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Motion Blur – How to

This is a recurring topic where I pick a photo from the Creative Commons library and feature it as Creative Commons of the Week.

Golden Zephyr

Photo by: Joe Penniston | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Great crisp photo of an object in motion.

As I talked about it in the comments of a previous post, you can achieve this sense of moving through space by following the subject’s motion with your camera while pressing the shutter button. It is called panning.

In this case the photographer shot it with a somewhat long exposure (1/20) and small aperture (f 25).
To do your own motion photos you will have to try different settings, depending on the time of day (light) and speed of the object but you can start by setting your camera for shutter priority (which is the “S” on your camera mode dialer) and set it to 1/30 or less. In the shutter priority mode your camera will “force” the aperture to give you enough light to make a well exposed picture. Sometimes this doesn’t work and you will have to try different settings. To do this switch the camera mode dial to manual (“M”) and try different apertures with the same slow shutter speed until you get the perfect exposure.

I find it helpful to experiment this technique in the side of a road where cars pass by. You will not have lack of moving subjects that way.

This is one of the first basic lessons I’ve learned that helped me understand how my camera works and how to take better photos with it.

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Using wide angle lens – Creative Commons of the Week

This is a recurring topic where I pick a photo from the Creative Commons library and feature it as Creative Commons of the Week.

Photo by: Evan Finn | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

I love the composition of this picture. The photographer took advantage of the huge distortion his wide angle lens would do to the photo and captured a perfect snapshot of a day at the festival.
The distortion gives it a “house of mirrors” effect and the Ferris wheel and food booths along with the girl’s smile makes me think of those childhood fun summer days.

The wide angle lens gives you the ability to take a photograph that visually includes more space than your eyes naturally do. For instance, if you close one eye and do a circle with your two hands and peek through them you will see the effect of a 50 mm lens in a regular film camera. A wide lens is usually a lens marked less than 35 mm. In the case of this picture, the photographer used a 10-24mm lens which is a very wide lens.
By giving you “more picture”, so to speak, it has to distort it around the edges so it all fits in a rectangle.

You can learn more about wide angle lens in Wikipedia.

Extreme wide angle lens are called fisheye lens and you can read more about it here but that’s a whole new can of worms.

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Greek Countryside – Creative Commons of the Week

This is a recurring topic where I pick a photo from the Creative Commons (CC) library and feature it as Creative Commons of the Week.

Summer sun [explored]

Photo by: Nikos Koutoulas | License: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Beautiful photo of summer taken in the Greek countryside. The contrasting sky, the dry yellow field and green mountains give this landscape picture the distinct sense of the Mediterranean summer time.
Notice the way the sky is lit, there are no major overexposed bits. This light is diffuse and the sun enhances the clouds. Very good post production work.

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Shallow Depth of Field – Creative Commons of the Week

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Photo by: autan | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Love the crispness of this picture but also the softness brought by the shallow depth of field. Lovely picture of a plum tree in bloom.

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Saint-Lazare in Paris – Creative Commons of the Week

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Photo by: Phil Hilfiker | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Love how this familiar place in Paris (Saint-Lazare) looks so different seen by someone else. I also love the blue monotone and the movement.

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Rain – Creative Commons of the Week

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Photo by: Gregory Bastien | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Love the shades of grey, the texture and the mood of this rainy day photo.

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Rabbit Running – Creative Commons of the Week

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Photo by: Fred Thomas | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Love the little rabbit running in the field, the monotone colors, the textures and the shallow depth of field.

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