“Get an action shot for our front cover”.
Alright – that’s pretty wide open for an assignment. So I called up my friend Kirk, who is into biking some local trails, and he was up for a little photosession.
We tried out a couple of spots around Long Lake here in Whitehorse. I knew I wanted to keep Kirk in the shade – that way I could use my strobes to put light on him just the way I wanted.
After trying a bunch of action-stopping shots, we moved to our final location, and I decided to try out some longer exposures.
Using my strobe to light Kirk (effectively freezing him), I dragged my shutter and panned along with him, creating a nice motion-blurred background. One key to making this work out right is to make sure you underexpose your background a little.
The motion-blurred shots came out much more interesting than any of the fully-frozen shots.
While this one didn’t run as the cover (another one from the session was chosen by the editor as the cover), I liked this one the best.
Keep pushing yourself, and don’t be afraid to try something new – it can turn out to be better than your pre-conceived ideas.