Thursday, April 22, 2010

How To Get Artificial Motion In A Picture Using A Zoom Lens

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Thought I'd take a day off from posting pictures of my kids. Today's picture is actually more of a "test/experiment" than anything else. I was sitting out front, and decide to take some pictures of this bush with red and green berries. After I few shots, I remembered a technique I'd read about, and have been wanting to try ...

Make sure you have a zoom lens mounted on the camera.

Pick a (distant) spot to focus on, then switch to manual focus.

Zoom all the way out to the widest focal length of the lens.

As you're pressing the shutter button, simultaneously turn the zoom ring from wide to telephoto.

This gives the picture a motion effect, that kind of reminds me of the x-wing fighters taking off in star wars.

This berry bush may not have been the ideal subject for this technique, but now if I do run into a situation where it really would create a cool picture, I've had some practice with it.

todd

3 comments:

  1. Hi Todd,

    Great image, I really think the bush with the berries worked well. It makes me feel like I am standing under the bush and the berries are falling down to me.

    And do you know what the greatest thing about this technique is? That now, in the digital age, we can see the effect immediately and can repeat the shoot if we are not happy. In ye' ole film days it was either taking many exposures or risking that nothing worth came out. But that we only knew after the film were developed and we saw the pictures.

    OK, here a few more tricks I learned over my photographer years, hope you don't mind:

    Aim at the longest shutter-speed possible by choosing a high aperture and eventually combine it with a polarizer or other filter that cuts off some of the light.

    Use a tripod and a remote release and try to zoom as smoothly as possible.

    Try to zoom also from tele to wide.

    Experiment, have fun, it is a great technique make surreal images just in the camera, without the need of photoshop ;-) SY
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  2. Hi Sybil,

    Thanks for stopping by, and offering up those additional tips.

    I did actually take a few shots at a higher aperture to get a longer exposure ... but it was a cloudy rainy afternoon, so the longer exposure actually ruined the effect a bit ... but on a bright day, for sure polarizer and smaller aperture will definitely be on my list for this technique.

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  3. I have to admit the first time I got this effect in one of my images it was by accident. I almost threw away the print but once I looked at it more I really liked it. This is a fun way to create new interesting images.

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