Motion is the sign of life-Swami Vivekananda

P.A.Moed of selected ‘Motion’ as the theme for the Lens-Artists-photo challenge.

It’s the most important topic for a photographer worth the salt.

Motion can be captured in many ways in photography.

Movement can include any areas of your photo that are moving.

Motion photography depends on your decision, whether you want to freeze the movement of the subject. (fast shutter) or you want to blur the movement. (slow shutter) or you wish to have intentional camera movements.

This decision of yours depends on what you are trying to achieve.

Fast shutter speed is used in

Fast shutter speed is used in sports photography, wildlife photography and street photography or for that matter any kind of action photography.

Slow shutter speed is used in

Slow shutter speed is used in catching light trails, the soft silky appearance of waterfalls, star trails, long exposure daylight photography, panning, moving clouds and light painting.

Intentional camera movements used in

Abstract photography.

Fast shutter speed (freezing time)

Here the action is frozen.

With this speed, you can show the magical moment, that your brain normally fails to recognize.

Burst mode can catch the ‘decisive moment’ in any situation.

“A snapshot steals life that it cannot return. A long exposure creates a form that never existed”

Dieter Applet

Slow shutter speed

Here the photographer can become creative.

By lowering the shutter speed, motion blur is achieved.

Motion blur has many types.

Blurred subject with the background in focus


In the above image, the cyclist is blurred while the background is in focus. Both the lions are well-focused.

Blurred background with the subject in motion (panning)


Foreground and background blurred


Intentional camera movements (ICM)

Here the camera is moved during exposure for an artistic effect.

The resulting image shows a streaking effect.


The top one is the original, and below it, is the abstract pattern.

A note

These days anything can be achieved with powerful photography related software.

Looks like photographer need not struggle to achieve the required talents.

Any thoughts on this aspect of photography?

Thank you for your visit.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™


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This post is part of Pattimoed’s LAPC #212 Motion


26 thoughts on “Motion is the sign of life-Swami Vivekananda

  1. Nicely done Philo, your explanations are succinct and well delivered with their matching examples. My favorite is your opener, a really fun image! I think software gives us a nice option for creative expression but I’m a bit of a classicist with a strong preference for using the camera to create effects. That said, I also use software when it helps me to achieve my “vision” !

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  2. I guess I missed this post. So sorry Philo. You have a great deal of information in this post and excellent photos to illustrate them. I did try panning after getting this challenge and totally failed. Do you have any suggestions? Great post on this challenge!


    1. My apologies for this delayed reply. I missed your comment.
      Thank you very much for your kind words, Anne Sandler.
      I guess you have a DSLR camera.
      Panning is trial and error.
      It depends on the speed of the moving object. Camera Mode is in shutter priority. Let the shutter speed be 1/30th of a second be the starting point and the camera must be on burst mode.
      I am sure you must be knowing the panning technique.
      The subject must be moving across your field of view.
      You move your body along the moving object at the same time shooting in burst mode.
      Out of say 20 to 30 frames, one frame will surely be to your satisfaction.
      The important thing is one must practice a lot.
      Please let me know once you perfect the practice.


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