In motion

June is drawing to its end so here I am with five final photos that I’ve taken and selected to represent the theme IN MOTION assigned to June in my 12-month photo project.

There are surely many ways how to capture motion in a photo. You need to freeze the action and yet make it obvious and to achieve that, you can choose from several effects. You can opt for having everything sharp. You can have the background sharp and blur the moving object or just the moving part of the object. You can have the object sharp and blur the background. You can blur everything. You can use zooming or panning or any other movement of your camera. You can use flashes for special effects. So much to choose from and your choice depends just on what you want to capture and how you want to express it.

Four of the photos (i.e. all except the last one) were taken with the panning technique which I’ve tried for the first time on this occasion. I’ve read about the technique quite a few times and seen some great images created by means of it so when thinking about capturing movement, it struck me right away. It was fun and I’m looking forward to practising it more often to achieve better results.

For those of you who don’t know much about panning, here is a basic explanation of how it works. You set slow shutter speed of about 1/30 second (faster for faster objects and vice versa), then you place the moving object in the frame and follow it with your camera. Along the way you  press the shutter release, following the object a while longer. If your effort bears fruit, you get the moving object sharp (the whole or just part of it) and everything else is blurred in certain direction. I’d say that the tram in the first photo and the horse above are quite good examples of the effect.

There is not much to say about the contents of these photos. I’ll just add that I took the photos with the tram, bus and car in Pilsen, the photo with the cyclist at a junior cycling race in Přeštice and the merry-go-round horse at a fair in Přeštice.

That’s it this month, I hope that you can see the movement I tried to capture.

The theme for July is BLACK & WHITE.

Previous themes were buildings in January, part of the whole in February, geometry in March, rusty in April and people in May. Half of the year is over!

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16 Comments

    1. Susan, thank you for the praise, I’m pleased you like the photos.
      I know many of the places where we go to photograph but I actually rediscover them through the viewfinder of my camera. It’s quite a different experience! 🙂

  1. I think you’ve done a very nice job with this part of your photo project. I hadn’t given much thought to how many stylistic choices there would be in capturing motion. I think my favorite of this series is the first one, which I believe is the tram. The subject of the photo is incredibly sharp, and the blurred background is subtle enough that it doesn’t draw the eye away from the subject. The last one is interesting, too, where the background is in sharp focus and the movement is in the foreground. You’ve done well with this photo challenge and have given me some food for thought regarding how to capture motion.

    1. Linda, thank you for your kind words. I’m pleased to hear that the post made you think because there is a lot more that could have been done to capture the motion. A month is not long enough time to try everything and I still have a few ideas which I would like to try on another occasion. That’s the great thing about such a project that it gives you ideas and makes you think about various aspects of photography.

    1. Thank you, Sandy, for your appreciative words. You’re right, colours play an important role in these photos… which makes me think about how motion could be captured well in black and white… Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  2. As I told you on Facebook, Petra, it’s fun to see how you’re tackling these assignments and bringing them to completion. You can be very proud of yourself on so many levels, especially explaining everything in English, which is not your native tongue. If I were your instructor, I’d be very proud of you! 🙂

    1. Ginnie, thank you so much for the encouraging words, they are most welcome. 🙂 English is actually part of the photo adventure for me, one leading to the other, both pushing me forward. And both an open book where one can find endless inspiration and growth.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, my dear. I guess that the eye of the horse should have been sharper but this photo of the carousel was one of the first tries at panning and thus it has a special place in my heart. I’m pleased you like it. 🙂

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