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November Challenge - Blur

reuben

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reuben Moderator Landscape and Sports in depth expertise Awarded for his article contributions to the Resources Donor Ribbon awarded for his extraordinary generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 21st Jan 2004
Wed 16-Jan-08 01:38 PM

by popular request (and as no surprise), the obvious sequel to last month's challenge of "freeze", this month it's all about showing the movement, rather than stopping it.

for instance - i know we have several folks in here who shoot motorcycles on the track. typically they pan, tracking the rider/bike, and get a nicely blurred, creamy background. this month's challenge suggests the converse - freeze the background, and show the rider/athlete/whoever/whatever passing through it. suggest the speed and action by showing how fast they're moving across the background.

depending on the type of action photography you do, this may be a trivial exercise or quite challenging.

please include the technical data.

to start things off i will post 2 shots of (what else?) one of my daughter's field hockey teams. these are from 2 years ago, 2003.

in the first image the subject is about to launch the ball toward the goal at a speed at which most of us would be inclined to avoid. there's a stick in her hand which is totally invisible, and you can see how the rest of her body is pivoting to make the shot. it's blurred just a tad more than i would like, but i wasn't exactly shooting under studio conditions.

the second image is just a shot in low light conditions with a slow aperture.

both were handheld with an n80 and the nikkor 70-300 D.

the first shot was at around dusk, probably f/5.6, fuji 200, probably superia.

the second after sunset under minimal stadium lights. shooting from behind the goal in the second shot made the subject even darker, and thus increased the shutter speed. i would guess it was shot at about f/4.

both scanned on a cheap flatbed scanner from 4x6 prints.

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  • raylee

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    #11. "RE: November Challenge - Blur" | In response to Reply # 0

    raylee Registered since 06th Jul 2003
    Fri 04-Nov-05 05:04 AM

    D2h, Sigma 70-200, f9 at 1/60th

    Vintage Auto race '05
    http://www.pbase.com/ray645/image/46389813.jpg



    D2h, 70-200, f22 at 1/60th

    Drifting event '05
    http://www.pbase.com/ray645/image/51617696.jpg




    D2h, 85 1.8 f14 at 1/25th

    Vintage Auto race '04
    http://www.pbase.com/ray645/image/41624156.jpg

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  • Bo

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    "RE: November Challenge - Blur"

    Bo Registered since 10th Jun 2004
    Wed 16-Jan-08 12:38 PM

    The game was at night and the stadium lighting was pretty weak. I shot the game in Aperture mode and the next few games I increased the ISO and shot in Manual mode to stop the action.

    I used a D2x and 70-200.
    ISO 200
    1/20
    f/4.8
    70-200 @ 120 mm

    ISO 200
    1/25
    f/4.8
    70-200 @ 120 mm

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    1/25
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  • Holland Hacker

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    "RE: November Challenge - Blur"

    Holland Hacker Basic Member
    Wed 16-Jan-08 12:38 PM

    Two for the Blur Challenge.

    # 1
    F5
    Kodak Elite Chrome 100?
    80 - 400 VR @ 340
    1/60 sec.
    F8
    Aper. Priority
    Scanned Minolta DiMage Elite 5400 II

    # 2
    D100
    ISO 400
    80 - 400 VR
    1/15 sec.
    F8
    Aper. Priority
    Auto White Balance




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  • Holland Hacker

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    "RE: November Challenge - Blur"

    Holland Hacker Basic Member
    Wed 16-Jan-08 12:38 PM

    Two more for the Blur challenge, now that I have actually read the rules, sorry about the pan shot of Lost in the Fog. These two were taken at a small amusement park called Fantasy Island on Long Beach Island, NJ. The one of the Ferris Wheel was taken from outside the park and the one of the swing from inside. Right after I took the shot of the swing I was told by a "rent a cop" excuse me security guard "that tripods aren't allowed in the park!" So I left.

    Enjoy! Thanks for the kind word about my previous post.

    #1
    F5
    Provia 100
    Tamron 19 - 35 @ 19
    f 22
    2 sec.
    Tripod Mounted

    # 2
    Provia 100
    Tamron 19 - 35 @ 19
    f 22
    2 sec.
    Tripod Mounted




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  • Searider

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    "RE: November Challenge - Blur"

    Searider Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Nov 2004
    Wed 16-Jan-08 12:38 PM

    Might not meet the guidelines exactly.

    D70
    1/10s
    f 2.8
    ISO 200
    onboard flash set to rear-curtain
    105mm

    Posterization in CS2 and oversaturation of the Green channel (background trees.

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  • racepics

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    "RE: November Challenge - Blur"

    racepics Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2005
    Wed 16-Jan-08 12:38 PM

    NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway 11-08-05

    D70 17mm ISO 200 1/50sf22 parade lap about 45mph
    D70 80mm ISO 200 1/100sf13 80-20mm f2.8 racing speed maybe 180-190mph
    D70 80mm ISO 200 1/50xf16 80-200 f2.8 180-190mph

    Had fun tried may shutter speeds to see what would happen and what I liked. You decide if you like any of them

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  • wolfwoods

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    "RE: November Challenge - Blur"

    wolfwoods Basic Member
    Wed 16-Jan-08 12:38 PM

    I'm on the high school football field primarily to photograph the band, but while I'm there I shoot the players and the cheerleaders too. A former athelete myself, I was once temporarily blinded by a flash so I have an aversion to using one on the sidelines now. Most of my shots use the higher ISO settings and aperture priority...I have plenty of examples of blur.

    I happened to be about midfield as our home team entered the field to start the game. I swung my monopod mounted D2H and shot this and got our of the way. #93 is a defensive end and I felt like a quarterback in the pocket.

    D2H, ISO 1600, 70-200 mm AF with VR off, f/2.8 1/80 sec.

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  • dwj

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    dwj Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Jan 2005
    Wed 16-Jan-08 12:38 PM

    I really like your racing shots, Owen, particularly #3. And John and Phil's football shots are great.

    Here's another racing shot, this one from Nextel Cup qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway on 2005-11-04. D70, ISO 200, 70-200mm f/2.8 (Steve Lieber's) at 200mm, 1/90th. I probably need to shoot a little slower for cars moving toward the camera like this...

    Dan Johnsen
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    Wed 16-Jan-08 12:38 PM

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  • SteveLig

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    SteveLig Registered since 16th Aug 2004
    Wed 16-Jan-08 12:38 PM

    A couple of youth football pics from this year. I was fortunate enough to have sideline access. In the first pic, the runner came at me so fast I barely had time to react. The second pic is more, well, normal.

    Both shots were taken with a D70 using a 75-300 F/4.5-5.6 lens.

    Image 1: 200mm focal length, 1/160 at F/11
    Image 2: 300mm focal length, 1/80 at F/6.3


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  • kocho

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    kocho Basic Member
    Wed 16-Jan-08 12:38 PM

    D70s, Nikkor 80-400 VR, 400mm, 1/13s, f/5.6, spot meter, iso1600

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  • Denali

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    "RE: November Challenge - Blur"

    Denali Registered since 15th Nov 2005
    Wed 16-Jan-08 12:38 PM

    In order to get the freeze frame action, I need a quicker finger. But for this month's posting, I have had plenty of experience.

    This one I took during a state soccer playoff game.

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  • Searider

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    #40. "RE: November Challenge - Blur" | In response to Reply # 0

    Searider Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Nov 2004
    Wed 16-Jan-08 12:38 PM

    I have enjoyed seeing everyone’s entries for the November Challenge.
    I had entered one image earlier but have two more that I would like to share.
    In both images, I specifically was trying to blur the primary subject while leaving the background un-blurred.

    #1 is a picture of a Dual like Stunt (trick) kite being flown by a member of a local Austin Kite team. We set this up in order to get this shot. The pilot had to fly the kite back and forth for quite a few passes while I tried to get the shutter speed right and learn the delay on my D70. I had to press the shutter just before the kite came into view. My intention was not to get a “Great” shot but to learn about the challenges of getting a shot like this. As a result the background is cluttered and the exposure is not quite right. But I got the Blur.
    D70
    1/45s
    18-70 Nikkor at 40 mm
    F27
    ISO 200


    #2
    I had just purchased a used 50 f1.4 and was looking for a low light opportunity to use it.
    D70
    1/20s
    F4
    Nikkor 50 /1.4
    ISO 800

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