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  #203 Motion Blur
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The Violinist       ©2018 kerszkavet
Panasonic DMC-FZ150       10th place, 77 points
1/4s, f4.4, ISO 125, 467mm, Shutter Priority, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: burnt out the background a bit, tried to reduce brightness of lights on right
levels, crop and brightness
      Extra Info: Black Water County are a folk/punk/celtic/rock band - I wanted to capture some of the energy of a recent live show.

The picture effect was created by a combination of a long exposure (ND filter), camera wobble and an energetic violinist - plus their flashing lights.
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Aug 2, 2018
    Thank you Anthony - that means a lot coming from you - your picture was stunning. And that blue lamp really does need to go!

I'm definitely going to try the slow shutter gig photography again, and i might even get an acoustic guitar out and try the 'strumming' picture i had envisaged.

Anthony Comyn
Aug 2, 2018
    Well done on making the top 10. Think this is a sucessful image regardless of my critique. Important part in this image is, it kept me engaged, meaning I spent a fair amount of time looking at it... a diffcult aspect to achieve with photography. Because photographs surround these days, we tend to flip through them quickly, but this one kept my attention.

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Jul 30, 2018
    Good color and effect. I'm a bit distracted by what appear to be lights at the top of the bow.

Jul 30, 2018
    Thanks everyone for your comments. There were other shots from this set that had some elements sharper, but none that had the colour and the combination of bow motion blur and clarity. There's a lot of luck in these shots, as he was jumping around quite a bit.

You're right, I really should have cloned out that blue lamp on the right.

Aiming for the same effect, I did some others of a drummer and a guitarist (from other bands) but got my settings confused so they're really grainy.

Jul 30, 2018
    Difficult to judge, I keep on wishing to see something more from the violinist in focus, maybe just the face - probably impossible, I suppose. I would be tempted to stack a second image to get that...
But good idea anyway :)

Jul 29, 2018
    This conveys the mood and the energy very well. In my tt.

Jul 29, 2018
    Marvelous sense of motion. One can feel the energy of the violinist. High in my TT's.

Jul 29, 2018
    Very clever composition. Well worth the effort.

Jade O.
Jul 28, 2018
    I keep thinking this is what I would see if I was under the influence. The lighting, framing, and colours are so nicely done, I want to see the subject in sharp focus.

Jul 28, 2018
    The large central white shape gives the image an overall suggestion of a bearded woman in a white dress. The blue thing in the upper right is distracting.

Jul 28, 2018
    Perhaps too much motion blur? I would have liked to seen some parts not blurred.

Anthony Comyn
Jul 28, 2018
    I like it... Still distinguishable, and artistic. Well Done. I would have cloned out the light in the top right. In my Favorites.

Jul 28, 2018
    Maybe you should of photographed the whole band, not sure if this is doing it for me, looks a little underexposed also, but good try.
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