Motion blur is the challenge from the Clickin’ Moms circle this month.
I had great intentions to set up my tripod and capture the boys riding their bikes by in a blur and Aidan shooting basketballs that became a blur…but life happens, and none of those plans happened.
Still, I appreciate how the challenge forces me to break out my photographic comfort zone and experiment a bit.
Sean volunteered for the first experiment. He’s just started playing the violin. I wanted to capture his face in focus but his arm in a blur of movement. His teacher would be scandalized by this form here, but he was fiddling away!
I’ve wanted to shoot with this van as a backdrop for ages. This past Saturday, on our way home from Aidan’s KZMU gig, I finally stopped. Aidan was kind enough to jump in front of it for some cool blur.
Most of the time I prefer a higher shutter speed with a wider aperature, in hopes of avoiding blur. But intentional motion blur can capture a sense of movement and play---as in the above shot from a few summers ago, and the shot below, of the boys laughing to a Snoopy holiday special.
One more---my favorite motion blur subject: sparklers!