Day 164: Time And Motion

by Ivan Steenkamp August. 19, 2017 1191 views

13-06-17

Waiting in a car can be very boring! I have had many hours of experience regarding this fact, as I am sure you have too. In most situations where I have to wait in a car for an extended period of time, I would read a book and the time would vanish (book readers can verify this!) . However, on this afternoon I was not prepared for the wait.

Luckily I had the incentive to bring my camera with me on this clouded day. My steadfast camera came out the bag and I took dozens of photographs during the cars stationary position.

I discovered that being really close to the side of the road is not the ideal position for photographing cars, as they move too fast when passing, even if a panning motion is used. None of the photos turned sharp enough to keep. Instead of trying the same technique over again and ending up with no decent photos, I tried something different.

I kept the camera still!

This truck shot is probably my favourite of all! The light trails and colour of the vehicle worked really well in the photo...

This truck shot is probably my favourite of all! The light trails and colour of the vehicle worked really well in the photo...

This turned out to be a very rewarding decision! I was very surprised to find that these cars could be transformed into ghost-like floating blurs.

The average shutter-speed that achieved this effect was 1/5th sec.

The weather was actually a big component of the photographs, and added to the atmosphere (pun intended!) of the photos.

The trucks were the best subjects as they had more area to blur in the landscape. This is my favourite shot!

The trucks were the best subjects as they had more area to blur in the landscape. This is my favourite shot!

After my SD card was filled a bit and the time had arrived to leave, I had had an enjoyable wait and discovered a new technique. Not a bad way to pass the time!

"Abstract" is also a direction that could be pursued using this technique.

"Abstract" is also a direction that could be pursued using this technique.

Editing: Photoshop, Camera Raw, Color Efex Pro, Viveza.

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Tawnya Boe 3 years, 5 months ago

#2 is my favorite. The angles are most interesting. Very cool to read what you learn. Thanks for sharing. smile

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 3 years, 5 months ago

Very inventive use of your long wait!
My first name is Ivan too!
Hope to see more of your images!
Thanks for "liking" my "picture of a picture taker"!
Cheers!

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 3 years, 5 months ago

Time well spent. Great idea Ivan

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
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