Barcelona, Spain On Wheels – Tips To Capture Motion Blurs

Barcelona, Spain On Wheels – Tips To Capture Motion Blurs

 

 

No doubt one of the easiest ways to explore a new locale is by foot. If you have had enough sightseeing, shopping and other event seeking exploration, you might entertain yourself with an observation exercise involving people watching and imagination, perfect ingredients for a holiday. Slowing the frenetic absorption of a new city to let the pace of others take over, offers a carefree way to observe locals going about their daily busyness and bring to light a feeling for the place.

 

If you are mindful of the first tip and dedicate some time to the effort you will probably be more happy with the results:

 

Patience Is Key – generally you are slowing down the shutter for the available light so practice using Aperture mode as a good starting ground. While working on your patience, focus on a theme (walkers, strollers, crowds, shopping bags, mini dogs and owners); it will help narrow your frustration. Take many, review for continuity, keep few.

Manual Rules – switch to Manual, slow the shutter down well below the auto reading, for example, 1/60 sec for close bicycles and even slower 1/30 sec for more distant. Manipulate the Aperture.

Go wide – Wider apertures will blur the background and thus help to keep track of the subject.

Minimize Competition – Emphasize one strong subject or multiples who are uniformly doing the same thing to draw attention to their uniformity and cohesion. You might consider leaving room for active subjects to move into.

Composition – Keeping things simple will emphasize the motion. Tilt horizons, shake the camera, predict movement and, as with any new skill, practice, practice, practice.

 

For more on shutter speed manipulation in Barcelona and elsewhere see:

 

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/moving-through-the-barcelona-street/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/coping-with-copenhagen/

 

 

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