Tag Archives: motion blur

Water

Yet another experiment with (kind of) long exposure. 1/8 of a second, 90mm, f/38. Long exposures with moving water are always fun, but sometimes tricky to master. If you leave the shutter open for too long, still waters will become a giant smooth mirror throwing awesome reflections around, whilst moving waters with get all cloudy and misty, providing a fairy-tale like effect.

On the oposite extreme of the speed roulette, a very short exposure (1/2000 secs.) will freeze single droplets of water in the air, which can also be a really nice effect.

Somewhere in the middle, with the right spot depending on how fast the water is moving, there is a sweet spot where some parts are all misty but where the quieter part are not yet smoothed out. This was the spot I was aiming to get with this particular picture. Of course, anything that takes longer time than one can hold perfectly still will require the use of a tripod.

Waterfall fountain in Orchard Road, central Singapore.

Flamingos by night

Picture taken in Singapore Zoo’s Night Safari. Even shooting at high ISO (3200), the 80mm focal length and 5.6 aperture forced a long exposure (1.5 seconds), which resulted in the motion blur due to the train (and birds!) movement. Even if the picture looks funny and a bit surrealistic, there is barely no post-processing here (apart from some cropping and the necessary noise reduction in order to fix the high ISO artifacts).

Hope you enjoy it!

Flamingos by nightPicture taken in Singapore Zoo's Night Safari. Long exposure, motion blur due to train.Flamingos by night