, Dallas, Texas, USA. Canon 1Dx. 160mm. ISO 800.  f/8 @ .5 seconds. EV +1.

 

And then finally I unfocused it some more, opened up the aperture a bit, and shot it as just colored lines and points of light. . . .

View of downtown and full moon during Trinity River flood, Dallas, Texas, USA

View of downtown and full moon during Trinity River flood, Dallas, Texas, USA. Canon 1Dx. 165mm. ISO 800.  f/4 @ 1/8 second. EV +1.

You never know what you get until you try, and these kinds of abstracts are not everyone’s cup of tea. But I like em’ and it’s my camera, so I am gonna keep shooting them!