Thursday, October 14, 2010

Motion Blurring Photography

In dull light it is easy to take a photograph that gives the effect of motion blur.
But I took these photographs on a reasonably bright autumn day. I mainly shoot on manual settings nowadays, unless the light is very changeable.

As I see an opportunity, I quickly set my camera to 100ASA, or as low as it goes, and set the shutter speed to 1/25th of a second and then adjust the aperture as appropriate, taking a reading using spot metering of a mid tone or from the subject itself.I take a few photographs, panning my camera at the same speed as my subject, and then check my results to see if I need to adjust the shutter speed, depending on how fast the subject is moving. These deers shots were taken at 1/25th of a second at F16. In very bright light, you may need to use a polarising filter or neutral density filter.

4 comments:

  1. great shots and with the motion it shows a lot of movement. There was a wildlife artist here in Wyoming[now deceased]Vivi Crandal who did some great paintings using bluring such as your photos. She did a great job with handling it and they were very successful

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  2. Thank you for the short photography tutorial. I really admire your photographic skills. What camera and lenses do you use?

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  3. Thanks John. I usually use three cameras at a time - if I can carry them. On this occasion I had two 1D Mark4 Cannons and a D7 Cannon camera and a 500mm F4, a 70-200mm F2.8 and a 24-105mm F4 lens. I also took a Gitzo tripod with a Wimberley head.
    I also have a 400F4 for action and long walks.

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  4. My personal favourite at capturing wildlife in motion is Manfred Schatz. Check out his book 'The Moving Art of Manfred Shatz'. He died in 2004 but left a great legacy.
    I also like the motion in a painting by Rein Poortvliet named Fox and Hare. Although he didn't particularly focus on painting wildlife in action, this painting is exceptional.

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