After an eternity of rain, the sun came out today. My girls dusted off their bikes and zipped through puddles up and down the driveway. I ruined their fun by asking them to zip at various speeds and from different angles so I could practice with my camera.
Motion is tricky. At least it's tricky for me. The quickest shutter speed on my lens is not lightning fast, but fast enough to freeze the action of my bike-riding girls.
What I really wanted though was to suggest motion in the background but keep the subject relatively clear. Tricky. I slowed the shutter speed, but that blurred the whole thing. It definitely showed motion, and was kind of cool, but wasn't exactly what I was going for.
Simply follow your subject with the camera, moving in that same direction while depressing the shutter release button. The idea is to ensure that your moving subject remains relatively 'stationary' and in fairly sharp focus, while all of the stationary objects surrounding it record as either horizontal or vertical streaks.
I love how it says, "simply".
But surprisingly, some of my attempts worked.
But a whole lot more didn't.
I'll spare you the countless number of exposures that met with the delete button.
Thank goodness for digital cameras!