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Weekly Photo Challenge -On the Move

“I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward.”

Fridtjof Nansen

FIREFIGHTERS
FIREFIGHTERS ON THE MOVE

This week Cheri’s Photo Challenge asks us to illustrate movement. I enjoy the challenge of depicting motion using technology that is basically designed to capture a still moment (or at least it was before video became so prevalent). The shot above captures the intensity of the firefighters rushing INTO the fire I was driving away from. I was amazed at their courage and dedication as they hurtled forward toward the danger.

Doubling the challenge, I’m also responding to Ailsa’s Travel Theme “Rivers”. The shot below, of a ghostly ship passing through my composition of the Hong Kong skyline at night, was captured on its lovely Pearl River.

GHOST SHIP, HONG KONG
GHOSTLY SHIP, HONG KONG

“Progress and motion are not synonymous.”

Tim Fargo

Below, in the same skyline, the movement is seen in the clouds above the city.  During the long exposure needed to accommodate the darkness, the clouds were moving quite quickly. I always find it amazing that clouds pass so visibly in a photograph, since the naked eye sees them as a bit more static.

EVENING ON THE PEARL
EVENING ON THE PEARL

“We see in order to move; we move in order to see.”

William Gibson

Motion can also be depicted in the abstract, shown below in a shot I made by moving the camera very slightly up and down during a long exposure. I liked the way the yellow reeds caught the sunlight, drawing them out from their grassy surroundings.

THREE TREES
THREE TREES

“What-ifs and could-have-beens are not the way to move forward.”

Judi Fennell

Finally, perhaps the easiest way to illustrate being on the move, the use of car headlights as they pass through a scene. As you can see, this shot of downtown Charleston was taken during last year’s holiday season.

SHINING THE LIGHT
SHINING THE LIGHT

“Life moves on and so should we”

Spencer Johnson

To catch some other blogger’s on the move, click here.

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