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Dash of Inspiration – A Piece of the Action

February 6, 2012

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

A Piece of the Action

I saw an article on action photography related to performing arts and it inspired me . . . to inspire you!  So this week we’ll chat about capturing movement in photography.  For about ten years, I had the pleasurable experience of being a member of a group that offered constructive critiquing for the Photographic Society of America.  We saw all types of subjects, but the ones that were usually the most disturbing were the amateur attempts at motion capture.

There are specific techniques, which are not difficult, but do require some practice to create an image like those in Angie Bowen’s Showcase of Photography in Action at  I saw so many photographs where the photographer would so proudly state ‘the blur is intentional, I was showing motion’, yet the entire image was blurry.  This type of photograph does not show motion, a blurry photograph is nothing more than a blurry photograph.  My Photography Tip for June/July of 2010 was on Motion Capture, so I’ve offered the link to that below for those of you who are interested in learning more about the techniques.

Motion Capture Photography by Doreen Erhardt

I also thought I’d offer some great examples of cards on GCU which have really well-done motion capture photographs:

This image from Sandra Rose is really well done.  Notice how well she captured the movement of the puppy by keeping that cute little fur ball in sharp focus and letting the surroundings wiz by to give us the feeling of motion?

This photograph by Claire Shearer is terrific example of the Motion Blur technique I refer to in my article.  The movement is shown in the lines of light created by a train or traffic moving through during exposure, yet the building in the background and those above the source of the motion remain sharply focused.

In this beautiful example by Noelle Lorraine, she’s captured the moment of these precious little girls doing ‘patty-cake’ by stopping the action.  When we look at this photograph, we know the children were in motion at the time  based purely on the position of their hands & bodies; and their expressions.  This a a perfect example of Stopping Motion.

So, I hope that I’ve inspired some of you to try some new techniques and to better understand what a good motion capture photograph looks like!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2012 11:51 am

    good choice, esp love Claire’s!

  2. February 6, 2012 4:10 pm

    A subject close to my heart – thank you for a great post on stopping motion in photography, Doreen!

  3. March 29, 2013 6:47 pm

    The above Motion Capture Photography link has been moved to here:

    Sorry for the inconvenience.

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