Club Meeting Report, Motion Blur Challenge - Tuesday 24th November 2015.

On Tuesday 24th November 2015, Morpeth Camera Club Vice chairman Mark Harrison presented
the results of his first club challenge. Throughout the season members are set photographic tasks
with the aim of encouraging them to shoot new and different subjects. This also requires learning
and trying new techniques that improve camera skills and knowledge. Members that choose to
take up the challenge then respond with four images that hopefully meet the criteria and discuss
the results.


1. South Beach Impression by John Thompson.

In the first challenge, fouteen members produced a selection of over 60 images on the theme of
"Motion Blur". This effect can be achieved in several different ways and resulted in some original
images that showed quality and creativity.

A club walk linked to the challenge resulted in some members producing images taken on Newcastle
quayside. Cyclists, scooter riders, pedestrians and keep fit enthusiasts were all captured with varying
levels of motion blur. Authors explained that these had been taken using slower shutter speeds or
by using panning techniques which led to some successful results.

Participants had been asked to try at least two different methods to achieve their goal and long
exposures of cars, buses, trains and boats resulted in colourful light trails and pattern images. People
at work showed an aspect of motion blur not usually captured and flight was also a popular subject
with aeroplanes, helicopters and birds featured.

                 
              2. Hammering by Glyn Trueman.          3. Travelling Through Space by Davy Bolam.


Water was recorded to great effect with examples of flowing streams, rivers, waterfalls, fountains and
the sea. Camera movement, background blur, 10 stop filters and double exposures showed that many
members had put a lot of thought and effort into their entries for the challenge.

Another way of showing motion blur is to use different filters and special effects in post production with
photoshop and other photo editing programmes and examples of this technique included objects moving
through space, impressionistic landscapes, fantasy figures and moving grasses.

An enjoyable evening with interaction, comment and good humour concluded with Mark selecting five
members images that appealed to him followed by some of his own images that illustrated his take
on the challenge.
                        Davy Bolam.


                 
              4. Wood Turning by Glyn Trueman.       5. Waiting for a Train by Steve McDonald.