Through The Lens Thursday: Movement

Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison of Writing, Wishing and I are doing this year. See the bottom of the post for ways to join in!

I was so excited that the prompt for this week was “movement” while I was in Disney World. Could that not be more perfect, with all of the people, attractions, and sights to see?

I took it a couple of different ways. First, I wanted to slow the shutter speed way, way down to blur the movement. I propped my camera on a trash can to focus on Stitch, slowed the shutter speed to 1 second and tried to literally show the movement of all the people below. (Huge thanks to Laura for showing me how to do this.)

movement ISO 100 f-10 1.0sec

Then I wanted to stop the movement and capture it in a crisp image. I took this while we were waiting in line for a ride in Magic Kingdom.

movement2 ISO 200 f-2.8 1-4000sec

And lastly, this one. Laura actually took it (and I edited a little), and she wanted the castle to be more clear in the background, but in terms of movement, I love the way I’m in focus and the people behind me are all walking and blurred a little.

movement3 ISO 800 f-3.5 1-4000sec

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Next week’s prompt is WHITE.


39 thoughts on “Through The Lens Thursday: Movement

  1. I love the first one, that's so awesome! I didn't think to slow the shutter speed down so much to capture movement. So clever.

    Love the last one too, because, you.

  2. I love these! The blurred movement in that first one and in the last one moving all around you is so perfect for Disney World. And the crisp clear water is awesome!

  3. I'm in awe of photographers! I especially love these because one year ago I was in Disney with my whole family and it was of the best trips we've ever taken. Thanks for slowing the movement for me today!

  4. I had thought about doing a similar type of image as you did in your first one, but I feel like I haven't been around as much movement in the past weekend. I love the look of your last photo, with everything all blurred and soft in the background and you in focus.

    • Thanks, Bev! It was definitely easier to find this kind of movement where I was, but I bet you could still do it! Maybe with car headlights, or people on the street or something.

  5. The first one is along the lines of my idea that I have…but I have to remember to bring my camera to school to capture my idea. Let's see if that works.

    The middle one is what I want to learn to do…freeze the movement in a crisp image.You probably need fastest shutter speed ever for that, yes?

    And the bottom picture is just beautiful because, well, YOU.

    • Aw, thanks, Katie! Did you ever try it at school? And yeah, I had a fast shutter speed for the water (1/4000th of a second!).

      And nevermind, I just now saw your school picture–awesome!

  6. Movement or not, I ADORE that photo of you! Love all the colors and your awesome smile. And yes, the background is pretty cool too. 🙂

  7. Oh LOVE it! I love the blur and the fact that you can see the movement.
    And that is a fabulous photo of you! 🙂

  8. I'm so excited about next week's prompt because I just shot a white picture today! Now … how to squeeze that in to my French post . . .

    I love the picture of you so much, not just because you look gorgeous, but for the same reasons you like it. And the other ones are great too – really great work here!

  9. Cool. I've always liked those slow shutter speed shots. I think I did a few at Disneyland of the cars at night from above the parking structure…but I didn't think of it until I saw yours! haha!

    I love this project, btw. Can't wait for next week!

  10. Love your photos and your different takes on movement! Also, you look so HAPPY! I love that, too!

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