Photographing moving objects can be a bit of a challenge. If you don’t trust your auto focus you’re in for a real treat. This photo was shot back in the autumn of 2009. I had recently started school when I planned this little photo shoot with my friend Rune Johansen and his bike, a Suzuki R600 (not that I really know what the difference between a R600 and an ie R1200 is), as an assignment. Having photographed people and portraits for a great deal of time I was happy to finally try something else. The task was simple, have a couple of different shots, one freezing time, one showing movement in the photo. It was really just a basic exercise practicing shutter speed control and panning. First we shot some photos with just the bike, as a commercial styled photo, then some with him and his bike riding into the sun down and finally I asked him to do some speed runs so I could have my shots for the assignment. Starting of at 60km/h I had problem finding focus both manually and automatically because of the sun hitting the lens. But on the third try with a machine-gun-high-speed-shutter-mode of 11 frames pr second I managed to get something decent for the freezing the frame-shot. Trying the blurry background we also had quite a few tries, but finally understood that he didn’t need to go that fast. He slowed down to around 20km/h crawling down the dock. Helping me out in this shot was the sun flares that in the beginning ruined my auto focus, strafing across from left to right making out the Suzuki logo. Bit of pure luck really. Being a bit aware if the police came visiting our shoot at the harbor, we packed up and went home.
Getting a blurry background with some hints of motions you need to use a normal or telephoto lens. You might achieve this effect with a wide angle, Some of the reasons is when you shoot with a telephoto lens the background gets truncated. Everything that moves in the same direction as your pan of the lens gets stuck in the frame. Lowering the shutter speed smudges what is not following your motion and blurs it out. This is shot on an aperture of f/22, ISO200 and a shutter speed of 1/50th of a second. The reason for such a small aperture is to get what I focus at in focus and sharp.