Sarah with Motion Blur

A Portrait with Motion Blur - Austin, Texas

A Portrait with Motion Blur – Austin, Texas

When my friend Chuck and I were shooting downtown, we ran into some photographers by the new Central Library. People we’ve met before from a recent Drink and Click, along with Sarah who was modeling.

We had a rather brisk wind that night, which made the hot evening bearable, though it was enough to potentially affect our long exposures. With my diminutive Canon G7X Mark II already mounted on a comparably large tripod, I hit upon an idea. I wanted to make a long exposure portrait of Sarah. I asked her to remain steady. As expected, even with a short 0.8 second exposure, motion blur surrounded Sarah, while I got a sharp exposure of her face.

Using a compact camera for architecture was already a bit different but making this environmental long exposure portrait was something I’ve never tried before. It’s fun to experiment, if only for a few minutes. Shortly after, our two groups separated and we continued on our path.

I also shot Sarah with my typical Black and White technique at that Drink and Click. A portrait which I’m sure I’ll feature in the not too distant future.


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