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Voting for Theme Contests for January, February and March 2014

Introduction

Dear StreetHunters.net Readers,

As you well know, this month we had 3 contests instead of one. The reason was for us to catch up and to get months January, February and March ready for our calendar. We are just trying to win the lost time (of not thinking about this sooner)! You can read more about these types of contests in our relevant blog post called “Announcing The Monthly Theme Contest!”.

No, let’s get to the juicy part. For this month we are doing a triple poll as I mentioned before. So, this page will be 3 times as long, but we also think it will be 3 times as fun! The Themed contests we will be asking you to vote for are:

  1. Motion Blur (For January)
  2. Posed Street Portraits (For February)
  3. The Colour Red (For March)

Motion blur intro

Introduction

A street photo can have a lovely sharp look, where everything is in focus and frozen in time, but is can also be an imperfect image, a shaky photo that is made in such a way though that radiates dynamism and motion. Most of us just set our camera’s to A or P mode and let the camera do all the shutter speed calculations. Unless the lighting is bad, this will usually get us some pretty sharp images. There are other times when we like setting our camera to S mode and adjusting our shutter speed the maximum possible speed, so everything is perfectly frozen at the click of our shutter button. I do all the above 95% of the times I am out shooting, because I feel that if my photographs are crisp, they are somehow better. Most of the times, this is true, but there are times when I do not do anything of the above and I decide to have some fun with my camera in S or M mode by setting my shutter to slower speeds. By doing this, I can become creative with blur, motion blur!

Types of Motion Blur in Street Photography

I can think of 3 types of Motion blur in Street Photography. I am not referring to blur in general, but specifically Motion blur. In this post we will not talk about lens blur or zoom blur. Those are other techniques that don’t produce a sense of speed. Ok, maybe zoom blur does, but not in the way we want, because in zoom blur it is the focal length that changes, not the subjects in the photo or the position of the camera. We will discuss only blur types that can help give your photos movement.