Just keep moving

52/366 This is a little trick that I picked up a couple of years ago that I occasionally apply to my digital photography. Instead of trying your best to stay still and freeze a moment in time, why not inject some movement into your images by moving your camera while taking the photo. This works particularly well if there are a lot of lines in the scene that are leading in more or less the same direction. I particularly like applying this technique in the forest – tree trunks make perfect subjects! The resulting images can be very unique, though it is important to get the amount of movement just right. A slow shutter speed of around 1/4 to 1/2 of a second tends to work well in my opinion. In this case I only gave myself one shot to get it right (I had other plans for the other 35 photos) and I am quite pleased with the result. The second photo shows how the scene appeared when photographed in the ‘normal’ way.

Leica M6 with Summilux 50 Asph on Ilford FP4

4 thoughts on “Just keep moving

    1. Thanks Samuel, I wish you all the best with your efforts!
      I’d definitely recommend trying it out with a digital camera, so that you can see the results immediately. Then just experiment with shutter speeds and the speed at which you move the camera. Sometimes slower can look better, other times faster. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks chw! With a digital camera it’s definitely more practical, one can see the results immediately and keep taking photos until the desired result is achieved. Colour can definitely add an extra dimension to the images and I particularly like working with Autumn foliage and cranking up the saturation – the results can be spectacular!


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