PoTM 2011 August: Reservoir Dogs (Trail Riders at Derwent)
PoTM 2011 August: Reservoir Dogs(Trail Riders at Derwent)
I was out recently for a bike ride en-famille but I couldn’t resist pulling over and grabbing a few shots of the riders that were hacking past. The day was a bit mixed and although it was fairly bright, the sky wasn’t exactly shouting out to be included in any of the shots. I didn’t have any strobes with me either, just a body and a ‘go anywhere’ lens so my options were limited. I could have pumped the ISO up to freeze the riders but the background was (photographically) dull and hence I figured that this wouldn’t have produced any decent shots. As an alternative I thought that a panning shot or a pulled zoom shot would be a better option and as there was no shortage of riders I had plenty of opportunity to try a few different ideas.
In the end the shot above was one of that caught my eye during post (processing). I used a slow shutter speed/small aperture combo and threw in a bit of panning to blur the riders to accentuate their speed as they hacked past. By panning and using a slow shutter speed I deliberately blurred the riders and the dull background too. If I’d had some strobes with me and more time I could have thrown some flash in there too for a motion blur but I was out on a family bike ride and not a photo-shoot! There’s always next time though…
Nikon D300, 18 – 200mm AFS VR @ 55mm, ISO 200, 1/10 secs @ f22 matrix metering in aperture priority with -0.3 EV compensation
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