Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement – Trekking Through the Thai Jungle

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.

Trekking Through the Thai Jungle by Seas Reflecting Starlight

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.

17 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement – Trekking Through the Thai Jungle

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Love the shot and the description. I did an elephant ride in Thailand and just loved it! Didn’t take any photos tho – good for you :-). Thanks for the pingback!

  2. Imelda says:

    Your shot is so unique. Thank you for the tips. And thank you too for the shoutout. :-)

  3. de Wets Wild says:

    Thank you again for sharing de wets wild with your friends here, we do appreciate it!

  4. Fergiemoto says:

    Cool shot!
    Thank you for the link back to my blog.

  5. Great shot! Love the colours and the movement!

  6. Heather says:

    Lovely photo! Like others have mentioned, I enjoy it’s uniqueness!! Thank you so much for your shout out, I am so glad that you also enjoyed what you saw! I look forward to seeing more of your work :)

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  8. artsygenius says:

    Beautiful pictures. I’ve been lucky to get a few shots where motion blur totally worked for me. Thanks for sharing.

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