Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement


A car taking part in the annual Sandocross Competition on the sands at Weston-super-Mare

This weeks photo challenge is Movement, so how do we convey that in a 2 dimensional medium where everything is static. As Dorothea Lange said;

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still”.

As photographers we have to take that instant in time that our camera catches and somehow convey movement. One possible way is to create some form of movement blur in the image by creative use of your camera.  Or, you can simulate movement by creating it in the Digital Darkroom like the one I created about two weeks ago http://mikehardisty.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/springburn-express/. But it’s not real. I simulated the movement using Photoshop.

So that brings me back to creative use of my camera. The shutter speed in the image above is fast enough to freeze the sand being thrown up by the buggy doing a sharp turn in the sand as it races in a Sandocross event. To me it looks dramatic but also serves to show that the vehicle is moving.

So what exactly is Sandocross? It’s a variation of Autocross and gives competitors the chance of experiencing speed, but it does require a slightly different approach when driving on wet sand which can be quite unforgiving.

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49 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

  1. “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still”. You have still given it a great sense of movement Mike. Great “action” shot.

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  2. It’s moving at a pretty good clip. I think my point and shoot camera would’ve caught…a blur of movement. You’re definitely the pro. :)

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