Photo 101: A chilling moment, a splash of motion

Day 13 of Photo 101 brought Cheri’s instructions for us to dig deep to discover our individual moments of motion.

After a business meeting in downtown Syracuse, I took a moment to stand on the sidewalk of a bridge. Down I looked onto Onondaga Creek and the Syracuse Creek Walk. On this brisk almost-Spring day by the calendar, the gray water, my friend, looked angry as she rushed toward me.

Onondaga Creek, Syracuse, N.Y.

Watching the creek come in.

My fingers were cold, but I focused down, further out, way out, changing focal points and squeezing shots on my iPhone 6. I did not try to pan with the water, per Cheri’s guidance. I did not lean, nor hold my phone out over the water. Cold fingers, increasing chill … I did not want my technology to swim with the fishes.

Syracuse Creek Walk below.

Parallel to the creek.

Instead I moved to drastically change my angle.

I don’t think that I necessarily caught the waves or splashes of movement in the water that’s I’d envisioned when I came to this spot in downtown Syracuse. But I do think that the backdrop of this urban water setting, above and beside the Syracuse Creek Walk in Armory Square, provided two interesting moments.

How might you have worked the iPhone 6 to suggest more movement? Would you have moved to a different vantage point? Which shot do you prefer, and why?

43 thoughts on “Photo 101: A chilling moment, a splash of motion

  1. I like them both, and I think they both demonstrate the water’s movement. I don’t blame you for not risking your phone. Even now, I still use my camera strap when most other professional photographers don’t even attach it. I’m not one to take chances like that. πŸ™‚


  2. Hmmm,I have to say that I like the second photo best Mark. There is the spring comes… writing that adds to it plus I feel it makes the river look like a part of the city as opposed to the first one where it flows separately between its banks. The first shot is predictable – the second shows the photographer actually got down on the bank – closer to the river. Anyway, they are both great.


  3. i prefer the first shot, much more ominous looking if that is the mood you were going for. as for the tech, mine is all trial and error and my goal is not to get things wet )


    • It is ominous, Beth, with the gray and the buildings and snow on the banks. I agree. And some of us have found out about wet-tech from a friend’s unfortunate encounter. Ouch. 😦


  4. Nice! If you had captured whitecaps on a narrow urban creek, we’d all be I trouble. (And a great Costanza reference, by the way). Is it spring yet?


  5. I like the first one, its so much more powerful. You certainly do get a sense of movement in the water rushing toward you, but even more than that I get a sense of real deep bone chilling steely cold, not just in terms of temperature, but the dour grey urban setting in the background which seems quite detatched and unmoving after the energy of the water. Really good pics!


  6. I can see the movement of the water in the photos. Probably not as drastic as you saw it, but it’s still there. I noticed everyone likes the first photo best but I like the second photo best.


  7. There’s always something about symmetry that’s pleasing to the eye which is why I’ll go with the top photo. No clue on the iPhone thing…I’m sure you’re doing way better than I ever could!


    • Thank you, Cynthia. Cold, gray day downtown precluded me from taking the wide walkaround to the Creek Walk for closer inspection of the movement portion of my assignment. You know what I mean about the brisk. These were pretty fun, though, considering!


  8. I’d have put my iPhone 6 in video mode, taken a brief video, and then posted it…to, you know…show motion. Of the two stills you posted, though, I think the top one give me more an impression of movement!


    • Thanks, Doobster. I wonder if the Photo 101 class would give me a (Jimmy) DeMerrit for turning in a video … Ba-da-boom.

      I liked the feel of the water coming right at me and under the bridge. The challenge was getting that on a still shot. I wanted a blur of movement from a spash, but the preset shutter speed stopped it all. There are some limits of what our iPhone 6’s can accomplish after all. It was so cold I was not going to take the walk around the path and down to the actual creek side for closer experimentation.

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