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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Boxing Blurs - at Henry Tillman Championship Boxing Club

Motion blurs are one of my favorite diversions. For me at least they are most effective when shooting action sports, although that seems to be stating the obvious. I have already posted a series or two on surfing blurs, also on Muay Thai boxing. In surfing you not only have the motion of the water (the spray in particular) but also the very dynamic motion of the surfer. Motion blurs also tend to be very successful in color, the streaks running across the frame competing with the rest of the image. The end result is an image that playfully captures and details movement.
In boxing the ring remains idle, it is just the two combatants that are moving. In this instance the colorful streaks left by the gloves and the head gear reinforce the movement. You get a sense of where the punches came from, and where they stopped in that 1/20 of a second.
Here are images of heavyweights Malik Scott (pink head gear) and Charles Martin (red head gear) sparring at Henry Tillman Championship Boxing Club in Carson CA. Shot 2013.11.08 with Canon 5D3 and EF 24-70 f/2.8 or EF 70-200 f/2.8 lens. With a little post work in Photoshop.

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