Developing Your Eye II, Day Five: “Moment”   Leave a comment





Developing Your Eye II, Day Five: “Moment”

I took this photograph at a local Japanese Festival known as Yosakoi. The intentional blurriness is to strengthen the  “time and fleetingness” of the motion of the dancers. The camera speed is slower at 1/80 or 0.0125 second in the late evening lighting.

SP Lim

Developing Your Eye, Day Pour: “Moment”

Developing Your Eye, Day Five: “Moment”

Day Five: “Moment” — Capture Motion

Our lives are made up of big events and tiny moments. Life is fleeting, and oftentimes it’s the small moments, this motion, that we love to document.

Consider one such moment brought to life by a Sufi dancer, in the courtyard of a former traveler’s inn in Cairo:


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The colors, the music, the chanting,the whirling… Sufi dancers are mesmerizing: they spin themselves into meditative states. Here, a moment becomes an eternity.

Think about the fleeting moments you experience each day — from a moment with your child to a commute through the subway among strangers. What moment will you share with us?

Today’s Tip: Movement is a great way to convey time and fleetingness. Play with motion and achieve varied results by turning your flash off. Or using a tripod to keep your camera steady. Or panning your camera across your scene while following a moving subject.

Visit the resource page for more tips on photographing motion. Remember to tag your post with #developingyoureye and check the Reader to see posts from fellow course participants!




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