I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers. This week’s challenge is: Movement! – my entries for other weeks can be found here.
Taking photos while riding an elephant through the jungles of Thailand can be an interesting challenge – and just the type of situation that can create unique photographs with good timing. Motion blur can be a beautiful element in photography. Since the elephant trainers keep the pace of the elephants, they are relatively in-focus compared to the foliage in the background. The key comes down to getting a feel for the rhythm of the elephant’s stride. Each part of the stride will have varying speeds, moving quite fast at some points, and slowing to nearly a stop at others. By experimenting with different timings and/or shutter speeds, can create unique effects . For more variation, or if your subject is moving at a different pace than you are, try leaning your body while snapping the picture. Similar techniques can create motion blur in other situations with rhythmic motion, such as while on a boat, or while riding horses and other animals.
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A few shout-outs to some other entries that I liked:
- creativityaroused captures a series of photos of a robin taking a bath.
- mywordwall shares some photos of Canadian Geese, and a tender moment between her two sons.
- heathertyson shares a little moth landing on a flower, and long exposures of the lights of passing cars.
- sillarit catches a large school of fish in perfect formation.
- travelsandtrifles takes us on safari to Botswana to see the beauty of wild Impala.
- christinapictures takes us to the Scanian countryside to see some domestic geese.
- dewetswild shows us a trotting African Wild Dog in Kruger National Park.
- kgphotostudios comes nose-to-nose with some bottlenose dolphins.