Shooting Challenge: The Beauty of Blur

Blur is usually something we try to avoid in photography—in lowlight especially, memories can be destroyed by this muddling of shapes and colors. But for this week's Shooting Challenge, we want you to harness motion blur's artistic power.

The Challenge
Capture motion blur, in any way you'd like.

The Tips
If you feel a bit in over your head, there's a great tutorial on capturing motion blur here. (Basically, you'll want to slow down your shutter speed and lock down your camera—but feel free to use more advanced techniques, obviously.)

The Rules
1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest. (No portfolio linking or it spoils the "challenge" part.)
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings and technique used to snag the shot.
4. Email submissions to contests@gizmodo.com.
5. Include 800px wide image AND 2560x1600 sized in email. More details on these below.

Send your best entries by Sunday, January 24th at 6PM Eastern to contests@gizmodo.com with "Motion Blur" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs or GIFs, and use a FirstnameLastname.jpg (800px) and FirstnameLasnameWALLPAPER.jpg (2560px) naming convention. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email. [Image by iPhotograph]

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Gizmodo's Shooting Challenge is a weekly opportunity to dust off that fancy dSLR and experiment with hundreds of others in a new photography theme announced every Wednesday. May the best shot rule the internet for a week!
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