Creating Pleasing Blurs

Birch Tree Blur

Birch Tree Blur

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are starting to change and the temps are dropping. This is my favorite time of year, despite the fact that it signals the end of summer. Once peak color arrives, the photographic possibilities will be endless. This time of year allows me to get my creative juices flowing, as you can’t create a bad photograph with these magnificent colors. One of my favorite things to do is create pleasing blurs. A Pleasing blur is created when you slow the shutter speed down just enough to create a nice blurring motion. I like to keep my shutter speed between 1 second and 1/40th of a second. I always love doing blurs with birch trees. Their white trunk really stands out against the vibrant colors and become the subject of the photograph. A vertical blur works best with birch trees, as shown in the photo above.

Fall Colors Zoom Blur

I enjoy creating zoom blurs when there is a jumble of colors. While using the same shutter speed formula, I zoom the lens as the shutter is open. this gives the photo a “tunnel look” and drags your eye into the frame. You can make a pleasing lbur with pretty much anything. The key is to have a long enough shutter drag and non-contrasty colors. I guarantee your results will be amazing!

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