Excuse me! I’ve got a train to catch…Motion Blur

This was another experiment in photography for me and what better place to do motion blur than Grand Central Station NYC.  Seriously busy place and crowded too but fantastic for people watching and – tah dah – photography!  The first day I went in I took the typical tourist shots but later I realized it would be perfect for me to experiment with shutter speed.

I’d always wanted to see this place after seeing so many movies, videos, commercials etc. using it as a back drop.  Little did I know while walking around the city by myself one day that it was just a few blocks from our hotel.  DH says I should get one of those teenie flexible tripods just for occasions like this.  He’s right because some of the shots were blurry where I didn’t want them to be due to human error but when I propped the camera up on a wall above the throbbing masses, it did much better.  But a tripod and shutter release would’ve made magic I bet.  It’s interesting to see the blur of the people hustling to their next stop next to those standing still – a nice contrast.  I chose to make the clock my central focal point and let the people do their thing.

If you look at the clock in each photo you can see time marching on.  It’s interesting to see the people who were “still” and observe what they were doing while others “blurred” past them.  I think the experiment came out rather well.

(In the comments section under each photo are the camera settings.  I went from .8 seconds for the first all the way to 16 seconds for the last.)

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19 Responses to Excuse me! I’ve got a train to catch…Motion Blur

  1. bulldogsturf says:

    Wow I liked this experiment… it gives the whole photo movement… and shows just how busy a place it is… well done, I must try and remember this experiment of yours.. wonderful…

    • Thank you! It was fun to do but if I had a tripod who knows what I might have captured. Very thankful for that wall because you cannot do this handheld!

      • bulldogsturf says:

        I have a small table top tripod you could call it… it fits into my camera bag… it is so useful.. for birds flowers and a lot of the macro things… it would work well for this as well…

      • Yep! That and a steady spot to place it on. I need to get one of those or maybe a monopod.

      • bulldogsturf says:

        I have a monopod and to be quite honest have used it once or twice I find the thing almost unusable… never the right height, difficult to maneuver, keep falling over the thing and it just generally slowed me down… gave it to my Grand son as his camera is still a bit heavy for him…

  2. dhphotosite says:

    Wow this is just the coolest !!! This series came out really really well. It was/is fun to see the progression and movement of people from one place to the next. Well done!!!

  3. Ingrid says:

    Very cool. Years ago (many years ago) I did a similar experiment on Mackinac Island with horses/carriages. Fun to see the results!

  4. I’ve never tried motion and these turned out great.. they give a real mood to your photos.

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    I’m so glad you decided to try your experiment with people moving through Grand Central and not from a median with cars on some freeway. The clock as a focal point was a great idea.

  6. dedivahdeals says:

    I like the woman who was also taking pictures down below.

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