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Leading The Pack

By strawman
Your advice views and comments are welcomed, good or bad. I am trying to do something different so negative comments are just as helpful so I can learn. A photo taken to enter a competition about movement.

This is not a digitaly manipulated photo, the only thing I have done is crop it and adjust levels. The effect was achieved by using a low shutter speed 1/40 f18, and positioning myself such that as cars pass the apex of the corner they are traveling towards the camera. This means that their movement is minimised, but those entering the corner are traveling right to left.

I am please with this as it is an effect I worked out on the day and hand holding a 200mm lens at 1/40 took a bit of practice, as did timing the 1st car into the corner.

Tags: Transport Motorsport Slow shutter speed Formula ford Sports and action

Voters: Britman, vaughar, albi and 1 more

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Britman 14 1.7k England
1 Sep 2006 5:12PM
Interesting technique. i might give it a try myself. You do get a good sence of movment.
how did it get on in the compo?
vaughar 16 242 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2006 7:32PM
I thought for sure this was manipulated, so top marks for an original technique. Must have a fair few with the front car blurred too at that shutter speed?

I'm not 100% on the crop, so I'll have a play and upload a modified version if I can find something I like better Grin

EDIT: new version up, not sure, but better IMO. Would have liked to have cropped out the tyres too (as they're too dominant going out of the top of the frame) but couldn't as it was then too thin.
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2006 10:20PM
Thanks, quite a few blured and plenty with the car in the wrong place too. Of about 20 photo's two came out.

The competition is still to come, cropping is bugging me. I have been playing with darkening the tyres down, or cropping even tighter, but I quite like the last car in the frame, the shadows to the right, and having room for them to drive on.

Decisions decisions.

Thanks again for your thoughts.

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