Still & Motion

This month’s Picture This! assignment was Still & Motion, the premise being that photography can capture what the naked eye can’t see—motion within a “still” image. Steady hands or a tripod, a slow shutter speed, and a sense of visual juxtaposition were key. It’s all about the physics that only a camera can reveal. Readers sent in a wide variety of images ranging from cityscapes to sports to a casual passing of a moving subject, all showing us an abstraction of our usual perception of time and space.

Editor’s Note: We are very pleased with the response to our online image submission, but I do have some suggestions that will aid us and help you in having images selected. Do not upload images with less than 2MB JPEG resolution. Limit submissions to two images per assignment. Be sure to provide technical information on the image. And please include copyright information that incorporates your name, not just your username.

Tunnel Warp
The sense of motion while traveling through space is clearly communicated in this POV shot by Michael De Mouy. The image was made with a Canon EOS 7D and a Tokina 11-16mm lens and an exposure of f/22 and 4 seconds at ISO 400.
© Michael De Mouy

J Street Bridge
Motion here was created by a combination of optics and shutter speed. Holly Krieger worked with a Canon EOS 60D and a 24-70mm zoom. Exposure was f/2.8 at 1 second, with the motion abetted by zooming the lens during exposure.
© Holly Krieger

Fast Hydroplane
Mark Sharley makes the point that you needn’t go very slow in shutter speed…as long as the subject itself is fast enough and you have the instincts to catch it in a quick panning shot. Exposure with a Nikon D3S and a Nikkor 200-400mm lens was f/10 at 1/100 sec.
© Mark Sharley

Waterfalls and streams were a popular subject, and Gavin Hardcastle’s idyllic scene caught our eye. He photographed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a Canon 16-35mm lens at f/8 and 13 seconds, using a Tiffen polarizing filter to help slow the shutter speed and harness tonality.
© Gavin Hardcastle

Round And Round
Carnival rides are a natural subject for this technique, and Theresa Litscher’s photo of this giant wheel catches the motion along with a pleasing, moody light. Exposure with a Canon EOS Rebel T4i was f/32 at 4 seconds.
© Theresa Litscher

Light Painting
Cary Quinn placed a stationary prism in a light box and used a small LED to create the “lightning” effect. Quinn photographed with a Canon EOS 10D and a 35-135mm lens and an exposure of 15 seconds at f/29 and -1.67 EV exposure compensation.
© Cary Quinn

Rainy Night In Venice
Moving figures are a ghostly presence in this colorful scene made near the Piazza San Marco. Alan Bogart worked with a Nikon D7000 and a 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens and an exposure of f/7.1 at 3 seconds.
© Alan Bogart

Arriving Train
Jeffrey Sarembock made this image at a DART train station in downtown Dallas with a Nikon D80 and an 18-70mm lens and an exposure of 1/3 sec at f/27.
© Jeffrey Sarembock

Model Train
Richard Rubenstein made this image in the 10,000-square-foot model railway building located in the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale, Arizona. He photographed from 20 feet away with his Nikon D700 and Nikkor 28-300mm lens (at 300mm) and panned at 1/50 sec and f/6.3 with his camera set at ISO 2500.
© Richard Rubenstein

Folk Dancers
Michael Gulley created this evocative image of a folk dance group in Ensenada, Mexico. He photographed with a Canon EOS 20D and a 100mm lens with an exposure of f/2.8 at 1/50 sec, hand held. He then added to the texture by processing the image in Photoshop and Topaz Labs’ Boost.
© Michael Gulley

Dan Kaplan made this night shot of traffic around San Francisco’s Embarcadero. Exposure with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and an EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens at ISO 400 was f/22 at 5 seconds with post-processing in Photoshop CS6.
© Dan Kaplan

Photographer Alice Cahill wrote: “This Burrowing Owl was standing quite still when he began to turn his head back and forth. I like how the eye is still clear even though the head itself is blurred.” To us it looks like a magical owl with one large eye. The image was made with a Canon EOS 7D and an EF 500mm f/4L IS USM lens with a 1.4x tele-extender. Exposure at ISO 500 was f/11 at 1/125 sec.
© Alice Cahill

Mountain Bike Racer
Gerald Swede perfected the art of panning, giving a 3D feel to this crisp image of a bike racer against a blurred background. Exposure with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 16-85mm VR zoom lens at ISO 1600 was f/4.8 at 1/350 sec while panning.
© Gerald Swede

No Time To Sit
William Carson made this photo in the Meatpacking District of New York City. He arranged the yellow chairs and then waited for some pedestrians with colorful clothes to come by to create contrast with the blue wall. The photo was made with a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 10-24mm lens and an exposure of f/16 at 1/6 sec.
© William Carson

Fire In Hand
Dale Crawford made this image in the Marrakech Bazaar in 1974 with a Pentax Spotmatic on Kodachrome 25 film. The slide was scanned using SilverFast software, then processed with Photoshop and Nik software to enhance contrast and sharpen.
© Dale Crawford

Picture This! – Our Next Assignment
Super Deep Depth Of Field

Using a wide-angle lens at a narrow aperture, with the camera leaned in toward the close foreground, can produce startlingly deep depth of field, such as in this photo of a fence at a horse farm in Tennessee. So get out that wide angle and upload your special SDDOF shots for all to see. Photo was made with a Sony alpha 7 camera and a 28-70mm lens and an exposure of f/18 at 1/60 sec.

This photo was made while coming off the monorail in Las Vegas and was shot with a Canon PowerShot G11 in Manual exposure mode at an exposure of f/2.8 at 1/15 sec. A spot metering pattern was used on the static of the video screens with AE Lock to hold exposure when reframed.
© George Schaub

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Deadline For Submission: May 15, 2014
Images will appear in our August 2014 issue

Our Next Topic: Rich And Color-Full
Deadline For Submission: June 15, 2014
Publication Date: September 2014 issue

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