Saturday, February 1, 2014

35 - Spin Cycle

The Mrs. and I had a date night.  We saw Gravity in 3D.  Terrific movie; I really enjoyed it.  I would describe it as an introspective action movie.  Yes, that sounds like an oxymoron but it's an accurate description.  The story's great, the acting excellent, the pacing is perfect, and the special effects are spectacular without being too spectacular.  Also, this is one of the few 3D movies I've seen where where the 3D didn't seem like a novelty.  It was subtler, well-integrated, and enhancing, rather than stuff-flying-at-you gimmicky.  All in all, a very satisfying movie.

Today's photo is from the outlet mall in Katy.  There's a really nice carousel in the food court.  Perfect for a motion blur shot, which was kind of apropos after the movie.  Carousels are a great study aid for motion blur because there are at least four different ways to approach them.  First, is what I've done here:  Hold the the camera still and let the carousel blur while everything else stays sharp.  Second, you can get closer to the carousel and take the picture while panning the camera with the ride as it zooms by.  This will keep the keep carousel sharp and blur everything else.  Third, you can ride the carousel and snap a photo of a person on the ride as it's whirling, which will make the carousel sharp and everything else blur (but from a different perspective).  And finally, you can ride the carousel and take a picture of the scenery rushing by (with no carousel in the frame) and then everything's motion-blurred.

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