52 Week Photography Challenge - Week 8

Week 8

Technical: Zoom Burst

By changing the focal length during long exposure you can add movement to your frame, producing leading lines within your frame.

Canon 6D with the 24-70 f/2.8II (no choice this week)


  • Shutter speed: 1/5 sec
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal length: starting at 70 and going to 24mm.

When looking at other photographs for this week's challenge I saw that a lot of people felt the same way about this challenge as I did. They didn't really like and took their photo to get it out of the way. This isn't a technique that I see myself using, but it's also not anything that would be used very often, especially as a portrait photographer. Now that my negativity is out of the way, let's get on with it!

It's no surprise that my son is clearly my primary subject for many of my photographs in my personal world. When we play outside, I take my camera; if we are playing in his room, I probably stopped and snagged the camera. He will probably be the most documented child in the history of the world.

His room has some AWESOME lighting in the afternoon as the afternoon sun comes through his window. The sun can light his room without having to turn on the lights. This is the lighting that I had when taking this photo and playing with this technique in his room. The zoom burst did create some nice leading lines to the subject of the photo and drawing your attention to the middle of the photograph.

The only time that I could see me using this technique again was if I was taking photos at night of lights. For example, if I was photographing a city skyline at night, it would produce a cool effect. Other than that, I'll keep my zoom on one focal length per exposure.


I told you he had awesome lighting in his room!!

I told you he had awesome lighting in his room!!

He is a natural model. He has his turn around down!

I'm going to be brave with this last one. I didn't ask my wife before posting it and it'll be a test to see if she reads this. LOVE YOU!

It was a windy day when I took this one. I know she will find a million things wrong with how she looks and will be her hardest critic. I like a few different things about this photo. I like the few strands of hair blowing across her face showing the movement of the air, I like the serious look on her face, but most of all I like that she's trying to make a serious face. I can tell in the corners of her mouth that she's trying not to smile.