Steve Thornton
Personal Work

This personal image was shot at night in Miami Beach from a friend's condo balcony on the 18th floor or so. (I shot this a while back so I'm not positive about the floor level). I was waiting for my friend to finish some work because I was driving them to the airport. So I grabbed a camera & started to play by shooting cars as they passed by using a long shutter speed to get a blur. I knew that getting this type of photo to "work" meant shooting a lot of images & literally hoping I got one that really did work.

One advantage I have in shooting this type of imagery is, when shooting action, you will learn how to pan the camera/lens combination in sync with the subject that you are shooting. If I was shooting a race car running at 100MPH (160 KPH) I could shoot at a much higher shutter speed and still get this blur effect. Plus, because I would be shooting at a faster shutter speed, I would get an instantaneous look at the frame when the mirror returned before it flipped right back up again to shoot the next frame. This allows me to adjust & make corrections while I shoot 5-6 frames. However in this instance, where I am shooting a car that is moving at 30 MPH (50 KPH), I get just one chance. This type of action experience is a big help in this image.

Gear used: Canon professional camera, Canon 28-70mm zoom lens at 70mm, @ f2.8, 1.6 second shutter speed, 100 ISO. Processed in Photoshop CS6 Beta, with the new Camera RAW converter V7, also Beta.

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