Focus. Flash. Phoenix: Motion is Fluid


(Bryce Bozadjian/DD)
(Bryce Bozadjian/DD)

Initially, I was intrigued by the idea of capturing a photograph that depicted motion. Being a type A, detail-oriented control freak, I immediately decided I had to take a picture that was clear, sharp and frozen in time. When my camera’s moodiness (or the fact that it was overcast) destroyed all hopes for this seemingly perfect outcome, I had to let go of my control-freak nature.

Sometimes life does not go as expected. Actually, this is true more than just sometimes. Even though I had to work to loosen up, the final product was oddly liberating. Using my Nikon DSLR D5100 and a shutter speed of 1/25 and aperture f/4, I took this picture of my two friends frolicking in the water fountains at the Arizona Center. I had a focal length of 55 mm and the ISO was set to 1600.

To me, motion is fluid — exactly like the water in my shot. Motion can be graceful and languid, or it can be frantic and exhilarating, like this photo. Admittedly, it was fun to take such an “un-me” picture because it gave me a new perspective on what defines a visually captivating or thought-provoking image. I don’t have to color inside the lines anymore; I’m free to explore other forms of photographic art. Knowing that is as refreshing as a cool drink of water.

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