[b&w street-photography - motion] My two favourite techniques for expressing motion in photography

in blackandwhie •  last year

Since as I already mentioned in a previous posts, one of my favourite moving objects are bicycles and cyclists, so I will use them as examples to illustrate both of the techniques described bellow:

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The first technique is called panning. I set the camera (FujiX100T) to a longer exposure time (usually 1/30 or 1/15 work best for me), and take the shot while moving the camera in a controlled manner at the same speed and direction as the moving object. Needless to say, it doesn't work as intended every time. A movement that's slightly too slow or too fast, or otherwise imprecise will lead to a picture where nothing seems in focus. However, with some luck and practice, the result can be surprisingly beautiful - while the moving object stays relatively sharp, the rest of the scene is slightly motion-blurred, leading to both a motion sensation and a strong separation of the object from the background.

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The second technique consists on the contrary in holding the camera steady and thus having a motion-blurred moving object. The disadvantage is that the details of the moving object become less distinct, but we can clearly convey its moving nature.

Note: When using slower times during daytime, there's always a risk of too much light falling on the sensor, leading to over-exposed images. Therefore, it is advisable to compensate with a high F stop (8 or higher) and/or if your camera allows for it, using either a hardware or virtual high density filter to further reduce the amount of light entering the lens.

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You did an excellent job of explaining motion in photography..I found it much easier with my old film camera(Canon AE1) than with my Canon 7D...even on manual...not sure why . these are good images that show the techniques well! Thank you for your insight!

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Thanks @lavenderblue! I haven't worked with digital Canons (only Nikons and Fujis), but I agree that given that motion techniques are relatively subtle, they work best with a camera that we're familiar with and are used to all its little quirks. While a new digital camera can have a ton of features, if may not be suited for every purpose.

In any case, I'm happy to have discovered your feed via your kind comment.

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Thank you. I learned photography in college in an all film program, and I truly miss working with film, especially black and white! I only use my digital camera set on all manual. I find no use for all the fancy features! I will continue to follow your photography here on steemit!

Beautiful... I bet you would love Copenhagen - full of bikes ;)

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Thanks. Actually, looking at your feed, I think I'll have to add Copenhagen to my list of future travel destinations! Will be glad to follow your content.

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You totally should! It's an amazing place, often unknown for people, but certainly worth to visit - that's why I'm insisting on my posts, besides living here ;) Thank you @cloudzombie , likewise! :)

These are some really cool photos, thanks for sharing :)