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A New Trick With The Camera

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I’ve been following a photo blog from Thailand for some time now.  Gavin Gough has a knack for getting images that most people only dream about.  One thing I have seen him do is get an imagine of an object (person, car, bike exc) that is in focus while the background is blurred out.  I find this style of photography leaves so much to the imagination, adds a new dimension to ones work and creates motion.  To see examples that Gavin does with this technique click on the links below.  I especially recommend checking out his post “Postcards From Delhi” with the photo of the little girls in the rickshaw.

While in Cuba I thought I would try and get a photo like Gavin does.  I tried to remember the settings he uses and spent about an hour on the street shooting.  The pictures above and below are what I got that day.  They don’t quite have the feel that Gavin’s does but I will be working on this technique more in the future.

The trick I have found is that people running or bikes on the street, is to set your camera up in manual mode to 1/15 to 1/20sec.  Then you put the focus on the subject (if a person say the face) and pan the camera left or right as they are passing.  For cars or moto-bikes you will need to increase the speed more, depending on how fast they are going.

This is a technique and not every photo will come out perfect.  For every 20 photos I took I got 1 good one.  So play around and see what you get.  Get out of your programed settings on your camera and try manual mode for once! :)

 

  • A Bangkok Photo Workshop
  • Postcard From Vietnam
  • Bangkok Photo Walk: My Photos
  • Postcards From Delhi
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    • http://www.wanderingearl.com/ Earl

      That’s pretty bad-ass! I need to give that technique a shot myself. Your photos above look quite good, keep practicing and put them up on the site so we can see. The photos on Gavin’s site are unreal, especially the rickshaw in Delhi using the blur effect.

    • http://www.wanderingearl.com Earl

      That’s pretty bad-ass! I need to give that technique a shot myself. Your photos above look quite good, keep practicing and put them up on the site so we can see. The photos on Gavin’s site are unreal, especially the rickshaw in Delhi using the blur effect.



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