Your Beautifully Blurry Photos

Motion blur! It doesn't just ruin photos. It's also something that can be used for artistic effect, when done properly. And for the results of this week's Shooting Challenge, we've got 117 photographers who did just that.

First Runner Up

This is my favourite Korg, and I thought this would be pretty cool to capture "In motion!"

I used a Canon Rebel T1I


20 Second Exposure

18-55mm Lens (shot at 27mm)

ISO 100

Developed in Lightroom2

And my lighting was a small fluorescent tube light, the size you would put in a closet and such... -Marcel Maynard

Second Runner Up

Camera:Canon EOS REBEL T1i Lens: 18-55m F/3.5 Exposure:3.2 Aperture:f/22.0 Focal Length:28 mm ISO Speed:100 Exposure Bias:-1/3 EV -Shant Meguerdichian


Camera: Canon S90 Shutter Speed: 0.81 sec Aperture: F/8 Focal Length 6mm ISO: 80 Exposure Compensation: -0.7 step -David McGibbon

Technique: I told the bride to run, as the water is very cold, she had no problem with this. I handheld the camera and came up with some lovely shots. Summary: Canon 5D Mk1 & Canon EF 35mm f/2 1/10s @ f/5, ISO100 Sigma500 flash @ 1/2 power -Kurt Elster

Shot of Uptown Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada with a Nikon D3000, 30 second exposure, f/13 aperature with 100 ISO -Jeff Edmanson

Canon 20D, 17-85 IS lens. -Tom Molczynski

I shot these photos (this is the most dynamic one in my opinion) with a Nikon D40, 18-200mm lense. No its not a zoom blur from photoshop, I physically zoomed in/our on the subject with the following settings: f/6, 1/80 sec exposure time, 200 ISO. -nerv11

Canon Rebel XTi on a tripod doing a 25 second exposure of a tree on a windy night. The original plan was to assemble several pictures together to get streaks from all the airplanes flying in the background, but alas it was dinner time and I was hungry so that plan got thrown out the window as food got thrown down my gullet. In post I cooled down the white balance a bit to turn it from an orange hue to a blue one. The hardest part was getting the focus right. It wouldn't auto-focus so I had to set it to manual and I took a series of photos each with the focus changed by a small amount until I got one that was sharp enough for my tastes Camera: Canon Rebel XTi Lens: 50mm 1.8 ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 25 Seconds Aperture: f/5.6 -Collin May

I currently use a nikon D-70. I usually use 2 lenses. a 50mm prime and a zoom lens 28-200mm. since most of the shots were taken at night, I kept the ISO between 800 and 1600...I'm not the kind of person who writes it down..I just shoot and hope for the best. If you have any questions, let me know!! -Jamin Shoulet

Violet Parr from "The Incredibles," a 2004 McDonald's happy meal toy. Canon 5D MarkII, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L f/10, 1.0sec exposure, ISO100I used a black sweep, strong back light for highlights, a tripod, and prolonged exposure to achieve the photograph. -Michael Durr

This is a shot of a creek nearly overflowing its banks. Shot in the rain, with a plastic ziplock bag to protect the camera. Camera settings: ISO 250, 1/100 F 3.5. Canon 5D MK2. 28mm. RAW. - Keith Chancey

This photo was taken this afternoon using my Canon Digital Rebel T1i with a Canon EF 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 IS USM lens. My daughter and I were out on the lake, and she was running and throwing herself onto the ice, gliding towards me. I took several photos, but this one was the best, where her face is in focus, but hair, hands and feet are blurred my movement. I was using Aperture Priority set at f/13.0 and the shutter speed was 1/100, ISO 160. The sun was standing low, but it was still fairly light. -Anders Wahlby

Camera D90 Lens Tokina 12-24 DXII Flash SB-600 Settings: ISO 125 1/200 sec f/10 -Kevin Curry

Canon SD630 "Japanese Dance" -Morgan Ziegler

shot with Nikon D90, 70 - 200 F2.8, f3.2 @ 1/40th -Frank Reinsel

Camera: Nikon D90 Lens: Nikon DX AF-S 35mm f/1.8 Exposure: 1/25 F-stop: 2.5 Handheld Brief Technique: My technique is probably the best - hand the camera over to my wife. Once I completed that crucial first step, I grabbed my cat's favorite toy and let her do the work (her applies to my cat, Moxie, as well as my wife, Paige). -Chris Allen

Camera: Canon 50D Lens: 50mm f/1.4 F/stop: f/11 Shutter: 1/40 ISO: 100 No flash While my brother was running around like an idiot, I matched my panning with his speed and squeezed the shutter. Light processing to fix contrast -Michael Fornolles

Camera: Canon 5D MKII Lens: 85mm 1.2L ISO: 100 Aperture: f/ 1.2 Shutter Speed: 2s Capture time: 12:15:18AM Jan 21, 2010 I shot the picture in the dark on top of a black piano to get the reflection. I had the wife light the lighter moving only the thumb capture motion blur of lighting the flint and the shooting flame and sparks. The shallow dof keeps only part of the box and lighter in focus. thanks -Dave Lin

Picture of a carousel at night in London taken without a tripod and after a few drinks. I wanted to test out the low light performance of my new Canon S90 point-and-shoot camera and decided to lengthen the shutter speed and see what I ended up with. This is the first time I've ever submitted a photo to the Gizmodo Shooting Challenge. Camera: Canon S90 Shutter Speed: 0.81 sec Aperture: F/8 Focal Length 6mm ISO: 80 Exposure Compensation: -0.7 step -David McGibbon

This picture of one an awesome band: Tweak Bird. Taken with my Canon Rebel Xsi, with an efs 18-55mm kit lens. ISO 800 (auto, no flash mode). -Andrea Zeppilli

Attached is a photo of downtown Calgary. I used a Canon SX10 IS, on a tripod. I used 8 second exposure and 100 ISO and just moved the tripod a tiny bit to get this blur. Here is the flickr link, and there are many more blur photos in this photo's set. -Alex Flint

Equipment: Camera body: Canon EOS 10D Lens: EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM Settings: ISO 400 Shutter speed: 6 seconds Focal length: 17mm Aperture: f/8 Technique: Find a location with several street lights at different heights and directions. Set camera to long exposure, and self timer to 10 seconds, grab the shoulder & neck strap firmly and start swinging the camera around. Experiment, experiment and experiment. Something interesting will eventually come out of it. I took this around dusk to get some blue in the shot. Interestingly you can see the frequency of the electric lights in the light trails. Obviously not the most original technique, but the pulsating lights give a nice twist to it. -Petri Tuohimaa

Here is my entrie. I used 400 ISO Kodak Professional B&W Tri-X film on my dad's Minolta Maxxum 5. This shot was in Las Vegas on the strip. I didn't have a tri-pod, so I leaned against a wall right by the intersection I photographed, and had my little brother kneel down so I could use his back as arm support. I didn't write down the exposure but I have a pretty good idea that I was at f(6.3) and .5" Later I scanned the negatives into my computer and added the red windows through photoshop—I like the effect that it has on the photograph, but you can take whatever you want from it. -Tyler Palmer

"BMW in Motion" I shot this picture sitting by the side of the road, attempting to shoot the car photos you see in magazines where the car is in focus and the background is blurred, indicating motion. However, to do this properly would require me to have a rig and move at the same speed as the car in a parallel track. Instead, I just pivoted the camera with the car for a ghetto effect that came out well. Then I made it black and white. Shot with a Canon Digital Rebel XS, 1/2sec exposure, f/22, ISO 100, 18mm focal length. -Adam Long

Olympus E-420, Olympus Zukio 14-42mm 1:3.7-5.6 @ 24mm with 0.25x Rowa Super Fisheye adaptor, f/9, 2 sec, ISO 200. -Peter Norris

Taken with Nikon D700, Nikkor 17-35mm f/2,8 AF-S 0,77 sec, f/16, ISO 1600, 17mm, colors set to Standard. When I saw this Merry-go-round I just put the camera in Shutter priority mode and dialed in 0,77 sec to get some nice trails of lights. Handheld. -Grega Mali

Here is my submission for the shooting challenge for the week of January 20-January 24. It was shot on a p&s Casio Exilim EX-S5 on Auto ISO, no flash, and daytime white balalnce. I'm a beginner as far as photography is concerned, and this image was untouched except for resizing in irfanview. thanks -Joel Summerville

For this shot I used my Nikon D3000 with the 18-55mm kit lens. For the water, tree and grass I set it for a 10 second exposure, and for lighting up myself I used a 5 second exposure. It took about 30 exposures to get all the different elements I wanted. I shot them all in RAW and used my camera's built-in image overlay function to put them all together. Then I tweaked the lighting and colors a little bit in Photoshop and SHABLAMA!!! -Michael Strack

Nikon D90 Nikon DX 18-105 @25mm F/25 .80 s ISO 200 Hope you like. This is my first submission. I actually took the photo not even thinking about the Gizmodo Photo Challenge, which I always look at. When I got home tonight I remembered all about the blurry challenge. So here it is. -Blake Choquer

This photo was taken at Humboldt Redwoods State Park. I was in the passenger seat of a moving vehicle going about 40 mpg when I stuck my camera out the window to get this shot. My friend who was driving at the time asked, "are you nuts?" for even attempting that shot with my D90, but when I showed him the shot immediately after I took it he said, "whoa.." Taken at 10mm, f/9.0, 1/30, ISO 640 with a 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Nikkor lens mounted on a Nikon D90. -Kyle Greenwell

I simply used my trusty Canon EOS Rebel T1i with a Canon EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. ISO at 1600. No tripod, nothing special. Great contest idea by the way! -Colin Budd

Camera toss in front of computer monitor. Canon G10 .5 sec shutter speed f/2.8 -Chris Andrews

This was taken at a park just outside Melbourne, Australia. As most motion blur is subject-based (i.e. steadying the camera, extending the exposure, and letting the subject blur against the background), I instead chose to freeze the subject against a moving background. I waited until the kangaroo started running tangentially to my view, then quickly began sprinting next to him. It took a few attempts (and a few different kangaroos, some of which were more amenable to the idea than others), but this one came out pretty crisp. Equipment & Settings: Camera: Canon EOS 300D Lens: Canon 18 - 55mm, f/3.5 - 5.6, EF-S mount (kit lens) ISO: 200 Aperture: f/29 Exposure Time: 1/25" -Chris Hannemann

Here is my entry. It was shot on 1/21/2010 using a Canon 20D with a 28-80mm L lens at 100 ISO on a tripod. I believe this was a 4 second exposure shot at f11. -Mike Kim

CITY IN MOTION I used a Canon EOS 7D Aperture f/16 shutter speed 1/8 ISO 200 To get this, I took two shots. 1 shot was a static shot of the city and the 2nd was a snap zoom. In photoshop I combined the two images and did some colorizing. -James Hale

As a part of my Anger-Management, i attached my Canon Eos 500D with the basic 18-55mm lens to my Katana blade and smashed that BSOD. Shutter speed 1sec. Note: No Monitors were harmed during this shot. ...and to be fair... the BSOD was a fake too. -Bobo the Teddy

On a trip to Atlantic City NJ, I captured this sitting at a red light using a Nikon D90. Streaks of light was captured using a 1 sec exposure and an ISO of 1000. Focal length was 32mm, but that is not really important because all I did was snap the picture at max focal length (105mm), then steadily zoom in until the shutter closed at 32mm. -Pedro Leal

This image was shot with a nikon D2X, 120mm nikkor, f10 @ 1/13.. It is three images, shot in rapid succession, layered together in photoshop to create this image of blurred speed. -William MacCollum

A swirling hottub, walking across the hot tub stopping every ten seconds, for ten seconds. Nikon D90 18-200mm, tripod, remote shutter f16, iso 200, bulb. -Jason Simmonds

Hello. Picture taken with a Canon 7d, 17-55 f/2.8 lens at 23 mm f/4. 8 second exposure at ISO 200. The shoot: Shot in the dark, with flash set on 2nd curtain. Illuminated the subject with a flashlight so that the camera would capture his motion as he moved across the frame. The darkened room/spotlight combo captured motion a lot better than just a long exposure in a well-lit room. -Greg Chow

I used a Nikon Coolpix P5100 point and shoot. I took a picture of a piece of art that I made (which also contains movement). I turned the camera as I shot the painting. Painting for sale at Aperture f4/7 Shutter Speed 1/15 ISO 100 -Walt Hale

Taken with a Casio EX-F1 high-speed camera of Thor's hammer smashing a piece of ice into oblivion. I basically went around hitting ice with a hammer and shooting the results at 60FPS, adjusting settings as I went through my supply. Exposure settings: 1/200 second at ISO 400 and f/4.1 at 361 mm (35mm equivalent). -Kieran Wilson

This image is in response to the motion blur photo contest. It was taken at a track meet at Lehigh University on January 23 (today). The camera (Canon Rebel Xti) was mounted on a tripod next to the second hurdle in the college womens 60 meter hurdle race. It captures six women traveling over the hurdle almost simultaneously. Shot details: f/4, 1/20 sec., ISO-800, EFS18-55mm lens. Thanks. -Brian Monetti

Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i, Kit Lens, 18-55mm IS Shutter: .3 Seconds F-Stop: 14 Focal Length: 25mm ISO: 100 -Jared Augenstein

So we went to Disney World with my family this week, and we went to Hollywood Studios. Great park, I sat through their show twice to get this nice shot. I used my Kodak z812is (I know, non DSLR, I'm ashamed...) with 3 shot bursts while panning with the car. No flash, ISO of 100, 1/40 sec exposure -Tommy Hu

Exposure 1/60 sec at 5,6 aperture, Canon G11 I used my Canon G11 set to shutter speed priority and a model a nazi Messerschmitt bf 109. I held the aircraft in the wingtip, rested the camera on my arm, and then rotated. I must have looked quite stupid spinning around like that! It was important to cut out the propeller blades because obviously they weren't moving. The only editing i have done is setting the exposure and vibrance in Adobe Lightroom. -Loui Nydelius

Hi Attached is a copy of my Blurry Photo. I took it on Friday at the NY Motorcycle Show in the Javitz Center. I used a Nikon D60 and just left the shutter speed at 1/15, ISO1600. I was watching the Ducati Stunt Team and this is the best of the Blur shots I got. -Isaac Hattem

For this image it took me about 6 or so tries to get it "right." Or as close to right as possible. It was taken a lil after midnight using a Nikon D90, AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm lens, the nikon ML-L3 wireless remote, a Sunpak platinum plus tripod (as if that made a difference) and the light bulb from the refrigerator. The settings were: Aperture: F9 Shutter Speed: 30secs Metering: Center-Weighted ISO: 320 I basically stood off to the left to active the shutter using the ML-L3 remote. Stood there 10 seconds. Stood in front of the refrigerator for 15 seconds. walked away for the last 5 seconds. -Tennyson Brown

Canon EOS Rebel XS EFS18-55mm Canon Lens 3"2 @ f7.1 Camera stabilized by steering wheel Taken in garage with all lights off Placed car in park Clicked the shutter and stepped on the gas, gradually increasing pressure -John Tabak

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