When we first moved to Toronto from Fredericton, I was completely overwhelmed by the scope of the city.  As a country girl who was nice and comfy in the small, sleepy city of Fredericton, Toronto was a big, boisterous, exuberant change.  It took me a long time to find my creative groove here.

I often felt like the city was one big blur:  so many shops, so many buildings, so many people ... It was hard to focus on any one detail.  So, one of the techniques I started playing with while exploring my new home was motion blur.  For a girl who tends to spend an hour contemplating single leaves and planning the perfect shot (or shooting endless variations of a scene), doing slow shutter-speed shots through a the window of a moving trolley was a great way to remove control:  "ooh, that looks intrig... oops, missed it!"  And images of the city reduced to a smear of colour and light was a pretty accurate representation of how I was actually seeing the new world around me.

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Since then, I've has several opportunities (read 'long and slightly boring rides in cars, buses and trains') to explore this technique with rural scenes, and I am loving the painterly effect that the motion blur has on the landscapes.  It's certainly a different look than the city scenes, but I'm intrigued nonetheless.  Certainly something worth playing with a bit more!

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