Motion Blur

I have experimented with long exposure, after the excellent advice of Perelincolors, in her Tech of the Month Challenge.

I am not good with following instructions though. Perelincolors has explicitly suggested this:

“You will notice that I took almost all pictures in this post at night. Unless you own a super-professional camera or the right filters, you will also have to take your pictures for this challenge after sunset or in other low-light conditions. Why? Because if I had taken the same image with the same settings during the day, the result would have been an all-white photo.”

Guess what I did? I shot during the day! But see what I got.

Let me explain what happened. I had gone for a light bike ride with my husband and niece. I brought my Olympus E-M10 with me. On the way back, I stopped to practice motion blur with them. We were in a shadowy part of the cycle path and I concluded that perhaps the photos could turn not all-white.

I used my bike as a tripod while they cycled.

I must agree with Perelincolors that the photos were mostly bad. But some made me slightly happy with my first attempt.

Here I kept the camera steady while they passed in front of me.

ISO 400 14mm(28mm) F22 1/40 sec
ISO 400 14mm(28mm) F22 1/40 sec
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
ISO 400 14mm(28mm) F22 1/40 sec

Here I moved the camera… a bit of panning…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
ISO 400 14mm(28mm) F22 1/20 sec
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
ISO 400 14mm(28mm) F22 1/20 sec 

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48 thoughts on “Motion Blur

    1. Thank you, Andy! You’re great. I’m
      happy with this one. It is my preferred one and also hers, of course! It’s been on her Instagram and Facebook account since I shot it, not even waiting for me to post first!
      I consider this one a lucky shot! Don’t know yet if I can repeat it.
      I’ll keep training.

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  1. These are good Lucile. My only experiment with motion pics ended up in the delete file except for one I used in a photo challenge with the theme blur. It worked out well for that! Keep going 😊

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    1. Thank you Sue, your opinion means a lot.
      I need to practice much more and to use the tripod as well. These trial and errors teach a lot but to master the technique it is better to practice with better conditions than just improvising.
      Thanks!

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    1. Yes we are! 😉
      Sisters in blur too! You should see how many blurred ones I made! I’m waiting to use them in every challenge asking for blur!! We’re ready!
      Just use anything next to you to stabilize the camera if you don’t have a tripod. Fences, cars, whatever is next to you. 👍

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          1. Yesterday I was trying to have pictures of shooting stars. I set up everything, camera, tripod, everything. Then exactly while I was shooting a BIG shooting star appeared in front of my lens. I jumped out of happiness and I ruined the photo lol! I’m too enthusiastic 😄

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  2. I love the panning! Thanks for printing your ISO/f stop/etc, info. I need to play more with the settings on my camera. These turned out quite well for using your bike as the tripod!

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    1. Thanks dear. My pleasure to share the photo settings. I love when others do that do I can try to replicate when I’m experimenting. Sometimes it doesn’t work because of differences in camera, lenses, etc but it’s mostly a great guidance. Have fun!

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  3. I love the first photo, Lucile! The way you’ve captured your husband perfectly still, and the other cyclist whizzing past – fantastic! The colour shot of your niece is also very good. You’re so talented!

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  4. Awesome shots! Glad to be part of that experience, besides an excellent and fun day we got these incredible memories translated in pictures! Definetely going to put them on my wall. Beijos Dindoca, te amo!

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    1. Thank you Re! You’re absolutely an active participant and great partner to make these photos happen. You surely helped me getting it right by riding the ‘right’ speed! Looking at these and the many other photos made me miss you even more! Beijos giga para minha dindoca muito amada! XXX

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  5. Well, if you had exposed these images for a second or more like I did, they *would* have turned out all-white .. No need to tell you that these are great pictures, especially the girl on the bike, you do know that already!

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