Lens-Artists Challenge #212 – Motion
“Water rolls, clouds move and light reflects off all it touches. My camera records in one image all this movement of light.Steve Coleman
Last week we were challenged to show our photographic “groove” and I can tell you for sure – motion would NOT be mine! After her short break Patti has done a wonderful job of showing us the many ways to capture motion, and has challenged us to do the same. I’ve given it my best shot with a disclaimer that it has never been my strength 😊.
“Inside movement there is one moment in which the elements are in balance. Photography must seize the importance of the moment and hold immobile the equilibrium of it.”Henri Cartier-Bresson
Those who follow me know that I am enamored with the incredible birds of our lowcountry. In the image above I was excited to see a flock of oystercatchers in flight (the only time in 20+ years), along with a lone pelican. Because I was specifically focused on birds the morning of the capture, I was shooting in shutter speed priority, something I rarely use. Likewise in the image below I was focused on some rare black skimmers feeding on the tiny fish in a small saltwater pond. Although difficult to spot in the image, this one actually has a fish in its beak. The splashing water helps to tell the story of its motion.
“The ideal picture …holds the feeling of movement thereby implying the continuity of life.”Bert Hardy
I’d say “speaking of fish” but the magnificent killer whales below are actually mammals. We’d been freezing on a jet boat for hours trying to locate a pod during our visit to Canada. We finally came upon these amazing acrobatic creatures putting on a show. Happily, it was more than worth the wait!
“It is the instantaneous, disappearing nature of a beautiful moment that of course makes it all the more precious. To capture that is something only photography can do.”Charlie Waite
From the cold in Canada to the warmth of Africa, it seems my images of motion are primarily trained on creatures of the wild. The image that follows captures a group of startled reedbuck as they race through the waters of the Okavango Delta.
“You are the conductor. Your orchestra are shapes, textures, stories, objects, patterns, emotions, design, moments, depth, focus, rhythm, shades, color, movement and light.”Steve Coleman
Finally, two images that couldn’t be more different, neither of which includes a bird or an animal! The first, from a night shoot in downtown Charleston and the second a capture of our lovely sweetgrass blowing in the wind.
“To me photography is about motion. To get a dynamic picture, you’ve got to have movement.”Henry Benson
Many thanks to Anne for giving us last week’s opportunity to share our “groove” . We greatly enjoyed seeing those of all who participated. We’re happy to welcome Patti back from her break and hope you’ll join us with your favorite Motion images. Be sure to link them to her original here, and to use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you. Finally, Amy will lead us next week in Challenge #213 so be sure to watch for that. Until then, as always please stay safe and be kind.
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