Bosque Blurs Are So Fun!


Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ 1/6 sec. combined with a slight zoom–one of my favorites

It was nice meeting new friends in Bosque and seeing old ones too. I enjoyed all of my time in New Mexico and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

The blurs in this blog post were all captured either before, during or after my workshop in Bosque. The top featured image was captured in the early morning; when the sun first hits the tops of the mountains it creates an orange glow. In post processing I darkened down the mountains and the cranes to create this look. My shutter speed was an 1/8 second and I panned with the cranes.

My flight home was slightly delayed, I just walked in the door. I miss my family so much and with the holidays around the corner–there is no place like home!


Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography

It’s funny, when I first saw the grasses covering the birds slightly at the edge of the frame I was worried that they may interfere with my blur. After several shots I liked what I was seeing and kept trying to include them for a different look.


Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography

The soft layers of color inspired this shot of Snow Geese far in the distance. I liked the delicate look and thought that the geese matched the style of the background. Shot at 1/200 second; even with the faster shutter speed it looks like a blur.


Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography

The reason I included this blur is because as I was shooting the blackbirds I noticed a white one in the mix. Can you see it? You may need to click on the image to see the larger version. I also liked the ducks at the bottom. Shot at 1/800 sec. All the other images in this post were shot at 1/15 second using the Canon 5D Mark IV and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens+ 2EX

There are many variables that affect the degree of blurring. To master this art I suggest keep shooting! When I create a blur that I like, know that it took me quite a few tries to get it! To learn more about creating captivating blurs, check out my latest blur eBook, available only through A Creative Adventure- “A Guide to Creative Blurs”.


Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography


Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography


Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography

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16 Responses

  1. Dennis Bishop says:

    They’re all good, of course, but the second one . . . Wow!!! You worked some magic with that zoom.

  2. Kathy Bishop says:

    I love the way the birds flow with the mountains in the first one and the color is fantastic. The third one is also beautiful. I like the dreamy feel and agree about the grasses. You gave us a wonderful introduction to Bosque. We can’t wait to go back.

  3. Liz Lauer says:

    You are awesome Denise. Had so much fun on this workshop. The participants were the best ever. Talented and generous. I’m working on my blurs. Not easy to get it right. I plan to purchase your book to help me out. Would love to join you again at Bosque, one of my favorite places in the world.

  4. Jean Chase Farnum says:

    Are there actually “white” black birds?! I’m a real novice at bird identification… 🙂 All shots quite inspirational for sure.

  5. Glen Fox says:

    These are very moving images Denise ..you capture the beauty, energy and excitement of the cloud of birds. I especially like the 1st and 2nd image. I can still recognize the bird but you’ve captured the moment so beautifully. I’m particularly drawn to the 2nd image and am wondering whether this is a zoom blur or how it was done to get that radial effect.
    Thank you for sharing your art with us, and for refreshing my memories of this wonderful place. ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS AND SOME REST!

  6. Nancy Bell says:

    Awesome!!! The zoom blur is brilliant and captures the essence of the birds blasting off! You are such a creative and artistic photographer!!

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