The Art of Blur

8 May
Maine, Abstracted

Maine, Abstracted

Long exposure is another way of saying “keeping the shutter open for a long time”. This can be done for a few reasons – to compensate for low available light, as one of a many exposures for bracketing, or to capture the idea of motion on film…errr….sensor.

(Click on any of the links above to see examples of the types of shots that you can create with long exposures.  Or just to see purty stuff.)

The photo above, however, is a twist on the idea of long exposure motion captures.  Generally, I would slap my camera on a tripod, use my timer or remote to reduce camera vibration, and I would open the shutter while the subject moves in front of the lens.  Light trails, star trails, soft water, people watching…that sort of thing.  For “Maine, Abstracted” I set a long exposure, then panned left (handheld was easier since I didn’t need a precise, level horizon).  The end result is what you see above.

You know…just a girl and her Canon having some fun. 😉

5 Responses to “The Art of Blur”

  1. lemanshots May 8, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    That’s beautiful!

  2. sharpr0ck May 22, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    I love blurs! I remember seeing a girl that did this sort of blur (on a tripod) and she had them all cropped as a perfect square, pretty neat! Lots of seaside scenes. I like to go on a dirt road and hold my hand limp out the window with a shutter of about 1/60, such a cool effect.

    • seeingspotsphoto May 26, 2014 at 3:44 am #

      Hmmm, I bet you got some rad shots doing that! Must have been blur in all directions thanks to the vibrations from the dirt road…


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