Wednesday, October 1, 2014

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Movement

The first day of each month is a theme day for photographers from around the world at City Daily Photo, and the theme for October is Movement. You can find different interpretations of this theme here.

This is a shot from J.R. Booth's old quarters, within the Laurentian Centre during Doors Open. Here in the entry hall, the woman leaving the house creates just enough of a blur to hint at motion.

I was on the O-Train heading north into Carleton one day when I realized a good opportunity for the theme was presenting itself as we rode the rails. These three shots have the blurring effect of movement as we speed by the trees on either side of the tracks. The pattern of the seat is reflected in the window.

I wonder if this is the way The Flash sees the world.


  1. It seems to have photographed the speed!


  2. I like how your Doors Open can be either doors opening or open doors.

    The sense of speed and passage from your train is exciting.

  3. Both slow and fast movement - very good!

  4. A few effects of pure movement!

  5. All four shots are a good choice for the theme, I think. The last one is my favourite.

  6. those are cool speedy shots from the train!

  7. @Bibi: thanks!

    @Marianne: they are.

    @Tomas: indeed.

    @Dina: thanks!

    @Blois: a little of both is a good thing.

    @VP: quite so!

    @Jan: I like it too.

    @Tanya: it seemed appropriate.

    @Revrunner: thanks!

  8. I can definitely feel the movement of the train!

  9. definitely 'whooshing' on that train. :)

  10. I love train shots! Perfect for the movement theme!

  11. Moving along at a good clip by the looks of it.

  12. I love trains! Why do you avoid accordion music, William? :)

  13. You got a lot of movement going on here.

  14. All of these are wonderful shots for the theme! I love trains too.

  15. I like the last one best. It is very artistic. I like to "make" pics like that when I walking

  16. @EG: it occurs to me my knee is reflected in the second of those shots; I was wearing tan jeans that day.

    @Tex: it's usually a smooth ride.

    @Luis: thanks!

    @Halcyon: thank you!

    @Judy: down that stretch it moves pretty quickly, but the station stop isn't that far away.

    @Linda: my dad plays the accordion. I've heard enough accordion music to last a thousand lifetimes.

    @Sharon: it felt like the right kind of play on the theme. From the posts I've seen thus far, other people had some ideas that ran along the same lines.

    @Lois: this train is the first phase of a larger system of light rail. The construction for the next phase is well underway.

    @Norma: thank you!

    @Spiderama: that one worked the best for me personally.

    @Peter: indeed!

    @RedPat: oddly I can travel on a train and be fine reading, but if I try reading in a car, I can get sick.

  17. Sorry that you feel so negatively about some things that I post, William. Hope you are having a good week.

  18. Well done on the theme, nice shots! Thanks for the comment on the afternoon tea with the queen. Well spotted with the woman and the backpack. Of course she was with many of us tourists and not invited :)

  19. You’ve made a great Theme Day post. Quite the series!

  20. The woman portrayed it perfectly. The others just made my eyes cross.

  21. @Linda: it seems we had a bit of crossed wires going on.

    @Denise: thank you.

    @Lynette: thanks!

    @Whisk: thank you!

    @Mari: that's been a common thing going on with this theme.

  22. Your train shots make me think you were on a bullet train instead of a commuter!

  23. Nice! I especially like the sense of speed in the last shot.

  24. Great set of images and perfect for this theme!

  25. A lot of movement here, William!
    Your train was very fast :-)

  26. William, there is nothing quite like travel by train, and your photos have captured that sense of the scenery flying by. The mesmerizing motion is often sleep-inducing!


  27. @Hamilton: it does move quite swiftly there, but not bullet train speed.

    @Kay: thanks!

    @Randy: thank you.

    @Carraol: thank you!

    @Karl: it could have been faster!

    @Genie: I know; I've slept on trains.

    @Jose: it is!

  28. Super shots William, especially the last.. Flash would be impressed :)