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.
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!