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A shot of my young red setter chasing off after her ball on the beach yesterday. The sea fret combined with minimum aperture to give me a lovely low shutter speed to capture the motion blur.

Camera:Pentax K100D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Samsung 50-200mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Ready, Setter, GO!
Username:DunDiggin DunDiggin
Uploaded:12 May 2008 - 10:45 AM
Tags:Beach, Chase, Irish, Pets / captive animals, Red, Run, Setter, Specialist / abstract, Speed
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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61581 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom572 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 11:05 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

great sense of movement and nice colour, the composition is good too and there are no distractions from the main subject,
i wonder if it would work even better flipped as we usually read images left to right.
Phil

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DunDiggin
DunDiggin  760 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 11:16 AM

Hi Phil

I never thought of mirroring it - just tried it now and it does work pretty well.

Thanks

Andrew

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pepperst  62328 forum posts Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2008 - 3:48 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I idea is sound and I see what you are looking for but these pictures tend to work better if there is a fixed point of interest against which to judge the speed otherwise it just looks out of focus (although I understand that hear that was what you were looking for)

If you get a focus off the sand so it looked sharp first, then catch the dog at speed as it runs through (use multipul shot option on the shutter) then the background would be steady and add emphasis to the speed of the dog which would be blurred. This would work as the reverse of most motorsport shots where the car/bike is in focus but the background blurred.

That said I have a young dog and getting any shot is hard enough work!

Peps

Last Modified By pepperst at 12 May 2008 - 3:50 PM

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Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2008 - 1:37 PM

I agree with pepper, motion shots work when at least one element is in focus, whether it be the dog's head otr the background - otherwise it is just a blurred shot (though in one direction..). But a nice concept, worth experimenting more with. Maybe the inclusion of some other element would help

Stephen

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DunDiggin
DunDiggin  760 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2008 - 4:36 PM

Thanks Peps and Stephen - I didn't try for a shot without panning, so that the dog ran through as a blur, but that sounds worth a try next time.

Oddly, on this shot, though it doesn't show well in the small version, the dog's rear quarter is nicely clear and blur-free.

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jimthistle73
27 Nov 2008 - 1:30 PM

Might also be worth trying a bit of rear synch flash - keeps the blur but freezes the action at the end of the exposure.

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