Is it a watercolour? Is it a photo? Manun recently published a series of wonderfully blurry landscape photos on Photocase. We asked her to explain a little how she created such striking photos and she agreed, describing how she was overcome by the beauty of the Brittany sea- and landscape and became a “Papparazza possessed.” We’ve added a short translation of her explanation just below the photo.
“I used a panning technique to create this photo, along with a long-exposure so that you can (while exposing the shot) move the camera to create the blur. You can of course move the camera in any direction you like, up-down, left-right, whatever. In this case, I moved my camera, an EOS 5D from left to right to keep the horizon flat and to keep the three elements (cliffs, ocean and cloudy sky) relatively coherent. With a little practice you can get really good at this. Don’t worry about keeping the horizon perfectly straight, you can always touch it up later.
What is important is that the exposure time is long enough, this of course depends on the speed of the movement and the amount of light. I had great results with a shutter speed of 1/60s and 1/30s, but sometimes you need even longer exposure times. Another small tip: It’s better if you can release the shutter after you’ve started moving the camera, not before. This creates a more harmonious result. In any case, experiment! And don’t forget, to get the same results in daylight you should use a very low ISO and maybe even some light filters.