Especially at night, I like to play with purposeful camera movement. You never know exactly what you are going to get, but it is usually interesting.
After photographing the Phoenix Building in Hartford using conventional means early one morning (tripod and long exposure) I decided to play with the focus and some intentional camera movement. In the photo above I quickly panned with my camera still mounted. Because of the building’s unusual shape, the resulting photo looks like wings of light. Icy too. On the right side of the image you can see inside the building and catch a glimpse of the columns and overhead lights.
I was shooting in the morning to capture the uniform light patterns on the interior of the building. To play with that uniformity I also took the image below simply by pushing the lens deliberately out of focus. When putting together a photo essay I find these sorts of abstract images very helpful as opening shots or as a mid-essay break for the reader/viewer.