45 Beautiful Motion Blur Photos

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Photos taken with a camera do not represent a single moment of time. Due to technological constraints these shots stand for some scene over a brief period of time. This time frame depends on the camera’s shutter speed. In motion blur, any object moving with respect to the camera will look blurred or smeared along the direction of relative motion.

Motion blur is frequently used to show a sense of speed. You can achieve this effect in a usual scene using slow shutter speeds. You may want to take a look at resources provided in the end of the article — they show how one can add the motion blur effect in photos.

This article presents 45 beautiful examples of motion blur in photography. This showcase isn’t supposed to be the ultimate and complete selection of motion blur images — it is supposed to provide you with some inspiration of what can be done with motion blur. All pictures are linked to the author’s pages. You may want to explore further works of the photographers we’ve featured below.

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The picture presented below is not motion blur, yet it somehow fits to the post. The picture is titled “Meaning of Life”43.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/14/let-there-be-light-light-paintings-and-sculptures/
  5. 5 http://flickr.com/photos/8745567@N04/2523413275/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/expectationmaximization/2744096808/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/aloha_lavina/2681067385/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/leecullivan/240389468/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevacek/299323149/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrick-smith-photography/2750168833/
  11. 11 http://www.shareordie.in/best-photos-from-reuters/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/31454324@N00/470063165
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/magic_man/2132072683/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/giantginkgo/56484543/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dreamer7112/228511235/
  16. 16 http://flickr.com/photos/e01/2334039881/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/2693120417/in/set-72057594051805385/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/arjunpurky/179834257/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/esthet/141748777/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom26ger/2279694310/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ruvjet/406564625/
  22. 22 http://flickr.com/photos/jables80/2560749027/in/pool-longexposure
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/17369383@N07/2382677405/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonskinner/959766236/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/abudoma/2492682463/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinday/2473692778/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/8521777@N03/1802179279/in/pool-44055355@N00
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/--stromberg--/2523121353/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bumpkinbwoy/246014473/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiovenni/73599269/
  31. 31 http://alexkatana.deviantart.com/art/wedding-2-91388155
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wellingtondany/474444715/
  33. 33 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkamp/2642246332/
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrullmi/282830820/
  35. 35 http://flickr.com/photos/26695058@N00/359114610/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/26695058@N00/1352169569/
  37. 37 http://flickr.com/photos/paralecitam/1478213058/in/set-72157600851446930/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosendahl/2111805581/
  39. 39 http://flickr.com/photos/mace2000/504184289/in/photostream/
  40. 40 http://flickr.com/photos/maxblack/2516715092/in/set-72157605446996137/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/oskhan/2763161032/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonskinner/2677224829/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/seangloster/2691808542/in/pool-96306333@N00
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/seangloster/2691808542/in/pool-96306333@N00
  45. 45 http://www.emmettlollis.com/tutorials/photoshop/speeding-car-motion-effect.asp
  46. 46 http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/how-to-capture-motion-blur-in-photography/
  47. 47 http://www.picturecorrect.com/photoshoptips/motion_blur.htm
  48. 48 http://www.emmaalvarez.com/2008/01/top-best-55-photoshop-tutorials-for.html
  49. 49 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/10/adobe-photoshop-tutorials-best-of/
  50. 50 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  51. 51 http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/how-to-capture-motion-blur-in-photography/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/groups/glow/pool/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/groups/blurred/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/groups/motionblur/pool/
  55. 55 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  56. 56 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  57. 57 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  58. 58 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/14/let-there-be-light-light-paintings-and-sculptures/

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Vailancio Rodrigues is a web ninja who bakes semantic muffins. Apart from that he is also interested in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, Photography and knows little bit of Physics due to his college education . He is from Goa - a beautiful tropical paradise in India.

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  1. 1

    Wirklich tolle Bilder mit Langzeitbelichtung.

    Grüße
    Andreas

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    wow… amazing

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    re motorcycle pic: interesting how you can see the knobs on the tires but the back ground is blurred – that would have to be one very fast zoom to blur the background and capture the tire.

    Agreed: photoshop

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    Quite a load of awesome.

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    漂亮!

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    splendide !!

    Nacene en Chine

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    thanks!

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    Really enjoyed them. Awesome.

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    one word “COOL”

    i really liked the picture of the dog and cityscapes

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    cool pics

    i really liked the picture of the dog and cityscape

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    Wow! A lot of these pictures are Really incredible!!

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    If your looking for a good photography tutorial or photography training site, http://www.hobopublishing.com is a really good one. They offer training on portraits, nudes, weddings, and alot more. They also have some stuff on lighting setups and posing guides. Check em’ out. The programs they have are real easy to use and very interactive. Hope that helps some.

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    Make Design, Not War

    August 28, 2008 10:25 am

    nice! reminds me of this shot I took a while back with my younger brother and a beer bottle Breath of Fire. Thanks for sharing this set. Inspirational as always :)MakeDesign,NotWar

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    There is no motion blur on 13th photo

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    He`s got madskills, what software did he use and camera ?

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    Breathtakingphotos.....Sean Gloster

    August 28, 2008 8:33 pm

    I enjoy the photos. I do agree with one photographer that you should ask before using OUR photos. I only found out because the “Meaning of Life” spiked in views. That being said. Thanks. And Wow! There are some nasty people in this world. Makes me at times want to be surrounded by barbwire to protect me from them. Breathtakingphotos…..Sean Gloster

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    I really enjoy this collection, anybody can post some other categories which has excellent collection.

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    thats gr8 !!

    i really liked them !!

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    Great work, except the ones ‘photoshoped’ pic, THE MOTORBIKE.
    Filters > Blur > Radial Blur > Zoom
    —————————————————————
    Gran trabajo, a excepción de la foto ‘photoshopeada’, LA MOTO.
    Filtros > Desenfoque > Radial > Zoom

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    http://photouptodate.blogspot.com/

    August 30, 2008 3:22 pm

    Very impressive! Thank you for sharing!

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    Pramathesh Borkotoky

    August 31, 2008 3:55 am

    Simply Wow

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    Inspiring collection indeed. Great works!

    Can I humbly link some shots of mine? :)
    lightStreams

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    Nice sets of collections, if it is ok with you can I link my photoblog? PinoyClicks

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    Excellent post. Excellent magazine. Please please please never go away. Thanks.

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    wft?!

    how teh fack, did that guy take the picture holding on to that kid WHEN
    he was holding on to it with two hands?

    i say third hand-itus.

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    really re its a proven fact tat ure genious……………………………..

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    ( O.o)y-~~To much good photographers. I’m jalous!

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    Im working on it :)

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    While I appreciate that one of my photos was blogged here; however, many of those photos above picked from various Flickr photostreams are copyright photos. For those copyright photos, I do agree that the editor(s) should have the courtesy to ask the original photographer(s) for permission before republishing their content else where. I was never asked, but if I was, I would have said yes. It’s just common courtesy.

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    Really amazing!

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    smashingmagazine you are the best.
    i send this page to more than 1000 people.
    thanks.
    and this is my site: Beautiful Pictures

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  34. 1735

    Very cool site, my site.

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    pls send buautiful phos & links

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    Can somebody kindly explain to me how the mud slide picture was taken? Is this panning? How do I create such an effect?

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    Steve In Denver Colorado USA

    October 11, 2008 5:09 pm

    Hi, wow!
    I love these shots. I want to learn how to take that sort of thing with my new camera. Thanks for posting these photos.

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    interesting picture it very niceeeeeeeeee…

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    very-very prestigious, thanks

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    nice selection of photos!!! I am very excited to go out and play a bit with my camera now!! :D

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    very very good stuff, this.

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    I have to agree that there are a few obviously PS’d images. The Motorbike image is a classic beginner PS attempt. The zoom lines lead into the helmet and all into the bike period. A zoomed exposure (in or out) would not look like this when the bike is moving at the rate it is.
    How would you get the shutter speed to be so long in the light conditions and zoom for that length effect? I also completely agree with others regarding usage. Please ask permission.
    Lastly on a light note: Where do you draw the line on shutter speed when you call it Motion Blur or Timed Exposure? Responses?

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    Regarding use of Rick Post’s (aka CapturedLight on Flickr) image. Technically SM hasn’t seemed to have copied your image, merely embedded a link to your publicly displayed image.

    It’s a great image and I understand your disappointment, but if you don’t want to risk others exploiting your prized images, you shouldn’t have them on Flickr in the first place.

    Rather, a Flash based online gallery is your safest bet.

    On the other hand, you are receiving kudos just by your image being here, so maybe that’s not a bad trade off.

    I came to this link via a newsletter from http://www.photojojo.com, which a has a pretty huge following, so expect more clicks coming your way. Good Luck.

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    Nice Posting on Motion Blur . !!!

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    so cool these pics r so cute :)
    like me
    lol

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    wonderful images..I like..

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    wow this pictures are amazing!
    would you mind making a little time and maybe telling the names of the people who toke those motion blurs?

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    Extraordinary

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