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Photography Competition 64: Motion Blur

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Photography Competition 64: Motion Blur Montage

This fortnight, the students spent their classes learning to creatively capture moving subjects (such as water, horses at the races, people, all types of vehicles and even light) as blur.

The key to having blur in an image without it overpowering the entire photo is shutter speed, something all the finalists mastered in their entries.

To see all of the photography competition entries, head to the album on the Photoh Facebook page here.

The finalists this fortnight are:

Alan Branch‎, Adelaide

Alan has focused on capturing the movement of the trees due to a breeze in his photo, creating an interesting contrast between the soft and sharp areas in the frame.


Brian Dean, Brisbane

The silky smooth quality of the water in this photo is a result of capturing the slow motion of the mist rising off the surface and the lights reflecting on it, which is absolutely beautiful and fascinating to look at.

Michael Reid, Canberra

The blending of light and movement in this photo was made possible by using a very low shutter speed, and it has had the effect of making the flags appear as if they are on fire, a really stunning visual effect.


Cheryl Davis, Melbourne

The movements of this string of lights have been captured as elongated rays, due to the camera shutter staying open long enough to follow the trail of light it made while circling.


Noura Spendlove, Perth

The ghosting in this image is complemented by the softness in the slow movement of the clouds, which have both been blurred to the combination of low light and a well chosen shutter speed. Great shot.


Colleen Harris, Sydney

Traffic is an ideal subject when trying to capture motion blur, but it isn't necessarily interesting or pleasing to look at. Colleen has struck a good balance between featuring the car lights among the wider scene of the Anzac Bridge and the Sydney Tower Eye. This is a classic image of Sydney peak hour and the bustle the city is known for.


The winner this fortnight is...Colleen Harris from Sydney! Congratulations, you have won a $100 JB Hifi voucher!

And in second place we have...Michael Reid from Canberra, who has won a $50 JB Hifi voucher.

The next challenge is winter street photography where students will focus on capturing the mood and activity of people in their home city during winter. Entries will open on Saturday the 12th August and close on Thursday the 24th August at midnight AEST.

To enter, simply post your photo on the Photoh Facebook wall stating your city. First prize is a $100 JB Hifi voucher and second prize is a $50 JB Hifi voucher.

Please read our post on the competition rules and guidelines if you'd like more information before submitting a photo. If you have any other questions you can message us or email brooke@photoh.com.au.

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