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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”.

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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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    Yep, boy with tands and dog are very expressive.

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    Very nice collection! I particularly like the rocket launch and the ones involving traffic.

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    Very nice post, love the rocket launch one

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    Some excellent photos…..especially Ghost Train and Bisecting the Moonrise.

    motionblur. ;)

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    yay, nice one

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    Excellent collection :D
    Mali

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    Motion blurs are a great effect, especially in live music photography.

    some examples of motion blurs in some photos i’ve taken.
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    – Ian, Vanity Design Studios.

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    nice post !

    shows you how much can really be done by using motion blur… keep up the great articles !!

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    The last one is depth of field, not motion blur.

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    honestly, i did expect to be impressed or even moved by the pictures….but wow…these are just brilliant…much respect to the original artists…and of course you for sharing this great find.

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    Nice… hows about a posting about Government web design standards? Lot of people would love something on that.

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    Nice post, very inspirational!

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      you fuckin neematoad, your lucky i dont send u back to the stone ages, I oughta break your back and shove a sharp, microwave oven up your tight ass, ima loosen you up nigga

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    Unbelievable collection!

    Link

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    Impressive pictures. Nice!

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    insane :-) I love them !

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    just what i needed on a rainy sunday. thanks!

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    awesome collection

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    sorry i have write bad the code :-)

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    Good post
    Some of them are really inspirational,

    hmm… I dint see any motion blur in the last one

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    beautiful,, very immpresive..

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    lovely :)

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    A great list and some beautiful and creative photos. Thanks!

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    beautiful…i like the one involves water and light effects…

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    thats awsome…. good work!

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    Many of these photographs are copyrighted and do not allow you to reproduce them here, particularly when SM is heavily pushing advertising and generating revenue from this type of content. Unless SM is rewarding the artists who spent time creating these works…which I’m sure it’s not.

    Eye candy is money, you’re all hooked on eye candy, SM is filling its pockets thanks to you :)

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    That dog is hilarious. :D

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    Most of the photos aren’t technically “motion blur” but time-lapse captures. Two different things.

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    Gr8 Collection of pics really inspiring!!

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