13 Places Take Beautiful Motion Blur Shots - Digital Photography School

13 Places Take Beautiful Motion Blur Shots


While many of us spend a lot of time getting rid of ‘blurry’ shots – one of the best ways to add interest to play around with capturing motion blur. Here are 13 places that you might like to start experimenting with capturing motion blur in your photos.

1. Trains

Image by Extra Medium

The shot of a passenger waiting on a subway platform for a train with moving train behind is always a fun one to experiment with because it contrasts the speed of a train with the stationary passenger (often being buffeted by wind of the train).

These shots are all about making sure your camera is completely still (tripods are key if you can) and anticipating the moment. It’s also about framing your shot so that your subject is well positioned.

2. The Coast

Image by Timbo Don

Coastal areas can be a landscape photographers dream and are great places to capture motion blur. One place to start is by the waters edge where waves rolling in over stationary rocks, piers or sand can create a mystical foggy effect when shot with a longer shutter speed.

Image by Matthew Stewart

Don’t forget that wherever there are people – there is movement! So don’t just focus upon the water.

Image by camil tulcan

3. Spinning Children

Image by shoothead

My kids would be spun around like this all day every day so if you have kids around you’re likely to have willing subjects for this one – just be careful with smaller children as I do have a friend whose child dislocated their shoulder doing this – no photo is worth that!

To get the shot you’re going to probably need a couple of people – one to hold onto the child and the other to hold the camera around that person’s waist (or over their shoulders) in front of the child.

4. Playground Shots

Image by Soundman 1024

A variation of the spinning child shot above is to head to your local playground where there is usually a variety of equipment which is great for motion blur shots. Swings, merry go rounds, slides or pretty much any equipment that gets those on them moving are fun to experiment with.

You can either position a camera on or off the moving equipment to get different types of effects.

5. Bikes

Image by fabbriciuse

Bikes present all kinds of opportunities whether they be street shots (above), competitions below or actually getting ON the bike with your camera!

Image by Mariano Kamp

If you’re going to experiment with taking photos of bikes one technique to try is slow sync flash which will give the effect of movement while also capturing a split second in time.

Image by Pörrö

6. Cars

Image by Rob Overcash Photography

As with Bikes – moving cars are an obvious place to look when you’re wanting to capture motion blur. They also present many opportunities whether it be photographing the car from the inside (above), attaching a camera to the outside of your car or actually photographing cars moving by you from outside.

Image by Ricky Flores

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7. The Fairground

Image by joiseyshowaa

Fairgrounds present all kinds of exciting opportunities. Many rides have both elements of movement and stationary components which can create a wonderful effect. They also often have another exciting element – light – which makes twilight photography perfect.

Image by foreversouls

Don’t discount daytime action at the fair though – there are still plenty of opportunities – particularly those to perfect your panning technique.

Image by Express Monorail

8. Dance

Image by bichxa

Whether it be in a performance, on the dance floor at a party or in a studio – dance is about movement and therefore presents us with opportunity to capture some nice motion blur.

9. Birds

Image by Danny Perez Photography

Bird photography is very popular in our forum area and among some of the best examples that I’ve seen are those that manage to incorporate a sense of movement into their shots. The key in many places is to choose a shutter speed that is slow enough to get wing movement but fast enough to keep the rest of the moving bird sharp.

Image by Midlander1231

10. Star Trails

Image by Andrew Stawarz

Stars are perhaps one of the last things one would think about when presented with the challenge of capturing motion blur – but they can also be some of the most spectacular images.

11. Escalators

Image by Gerrit Wenz

I have a number of friends who just LOVE photographing escalators and who have spent many hours capturing the smooth movement that they create. Many of their shots have the camera on the escalator and include a subject to give a point of interest – they’re often taken at night so as to capture colorful ambient light in the tunnels around their favorite escalators.

Also consider shots of those passing by on escalators with the camera position off the escalator.

Image by sinkkd

12. The Umbrella Shot

Image by Digimist

This is an oldie but a goodie. To add a little interest to a portrait have your subject hold an open umbrella over their shoulder and behind their head and then have them slowly twirl it.

13. The Street

Image by Digital Pimp

If I’m ever at a loss for subjects to photograph I just head to the most busy street corner I can find in what ever city I’m near. The hustle and bustle of the street is a never ending supply of movement to capture.

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Image by Steve Webel

Want to learn more about motion blur? Check out our previous post – How to Capture Motion Blur in Photography.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Zubair August 27, 2012 04:12 am

    i tried one of the train[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/79114960@N02/7837019420/' title='Metro' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8285/7837019420_ba032bf188.jpg']

  • Amit Jung kc August 20, 2012 04:39 pm

    very creative work as always : )

  • Vjeran Pavic August 19, 2012 09:01 pm

    Love the spinning child one, and the first one on the street. Recently I did some similar work, but havent posted it yet on my flickr or 500px, but here are some of the shots i did around boston going few months back:






  • Steve Taylor August 18, 2012 06:44 pm

  • dude August 18, 2012 03:24 pm

    hey i hate to be that guy but im starting out could someone on flickr critique my photos? http://www.flickr.com/photos/85215792@N02/

  • unkyjohn August 18, 2012 04:55 am

    A recent shot of a small waterfall in the Lake District

  • Zubair August 17, 2012 09:03 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/79114960@N02/7690413536/' title='UFO at the beach' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8434/7690413536_7b249a183d.jpg']

  • giusmelix August 17, 2012 07:10 am

    Fire games
    [eimg url='http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6156/6189966506_229155a50b.jpg' title='6189966506_229155a50b.jpg']

  • giusmelix August 17, 2012 07:08 am

    Fire games
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/giusmelix/6189966506/' title='Fire games' url='http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6156/6189966506_229155a50b.jpg'][/url] [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/giusmelix/6189966506/]Fire games[/url] di [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/giusmelix/]giusmelix[/url], su Flickr[/img]

  • Jai Catalano August 17, 2012 01:56 am

    Awesome. Extremely inspirational for those interested in motion blur.

  • Heidi Anne Morris August 13, 2012 06:36 am

    Wonderfully inspiring post ! Thank you ?

  • Alexander August 11, 2012 11:02 pm

    Always a big fan of the technique, those shots are beautiful by the way. Here's a couple of motion blur shots I have, enjoy!
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/endiwirawan/7712063212/' title='Giving Chase' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8288/7712063212_d1d2c6a09a.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/endiwirawan/7712051864/' title='Passerby' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8426/7712051864_c33a84018d.jpg']

  • Alex Cruceru August 11, 2012 07:19 pm

    I've posted something too but I don't think it is visible...

  • Alex Cruceru August 11, 2012 07:15 pm

    [eimg url='http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles5/109798/projects/4695529/caf18c777af7dcec4568eda784496b0f.JPG' title='caf18c777af7dcec4568eda784496b0f.JPG']
    [eimg url='http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles5/109798/projects/4695529/bb15d76d3eca2e6da76a95472f4bc900.JPG' title='bb15d76d3eca2e6da76a95472f4bc900.JPG']
    [eimg url='http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles5/109798/projects/4695529/b769082348052611fd4ff54d6d95f46d.JPG' title='b769082348052611fd4ff54d6d95f46d.JPG']
    [eimg url='http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles5/109798/projects/4695529/714501811e843b63aac0637eb8cae9af.JPG' title='714501811e843b63aac0637eb8cae9af.JPG']
    These shots were done from a moving van and a taxi and it was very fun to experiment with the camera and then with the processing of the image part. I hope you guys like them.Great post and hope to get better at this moving-motion-blur-longexposure

  • heshaaam August 11, 2012 05:41 pm

    Here's my example of motion blur.

    [eimg url='https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8008/7702007892_53dfe26792_z.jpg' title='7702007892_53dfe26792_z.jpg']

  • Melli August 11, 2012 07:50 am

    Lightorbs created through motion blur: http://mellimage.blogspot.de/2012/07/p52-lightorb.html

  • Maikel August 11, 2012 07:41 am

    Another two. Motion photography is awesome but sometimes hard to make
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/nefro/7036682547/' title='Rio Jangada' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7067/7036682547_7a85fc7655.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/nefro/6884501104/' title='Dog Panning' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7073/6884501104_2bbfe322c7.jpg']

  • Maikel August 11, 2012 07:38 am

    My niece playing on the swings
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/nefro/6664055111/' title='Betina' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7032/6664055111_374560929f.jpg']

  • B. Mackey August 11, 2012 05:10 am

  • B. Mackey August 11, 2012 05:09 am

    I love to take panning shots of show horse teams.

  • Brian P February 17, 2012 11:00 am

    Great pictures. I loved them all.

  • Lokesh February 17, 2012 08:10 am

    Amazing post. Most of the places are quite obvious but they go unnoticed. Thanks DPS team

  • Ozzie E. Jr September 23, 2011 12:04 pm

    These photos are magnificent!.........I can't wait to try this technique.

  • Rian May 10, 2011 05:30 pm

    i really enjoy about motion photography includ panning photography, the key is to keep your camera and subject in perfect sync, i want to share this one related to article above.. "How to choose camera panning photography " this is the link

  • Paan Jr February 16, 2011 09:09 am

    i love panning

  • Sainath K M November 28, 2010 10:19 am

    One from me too: [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/sainathkm/5161822771/' title='Merry go round and round :)' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4153/5161822771_1dea81d132.jpg']

  • umbra October 26, 2010 01:07 am

    Wau nice colletcion- but is very hard to do this without ND filter or stand.
    This photo was taken in Lisboa -handheld.

  • pedro October 22, 2010 08:38 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrobcamargo/4997748206/' title='Parque de Brasília' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4106/4997748206_df431c1d2b.jpg']

  • Sime October 21, 2010 06:55 am

    Nancy, not sure if you missed it, but right under that image it says this;

    "just be careful with smaller children as I do have a friend whose child dislocated their shoulder doing this – no photo is worth that!"

    People should know to use common sense with everything they do, read on the web, in life... Having this on our list merely suggest a way, with a caution, that you could achieve motion blur - it doesn't say "do it without thinking people"

    Sime - dPS COmmunity Manager.

  • Nancy October 21, 2010 05:06 am

    This is a good article with good examples, thank you. However, you really should delete #3 example. While you do caution people to be careful with swinging a young child from the arms, the fact is doing it at all risks dislocation of their shoulders because their musculature is not mature enough to have the required strength to withstand this stress. I loved it as a child too, and unknowlngly did it to my kids for a while-- until a doctor warned me of the real risk. Just having this in your list condones the practice, which just simply should not be done. Thank you!

  • Olivier.F October 20, 2010 07:10 am

    Very good tutorial. I've tried in London ...[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/olivierferreira/5076466870/' title='Daperture' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4008/5076466870_c820693519.jpg']

  • Jay McIntyre October 20, 2010 12:00 am

    Just before taking this one, the driver of the subway told me to put the camera away if I didn't have a permit. I took the shot and then put everything away:

    This one is my favourite though:

  • Glen Cunningham October 19, 2010 08:54 am

    Don't even act like you might be taking photos in an Italian train station or near one! My friendly, grandmother friend, who speaks excellent Italian, was arrested and searched for trying to get a nice blur photo there. It's the only time she has ever been arrested.

  • Eleni B. October 19, 2010 07:20 am

    Thank you so much for all these ideas, i personally loved the picture with the star trails.

  • Nico October 16, 2010 01:08 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolokoy/2635865267/' title='and it rained all night' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3159/2635865267_996c66cdd7.jpg']

  • Geobert October 13, 2010 03:46 pm

    that was very fantastic and awesome..I'm very impressive and inspired with your work..I hope I could make that kind of output...thank again..clap! clap!

  • Keith G October 13, 2010 12:24 am

    Being new to this what setting should I use to get the blur motion look. Does it need to be set to areally slow speed. Also what ISO do you suggest . Either daytime or night time shoots.
    Thanks in advance.

  • Albert October 11, 2010 05:04 am

    Great article which inspires! Very nice photos posted by users in comments too! Here is my contribution...
    [eimg url='http://aminus3.s3.amazonaws.com/image/g0017/u00016060/i00746612/96fc02862bfdf31b1ca2acfb1f6364e8_large.jpg' title='96fc02862bfdf31b1ca2acfb1f6364e8_large.jpg']

  • adolf October 7, 2010 12:32 am

    Awesome! The last photo of bikes left me curious. I'd like to try it, but It ins't too clear yet to me how to hold my camera.

  • Toni Louis October 5, 2010 07:59 am

    This was my first try with motion blur and im quite happy with it :)
    What do you guys think?

    [eimg url='http://tonilouis.blogg.se/images/2010/ghostingstmpel_110666827.jpg' title='ghostingstmpel_110666827.jpg']

  • ppdao October 4, 2010 04:42 am


  • ppdao October 2, 2010 08:26 am

    We were walking along the Seine river (France) and saw this tour boat coming very slowly - look at the water movement - thanks to the long-exposure photography! =)[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/ppdao/5042089195/' title='Racing boat? -- Seine river, Paris.' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4126/5042089195_6846f2507d.jpg']

  • longshotsi October 2, 2010 07:55 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/52877664@N02/4917352122/' title='snetterton 2cv 24h night race marshall post 9 long expo' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4917352122_2306ae2ff8.jpg']

  • longshotsi October 2, 2010 07:48 am

    i have only just ditched the film slr and bought myself a dslr and had a go at playing with long exp during a night race

  • Tom Bamber October 2, 2010 03:18 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedbamber/3833921040/' title='' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2075/3833921040_d3eb2ca602.jpg']

  • Daniel*1977 September 23, 2010 06:53 pm

    Ypu missed my photos ;)

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/didmyself/4663557957/' title='just blured' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4050/4663557957_ee5787d5ea_z.jpg']

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/didmyself/3990511027/' title='fast' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2485/3990511027_17d2611099.jpg']

  • CindyCut September 22, 2010 07:38 am

    motion & no motion:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/cindycut/4982685727/' title='P9050313 Strassenkünstler' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4090/4982685727_5962682485.jpg']

  • JP September 19, 2010 02:51 am


  • JP September 19, 2010 02:48 am

    Taken at the local county fair just a few nights ago.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/jps-photos/4997186416/' title='PICT3077' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/4997186416_f3db9aeb6d.jpg']

  • Radhika L.K. September 12, 2010 04:45 pm

    Wow! Superb pictures :)

  • Raymond September 9, 2010 01:22 am

    [eimg url='https://dl.dropbox.com/u/831202/DSC_8299-Large%20%28Small%29.jpg' title='DSC_8299-Large%20%28Small%29.jpg']

  • Raymond September 9, 2010 12:49 am

    [eimg url='http://dl.dropbox.com/u/831202/DSC_8299-Large%20%28Small%29.jpg' title='DSC_8299-Large%20%28Small%29.jpg']

  • Raymond September 9, 2010 12:49 am

    [eimg url='http://dl.dropbox.com/u/831202/DSC_8299-Large%20%28Small%29.jpg' title='DSC_8299-Large%20%28Small%29.jpg']

  • Ridwan Jaafr September 8, 2010 09:55 pm

    OMG! Awesome photography. Just took my breath away!

  • Aitor September 8, 2010 05:51 pm


  • AITOR September 8, 2010 05:03 pm

    [url=http://aitortug.smugmug.com/Travel/Y/13581619_cuYuQ#991604155_fumMG-A-LB][eimg url='http://aitortug.smugmug.com/Travel/Y/DSC06614/991604155_fumMG-L.jpg' title='991604155_fumMG-L.jpg'][/url]

  • Alexandre Alves Andrade September 8, 2010 02:04 am


  • digital slr September 7, 2010 07:53 pm

    wow, wow the train photos are amazing.

  • Jonathan September 6, 2010 11:26 am

    Taking shots of cars as they drive by is fairly simple. The difficult thing is finding a car worthy of shooting. Minivans don't do it all the time.

  • Miranda September 4, 2010 12:41 am

    These photos are amazing. I would love to capture some of these.

  • Christopher Johnston September 3, 2010 01:56 pm

    I added this one to Evernote. Going to have to come back to it before I go out for a day of shooting.

  • Photography courses September 2, 2010 01:33 am

    Smokes! I absolutely love the escalator shot and the umbrella photo (both so simple but very neat!). I once saw some amazing blur shots of ballet on exhibit. The dancers were captured in various poses all within one frame and lit by one light. Their bodies were distinct in several poses while whimsy all around.

  • Stephen September 1, 2010 01:40 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephenh90/4945565808/' title='Small_CRW_2127' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4091/4945565808_542d1b2f6c_b.jpg']

  • Luxury scarves August 31, 2010 08:59 pm

    excellent resource and great source of inspiration. I personally love the water shots, i like the foggy velvety effect it creates!

  • James Hole August 31, 2010 07:58 pm

  • Anita Morris August 29, 2010 05:23 am

    I looked up a number of photos to see EXIF data but non available. New look Flickr (when did that happen) seems to require people to allow EXIF data to be visible. Is there a reason for people not doing that?


  • willi August 29, 2010 12:04 am


  • hannah August 28, 2010 01:14 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/yvuuvy/4933282551/' title='Ethan' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/4933282551_a60ae89bef.jpg']

  • Oliver Parish August 27, 2010 11:57 pm

    My favourite kind of motion blur photography is firework photography - catching the streaks of light as the burst outwards is awe-inspiring...

  • FlimStar August 27, 2010 05:06 am

    WOW those are Amazing!!!

  • Santosh August 26, 2010 01:50 pm

    The Niagara Falls


  • Brandon August 24, 2010 05:55 am

    For the street shot with the guy in the emlo shirt - how did you make the movement of the crowd look so liquid like? I'm so intrigued by this.

    On of my other favorite techniques for taking pictures at local music shows where you can get really close to the stage is to set an exposure of about 1 sec and use the flash so you get a crisp shot of the person with multi colored motion trails from all the different lights.

  • Christophe Anagno August 23, 2010 04:50 pm


  • DaDom August 23, 2010 11:19 am

    Would have been awesome if the image's META details are posted with the article as well.

    I've never taken any blur shots intentionally.... Time to go out and learn!

  • widham fransyah August 23, 2010 04:16 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/widham/4916502823/' title='IMG_9593' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4118/4916502823_73090754c4.jpg']

  • Jason Yeung August 23, 2010 01:48 am

    Couldn't add the image into the comment :S in the previous post

    Here it is..
    .[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/jyeung8/4836340201/' title='??' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4145/4836340201_0de1009eee.jpg']

  • Jason Yeung August 23, 2010 01:45 am

    Took a motion blur photo while I was in japan, waiting for a train.
    I quite like the effect of the people in sharp focus while the train speeds past :) Check it out


  • Daniel Wong August 23, 2010 01:24 am

    [eimg url='http://www.ahbing.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/5.jpg' title='5.jpg']

  • Mr Jon August 22, 2010 07:27 pm

    The city streets here in Vietnam are great for panning shots. There are as many motorbikes as there are people in this country, and the traffic often seems to have a mind of its own. I've not taken any of this type of shot for a while, but here is a collection from a year or so ago:


    I agree with Kenneth's comments - you need patience to get these shots. I'll normally pick a spot and stay there for a couple of hours. I always end up with a lot of unusably blurry shots, but it's worth the time for the odd gem.

    Rinie, your dance shots are superb.

  • tamera August 20, 2010 01:53 pm


  • Karen Kirby August 20, 2010 02:45 am

    To Sachin:
    I am a newbie as well and not ready for a DSLR. I have a Nikon Coolpix P90. It has manual settings for aperture, shutter, ISO up to 6400 and 24X Zoom. I still haven't figured it all out but it's a good camera. It also has a lot of settings to optimize image (ie. colour saruration). It runs just under $400.00 (Canadian).

  • Sachin August 18, 2010 12:19 am

    Hello Darren,
    I am a newbie in the world of photography, I want to buy a new Point Shoot camera. kindly suggest one good model which I can keep longer as I am also thinking to buy DSLR later but not this time. so I want a point shoot which I can keep with my DSLR as backup which should provide most of the manual settings (aperture/exposure). I searched online and found some good model by Canon (G11/S90) and Panasonic Lumix (LX3/LX5). Kindly suggest if any other model you think will be good.


  • Hendro Hailana August 17, 2010 08:48 am

    Just want to share :

  • Claire Boucher August 15, 2010 03:20 pm

    Love these kind of shots!

  • shridharm August 15, 2010 03:44 am


  • Shuki August 15, 2010 12:19 am


  • John August 14, 2010 10:31 pm

  • miguev August 14, 2010 09:38 pm

    Fairground wheel are *lovely* :)

  • georgie mathew August 14, 2010 08:38 pm

  • Piqous August 14, 2010 05:39 pm

    Great blur advice

  • durga das August 14, 2010 05:37 pm

    incredible motion blurs.

  • rinie August 14, 2010 07:40 am


  • rinie August 14, 2010 07:38 am


  • rinie August 14, 2010 07:35 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/rrinie/4888700555/' title='Pas de deux' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4888700555_162300bae3.jpg'][/url]
    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/rrinie/4888700555/]Pas de deux by RRinie, on Flickr[/url][/img]

  • rinie August 14, 2010 07:33 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/rrinie/4888700555/' title='Pas de deux' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4888700555_162300bae3.jpg']

  • rinie August 14, 2010 07:29 am

  • Katie Chavarin August 14, 2010 05:56 am

    I love working with long shutter speed.
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/katie_chavarin/4070154546/' title='happy halloween!' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3210/4070154546_b009bc2a19.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/katie_chavarin/4070154772/' title='tree with apples' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3510/4070154772_23c1d85293.jpg']

  • raver August 13, 2010 07:05 pm

    great motion blur, or not be too photoshop'ish, great blurred motion samples/examples ... thanks

  • raymond mcbride August 13, 2010 05:22 pm

    This was taken on a bright sunny day with a 45 second exposure, that was a 10 stop filter, also a polarizing filter was used[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/49006204@N05/4860842737/' title='lighthouse' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4118/4860842737_fd8a078fdf.jpg']

  • Giovanni August 13, 2010 05:03 pm

    I thought one place missed was waterfalls... very common place to try motion blur...

    Here is one of my shots:


    And here is one clicked from inside a car on the expressway... (I was not driving ;) )


  • Giovanni August 13, 2010 05:01 pm

    I thought one place missed was waterfalls... very common place to try motion blur...

    Here is one of my shots:

    [eimg url='http://giovannidcunha.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/waterfall-motion-photography.jpg' title='waterfall-motion-photography.jpg']


    And here is one clicked from inside a car on the expressway... (I was not driving ;) )

    [eimg url='http://giovannidcunha.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/kinetics-dps.jpg' title='kinetics-dps.jpg']


  • Tim August 13, 2010 11:31 am

    Motorcycles make good motion blur subjects too.


  • Tim August 13, 2010 11:28 am


  • Rakhmat Supriyono August 13, 2010 11:18 am

    I like it, thanks...

  • John August 13, 2010 10:29 am

    I captured this image when the light was failing by using a wall for support - I was pleasantly surprised with the result


  • John August 13, 2010 10:04 am

    Apologies - here are the links



  • Andy August 13, 2010 10:04 am

    if only i could spell!

  • John August 13, 2010 09:53 am

    Love the colors in the first car shot - very Tron like

    Here's a couple of shots from my past - hope you enjoy

  • Shariq August 13, 2010 05:33 am


    Your own articles are always the best on this site. So many excellent ideas to try!

  • sangesh August 13, 2010 04:52 am

    i don’t know how this photo is, but i gave it a try and the result was what i expected http://jpgmag.com/photos/2611854 can it be called blur motion? i think clicking picture at resturants with live music can also come in this category especially Rock live music

    Read more: http://digital-photography-school.com/13-places-to-practice-taking-beautiful-motion-blur-images/comment-page-1#comment-126581#ixzz0wQ33BMyY

  • sangeshlog August 13, 2010 04:51 am

    i don't know how this photo is, but i gave it a try and the result was what i expected http://jpgmag.com/photos/2611854 can it be called blur motion? i think clicking picture at resturants with live music can also come in this category especially Rock live music

  • raymond mcbride August 13, 2010 04:11 am

    some very nice photos here, motion blur in the water is high up on my favourite images.

  • Vidya Poyilath August 13, 2010 04:09 am

    i love the first one in the #13 street shots... just wow for the idea behind it!

  • Kenneth August 13, 2010 03:32 am

    For panning shots where you're trying to freeze a moving subject while the background blurs, I would urge photographers not to get discouraged if your first few attempts don't come out as well as hoped. Panning is a tricky shot to get (at least if your goal is to minimize blur of the subject), and you'll have to take a lot of shots that may only result in one or two "keepers". For example, I easily took over 100 shots of my friend whizzing by on his bike at 1/15 to 1/30th of a second before I got one I was happy with:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/niftyken/4849957130/' title='IMG_6274.jpg' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4849957130_14e222d150.jpg']

  • Robin Hall August 13, 2010 03:29 am

    Taken in local park.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/38170981@N02/4090389700/' title='Autumn in the park' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2521/4090389700_7ba40176ae.jpg']

  • Jason August 13, 2010 03:04 am

    Flash lights are fun as well, for writting names and for drawing
    [eimg url='http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs653.snc3/32255_10150181771155019_812875018_12601233_7900909_n.jpg' title='32255_10150181771155019_812875018_12601233_7900909_n.jpg'][eimg url='http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs553.ash1/32255_10150181771190019_812875018_12601236_2714275_n.jpg' title='32255_10150181771190019_812875018_12601236_2714275_n.jpg']

  • Kamen August 13, 2010 02:47 am

    There is one thing that I just cannot understand how it is done... The picture with the guy standing next to the traffic light and everything else is blurred.. How do they do it!?! I just cannot understand the technique - what do I need to do to have one object almost perfectly in focus and everything else blurred..!? Could anybody give me a tip?

  • Tin180.com August 13, 2010 02:42 am

    Thanks! These photos are very nice

  • Rick Gustafson August 13, 2010 02:23 am

    Creating your own blur. Here is a sample of what I call in-camera blur, or as in some circles it is called impressionsist photography.

    Have a look


  • Meonline August 13, 2010 02:10 am

    Thankx for this inspiring way of photography! I cannot wait to give it a try.

  • Neo August 13, 2010 02:02 am

    This really inspire me! Thank you so much! cheers

  • paul camhi August 13, 2010 02:01 am

    Excelent pictures. They explain perfectly what is a motion blur shot. Congratulations!

  • Mr_Marbles August 13, 2010 01:51 am

    Some of these shots made me dizzy just looking at them!

  • samsstuff August 13, 2010 01:23 am

    Love 'blur' shots! Done well, they add to the meaning of what would be ordinary shots. These are all great examples of blur done well.

  • @Mitchy79 August 12, 2010 11:18 pm

    Really good examples within this blogpost! I like the ones with the moving people. Looks great!

    One of my blur shots that I did some weeks ago:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/mitchy79/4734632543/' title='Spinning Racer' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4102/4734632543_0546ee5329.jpg']

  • Danferno August 12, 2010 08:52 pm

    Love the examples given here, especially the umbrella shot looks extremely interesting!

    http://fav.me/d2p0evl Motion blur gets extra interesting when there's lights in various colours.

  • Odai August 12, 2010 08:40 pm

    Great images and ton of good ideas ready to be tested. Small streams are great way to practice long exposures as they usually flow in only one manner, so its very easy to see what effect the length of you shutter speed has to the image. http://www.flickr.com/photos/larrycabin/4880182380/

  • Martin Stepka August 12, 2010 05:08 pm

    I did a musician, as well...
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/martin-stepka/4801158141/' title='JazzArt concert' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/4801158141_e84d96a0b1_z.jpg']

  • Kashyap August 12, 2010 04:51 pm

    Please share camera settings (specially slow shutter speed) to achieve such motion blur, I am using Sony Cybershot HX1 digital camera which has manual functions, it will be helpful for a learning photographer like me. Thanks in advance.

  • Linda Holmes August 12, 2010 05:32 am

    I love these pics, above is a link to a picture I played with when I found the 'motion blur' button on photoshop. As always, I love looking at the pictures and advice on this page, thank you!

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  • Linda Holmes August 12, 2010 05:30 am

    I have just discovered motion blur in my photoshop list of goodies, I love it! Here is one of my pics I have been playing with. It is a loveheart made out of flowers sitting on the grass.
    [eimg url='http://lindaphotoart.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/freeze-frame-your-heart/photoshopped-loveflower/' title='photoshopped-loveflower']

  • Billy Kim August 12, 2010 04:00 am

    done many but not all. looking forward to trying them out. thanks.

  • Danial Shah August 12, 2010 03:35 am

    :) Loved it.Its always a great learning stopping by DPS :).
    I have tried this in the car :)

  • Scott August 12, 2010 03:30 am

    The possibilities for motion blur are literally endless. Some great ones posted in this article, but don't overlook handheld opportunities.


    I've noticed that DPS seems to publish interesting articles relative to the assignments forum AFTER the assignments have closed. How about some of this great stuff before an assignment has started?

  • Grant D. Taylor August 12, 2010 02:28 am

    I do love the umbrella image idea. It has the potential to greatly improve a portrait. I have done most of my motion images by using children or pets playing. A lot of potential in either area. Just tossing a ball inside a fenced in area for a dog to fetch can lead to a lot of great shots. Just be careful about being run over by the dog while you are snapping shots of it running toward you.

  • Rick August 12, 2010 01:59 am

    I really like trying to capture motion blur with musicians:
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/rick020200/4881426056/' title='78th Fraser Highlanders @ Dublin Irish Festival 2010' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4079/4881426056_f612f66eae_z.jpg']

  • Andres Calle August 12, 2010 01:36 am

    Amazing Shots.. I love all these techniques... I tried a few of them before. Umbrella is new to me and will be nice to try

  • Ed O'Keeffe August 12, 2010 01:19 am

    Some fantastic examples. I will try a few more of the techniques talked about here. Last Friday night after a date with my girlfriend I drove around the city centre of Manchester with my camera on a tripod inside the car. The results were very interesting and even my girlfriend thought it was great fun. I am going for a night shoot in Liverpool tomorrow night so I might try a couple of the other techniques then. Thanks for giving me added inspiration.

  • Ben August 12, 2010 12:58 am

    Standing on a street corner for about 10 minutes in Paris, I captured a cyclist, a Vespa, a SmartCar & a Ferrari all panning with motion blur. Later in the day, I got a birds' eye view of a dad with his son riding on a razor scooter down the street. Some of my favorites of late!

  • libberding August 12, 2010 12:56 am

    Good luck getting a tripod set up in a train station. Good luck even getting photos in a train station. MBTA is especially tricky about their photo policies - considering they tell the public one thing and their employees another. People are terrified that any average photographer is plotting to blow up the world or something.

    (Yeah, I've recently had a run-in with MBTA employees over photographing in stations. Lots of fun, there.)

  • Ilan (@ilanbr) August 12, 2010 12:54 am

    No doubt that these photos look VERY impressive and you right, these are great places to practice.
    However, you don't need to be in a city or even have a moving object for this result.

    For example - http://www.ilanbresler.com/2009/03/forest.html - This was taken during a normal walk through a park, slow shutter speed and no moving objects around me. Anything can be shot in this technique :)

  • Alun August 12, 2010 12:46 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/alunwk/4652815849/' title='Dalian - Xinghai Square' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4652815849_41a46dc3bc.jpg']
    I've shot this image at Dalian

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