Lens-Artists Challenge – Motion

Movement and photography. Since the early days, they seem to not be the best of friends. Motion of any sort is hard to capture in a photo, either you freeze the moment, or you get that blurred effect. I’ve always been fascinated by old photographs, we have my granddads album with photos of when he was a young man, in the 1920’s. I love the fact that people would have to stay still for a considerable amount of time or risk ruin the pose. There was always someone that moved.

Fast forward in time to modern cameras where if you don’t get what you want, you can try again immediately. There would have been no other way for me to learn how to capture that elusive motion and that it requires to swap aperture for shutter priority.


Night-time photography and moving objects. I did enjoy taking this photo in Paris. It was twice as hard without a tripod, and it took quite a few attempts.


In the two following examples, we can see the difference shutter speed can have on capturing motion. The longer the shutter is open, the more continuous the movement will appear. A shorter time and the motion is frozen. The one on the left had a shutter speed of 1/8 sec, the one on the right 1/500.


Water is a great source of motion photos, especially that foam, soft effect. I’ve obviously wanted to achieve that since I started taking photos. I still can’t resist a small waterfall or creek, they always look so beautiful.


It’s easy to also find motion on a smaller scale but it might be slightly harder to get. I always complain about the wind getting in the way of my macros but sometimes it works a bit of magic. There’s some magical too in photographing busy bees, flying about. I have a few lucky shots, but this is my favourite.


What about continuous movement that only a robot can provide? This art installation/robot is at the Victoria & Albert in Dundee. It’s called Soap Opera, by Andrea Anner and Thibault Brevet. They were inspired by how bubbles have been a symbol of human creativity and the frailty of life. This robot, initially design for industrial purposes is now creating beautiful, playful bubbles.


To finish, a photo that I love. I took this in Nikko, Japan, during the Autumn Festival at the Toshogu Shrine. I enjoy a procession and the challenges it can bring. The photo freezes the motion of this man while still alluding to it.


This week Patti invites us to have fun with motion. Her post is both full of beautiful photos and brilliant techniques and tips. Please have a look and join us if you can. Remember to your post with the Lens-Artists tag and to link back to Patti’s post.

Last week was great to see what makes us all tick with Anne’s “groove” challenge and more fun’s to be had next week with Amy’s turn. Until then, take care.

Posted for Patti’s Lens-Artists Challenge

32 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge – Motion

  1. Hi, Sofia. What a wonderful post! I love your explanations, your photos, your experiments with motion. That image of the monk is truly creative and special, as well as the gentle movement of the flowers and bee. And how perfect is that bubble machine! I love it!

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  2. Your closing image was a treat, truly from the eye of a creative photographer. I love that you seem to have mastered the softness of the waterfalls, and captured the stillness of the bee, but I can’t sign off without loving the dandelion. Wind kisses at their best. Donna

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  3. Love the variety. The motion photos at the water fountain are especially captivating. The splashing water and the sculpture that somehow looks as if it was also in motion, and turning it into black and white works so well!

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  4. You always have treats for us – in text as in images. This post is no exception. Love your thoughtful writing and exquisite choises. I too find the last one a favourite. Its soft movement and colours.

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