Manchester Sport Relief mile and more motion blur opportunites

March 21st, 2010

As I was in Manchester city centre early this morning on some other business.  I took the opportunity to watch participants in the 2010 Sport Relief Manchester mile. As part of a continuing theme I thought that I would experiment some more with motion blurs.  This time I thought I would freeze the background and the stationary spectators and blur the runners and see what I thought of the effect.

Again for the technically minded, all shots were taken on a Nikon D700, with either a 20mm or a 35mm lens.  Shutter speeds varied between 1/25 and 1/6 of a second.  All shots were hand held although I did use barriers and the like for support. Comments welcome.



Picture of the Sunbeam MCC’s Pioneer Run 2010

March 21st, 2010

Continuing with what seems to be a current theme of motion blurs, I took these shots of competitors in the 2010 Pioneer Motorcycle Run from London to Brighton on Sunday the 14th March 2010.  The Pioneer Run starts at Epsom racecourse and ends on Madeira Drive Brighton seafront.  The Event has been organised since 1930 by the Sunbeam Motorcycle Club.

All shots of the 2010 Pioneer Run were taken on a Nikon D700 with an 85mm, f1.4AF-D lens. As ever I am astounded by the focus tracking on the D700, and the creative possibilities that it provides. I particularly like the shots where only a small area of the rider is in focus and the rest is a blur and the feeling of speed that that imparts to the image.To take part in the 2010 Pioneer Run, as always the bikes had to be manufactured before 1915, and I like the shots which have a vintage feel, with the rider is dressed in period gear.   Some of the period helmets would not appear to offer much protection so it is easy to see why some riders opt for the modern full face option. If anyone is interested in buying prints of any of the images please get in touch. I can provide professionally printed 9″x 6″ prints in carboard strut mounts and larger prints on request. I work with professional framing suppliers, and so can provide large framed prints in some great contemporary styles of frames if desired (check out this links for a variety of frames, and here for some great large box frames and other ideas). Please get back to me if you are interested, with your requirements and I will give you some idea of prices.



Pioneer Run 2010

March 16th, 2010

Continuing with what seems to be a current theme of motion blurs, I took these shots of competitors in the 2010 Pioneer Motorcycle Run from London to Brighton on Sunday the 14th March 2010.  The Pioneer Run starts at Epsom racecourse and ends on Madeira Drive Brighton seafront.  The Event has been organised since 1930 by the Sunbeam Motorcycle Club.

All shots of the 2010 Pioneer Run were taken on a Nikon D700 with an 85mm, f1.4AF-D lens. As ever I am astounded by the focus tracking on the D700, and the creative possibilities that it provides. I particularly like the shots where only a small area of the rider is in focus and the rest is a blur and the feeling of speed that that imparts to the image.To take part in the 2010 Pioneer Run, as always the bikes had to be manufactured before 1915, and I like the shots which have a vintage feel, with the rider is dressed in period gear.   Some of the period helmets would not appear to offer much protection so it is easy to see why some riders opt for the modern full face option.

If anyone is interested in buying prints of any of the images please get in touch. I can provide professionally printed 9″x 6″ prints in carboard strut mounts and larger prints on request. I work with professional framing suppliers, and so can provide large framed prints in some great contemporary styles of frames if desired (check out this links for a variety of frames, and here for some great large box frames and other ideas). Please get back to me if you are interested, with your requirements and I will give you some idea of prices.




what goes into a simple shot of a man on a bike

March 10th, 2010

Friday lunchtime I had a shoot booked that had taken quite a bit of planning. I had a theme of bike to work and wanted to experiment with motion blurs and test the focus tracking of the Nikon D700. To do this I had arranged to borrow a tandem, to be piloted by a willing and steady assistant, whilst I sat on the back and tried to track another cyclist following us. This was a lot more difficult than might seem at first.

The model had to be directed as to where he was needed for the shot, I had to turn backwards, with no hands on the back of the tandem, which throws it off line. I had to handhold the camera, but to get the desired amount of blur whilst moving quite rapidly on the tandem required shutter speeads of between 1/8 and 1/30 of a second, which calls for a steady hand and smooth shutter release. The attrition rate of shots was consequently very high I took about 200, got many with very artistic but ultimately useless blur and several that I am very pleased with. The original plan had been to use a Surly Big Dummy, which would have allowed me to sit backwards and take the shots, however the guy that I knew with one has just sold it. I suppose I can always add one to the list of urgently required essential photgraphic equipment. Anyway here are the best shots and a couple of the useless blur, which I happen to like quite a lot! Any comments as usual are always welcome.

For the technically minded, equipment Nikon D700, 35mm f2 AF-D lens, aperture priority, continuous high speed shooting and focus tracking modes. Landescape tandem, Pashley Guvnor, Brompton 3-speed.