15 Stunning Images Using Blur to Portray Movement

15 Stunning Images Using Blur to Portray Movement


Photo by Mr Bones – No exposure settings supplied

Today, as a followup to our post earlier in the week A Beginners Guide to Capturing Motion in Your Photography I want to post a series of posts from Flickr that all illustrate a variation on the same theme – movement.

The following shots are all of moving subjects where the photographer has made the choice to set their camera to capture the movement as blur rather than freezing it. This is in all cases by choosing (or letting the camera choose) a ‘slow’ shutter speed (although by slow you’ll see that the speeds (noted under each image) vary from anything from 1/30 second to up to 40 minutes).


Photo by Ben McLeod – Shutter Speed – 8 seconds


Photo by zane&inzane – Exposure Time – 10 minutes


Photo by PhotoToasty – Composition of 3 images at shutter speeds of between 1.6 seconds and 25 seconds


Photo by Heidi Morton – Taken with a Blackberry! (awesome huh!)


Photo by Sara Heinrichs – Exposure Time: 20 seconds


Photo by Mace2000 – 50 second exposure time


Photo by WisDoc – Shutter Speed – 1/30


Photo by Mace2000 – Shutter Speed – 50 seconds


Photo by Wam Mosely – Shutter speed – 4/5 of a second


Photo by Mace2000 – Exposure Time – 43 seconds


Photo by jon madison – Exposure – photographer estimates somewhere between 30-40 minutes


Photo by thorinside – Shutter Speed – 13 seconds


Photo by tschnitzlein – No Exposure information given

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  • Kent April 26, 2012 02:01 am

    Great examples. It's hard to find anything as exciting as night long exposure photography :)

  • Bernard March 9, 2012 08:49 pm

    First pic is my favorite. =)

  • imamtho February 29, 2012 01:12 pm

    nice photos..
    and here is mine : http://www.flickr.com/photos/imamtho/6579986299/in/set-72157628585689383/

  • Nimit Nigam February 22, 2012 06:38 am

    Check Mine...


  • Nick February 14, 2012 07:45 am

    This was a hot weekend, I love talking these sorts of photos


  • Nick February 14, 2012 07:44 am

    This was a hot weekend, I love talking these sorts of photos

  • Lisa November 25, 2011 04:17 pm

    This is AWESOME! i want to learn EVERYTHING. haha. well...I have a few decades (hopefully) of life to do that. and the above comment about getting on a merry go round...THAT sounds like fun! Ooh Need to try something like this :0)

  • Luke November 2, 2011 03:18 am

    @Greg - You would adjust your ISO if you can't manually adjust your shutter speed.

  • tschnitzlein August 12, 2011 06:58 am

    Thank you for including my picture, although this is no simple time exposure. This image wouldn't possibly have turned out like this had I just made one big huge time exposure. In that case, the background would be almost white. :-)

    This is a time panorama, i.e. I used about 100 individual, optimized exposures to capture the traffic lights, the background (road), and the individual light trails, which I shot in one continuous session during one night (I had to do a couple of test sessions for this before ...). I compiled them together in Photoshop using lots of individual masks. The overall photoshop work time for this image must have been somewhere around 20 hours.

  • ayaskant mohapatra June 23, 2011 05:30 pm

    these photos are excellent.
    But i have some queries.
    How can i take a photo of a moving object?
    should i move with the motion or will i wait for a right moment to come or wat?
    how the first pic and the dog running was taken?
    if u will move then camera shake will happen.
    pls clarify.

  • Randall Escalera May 21, 2011 09:48 am

    Hiya, my group is just establishing our first website, searching and understanding what is needed. This weblog caught out proper away. I’m fired up about this, and adore the design of your site. Can you let me know what “theme” it is?

  • Esther Collins May 15, 2011 05:39 am

    These are very excellent photos. I love them. Esther

  • Rhiannon Lawlis May 13, 2011 01:29 pm

    There are some amazing shots on here. Mine doesn't hold a candle, but I will share. This is a picture I took of my mare Georgia one day when she was out romping in the pasture. I was trying to capture power and grace in one shot...

    ISO 400; f 5/6; 1/20 sec.

  • les April 6, 2011 01:12 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/leschick/5591482187/' title='' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5306/5591482187_5159e610b0.jpg']

  • les April 6, 2011 01:08 am

    i like blur

  • amit jung kc March 15, 2011 03:08 am

    fabulous :)

  • Adi August 9, 2010 06:20 am

    Amazing photos.. thnx

  • quixxxie2000 June 4, 2010 06:04 pm

    Taken int he moonlight with slow shutter speed. I dont remember the SS, but I know I got excited when I slowed it down, and got this efect- with a Canon 500D.

    From Slow Shutter SPeed

  • Jessica April 22, 2010 04:23 am

    I really like this collection! I haven't been able to master the art of panning yet but I'm working on it. I'm very impressed by some of the images :)


  • Bull Rhino March 13, 2010 06:25 am

    Maybe she wasn't talking about your shots, maybe she was talking about the ones in the main story.

  • Hamish March 13, 2010 03:06 am

    Thanks Carman - but that's strange - I don't see that my shot posted. Where do you see it?

  • Carman March 12, 2010 03:33 pm

    Awesome shots!

  • Hamish March 11, 2010 02:20 am

    Here's one shot from a 50ft. mast with a pan-tilt head at 1/60th. (It was also four images stitched together.)

    [eimg url='http://photos.HTPhotographics.com/jakson/e36b5d866' title='e36b5d866']

    I'll be interested if the image posted to this reply or not.

  • alex raper March 10, 2010 09:29 am

    good photo'ssssssssssssssssss

  • Cicero March 7, 2010 12:16 am

    I like ones that include people and reminds a bit of Monet. See example below.

  • Don Peterson March 6, 2010 03:43 pm

    Interesting photo, David. Panning definitely gives a feeling of motion. The photo seems a bit flat - m'be because it was taken in direct sunlight. Is this a film photo print that was scanned into a digital file?

  • David Keen March 6, 2010 11:46 am

    Being my first day in school, I thought I'd get my feet wet by submitting a B/W photo taken several years ago. I added sepia toning to give it a vintage look. By "panning", I achieved the effect of motion. I'm open for critique. Happy to be aboard! [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/djunkie/4410012298/' title='speed' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/4410012298_c7bebe0955.jpg']

  • Scott (AKA Bull Rhino) March 6, 2010 03:16 am

    These photos are very nice and inspire me to try some new fun things.
    I've always loved the flowing water photos and over the the last few months played some with zooming while the lens was open, and had some results I was quite pleased with. But just over the past few weeks I've been playing with motion blur by moving the camera on a still subject and had some results I've really enjoyed. I'm going to try posting one here and see if it works. If it doesn't and you would like to see it you will find it by clicking here.
    [eimg url='http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JNoEA3SWNMI/S4a6og-KwJI/AAAAAAAABv0/UeNKvMe--v0/MotionBlurLayton01.jpg' title='MotionBlurLayton01.jpg']

  • Hector Perez-Nieto March 6, 2010 12:23 am

    @Caroline on your Flickr photo, click on the "Share This" button, then on "Grab HTML"

    Look out for a piece of code that looks like this:

    img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4381427405_16a8d6449c.jpg"

    Copy the URL from within it... in this example, the URL would be http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4381427405_16a8d6449c.jpg

  • Caroline McCoy March 6, 2010 12:06 am

    Darren - still trying to figure things out....please tell me how I obtain the "actual URL" for my FLICKR photo for this embed process. Also, where do I go to read on your site how photos posted here are copyright protected? This is an incredible newsletter, tutorial, and stimulation.... and I would like to join in on the fun.

  • Caroline McCoy March 6, 2010 12:02 am

    Greg - when you put your shutter speed on 15 or 30 or 60, depending upon the speed of the subject and how much blur you want, you adjust your aperture until your meter reads "correct" (or what you want, under exposed, over exposed). If you cannot get your meter bar to that point, lower your ISO. If your ISO is already as low as it can get ND filter, as Darren suggested. If there is still too much light....wait.

  • Caroline McCoy March 5, 2010 11:53 pm

    Third request...please help. How do I find the "actual URL" of my FLICKR photo? I really like the embed process here. I have been unsuccessful in uploading anything here. Am brand newmember.

  • jamieann March 5, 2010 11:42 pm

    Absolutely great Photography. Gave me something new to explore.
    Mr Bones, Besides the good push of the Merry-Go-Round, how about putting the camera on Self timer?

  • Shoaib March 5, 2010 10:24 pm

    Every single image is great!

    I specially liked Photo by Mr Bones and Photo by jon madison...
    Nice collections!

  • melisa March 5, 2010 10:02 pm

    when they say the exposure time,, is it the same thing with the shutter speed??thnx^^

  • Caroline McCoy March 5, 2010 01:32 pm

    I submitted a comment and a photo. Don't understand why it all disappeared???

  • Don Peterson March 5, 2010 08:01 am

    I've taken long exposures (45 seconds and more) with my digital camera but there is a lot of graininess (noise) in the image. Is there a way to shoot and eliminate the noise?

  • tony.O March 5, 2010 06:47 am

    Going east on the 101freeway @75mph + plane flying west out of Burbank @200mph(I assume) + a tree getting in the way + good timing = cool shot!
    ...click on it to make it a little bigger.
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/illmakeyoufamous/4295752167/' title='Jetting' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2762/4295752167_f5c740e8d7.jpg']

  • Willy Wangsa March 5, 2010 04:52 am

    I took my CRV's odometer for weekly assignment . After I submitted, I realized I misread the requirement.
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/willywangsa/4132867830/' title='Kinetics' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2799/4132867830_bef7c0a9fc.jpg']

  • Naveen Chenoli March 5, 2010 03:00 am

    with lens open for 30 seconds

  • Ivannanto March 4, 2010 03:43 pm

    Cool pic! Gotta take something like this in the future :D

  • FrameXFrame March 4, 2010 11:56 am

    The third photo is my favorite. A very soft look that i really enjoy, plus the black and white caught my eye.

  • Inti March 4, 2010 07:05 am

    Last weekend I've taken a shot of a dog like this one. [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/guaracheitor/4393180676/' title='Carrera' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2758/4393180676_33521b7d4b.jpg']

  • Shane Rich March 4, 2010 02:52 am

    Here's a recent attempt of mine from Feb 28th as seen on my 365 day photo project at oncemany.com

    [eimg url='http://oncemany.com/wp-content/uppers/2010/02/feb28-m3-sm.jpg' title='feb28-m3-sm.jpg']

  • Dan March 4, 2010 12:31 am

    If this is a repeat idea, I apologize. When my daughter was about 6 or 7 years old, we went to the park with some of her friends and eventually ended up on the merry-go-round. By my getting on the merry-go-round with her, she and I were both able to remain relatively "still" while the background was moving behind her. This made for some very interesting pictures using a slower shutter speed.

    So many of the other motion blur shots require panning with the subject which leads to a "hit or miss" result.With the merry-go-round moving but the two of us still relative to each other, it worked out very well.


  • Hector Perez-Nieto March 3, 2010 09:34 pm

    I used long exposures to achieve some blur in these 3 photos:


    1. Chicago Magnificent Mile: f22 for full depth of field, 1/4 shutter speed. I wanted the bus to be blurry yet distinguishable, hence not such a long exposure. Had to wait probably 10 mins between shots for the next bus and the ight was changing fast!

    2. Light streaks: This one in fact is a composition of several photos. Each shot had one or two cars, I layered them (Blending Mode: Lighten) to get these many on just one frame. f22 @ 5 seconds

    3. Last one, while walking behind my wife. Camera at chest level, no looking through the viewfinder just shooting constantly. The blur has a nice effect since the window looks frozen at the center then blurs on the Z axis. f14 @ 1/5 (compensated +1.3 stops, the sun was right in front and the normal reading threw everything into shadows)

  • Jr March 3, 2010 04:58 pm


    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/43662256@N02/4339402526/' title='DSC_0319' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4035/4339402526_fa40499db1.jpg']

  • Israel March 3, 2010 03:04 pm

    Here's mine...

  • Israel March 3, 2010 03:02 pm

    Here's one that I did...

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/israformales/4397794431/' title='The Potter's Hand' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4014/4397794431_f4cc3f8acd.jpg']

  • Mei Teng March 3, 2010 11:06 am

    Great collection of images! I like the use of blur effect in photography.

  • Dev March 3, 2010 09:26 am

    this is one of my favs.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/wijew/3223940185/' title='Empress Falls' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3114/3223940185_fde824f71c.jpg']

  • Dev March 3, 2010 09:24 am

    this is one of my favs.

  • hfng March 3, 2010 09:03 am

    Although these photos seem familiar, it is great to see them again.

  • Philipp March 3, 2010 07:33 am

    Here is my example.... Took it last sunday in Hongkong. It is quite fascinating how fast taxis drive in Hongkong... Ironically the sign on the street means "Slow down".


    Feel free to comment!

    Greetings from China!


  • my spatula March 3, 2010 07:27 am

    these are all so fabulous! i can't pick a favorite!!

  • Kristin D March 3, 2010 07:11 am

    I was just working on this recently! Very excited to learn more! I love these effects!

    The picture I linked to below is by far one of my favorite photos. It was taken by a high school student in Duluth, MN. He used a 45 minute exposure and did light painting using a spotlight. The picture can be seen here:


  • Greg Taylor March 3, 2010 06:18 am

    Great post. Just another reason for me to get out my trusty tripod!

  • alex raper March 1, 2010 09:49 am

    these are some great photos i espically like the one with the frog, thats is that guys hat near the moon if you know what i mean. i like eating cheese

  • chelsea January 30, 2010 05:11 pm

    i just adore the first pic of the teddy bear, omg. i would put that on my wallllllll.

  • Nitharia December 2, 2009 10:31 pm

    absolutely beautiful HDR photography, nice panning amazing work man....

  • Steven Clay November 13, 2009 04:19 am

    Thank you so much for the info and samples on timed exposures, I have been sampling around with these a little lately. I live on a small ranch in Arizona way out of the city and I am enjoying taking these types of photos using them on skyscapes at night and time exposed shots of far away towns. It lets the light get into the lense and allows detail not seen anyother way in dark lighting.

  • Tory October 27, 2009 09:55 pm

    i love every single one of them!

  • PhatCamper October 23, 2009 02:14 am

    I have found that 1/15 works well when panning cyclists in motion in relatively normal outside lighting. I don't know if this also makes sense: I am right handed, and it looks like panning from right to left works better for me. Here are some of my pans (some of them have textures applied to enhance the blur):

  • Tarek October 2, 2009 07:13 pm

    I wish there was some description on how to take these shots, cse they are amazing!!!!

  • JAWAD August 22, 2009 05:04 am


  • smasshh July 23, 2009 11:33 am

    the pictures are great.

  • Steve June 6, 2009 12:13 am

    Love this site. Great pictures. I am in the market for a new Canon Portrait lens. Anyone have good suggestions?

  • tan June 5, 2009 08:15 pm

    hey darren excellent one !!!!!!!
    the magic is due to servoAF (
    auto Focus) , isn't it ?

  • Gbenga Loveeyes Images May 21, 2009 06:11 pm

    This images are really stunning. But pls try and analyze it one after the other.

  • Darren Rowse March 26, 2009 10:38 am

    Mark - as I said in my email to you I've removed the image and apologize. I don't know how it happened as we work hard to keep images used on this site CC licensed. The process we use to get images from Flickr stops us from using all rights reserved images - so I'm confused how this happened.

    Any chance you changed your licence sine this was originally published in 2007? That's the only explanation I can think of.

  • Mark February 18, 2009 09:54 pm

    I'm glad to find that some people appreciate my photography (markal shot on this page). However, I believe it is customary to ask for permission before using a photograph that has clearly set "All Rights Reserved" in the permissions on the Flickr page. And I see I am not the only one to have a photograph used without being asked first.

  • Liza February 15, 2009 05:46 pm

    I find it completely unnecessary to choose a favorite. These images are all exquisite in different ways.

    You don't have to use a fancy camera to achieve this effect. When I was in third grade (in the 1960s) I took a snapshot of my friends while we were on a spinning structure on a playground, which turned out very similar to the teddy bear shot by Mr Bones. I was using a "brownie" type camera - fixed shutter speed, fixed aperture. The key is that I was moving at the same speed as my friends, because I was sitting in the middle of the spinning structure (whatever it's called). So, in relation to my camera, my friends were perfectly still, while the background spun around us.

  • dekorasyon February 14, 2009 03:27 am

    i like the pictures and also the site.

  • JD January 23, 2009 04:34 am

    Love this site, you are doing a great job.


  • Cahyo January 19, 2009 03:22 pm

    wow, cool!! amazing!!

  • granit December 14, 2008 06:28 am

    it is impossible to dislike theese photos.

  • Arjen November 23, 2008 06:05 am

    Impressive images! Thanks for sharing!

  • Terry November 19, 2008 07:29 am

    I love these shots. I've recently started to get into photography a lot more and found a love for long exposures.

    Here's one I took a few weeks back. The settings are underneath the pic. Hope you enjoy!


  • Mr Din November 18, 2008 03:26 am

    great selection of motion capture!!! I love them real and not photoshoped, just missing one spinning kid!!! :D ouch, reminds me how it hurts!! :D

  • KT November 15, 2008 10:45 pm

    Wow, there are so many talented photographers out there it is amazing.

  • Dave November 15, 2008 03:02 am

    A couple of the posts implied that using Photoshop to achieve the effect would be "cheating" and I guess I can understand that sentiment. But as better cheater than a photographer, I'd be interested in knowing what filter can be used in PS or Photoshop elements to achieve the same effect (I don't think the "blur filter" will create the sense of motion that I am looking for.

  • Darren November 14, 2008 08:16 pm

    Jon - I've emailed you. Very sorry about this - I'm a bit confused as to why we used your image when we originally posted this post a year back - but we'll get to the bottom of it.

  • srkalvala November 14, 2008 06:20 pm

    long exposure photography is really very interest,the photographs which are amazing to me.definitely i will try to shoot some of moving object.
    thanks for sending this article, to me it is a opportunity to think and try

  • jon November 14, 2008 11:02 am

    whoever this is didn't get permission from myself, that's for sure.

    thanks for the feature, but i'd appreciate if you would at least *ask* before using my photographs.


  • Dinuraj K November 14, 2008 08:30 am

    The pics are really amazing.. I never thought such beautiful landscape shots (the once with moving clouds) can be taken with long exposure. I need to try it

    I have a few shots which shows motion.


    Please let me know what do you think.


  • Dinuraj K November 14, 2008 08:28 am

    The pics are really amazing.. I never thought such beautiful landscape shots (the once with moving clouds) can be taken with long exposure. I need to try it

    I have a few shots which shows motion.

    Please let me know what do you think.


  • Justin Wright November 14, 2008 04:44 am

    Those shots are amazing. I love the blur effect especially when used at night. Seeing the trails of tail lights and headlights makes pictures look so cool.

  • Viet November 14, 2008 04:37 am

    Technically, a lot of these weren't "blurred". They were shot with long exposure time & either pan / tilt / zoom.

    Blur (or a lot of people mistook for background bokeh) has nothing to do with the above shooting techniques. Blur happens when you introduce camera / lens shakes.

  • Mackie Images November 14, 2008 03:48 am

    Really awesome shots. I'm particularly happy to see the shutter speeds listed...great bit of info to have.

    Another pretty waterfall picture - http://pa.photoshelter.com/img-show/I0000m6e7iykAlKs

  • Midnight November 14, 2008 03:40 am

    Wow, it's so hard to pick a favorite cause they all look really cool, good collection.

  • Alicia November 14, 2008 03:09 am

    @ The Floating frog - That's probably why I was able to get my one in the car.

    @ Pete - I really like the waterfalls shots, too. I checked out yours as well, they're great!

    @ Steven - That sucks about the restaurant using your images without permission. I hope you get it sorted out.

  • stephen November 14, 2008 02:48 am

    more story recycling?

  • Akshay November 14, 2008 02:06 am

    Photographs of Sarah Heinrichs is really captivating. Well my first choice would be first photo of Mr. Bones. It's creative enough.


  • ShaZ November 14, 2008 01:47 am

    i loooooooooooooooooooove Photo by Sara Heinrichs!!!!

    it's toooooooooooo pretty!!!

    when i have a dslr i will want to take pix like all of these!!!! yeah!!

  • Karen November 14, 2008 01:22 am

    Oh, I really enjoyed those even though I got a little motion sick. ;)

  • uberbabyboomer November 14, 2008 01:14 am

    WisDoc's is amazing - while other shots are more stunningly beautiful, technically, his capture of a running dog is incredible. First, he had to have a dog running flat out fast, then get the right camera angle, setting etc. so he gets my vote for the best.

  • Andrew November 14, 2008 12:19 am

    Wowee that tree is exquisite. Those images really inspire me.

  • The Floating frog November 14, 2008 12:17 am

    Achieving movement is pretty easy at night as you can capture the available light. The the day time it's slightly trickier as you can very easily overexpose the shot. A Neutral Density Filter is a great addition to any camera bag kit as you can achieve longer exposure times and still achieve a correct exposure. I'm yet to buy one but it's on my Amazon Wishlist ;)

  • Pete Langlois November 14, 2008 12:11 am

    These are all great examples but I really like waterfall shots.

    Here are some I captured this summer.



  • sebastiaen November 13, 2008 11:35 pm

    You could have added some shots with explo-zoom technique, otherwise it was complete and interesting! :)


  • Rocket9 November 13, 2008 11:28 pm

    Great pictures, seeing these and all the comments on the carnival ride, makes me think folks like my shot at this, available on: http://rocket9.net/page2.htm

    Halfway down the page is my panoramic picture of the MD State Fair, at night in the rain. Pano is available at 4900x600 pixels or 9800x1200. Besides the ride blur, plenty of moving people blur. All shot hand-held (though a tripod really woulda made it all easier).

  • Steven Erat November 13, 2008 11:10 pm

    Can you elaborate on how you obtained permission for usage of these photos from Flickr?

    Many of them, including those from Mr.Bones, Mace2000, WisDoc, and Sara Heinrichs, have the Flickr permission settings to "All Rights Reserved", which means that you may not republish the images without explicit permission from the copyright holder.

    Its commonly thought that images on Flickr, on anywhere on the web for that matter, are free for the taking for any purpose.

    I'm sensitive to this issue because my images have been stolen many times, so I always watermark them now. Three of my images, in fact, were used without my permission for a commercial restaurant, including their masthead image, and I'm currently preparing an invoice to send them based on research I've done on stock image sites like Getty.

  • Jamie Dolittle November 13, 2008 10:36 pm

    Wow dude you got to admit that is pretty cool stuff.


  • Alicia November 13, 2008 05:54 pm

    I actually managed to do one similar to the second one shown (the car) - totally by accident, naturally, haha.

  • Steve November 10, 2008 05:03 am

    Very nice collection and stunning work with the camera and colors....let alone the images in this fashion!

  • Nepal sites October 13, 2008 03:19 pm

    Fantastic ! especially the circus wheel seems incredible.

  • charlene. September 19, 2008 12:28 am

    It's probably been explained, I just haven't read all the comments.

    But the photos with slow shutter speeds aren't overexposed because of the aperture, also known as the fstop. There is a balance of both of them to get a stunning image.

  • Philippe Roy June 25, 2008 01:45 pm

    Really nice selection of images... but for me, personally it's Markal's shot that steals the show (Japan street setting / last photo). Very nice movement blur and something I haven't seen before... the other photos are all very nice, just that it's been done a re-done a million times over.

  • Stew June 5, 2008 12:55 am

    Great photos and an excellent selection to help get the creative juices flowing.


  • Mads Nørgaard March 12, 2008 01:48 am

    I don't think they are photoshoped as you can make those effect by using a slow shutter speed! I don't know how this image has been done though: https://digital-photography-school.com/blog/blur-movement/


  • Ross March 11, 2008 09:07 pm

    The one of the dog and the bottom one look suspiciously photoshoped. Maybe someone can set me straight.

  • Mads Nørgaard March 7, 2008 10:14 pm

    These pictures are great! when you say "composition of 3 images..." do you then mean that 3 images were put together to form one image?

    I have also done some work with slow shutter speeds and panning: www.madsnorgaard.net

  • Mads March 7, 2008 10:04 pm

    Those pictures are great, and at the moment I have a project with slow shutter speeds. I love the effect the water get when you use the slow shutter speeds! amazing...
    when you say composition of 3 images, do you then mean that 3 images were put together into one?

    Check out my slow shutter speed pictures:

  • De'Anna January 18, 2008 02:55 pm

    The mind's eye is a pretty amazing feature of the human spirit. These photos are all poetry the way the blur highlights each subject.

  • Steve January 12, 2008 07:22 am

    Great work with the images. Love the creativity.

  • richdiesal January 7, 2008 07:54 am

    Just remember, at the most basic level, everything in photography is a balance of just 3 factors:
    1) film speed (how quickly the film records the image from light - also affects detail level/saturation - fast film (ISO 1000) absorbs light more quickly than slow film (ISO 100))
    2) shutter speed (how long an opening between the subject and the film is made - smaller value = faster shutter = less light)
    3) aperture (the size of the opening between the subject and the film - smaller value = small hole between subject and film = higher f-stop = less light = greater focal range - imagine the camera is squinting)

    So if you wanted to have a slow shutter speed (more light), you could balance it out by using slower film (light affects it more slowly) and/or small aperture/high f-stop (less light).

    Similarly, when you want to have a very fast shutter speed to catch very quick action (less light), you have to balance it out using fast film (light affects it more quickly) and/or large aperture/low f-stop (more light).

    Give up your cheap point-and-shoot digital camera and get an SLR, digital or analog. And learn to interpret your light meter!

  • aqua108 December 3, 2007 10:21 pm

    hay.. i just want to say all of the 15 shot are amazing i have never tried enything like this before BUT.....i have 2 start because it is part of my next project (shutter speed and apature)it looked soooooo funnnn!!!! i have been inspired by your shot and hopefully u guys wont mind me using it for research..^________^thank u...............*_^

  • Editing Services November 14, 2007 03:26 pm

    I love these. Especially the Doll!

  • matt September 21, 2007 06:54 am

    I love those dogs :) Nice one

  • Jenny September 19, 2007 11:35 pm

    That's very cool

  • BoldTM September 9, 2007 05:42 pm

    Answering to Greg's and Dave's question:

    Those pictures aren't overexposed because accordingly to shutter increase, aperture value and/or sensitivity (ISO factor) of matrix (in digital cameras) or film (in analogue cameras) was decreased.

  • sturdy September 6, 2007 10:58 am

    Nice pictures!

  • Owner Insurance September 5, 2007 06:17 am

    The following shots are all of moving subjects where the photographer has made the choice to set their camera to capture the movement as blur rather than freezing it... Very interesting, thank you.

  • marco September 5, 2007 05:09 am

    I thought my pics were nice, capturing speed that way...

    THEN I've seen these you show in this post... And I changed my mind!

  • Brian September 3, 2007 12:38 am

    Could be panning but it doesnt look like it and if it is its a little blurry and badly controlled

  • Brian September 3, 2007 12:35 am

    Hi pyko, the shot by Amnemona was probably done in a car or any moving thing and a slow shutter speed the reason the do was not completely in focus is probably the wind blowing his hair but if it was a car with no windows open the dog would have been in perfect focus.......although the picture would be less dynamic.

    I think my fave of the lot is the Photo by thorinside its beautiful

  • pyko August 31, 2007 05:09 pm

    wow..those are amazing shots! especially the one by Amnemona - how would you get such a shot? i'm quite new to photography...but it seems like that one will need a slightly diff technique to the other photos??

    also, is it possible to 'set up' for shots like this using simple point and shoot cameras? the only settings i can find on my camera (Nikon Coolpix 4100) is exposure (ranging -2.0 ~ +2.0)...the only time I managed to get a moving shot was when i was on a merry-go-round, though that was a lucky shot!

  • Darren August 30, 2007 10:39 am

    thanks pinguy - I saw it last night too and emailed them to get them to remove it. Seems it worked.

  • Mace2000 August 30, 2007 09:08 am

    @pinguy: thanks for the hint. seems like the site is off now.

  • pinguy August 27, 2007 07:02 am

    Just to let you know that someone's stolen your post.

    It's been reprinted here: http://weirdworldstuff.blogspot.com/2007/08/stunning-images-using-blur-to-portray.html

  • ethanea* August 26, 2007 09:52 pm

    Really inspiring shots indeed... now let's try this by ourself =)

  • Ricardo August 26, 2007 09:27 am

    Wow that´s a great shot Shaun hod did you pull that off? How could you freeze the driver while all the lights outside the car were moving?

  • Shaun August 26, 2007 07:20 am

    check out this for a car shot


  • Dave August 26, 2007 01:43 am

    I'm with Greg (a newbie also). Mace2000 had a 43 sec exposure...why is that not totally over exposed?

  • Ricardo August 24, 2007 02:53 pm

    WOW what great pictures, it's the kind of pictures that really take me somewhere else, I really hope I can get shots like the ones here!

  • Mace2000 August 22, 2007 06:25 am

    Thanks for showing my pictures here! :-)

  • FX57 August 22, 2007 06:14 am

    Very nice photos and great ideas to try.

  • Biswa August 21, 2007 11:42 pm

    I loved the Dog's photo. Excellent Panning. I am an amateur but think thats the toughest technically among the all.
    Great shots, loved this post

  • Broderick August 21, 2007 11:20 pm

    Excellent shots, thanks MrBones for the explanation :)

  • Axel (MrBones) August 21, 2007 08:17 pm

    Thanks for showcasing my image (teddy bear) here! I was wondering where all the recent hits came from. Since Photoshop ate the EXIF data and some expressed interest in the technical process/settings I'll try to answer here.
    This was taken early evening in a fairly shaded area.
    27mm effective focal length
    0.5 sec exposure
    polarizing filter (reduces the light another stop or so; don't have an ND filter)
    Set up the camera on the opposite seat, focus, self timer and a good push of the merry-go-round. Off they go. Repeat till you get something you like. Just secure your camera in some way so it doesn't fly off of the seat.

  • Roohshad August 21, 2007 04:41 pm

    Hey Greg,

    Im quite a newbie too but this is what i do when i want to slow down the shutter in a bright environment, just increase the aperture.

    WisDoc and Ben McLeod's pictures are awesome!
    Ben for managing to hold his camera that still in a car and Wisdoc for moving his camera fast enough to get an *almost* sharp image.

    Kudos guys.

  • Darren August 21, 2007 11:59 am

    You're right Bec - but it's still 'slow' as relative to the speed of the movement in the shot - thus creating the feeling of movement via blur....

  • Bec August 21, 2007 10:12 am

    The top image looks more like a pan - not necessarily a shot with a very slow shutter speed?

  • Nadine August 21, 2007 09:35 am

    Great post! It's really inspiring to see such a wide range of photos showcasing a particular technique - I'm going to try for a wind-blown-clouds shot.

  • Darren August 21, 2007 07:28 am

    Greg - good question and one I'll cover in the next 'how to' tutorial on this very topic.

    But one of the things that some of them use is a filter called an ND (neutral density) filter which is like putting sunglasses on your camera (so less light gets in).

  • thatedeguy August 21, 2007 06:17 am

    I would have never thought to use the "slow" shutter speed to achieve some of the effects that they do. Now I've really got to get that darn tripod so I can test some of that out.

  • Carol August 21, 2007 04:49 am

    OK, I'm giving up photography right now - I'll never be able to do anything like that! Joking aside, what an absolutely stunning collection of photos.

  • Ramen Junkie August 21, 2007 03:55 am

    I've found a good easy and fun way to get motion shots is to stand in the middle of a moving merry go round and take someone/something's photo that is also on the merry go round. You get a goos still shot int he middle with a moving background. I suspect the first shot uses this method or something similar.

  • Greg August 21, 2007 03:28 am

    Okay, so this is probably a dumb question, but I'm a serious newby, so give me a break. When using slow shutter speeds during the day, how is that these photographs aren't extremely over-exposed? When you adjust the shutter speed to this amount, what else do you change to properly expose your photo?

  • AC August 21, 2007 03:22 am

    Some of the images are brilliant.
    My picks:

  • Ramón August 21, 2007 02:25 am

    Sara Heinrich's photo is excellent!

  • Marios Tziortzis August 21, 2007 12:59 am

    Those are really great!
    I really like the 'Mace2000' one!