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Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 6 July 2011 in Sport & Recreation and Portfolio.

This is Chris Wallace (3rd Dan) photographed at Marple Aikido on 2nd July 2011.

Over the next few days I'll show you some photos that I took on the occasion of a visit to Marple Aikido by Japanese teacher Atsushi Mimuro (Aikikai 6th Dan).

With some of the photos, like this one, I deliberatley used a slow shutter speed to try and give a sense of the flowing movement that characterises Aikido.

For this image I used a 6 stop neutral density filter fixed to the front of my 85mm prime lens which allowed me to shoot with a very shallow depth of field and slow shutter speed - f1.4 and 1/5th of a second handheld.

I still find it amazing that my Nikon D700 camera was effortlessly able to track on Chris's face at f1.4 via it's continuous auto-focus system through the dark glass of the 6 stop nd filter.

NIKON D700 1/5 second F/1.4 ISO 800 85 mm (35mm equiv.)

Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog

For purchasing high quality archival prints of any of these photos you can send me an email by clicking here or by going to my website Ian Bramham - Fine Art Photography where prices are listed in the gallery sections under each individual photo.

Stefanie from Paris, France

I like these movements!

6 Jul 2011 7:50am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Très joli flouté de mouvement

6 Jul 2011 8:01am

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Terrific sense of the dynamics of this impetuous combat! High-key enhances this effect in that frame.

6 Jul 2011 8:07am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

great motion blur, Ian !

6 Jul 2011 8:39am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Very dramatic effect Ian! Nice.

6 Jul 2011 12:32pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb capture of motion!

7 Jul 2011 2:11am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

I like what you've done with the motion Ian...and it's great to see you back.
I hope you're recovered and as Rio Ferdinand once said, 'stay on your feet!'

7 Jul 2011 4:48pm

foto forte from Phoenix, United States

Wonderful sense of motion, Ian....I think you did this very well....regarding your D700, yes, they are amazing cameras, aren't they? And you are making wonderful use of it...can't wait to see the rest of the Aikido pics!

7 Jul 2011 7:07pm

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

splendid movement frozen forever!

8 Jul 2011 1:50pm

1/5 second
ISO 800
85 mm (35mm equiv.)