Back to work

Motion blurred passengers exiting a subway in Nuremberg
1 sec – f/14 – ISO 200 – 100 mm

After a truly nice long Easter weekend and great times with friends and Family it is back to work, but at least on a short week. I took this photograph during my recent subway photo walk with the Nuremberg Instagramers (detailed post is coming up). I experimented with long shutter speeds to capture the motion in the passengers exiting the train. One second proved to be the best choice, as I got interesting effects from the moving people while retaining clarity and texture in their bodies. Also, the one second handheld exposure allowed me to capture a sharp train as background. The diagonal lines, the layered people and the motion blur effects add compositional interest and depth, making this image work. Taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4.

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Wish you a great Monday!


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  1. That is an impressive use of long shutter speeds Marcus! I love how the background stayed so sharp while the movement was caught all around. 🙂

  2. What a cool shot! I love the stillness of the train’s passengers juxtaposed against the movement of the walkers. Stellar!

  3. Marcus, this is a wonderful and impressive photo with motion blur. Great idea and approach!
    Have a nice week and peaceful!

  4. This is fantastic, Marcus. How did you get the static elements to come out so clear at 1s exposure? Were you employing the use of a tripod? Or image stabilization? Or just a really steady hand?

    PS using the WordPress reader is getting me in if this gets as far as your eyes. This is the comment I was trying (and failing) to leave via web browser.

    1. Thanks, Magnus, your kind words are so much appreciated! Indeed I used a 1sec handheld exposure, which is no problem on the Olympus OM-D E-M1X with the 12-100 F/4. I did 5 sec handheld and got a sharp background. Amazing in camera stabilization. I changed some WP settings, would you try if you can comment via web-browser? Thanks! Marcus

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