Motion Sickness or How Much Zoom Burst is Too Much?

When processing my zoom burst shots from Banning State Park, I found one set of images that made me feel a bit nauseous from motion sickness. And, no, I wasn’t editing in the car!

Most of the images I shot were taken at a good distance not only from the subject, but from everything in the frame. In these shots, the nearest thing to my camera (tree trunks or leaves) was at least ten feet away, with the mid-point of my image at least another 15 feet beyond that. Despite the staggered trunks and vegetation, this actually created a relatively flat focal plane. This was the case for the shots I took shooting up at the trees (where my focal point was far above my head), as well as most of the shots I took looking into the woods.

Zoom burst in Banning State Park in Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.netZoom Burst at Banning State Park in Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.netI say most, because I moved a little farther into the woods for my last few shots.

Zoom Burst at Banning State Park in Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.netThis moved me closer to my focal point and added depth as the layers of tree trunks and greenery between me and my camera became more prominent.


Much better. But it was still a little flat, so I moved in even more, not stopping until I was right in the midst of all that vegetation.

Banning State Park - ExplorationVacation.netThat did it.

- ExplorationVacation.netWhat I hadn’t expected was the way the blur, when combined with the extra depth, made the image feel as if it is in motion.

Of course, that is exactly what I like about it . . . minus the motion sickness.

Fall Leaves with Zoom Burst
A Perfect Fall Afternoon at Banning State Park (at ExplorationVacation)