- May 4, 2019 at 8:26 pm #403735
Each year the Chamber of Commerce sponsors Tour de Lopez a group tour around Lopez Island. It gives me an opportunity to have an exercise in showing motion in a still photo vi a slow shuterspddaaand esulingmotion blur as the bike whizz past the end of my driveway. Which technique do you prefer: panning with the moving bikes or freezing the background while the bike and rider are blurred
- May 4, 2019 at 8:44 pm #403736
Sorry about the poor typing. I have very very shaky hands and thus erroneous keystrokes.
I'll try to correct it below:
Each year the Chamber of Commerce sponsors Tour de Lopez, a group tour around Lopez Island. It gives me an opportunity to have an exercise in showing motion in a still photo via a slow shutter speed and resulting motion blur as the bike whizz past the end of my driveway. Which technique do you prefer: panning with the moving bikes or freezing the background while the bike and rider are blurred?
- May 4, 2019 at 9:56 pm #403756
I have tried this many times Gary and like your shots if I try and just freeze the background the subject looks blurred rather than suggesting movement. I have tried it with cyclists and people on wake boards with the same result. So I would settle for panning the camera to leave the subject sharp. I have noticed in motor sports bikes or cars there are some wonderful shots taken where the subject is often just in part out of focus and one can almost feel the movement in the shot. Maybe its because of the extra speed of the motorbike or race car? Maybe cos the guys with the long lens are real photographers and know what they are doing? Beyond my pay grade to know the reason, I am but a lowly snapper.
- May 5, 2019 at 1:07 am #403795
Both shots are worthy, but I guess,like Billy, I like the panning a little better…
- May 5, 2019 at 5:15 am #403816
I like the panning much more…
- May 5, 2019 at 11:58 am #403856
if you wanna freeze the background, try a rear-curtain flash
- May 5, 2019 at 12:38 pm #403871
Hi Gary, I like the panning shot as well. It shows the subject in focus while still showing the motion in the picture. The first technique would work better for an even wider frame I believe 🙂
- May 6, 2019 at 8:47 am #404051
I definitely prefer the panning shot, but that may be a decision based on compositional strength. There is much better light and placement of the subject in the panning composition. I am not especially good at either one. Hats off to you!
- May 6, 2019 at 12:17 pm #404092
Hi Gary, I prefer the look of panning but if I really want t get the shot I will freeze action… much better chance to get something useful for me anyway.
- May 6, 2019 at 1:49 pm #404096
A Google search of “photos of racing bicycles” shows most with sharp subjects and background blur. Also, blurring is found in the wheels which helps gives a sense of motion.
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