Swipes (and a Blue Heron) Across Elm Park
I’m taking some liberties with the term swipe here. A swipe, as I was taught, involves slowing down the shutter speed of your camera to as slow as perhaps 1/2 second and moving the camera in order to create a kind of moving blur, one that gives a sense of movement. It helps if you’ve got a colorful landscape scene with which to deal. I this case, I inadvertently created a swipe when trying to capture the flight of a blue heron across the pond in Elm Park, Worcester, Massachusetts. You can deal with motion in a number of different ways. You can use a high shutter speed to freeze the action. You can also, however, sacrifice sharpness by slowing your shutter speed to the point at which the movement itself is captured. This gives you an abstract representation of the subject (i.e., sharp, it ain’t). Enough with the lecture. Here’s a slide show of what happened when a blue heron, a common site in Elm Park, decided he’d had enough of the nosey photographer.