Motion Blur

Panning is one of the great joys of still photography. It takes a lot of practice and luck to capture a good image so I try to take a couple of these on every photo walk. The real trick to creating a successful panning shot is to start your camera moving first and then press the shutter while the camera is in motion. That way you get a nice, fluid movement.

I really like the silhouette of the bike rider in this image. The little flip of his coat tail gives it a whimsical feeling. I got really lucky to have caught the blur of the tire spokes, I don’t get that very often. It really adds to the feeling of motion. The blurred figure in the foreground was distracting to me at first but the soft focus has a great effect on the composition. The viewer is forced to look past him and focus on the bike rider. Also, it creates some distance between the viewer and the subject and safely places the viewer on the sidewalk as a part of the crowd.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/90, f/5.6, ISO 640

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