Scavenger Hunt #37 – Intentional Camera Movement

A wooden manikin, in a super hero pose, tilted slightly to the right, seemingly zooming into the image, with very visible movement trails.

For the Scavenger Hunt #37, I revisited the theme I had used in Scavenger Hunt #32 – the wooden manikins are back!

“Intentional Camera Movement” almost stumped me, because it didn’t feel obvious to make that work in a very static context such as manikins in a studio. Until I remembered that playing with the focal length of the lens while shooting was also intentional camera movement! I set up my camera on a Platypod and then experimented with multiple takes, some going from the smaller focal length to the longer, some trying to move as smoothly as possible, some making a few pauses during the course of the lens. I ended up choosing a continuous move from longer length to shorter length.

An unedited version of the previous image, where the manikin's movement is visible, but the manikin is clearly standing in front of a wall, which breaks the illusion.
CameraPentax K-1 II
LensPentax D FA 24-70mm F2.8
Focal length70 to 28 mm, continuous
Exposure time3s

I edited the picture to play with the “super hero zooming into the scene” aesthetics, in particular in the way I chose to tilt the image. I also processed the image to emphasize the movement trails. And I think it’s one of my favorite pictures for this Hunt 🙂

The pictures from my fellow Scavengers are here: Intentional Camera Movement.

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