I hate the teacups. I also hate roller coasters. More than anything, I hate motion simulator rides, so no, I have never been on Soarin' Over California. Luckily, my husband likes all those rides so he's happy to take the kids on them over and over and over. That leaves me with the job of finding the best viewpoint to snag pictures of them all enjoying the ride together. Over and over and over. That occasionally leaves me with plenty of time to play with my camera and see what kind of cool effects I can get.
One of those cool effects is motion blur, which I mentioned yesterday. Today's photo is a little different. Yesterday, everything in the photo that wasn't moving very quickly was in focus, while only the tips of Darth Maul's lightsaber (which were moving very quickly) were blurry. But in today's photo, my husband and youngest son (who were moving on the teacups) are mostly in focus, while everything else in the scene (even the things that are not moving) is blurry. This streaky kind of blur is called motion blur, and it reflects the motion in the scene. Getting a shot like this requires a slow shutter, a technique called panning, and the time to try more than once. Here's what you need to know: