Nice work on the Stopped Motion and/or Motion blur shots. Seems we have quite a lot of birders out there reading this blog since the majority of our entries were bird themed. No worries though, I’m hip with the birder crowd, I might even have the Audubon Bird Guide App on my iPhone and I just might even find myself snapping hummingbird pics out my living room window from time to time.
Here are my stand-out choices and remember there aren’t any winners or losers, I just pick a few and ramble on about why I like them etc. These four shots will be published in the April 14th. edition of The Kitsap Sun.
So your mission was to show me your best example of a photograph emphasizing Stopped Motion or Motion Blur. Yes, all photography is stopping motion and capturing that split second or longer on film, but I was looking for peak frozen in the air, water, sand etc. action. On the flip side I wanted to see a photograph emphasizing motion in which the subject photographed looked blurred or smeared along the direction of relative motion.
“Untitled” by Raelene Wolfe
There were a lot of hummingbird photos entered, which is to be expected because hummingbirds make great photos whether they are frozen in motion or captured as a blur as they zoom past. This photo of Raelene’s is just beautiful! The composition is perfect, the colors are stunning and the motion blur of the little bird’s wings is just enough to be noticed yet not so blurry that it distracts from the head of the bird which is sharp and in perfect focus.
“Searching For Lunch” by Jack C. Harpel
I think this is a fabulous example of a photograph emphasizing stopped motion. You’ve got the bird right in the middle of his dive, so much in the middle of the action that in my head I hear “Bloop” which to me is the cartoon-like noise that the birds make when they dive into water.
“Coho Spawning” by David Kimble
This is a beautiful picture of a salmon swimming up stream. The colors are gorgeous and I like how the fish fills the frame diagonally. As an example of stopped motion this photo is great because the fish is tack sharp in the middle of his journey but the viewer also gets a tiny bit of motion blur in the water which portrays the feeling of motion in a frame full of frozen action.
“Fish Ladder, Anchorage, Alaska” by Jake Dalzell
There is something so very relaxing about photos of rushing water utilizing motion blur. Granted this scene looks really really cold, which doesn’t seem all that relaxing, but it’s a great shot with wonderful composition and the color scheme of blues and whites really set the cold wintry scene.