Posts tagged ‘motion blur’

January 26, 2014

True for a while

I’d been mulling over the idea that time might not exist as we think we experience it and finally looked it up. I see it’s been a topic for a few years in quantum physics. Kind of makes me wonder if I actually dreamed up the idea in my head or if I’d seen it somewhere and remembered it as a memory.

That became the background for this photo – shot on Halloween of last year but left alone for a while. I knew I liked the photo, but editing immediately would be too fresh; I’d have a memory of what it was like to be there. Going back to it months later I potentially saw different things unnoticed if I remembered exactly what it was I was going for in frame. It’s kind of a sad photograph now, I think. Something about life going on as it does irregardless of anything taking place.
True for a while
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May 29, 2013

Shuffling up to the arriving train

I tried a few different photos for today. None of them came together. I went back and looked at what I had already produced, and I don’t think this one has yet appeared in this space. This is one of the better L stop locations in downtown Chicago. The people were dead still when I clicked, but on the tripod I use a two-second delay, so they shuffled up toward the train. The end result gave the image more motion and made it feel more alive, so I made no adjustments. This is a pretty old photo by this blog’s standards. I think my style or approach has changed a bit since.
Shuffling up to the arriving train
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May 12, 2013

Rush hour by train and boat

The other day I posted this “Villains” graffiti from the next bridge down. Three days later I was surprised that it was still there. I moved closer to get a different shot of it and then rush hour just kind of happened all at once. Boats, trains and more trains kept flying past. It was impossible to get a shot without something rolling or floating through my frame. Frustrated at first, I decided to use them to my advantage. I shot wider, and let them all in. They became the subject, though the graffiti still makes a cameo. That yellow boat is a river taxi, which I’ve never tried. I’m sure it’s hard to cut down side streets that way.
Rush hour by train and boat
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April 26, 2013

Human beings (are not disposable)

There are times where you think you captured something you captured before. This photo certainly references one I’ve recently posted to the blog, but I think it stands on its own. I literally had to put my camera in the street to get it, and then two or three ridiculous moments occurred right after doing so. This is a part of that.
Human beings
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March 23, 2013

One-block Milwaukee Ave

This is a one-block stretch of the famed Milwaukee Avenue that’s closest to the loop. On the northwest end it runs into a city block and disappears until it picks up again on the backside of the same neighborhood. On this end it sandwiches between some former businesses and utility buildings before ending at Lake.

I really like these angled streets. They present amazing views of the city, and there aren’t enough of them near the loop. Thanks to very few cars coming down the street, I decided I had long enough to wait for a train to pass by on the elevated tracks. This was the third that actually rolled through. On the first I was readjusting my tripod and missed it. The second went too slow to get a decent motion blur.
One-block Milwaukee Ave
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March 21, 2013

Escaping the cold light in a dark tunnel

Continuing to take different walks on my way through the city has been a good thing of late. I’ve noticed previously that my eyes follow redundant patterns when I walk the usual route(s); I’m stuck looking in the same directions at the same things I’ve seen before. There might be more photographs to be had along those ways, but I get stuck on what I’ve already considered not to be quite good enough. By the time I’ve made my way, it’s over. There’s nothing new in camera.

On this day I walked backward from my landing spot in the city just one block, then just a couple of blocks out of my way before continuing to head toward my target. Everything seemed new, and I was just a block off my usual pattern. I stopped in three locations to take photos, and this was the last, when my hands were numb from the below-freezing temps and blowing wind. This year produced an average winter in Chicago by most accounts, but it’s still hanging on tight as the calendar has ticked over into spring. The light is bright, but it isn’t warming us up at all. This car, like myself, escaped the winds into the tunnel, but it’s dark as can be in there.
Escaping the cold light in a dark tunnel
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February 3, 2013

Golden express

It’s a silver train, but as I’ve said so many times on this blog, the street lights in Chicago are predominantly gold. By the time I captured this express train blitzing by at about 70 miles per hour, my hands were numb. The wind was whipping on the platform. I can’t believe my tripod didn’t fall over, and I only stood on the blacktop maybe five minutes to set up and wait for the train. Then it was back down on the street for the next 15 minutes before mine rolled in.
Golden express
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January 28, 2013

Getting down

Hank, my cat, makes a second appearance on the blog. He’s a lot of trouble. He’s always poking his nose where it shouldn’t go, and he loves tables. Kitchen counters are for him, he thinks. He’s more like a dog in a way. I’m not sure which way that is, but he’s not like any other cat I know. I found him in an alley when he was a baby, so maybe he’s just rough around the edges? He likes dogs, I know that much. Any time one is walking by, no matter its size, he walks right up.

Hank is allowed on this short table, often times sitting under the light so uncomfortably close you can tell he’s trying to get a little warmth off the bulb. I wanted to get him sunning his noggin, but he maybe decided I was about to shoo him off of this perch like so many others. He decided to get down as I was setting up. Never one to miss on an opportunity, I raked the aperture and slowed the shutter a hair. It allowed for me to catch him in silhouette with a little blur while still keeping most everything else in focus. No animals were harmed in the making of this photo, and I was OK after getting up off the floor.
Getting down
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January 25, 2013

Sideways train

This thing flew by at a good clip despite heading into a station a couple hundred feet behind me. There’s a stretch of L track between a few of the loop destinations on the blue line where you can just as easily walk the platform to the next stop as you can ride a train. I’ve taken advantage of this a couple of times while waiting for delayed trains. If you skip ahead to the previous stop you stand a chance at avoiding an overcrowded car. Every once in a while I’ll jump on a train going the opposite direction for a couple of stops just to beat a crowd. I like getting an angle on a situation.
Sideways train
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December 24, 2012

Under the green near the red

My aforementioned trip to the zoo met heavy traffic between all of the Christmas light displays. This photo sort of illustrates the commotion. What’s interesting to me is the nature by which people move. Some shuffle, others glide. Some people start and stop, but there are those that move rhythmically. A few aggressively focus their path while most meander relatively aimlessly. Some of those paths stand out in the photo, but light has a lot to do with how we digest movement in a photography. Certain colors pop out due to ambient light around them.
Under the green near the red
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