Mini-challenge #152: Illustrated Motion

Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grinsRegistered Users Posts: 346 Major grins
edited October 16, 2012 in The Dgrin Challenges
Mini-challenge #152: Illustrated Motion

Thank you Syncopation for hosting the previous challenge "Environmental Portrait" http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=226966

Perhaps slightly narrower in scope than many Mini’s, I am looking for photos which illustrate something (or the camera itself) in motion and the image must show motion to some degree through, for example, motion blur on the object or background if panned, or overlaid multiple exposures / strobe, long exposure, second curtain flash or other creative techniques.

A really fast shutter speed totally freezing an objects motion and background is not what I’m looking for. A degree of abstract is allowed – especially on the more interesting fun “accidental” shots! Motion artificially “created” in Photoshop is also allowed but it would have to be very good as I am biased toward camera technique. Motion created in Photoshop should be declared and it would be nice to see a one line description of “how” on any of the more technical shots.

Due to its possibly narrower scope and potentially fewer entries, the contest will be a relatively quick turnaround closing at Midnight Monday October 15th UK time.

Here are couple of examples of mine showing different styles (notably missing a panning shot, but only being lazy):

Let me off! - Dustbin used as a tripod - 0.5s @ f/16.
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Railway Station - Camera in motion 2s @ f/29
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Liquid Motion - Using the flash in strobe mode 10Hz, 1/128th power 0.5 sec exposure.
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Couldn't resist one more ...
Black Lab - 1/500th @ f/5.6 - got wet!
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  • WhatSheSawWhatSheSaw Major grins Registered Users Posts: 2,221 Major grins
    edited October 5, 2012
    Fun challenge!

    #1 - Cat Fight (long exposure)
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    #2 Black-eyed Susans (camera motion)
    P1450415Adjust-L.jpg

    #3 Enthusiasm
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  • SyncopationSyncopation Gringo Registered Users Posts: 341 Major grins
    edited October 5, 2012
    Freewheelin'
    DSCF2816-L.jpg

    Hold On
    CA10061207471879-L.jpg
    Syncopation

    The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking. - Brook Atkinson- 1951
  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESRegistered Users Posts: 7,990 Major grins
    edited October 5, 2012
    hummmmm
    Jeff W

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  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Registered Users Posts: 3,116 Major grins
    edited October 5, 2012
    1) Welder

    211668882_qidZ4-X2.jpg

    2) Water

    IMG9296-stella-drinking-X2.jpg

    3) Fire

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    dave.

    Basking in the shadows of yesterday's triumphs'.
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Registered Users Posts: 1,722 Major grins
    edited October 6, 2012
    This is going to be hard because I discard most pictures that are blurred because of motion - I have in the past regarded them as just out of focus. There is one that I took some years ago where I swung the camera to follow a horse that was running in front of me. It wasn't what I intended to do but the rider is in focus and everything else is blurred which I think is what you want. But I don't know if I can find it now and it isn't digitized yet.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited October 6, 2012
    getting dizzy
    DSC_0534.jpg
    Just a zoom in joby caching the moment...
    Nikon D80 28-135mm
    No filters and no Photoshop.
    A L X C A R

    www.alxcar.co.uk
  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited October 6, 2012
    Sipiiiining!
    DSC_1026.jpg
    Anoter zoom in joby caching the moment...
    Nikon D80 28-135mm
    A L X C A R

    www.alxcar.co.uk
  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited October 6, 2012
    Snail slow motion
    SNAIL SLOW MOTION by Billy.jpg
    This pic was done on a 3 seconds long exposure shot with two sources of light. One, continuous light from the back, and the other one, 1/50 of a second flash for the front.
    At the same time panning with the camera to the Left to create the illusion of movement.

    "A long exposure with two light sources (flash and continuous) and panning techniques."
    or some thing like that. ;)
    A L X C A R

    www.alxcar.co.uk
  • TravelnLassTravelnLass Novice Chuckler Registered Users Posts: 87 Big grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    Definitely still learning the ropes around here (i.e. how to add a pic, etc.), but thought I'd toss my hat into this mini-challenge ring. Goodness, but it made me dig deeep into my f.i.l.m. archives:

    1) Experiment in Dangling String and Filters
    100712illustrated-motion-L.jpg


    2) Slo-Mo Zipper
    100712illustrated-motion-L.jpg


    3) Silver Threads
    100712illustrated-motion-L.jpg


    Hope I did this right. C&C's most welcome!

    Thanks Alan, for a most interesting theme. Your sample images are great - especially the "Liquid Motion"! ;)
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  • kentwallerkentwaller No "Try". Do. or Do Not. Registered Users Posts: 158 Major grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    1. when the cows come home
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    2. autobahn at night
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    3. blue bridge at night with train and car
    IMG1301-L.jpg
  • TravelnLassTravelnLass Novice Chuckler Registered Users Posts: 87 Big grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    WhatSheSaw wrote: »
    Fun challenge!

    #2 Black-eyed Susans (camera motion)

    (dang! As instructed, I've now tried to reduce that image down to 200x200 every-which-way-from-Sunday, but I'll be darned if I can get it to work) :help

    In any case, just want to say...

    Love it WSS! How'd you do it? I've been so busy these past several years with travel pics, I forgot how much fun it is to experiment with slo-mo zooms 'n such.
    "I am not the same, having seen the moon rise on the other side of the world."
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  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Registered Users Posts: 346 Major grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    Definitely still learning the ropes around here (i.e. how to add a pic, etc.), but thought I'd toss my hat into this mini-challenge ring. Goodness, but it made me dig deeep into my f.i.l.m. archives:

    1) Experiment in Dangling String and Filters
    As judge I'm resisting commenting on any of everyones wonderful shots until the end, but it would be nice if you could give a little more detail on the string shot - it feels quite a "technical" shot. You said it was shot on film? I'm guessing you are shooting upwards into a light of some sort dangling and swinnging on a string? Was it multiple exposures? Presumably filters to add different colours? I would love to know a little more and I'm sure I'm not the only one curious about it!

    Thanks if you can,
    Alan.
  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    autobahn at night
    I like this one very much. A bit noisy but a good effort :)
    A L X C A R

    www.alxcar.co.uk
  • TravelnLassTravelnLass Novice Chuckler Registered Users Posts: 87 Big grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    Alans Grin wrote: »
    ...it would be nice if you could give a little more detail on the string shot - it feels quite a "technical" shot. You said it was shot on film? I'm guessing you are shooting upwards into a light of some sort dangling and swinnging on a string? Was it multiple exposures? Presumably filters to add different colours? I would love to know a little more and I'm sure I'm not the only one curious about it!

    Thanks if you can,
    Alan.

    Yup Alan, you're onto my tricks ;) The truth is, I created that image quite a good while ago and I only hazily remember just how I did it.

    As I recall, yes, I had my film camera (a beloved Pentax LX, I believe) on the floor facing straight up in a completely darkened room. Hung a penlight from the ceiling above it, and then swung it to 'n fro while adding filters to the lens for the color. The shutter was set on "bulb" of course w/ a locking cable release. No, no multiple exposures - though that would have no doubt added a whole new level of interesting possibilities to the experiment. Indeed, as it was, I spent hours 'n hours fiddling with the height of the light, the swing of it, et al. It was great fun experimenting.

    Oh, and remember - I didn't have the pleasure of "instant" feedback that we now have with digital. I had to wait to get the slides developed to see if/how each shot turned out!

    P.S. As long as I have your undivided attention, Alan... :D Could you please explain just how we reduce a full-size entry to a thumbnail/200x200 in a reply? I tried everything when I commented on WhatSheSaw's lovely "Black-eyed Susans". It seems that in a reply, you can click on the image and drag the corner to make it as small as you like, but... when I previewed it, the image bounced back to full size. :cry I also tried changing the url of the photo to end w/ 200x200 instead of "-L" or whatever, but that didn't work either. It just would be nice to see a wee visual of the image we're talking about in our replies.
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  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Polysemaniac! Worcester, MA, USARegistered Users Posts: 5,551 Major grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    1) Renee Marie
    392553195_HFT6e-L-1.jpg

    2) Saturn model
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    3) Water from a faucet
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    Literally 'illustrated'! thumb.gif

    :D

    Don
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  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Registered Users Posts: 346 Major grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    Yup Alan, you're onto my tricks ;) The truth is, I created that image quite a good while ago and I only hazily remember just how I did it.

    TravelnLass

    Good description and sounds like great fun. Thanks.
    Could you please explain just how we reduce a full-size entry to a thumbnail/200x200 in a reply?
    I'm no expert, but I've found when the image is a reference to a URL to a photo on a SmugMug account (which is the case for WhatSheSaw) it is usually straight forward to copy the URL and change the size request in the URL string. Often just swapping "L"s for "S"s, or "L" for "Th". I think you were on the right track.

    On the Black Eye Susans this seems to work for small ...
    http://www.seewhatshesaw.com/Competitions/DSS-85-Orton-Effect/i-H3vmQsk/0/S/P1450415Adjust-S.jpg

    and for a thumb ...

    http://www.seewhatshesaw.com/Competitions/DSS-85-Orton-Effect/i-H3vmQsk/0/Th/P1450415Adjust-Th.jpg


    In other scenarios I've just found it easier to do a screen capture, reduction in photoshop and attach to your message - a bit naughty perhaps, but it gets you there.

    Hope this helps.

    Alan
  • TravelnLassTravelnLass Novice Chuckler Registered Users Posts: 87 Big grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    Alans Grin wrote: »
    TravelnLass

    I'm no expert, but I've found when the image is a reference to a URL to a photo on a SmugMug account (which is the case for WhatSheSaw) it is usually straight forward to copy the URL and change the size request in the URL string. Often just swapping "L"s for "S"s, or "L" for "Th". I think you were on the right track.

    On the Black Eye Susans this seems to work for small ...
    http://www.seewhatshesaw.com/Competitions/DSS-85-Orton-Effect/i-H3vmQsk/0/S/P1450415Adjust-S.jpg

    and for a thumb ...

    http://www.seewhatshesaw.com/Competitions/DSS-85-Orton-Effect/i-H3vmQsk/0/Th/P1450415Adjust-Th.jpg


    In other scenarios I've just found it easier to do a screen capture, reduction in photoshop and attach to your message - a bit naughty perhaps, but it gets you there.

    Hope this helps.

    Alan


    Thanks Alan. Though I still couldn't get the revised url (i.e. -Th or -S) to work WITHIN the reply (i.e. like you, it just shows up as a link, not a small pic itself), but...

    You're right, simply doing a print-screen, reducing it, then saving it and attaching it works fine. Doesn't take more than a minute:
    "I am not the same, having seen the moon rise on the other side of the world."
    TravelnLass.com
  • TravelnLassTravelnLass Novice Chuckler Registered Users Posts: 87 Big grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    jwear wrote: »
    hummmmm

    Love it! Such an ethereal quality - the soft colors and the softness of the blurred wings.
    "I am not the same, having seen the moon rise on the other side of the world."
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  • TravelnLassTravelnLass Novice Chuckler Registered Users Posts: 87 Big grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    ALXCAR wrote: »
    SNAIL SLOW MOTION by Billy.jpg
    This pic was done on a 3 seconds long exposure shot with two sources of light. One, continuous light from the back, and the other one, 1/50 of a second flash for the front.
    At the same time panning with the camera to the Left to create the illusion of movement.

    "A long exposure with two light sources (flash and continuous) and panning techniques."
    or some thing like that. ;)

    Tricky. But oh so nicely done! I especially like the reflection in the black glossy base.
     
    "I am not the same, having seen the moon rise on the other side of the world."
    TravelnLass.com
  • kentwallerkentwaller No "Try". Do. or Do Not. Registered Users Posts: 158 Major grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    ALXCAR wrote: »
    autobahn at night
    I like this one very much. A bit noisy but a good effort :)


    thanks - you acvtually reminded me that i have been meaning to replace that one with a better edit. should look better now - still a bit noisy, but i think this is about the best i can do with it :)
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Registered Users Posts: 346 Major grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    Thanks Alan. Though I still couldn't get the revised url (i.e. -Th or -S) to work WITHIN the reply (i.e. like you, it just shows up as a link, not a small pic itself), but...

    You're right, simply doing a print-screen, reducing it, then saving it and attaching it works fine. Doesn't take more than a minute:

    Strange, seems to work for me ...

    P1450415Adjust-Th.jpg

    Are you sure you are not just simply pasting the text of URL into the message instead of inserting it by pressing the Little "Yellow Mountain" picture icon on the tool strip? Just asking.

    Alan

    PS - Appologies to WSS if you didn't quite expect this level of exposure!
  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Polysemaniac! Worcester, MA, USARegistered Users Posts: 5,551 Major grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    Alan

    PS - Appologies to WSS if you didn't quite expect this level of exposure!
    There is another poster here that now feels burried! :D

    Don
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  • billseyebillseye Major grins Registered Users Posts: 847 Major grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    Peacock Departure
    20120114Leo-Carillo-Park018-36-L.jpg

    Absolut Motion
    110910Photoshop-World-Picks006-L.jpg

    Music and Motion
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    Bill Banning

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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Registered Users Posts: 1,722 Major grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    I really like the snail. These aren't as good, but they are maybe a little different

    4992.jpg

    Dancing on a bottle in Santo Domingo - 2006

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    Drop Trakehner jump (Trakehner is the name for a hanging log jump as well as a kind of horse) . I absolutely can't find the photo I took where I swung the camera to keep track of the horse which would be much better than this one which was taken with a point and shoot camera - film and digitized. I think this was taken a Ship's Quarters which was an Advanced level combined training course and a selection trial for the Olympics back in the early 80s.

    IMG_2688.JPG

    Most of my movement shots where the movement has not been stopped by the shutter speed are taken in aquariums. This was in Sydney this past summer.
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  • TravelnLassTravelnLass Novice Chuckler Registered Users Posts: 87 Big grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    Alans Grin wrote: »
    Strange, seems to work for me ...

    Are you sure you are not just simply pasting the text of URL into the message instead of inserting it by pressing the Little "Yellow Mountain" picture icon on the tool strip? Just asking.

    O.k. let's try this again using one of YOUR pics Alan

    Pasting url via bitty yellow mountain pop-up box (and then tweaking it to read "...-S.jpg" instead of "...-L.jpg"):

    Nope - after I click "OK" in the wee insert image box - the pic reverts to it's original size.

    IMG0258-S.jpg

    Dunno what you're doing that I'm not, but I can't seem to get it to work for me.

    Even more curious - if I click on the big pic in the reply, it gets wee handles and I can drag to resize it as small as I like. BUT - when I preview or post it - it goes right back to the big original size. Grrrrrr!
    "I am not the same, having seen the moon rise on the other side of the world."
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  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Registered Users Posts: 346 Major grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    O.k. let's try this again using one of YOUR pics Alan

    Pasting url via bitty yellow mountain pop-up box (and then tweaking it to read "...-S.jpg" instead of "...-L.jpg"):

    Dunno what you're doing that I'm not, but I can't seem to get it to work for me.

    Even more curious - if I click on the big pic in the reply, it gets wee handles and I can drag to resize it as small as I like. BUT - when I preview or post it - it goes right back to the big original size. Grrrrrr!

    Are you sure you are changing both occurances of "L"? There are two...

    ....alanandkate.smugmug.com/Miscellaneous/Power-and-Motion/i-hsMzgrw/4/S/IMG0258-S.jpg
    If not then try editing your previous post, delete the picture and re-insert it with the change. If you are then I am at a loss too!!

    Alan.
  • lkbartlkbart Wandering in left field~ Derby, KansasRegistered Users Posts: 1,687 Major grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    I agree that most of the shots I get with much motion in them I deem to be throw-aways (I throw away a ton of shots), but here is one panning attempt, one lucky catch from the wings as the curtain closed and another dance shot that I just found out is being used for the Kansas Dance Festival poster!

    1. Look Ma - No Legs!
    IMG2004-M.jpg
    2. Plum Spinning Tutu
    IMG4618-M.jpg
    3. Moments
    IMG0431-M.jpg
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  • SciurusNigerSciurusNiger Runs with squirrels.... Registered Users Posts: 256 Major grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    1) Big bird bath.
    CROPPED-DSC00103-L.jpg


    2) "I love you, man!"
    Boys-06-15-12-Img0647-L.jpg


    3) In the middle of the grand finale.
    DSC0303-CROPPED-L.jpg


    PJ.
    Garnered Images Photography

    "Where beauty moves and wit delights and signs of kindness bind me; there, oh there, whe'er I go I leave my heart behind me." (Thomas Ford, 1607)
  • Wil DavisWil Davis Thaumaturgist… Registered Users Posts: 1,692 Major grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    Dance & Mahler & Rock and Roll
    (1) Dance:
    767983981_hAee7-XL-3.jpg
    (2)Mahler Symphony #1:
    535933449_tyAPb-XL-5.jpg
    (3) Joey Sullivan:
    846406378_88kuf-XL.jpg
    "…………………" - Marcel Marceau
  • TravelnLassTravelnLass Novice Chuckler Registered Users Posts: 87 Big grins
    edited October 7, 2012
    Alans Grin wrote: »
    Are you sure you are changing both occurances of "L"? There are two...

    ....alanandkate.smugmug.com/Miscellaneous/Power-and-Motion/i-hsMzgrw/4/S/IMG0258-S.jpg
    If not then try editing your previous post, delete the picture and re-insert it with the change. If you are then I am at a loss too!!

    Alan.

    Arghhhh! Well Du-UHH!

    IMG0258-Th.jpg

    IMG0258-S.jpg

    Thanks so much Alan, for your patient hand-holding. Now we can all get back to gawking at these many great motion images. Sorry to ALL for the disruption.
    "I am not the same, having seen the moon rise on the other side of the world."
    TravelnLass.com
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