Dogwood 52: Assignment #16 "Movement Portrait"

Some friends and I are doing the Dogwood 52 Week photography challenge. We submit a photo each week on a given "assignment" along with commentary and discussion. This week's assignment was:

[Portrait] Movement: Most portraits are stationary, so this week explore adding some movement. Dancing, twirling, or even hair flips.

The submissions follow in order submitted along with the photographer's commentary. We'll add other commentary and critique from the group as it comes in.


It's probably a stretch to call this a portrait, but it came to mind when I thought of movement. There's always a mass of people near Shibuya station, waiting for others or busily going on with their lives. That makes for an interesting juxtaposition of stationary and moving people. I thought about sneaking a shot from groundlevel, but Japan's really sensitive about secretly taking pictures of people, so yeah, I'll have to think about how to do more candid street portraits.


Motion blurs mean that the subject of a portrait isn't really anyone you associate with or connect to—they're more an abstraction, a feeling, a memory. These folks cut through the hole in the snow leading up to the church entrance—like everyone who lives around here they're kind of just shadows, part of what I see when I myself am focused on moving from place to place. Nice boot, though.
Motion blurs create a lot of bizarre effects.


It was really foggy so I went out on a highway bridge to get some eerie shots of the cars passing. Unfortunately it was brighter than I was expecting, as I was hoping for a longer exposure. But with some editing in lightroom it came out close to what I was hoping for.
35 mm, f/22, 1/8 sec, ISO 100.


I knew I wanted to have something in motion surrounding a more traditional portrait. I'm mildly satisfied with the outcome. Wishing I had used more tissue paper and they were a bit more blurry.


a motion shot that is a bit too blurry... and another attempt at moving water: