Motion blur results from a shutter speed that is slower than would otherwise be used to “freeze” action or movement. Often times, a slower shutter speed is used when panning a camera with a moving subject and, as a result, the background is blurred because it is stationary. In other events, the camera may be affixed to the moving object (e.g., inside a car), which also blurs a portion of the scene (e.g., the roadway and lights). In some cases, it is the subject of the photo that is blurred due to movement – this works great with well lit subjects at night.
Motion blur, through the variety of techniques used to achieve this effect, is commonly used to convey a sense of speed, which is well-demonstrated in the following 7 photos.
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