Challenge Winner
Techniques Challenge Long Exposure in Alphabet Soup
Abstract Due to Blur in Mood & Ambi(e)nce
Featured In Naturally BLACK/ WHITE, DUO and CONTRAST, Photography Challenge

Some of you might be asking what Photoshop tricks is John up to now. There is no post processing done on this image except tone adjustment. I have been experimenting with motion blur (of the subject, not the background) and panning, and decided to combine the two together.

Shot in early in the morning before the day is bright, at maximum zoom with aperture set to lowest F8 and ISO at 80 to give me the longest exposure time, which was 1/5 of a sec. The rest is just luck getting good action and a decent composition while running chasing the flocks.

Photo@Okanagan Lake, Penticton, BC, Canada

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seagull, flight, abstract, lake


  • Stephanie Jung
    Stephanie Jungalmost 4 years ago

    Great work!!

  • moodywalia
    moodywaliaalmost 4 years ago


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  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusteralmost 4 years ago

    Hah! How clever you are. I can just see these birds scratching their heads with your title in mind. That seems to be how they react with one movement or noise! Great stuff! Dee

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Wow! How interesting! It looks like a gathering of bird ghosts!

  • TheWalkerTouch
    TheWalkerTouchalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely affect John. I think it deserves a more fitting title though.

  • Margi
    Margialmost 4 years ago

    strangly creepy John, the ones at the back look like spectres.

  • Jan Pudney
    Jan Pudneyalmost 4 years ago

    Nice! The ones at the top look like candles and the others like ghosts. I hope you didn’t traumatize those gulls!

  • Suzanne Chouinard
    Suzanne Chouinardalmost 4 years ago

    Beautifully done. Very original process.

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent work!

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