I must confess with this theme I have been a bit stumped. My photography tends toward what I call “Real Life Still Life,” the key word here being still. Shutter speed is usually just a tool to help me get the right exposure; I don’t use it as a creative setting very often. And yet, here I am, musing about motion and movement.
With all of this thinking on motion and looking at my own photos, I realized that in the course of choosing a shutter speed, of deciding to freeze or blur the action I see in the viewfinder, I often forget that I can intentionally move the camera too. Moving the camera during a long exposure can be like painting in an abstract way. You no longer control exactly what you get, but you create a new way of seeing a still scene. And seeing something in a new way - isn’t that what photography is all about?
Thank you to melodicshot for the beautiful image below, which reminded me to think outside the box on motion and movement. And, if you have never intentionally let your camera be the source of movement in a photo, it’s worth a try.
Souls by melodicshot