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.


  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

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

  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.

  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.