“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
Playing with Motion Blur
This motion blur study is the direct result of boredom and low light. I took all the shots from our moving vehicle as we cruised across the Canadian prairies on an eight hour long road trip. It was a cold, cloudy December day, the sun was low in the sky and the light was fading, but the landscape was beautiful nonetheless. The subtle beauty of the passing prairie landscape, with its muted winter colour palette, the snow-speckled fields and the starkness of the naked trees, all slowly dissolving into the pastel light of dusk, had me reaching for my camera over and over again.
Unless otherwise noted, all of these shots were taken at 1/60 s to intentionally blur the trees and the landscape whizzing by.
Study No. 2
I played with this image in Corel Painter using a Wacom Tablet and stylus to hand draw some lines on the photograph to accentuate the tree branches.
Shot at 1/5 s
The last light of the day and the last image in this motion blur study.
The huge, abandoned old barn seen in this silhouette has such pleasing architecture, with its classic gambrel roof and double cupolas perched on top (the double cupolas are real, not the result of motion blur!). I’m glad I got this shot when I did because this beautiful old barn has since collapsed.
Shot at 1/13 s
“For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject,
but to realize sensations.”
~ Paul Cézanne
All images by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2011 madlyinlovewithlife