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Fast-Runner-Slow-Shutter | by Jim Larson
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Fast-Runner-Slow-Shutter

I took a lot of photos at the 2012 Spring Sprint Triathlon on Saturday. Near the end of the event I decided to get a bit "artsy" and try experimenting with the exposure.

 

I normally try to shoot all athletes at a shutter speed of 1/500th of a second or faster in order to stop their motion. What I did in this experiment was to use a shutter speed of 1/13th of a second and pan the camera so that the runner was in the same position of the viewfinder at the beginning and the end of the exposure. The camera moved quite a bit in that 1/13th, causing the blurring of background and the runner's feet were also blurred due to their motion. But, I got what I was looking for.

 

Do you like this artsy image? Does the technique help to make the runner look fast?

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Taken on April 7, 2012