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