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  #203 Motion Blur
Entry 3 of 24
   
 
Hydropower our Souls       ©2018 Anthony Comyn
NIKON D850       3rd place, 180 points
1/14s, f4, ISO 31, 200mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Levels adjustments, some dodging and burning especially around the trees and people, adjustment of clarity (down) and use of some Nik effects, especially to add a glow to the water and people.       Extra Info: There has been studies, discussions and theories about the calming effects of flowing/moving water. But it takes no scientist to figure out that flowing water has some magical affects on us as humans. Maybe it is as simple as the fact that it is necessity for all life, which makes it put everybody's soul as ease when near it.

I stood for about 1 hour looking at how the people congregate in and around the water, and observed how everyone just appears more at ease and peaceful around it.

Obviously for this challenge the water is the blurred element, to show the movement but not over smooth it.
 
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dodrizzt
Aug 3, 2018
    Congrats Anthony! Sadly I was one of the "not so much motion blur"... :-/ But as said, the image is really, really beautiful. Theme apart, it's worth hanging on a wall for sure. You can be really proud!

Jade O.
Aug 2, 2018
    Trust me, if anyone can get a great shot one handed while steering a vehicle over a bumpy road, it would be you, not me!

And I detest milky water shots as cliche (along with sunset shots and silhouettes) so for me the fact that you left some definition in the water flow while evoking enough blur to show movement is part of what makes this shot so good. You need a deft touch to get it just right and the flow here adds to, rather than overpowers, the image.

As to choices, every Challenge I enter, I know a simple "clean" image of a solitary object on a blank background is going to rate higher than the same object in context but ultimately I think you shoot what you want, and develop the skills you want to develop and if others happen to like it, so be it.

Anthony Comyn
Aug 2, 2018
    Bernie, I can’t remember exactly but I would say about 15 shots. There was about 3 or 4 that sharp enough for my approval, but picked this one because the arrangement of men had more character than the others.

Actually if you look closely, the one individual third from the left is blurred slightly, but I was still happy with the selection.

Anthony Comyn
Aug 2, 2018
    Thanks all for the wonderful commentary, which I appreciate a lot. Thanks for the critques too, helps me see things I didn’t see myself.

Clearly some felt that the flowing water wasn’t dramatic enough for the “motion blur”, no problem, struggled with the decision too. In the end decided to sumbit this one as it has character and something I am proud of. To me I think it tells a story and allows for some interpretation by the viewer.

JadeO: Taking quick snapshots out the window rarely works, but at times it does. Technical ability is also important but that in itself is not enough. I believe that powerful photography starts with planning, evolves with with a vision and is achieved with patience.

I need to ask myself, do I want to do photography that everybody likes or that some love... but I have to assume I am not alone in the conundrum.

Jade O.
Aug 1, 2018
    Just a superb photograph. And thanks for the detailed explanation. Good equipment counts but you still need an experienced hand to capture one this good. (So happy you didn't say, this was a quick grab you got while driving along a bumpy road, and stuck your camera out the window with one hand, and voila!)

Mepo
Jul 31, 2018
    Amazing shot, a bit like an illustration from a book on parables that I had. Flowing water does have some magical effects and you have captured that very well. Kudos.

Lo
Jul 31, 2018
    I'm so impressed with this photo. Congratulations.

NEAT
Jul 31, 2018
    So I googled Oman, and what a place!!! Indeed the old Middle East is much more appealing than Dubai, having said that we did enjoy Dubai, but not the weather;(

ysal
Jul 30, 2018
    Congrats, this was my #3 too. Such a beautiful, magical image. As I wrote earlier, this would be my #1 in any other challenge.

Anthony Comyn
Jul 30, 2018
    Actually Oman is a fantastic place to visit, more representative to the “old middle east” as opposed to the Dubai concept. It is around 48degrees celcius here in Adu Dhabi during the day and 35degrees at night. Because of the beauty and average temp in Salalah around 25degrees it makes more an obvious quick get away location.
Edited on Jul 30, 2018

NEAT
Jul 30, 2018
    Who goes to Oman...work??

Anyway I can’t believe that you didn’t beat me, and I would have to agree with @jadeo, and I was going to mention it before hand that this is possibly the best photo I have seen on this site!

mrsawyer
Jul 30, 2018
    Congrats on your #3 finish after a bit of a hiatus!

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mrsawyer
Jul 30, 2018
    How many shots did it take to get the people not moving? My wife thought you'd taken a photo of a photo! Good job!

Lo
Jul 30, 2018
    This is an exquisite shot. I feel like I am in a museum staring at an old masterpiece. The composition, colour and detail make it outstanding, and the blurred waterfall definitely adds to the atmosphere.

Old Finn
Jul 30, 2018
    Nice picture. Motion blur in the water falls is quite usual.
Edited on Jul 30, 2018

Anthony Comyn
Jul 29, 2018
    NEAT, 1 exposure only!! I promise.
Edited on Jul 29, 2018

RobertLavker
Jul 29, 2018
    Very pastoral feel to this image. The silky water helps the feeling of serenity. I like the muted colors. Great job.
Edited by Admin on Jul 31, 2018

dodrizzt
Jul 29, 2018
    A difficult image for me to judge... I think it won't make my top ten at the end, because I feel that the motion blur doesn't stands out here so much to fit the theme, is more like just a nice little touch inside the whole image. Maybe that's probably just me...
Anyway, theme apart, it's a truly beautiful image, you can forget my picky thoughts and be proud :)

aoc46
Jul 29, 2018
    Great shot, with classic motion-blurred water that's not overdone. Might prefer a viewpoint from a bit to the right, so the main waterfall is less central.

kerszkavet
Jul 29, 2018
    This is a beautiful and interesting picture. I'm sure it was an interesting and well-spent hour!

My only thought is that the motion blur element is not as strong as other entries, it really only affects the lowermost part of the falls - but presumably any more than 1/14 sec would have seen blurred people

However, as a picture it is a real favourite. I like the composition - part of me wants to see more of the men, but another enjoys the fact that they are relatively small in the face of nature.

Anthony Comyn
Jul 28, 2018
    Thanks Ysal, pity I didn't get your #1. I have a habit of twisting/breaking the rules of the challenge. Actually 20% of the photo is motion blurred, just done in a way I think works photographically. However it is your opinion that matters and it is your prerogative to interpret how you see fit... So no hard feelings. Thanks for the high vote.
Edited on Jul 28, 2018

Anthony Comyn
Jul 28, 2018
    Thanks Jomari/Elyod.

Thanks Stevebee, soft lighting is due to it being overcast in the mountain area 100% of the time. Stays overcast for 2 month straight.

NEAT, that is a fantastic comment coming from you. Really appreciate it. Also this is your challenge so good to know you approve. I was processing for that painted look, and very glad it came across correctly. It was exactly this "biblical" scene I was aiming for, maybe Greek / Roman times.

JadeO, Wow that is an exceptional comment. Feeling a little flattered so not sure what to say other than ...Thank you.

This is in Salalah, in Oman. This is a small city in the middle of the desert that get rain this time of the year. Strangle it is only this patch that gets rain in decent proportions, therefore for about 3 months in the year everything turns green. Where I was staying at the beach 30km away is dry compared to the mountain area. You will also see that Cyclone Mekunu hit Salalah recently. Actually I believe the tree in the photo is uprooted to a degree (but still alive), if you look closely. Makes for nice "alive" riverside bench now.

This was handheld, I have a pretty steady hand, this combined with a good image stabilizer in the lens I was using (Tamron 70mm-200mm f2.8) allowed me to get the shot. But people do move so it took a few shots to get the moment right. Bear in mind that people movements at this distance from the lens is minimal, would have been a lot harder if I were closer to them.
Edited on Jul 28, 2018

ysal
Jul 28, 2018
    Amazing shot. This would easily be my #1 in another theme. Unfortunately there is a handful of other images in the category that captured motion blur a little more dominantly that this. So, didn't quite make my #1, but high in my TT. Really wonder image.

SteveBee
Jul 28, 2018
    Excellent composition and peaceful scene. Beautifully soft light. Top fav.

Jade O.
Jul 28, 2018
    This is a stunning image with all the beauty and majesty of a timeless scene superb colour and detail, complex yet effective composition, with a clear focal point. I don't know how you got such a crisp image at 1/14s (tripod I assume) but the exposure is perfect, the background is perfect, and your eye leads up the falls to the figures in a pleasing way, and once there, your eye stays there. I will bet some will say you should have more frame on top, but there is no question in my mind this is perfectly framed. This is, I say without hesitation, one of the best images I have seen on this site.
Edited on Jul 28, 2018

Elyod
Jul 28, 2018
    I kept coming back to this and moved it up and down a bit before it got my final vote. I like sense of movement that the blurred water brings to the shot.

NEAT
Jul 28, 2018
    This is extraordinary, from the thumbnail it looked unappealing, but wow oh wow when I saw it in full view I was astonished by its sheer beauty. It looks like a painting from biblical times. Love to know where you took this and also how you managed to blur the water and not the men.

This is easily my top pick! I think the title should be “Hydrowpower our spirit” and yes water typifies peace for sure!

All the best.

Edited to add, I'm guessing this must be two or more exposures?
Edited on Jul 29, 2018

jomari
Jul 27, 2018
    This photo has so much more character than the majority of long exposure waterfalls. I love that you have included the group of very picturesquely arranged people.
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