Outside The Box- Motion-{Vancouver, WA Photographer}

As a photographer I spend most of my time trying to freeze motion. To capture just a sliver of a moment. So with this months “Outside the Box” blog circle theme being “motion”, I really had to dig deep. I’m not gonna  lie,  this one was really tricky for me! Be sure to check out San Diego Photographer, Alicia Jeanne Photography‘s take on our Motion theme this month!
There are so many ways to convey motion in an image even though the picture itself is a still. My children are in a perpetual state of motion so it was interesting to go back through some of the photos I took this summer and see if I could feel the movement. You can use implied motion with the location and background like this image of my daughter and her friend jumping into the pool. They are frozen, but you know they are going down into the water.

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In these pictures it’s not so much about the background or scenery, but more about the subject itself. You can see my daughter’s hair blowing and you know she is running. (Truth be told, she is ALWAYS running! LOL)

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Or in this case, my oldest is spinning around….

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There are also some much more technical ways of showing motion in an image. It involves long exposures, or leaving your shutter on your camera open longer to allow the subject to move WHILE the picture is being taken. I played around with this method for a few hours and it didn’t go quite as planned. LOL. if you Google “motion photography” you will find some fantastic examples of this technique. I’ll show you some not-so-fantastic examples from when i gave it a shot 😉

First we tried inside, which worked better in b&w because there were too many colors.

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Then we headed outside and they spun around on the swing

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And then we headed out for a bike ride!

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It was super fun trying out a technique I had never done before even if it didn’t give me exactly the results I wanted. I’ll just have to keep playing around with it! But, at least the clouds cooperated. 😉

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If you want to see more of our Outside the Box Blog themes, check out Water and New. And be sure to visit San Diego Photographer, Alicia Jeanne Photography to see her Motion blog and continue through the circle!

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  • August 26, 2015 - 5:45 pm

    Nicole Gulick - love these motion images brooke! all the blurred out ones are so fun and that dancing photo you are so right i can feel them grooving still. Gorgeous images!ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2015 - 5:55 pm

    Lauren Nygard - You did an awesome job with the theme, Brooke! I love the photos you captured of your daughter on her bike! So fun!ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2015 - 6:00 pm

    Kristy - Love that you tried a new technique out for this post. I think my favorite was the wedding. I felt like I was there dancing too!ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2015 - 11:16 pm

    Alicia Countryman - You did such a great job! I love the first one of the girls jumping in the pool and the ones of your daughter on her tricycle are fantastic. I think you captured motion very well. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 12:36 am

    Kristi James - I love all the variety of motion here! Those last couple are awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 29, 2015 - 12:23 am

    Motion » Kristi James Photography Blog - […] This post is from my circle of blogs that does a monthly theme. I cannot wait to see what everyone else comes up with for it. Last month nobody was able to post. Hoping we have a good turn out this month. So I would highly suggest following the circle, leaving some love on the blogs and enjoy the circle that has been put into motion. Visit Vancouver WA Photographer, Brooke Hazel of Dream Baby Photography! […]ReplyCancel

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