I have always loved the concept of artistically capturing motion in photos, however most often, the movement along with my automatic camera’s shutter speed just came out as a blurry, indistinguishable mess.
I still have some old attempts at motion images and they are so old now that I can’t even remember what the subject was supposed to be. Was that green blur based on plants or a car? And the brown photo? Was that a dog, cat, or some brown leaves blowing in the wind? I look back and laugh (or cry) at some of the attempts.
It turns out that all I really needed was a better camera and a better understanding of shutter speed and how to use it…and maybe a little luck!
Recently, I caught two really great motion pics – a bit by mistake – if I’m being honest here. I was playing around with the manual settings on my Nikon and was experimenting with them to see how I could get some great shots. The first one (below) is the spinning motion of my son twirling a dandelion in between his fingers. You can see that his arm is mostly in focus but the dandelion is clearly in motion with the dandelion snow blurred a bit from it. I expected to see the dandelion snow frozen in time, perfectly in focus, but bent over from the motion. I love this pic even though the end result was not what I was originally going for!
The second pic was taken this afternoon, while I was taking macro shots without a macro lens of a rose with some daisies in a small vase. I was trying to focus on the rose while having the daisies blurred in the background just providing color and texture behind the rose. I did get one pretty decent shot, but that’s not what this post is about. This post is about capturing motion. And the picture below is a perfectly, accidentally timed picture of the rose falling out of the vase. I love that you can still tell it’s a rose and that the colors behind it are so vibrant. But it is also very clearly in motion. Had I not already been taking the photo (while I thought it was NOT in motion), I would never have gotten this shot.
I love when my photography accidents are beautiful while providing important lessons. And in this case, I finally proved that with the right camera and some luck, I can get some good motion shots! Next time I will be trying to get motion pictures on purpose…maybe.
5 thoughts on “Accidentally in Motion”
What a great post and two amazing shots! I really love them both.
You’re welcome 🙂
I wish my accidents looked this good! On the camera, too.
Thanks! It happens to be very rare for me to have such good shots whether on purpose or not! Thanks for visiting, liking and commenting 🙂