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remember remember…

Yesterday I went to watch American Football and fireworks at Birmingham University. I’ve never watched this sport before and found it quote exciting. The atmosphere was great did I mention they had cheerleaders too!

I met up with the rest of my photography peers around 5 and proceeded to talk about the camera settings we’d have to use to be able to capture the action with the lack of lighting. I got more confident with taking pictures and decided to hop over the fence and stand with the players on the bench. This was very exciting, I felt like I was in the middle of the game, this was a good thing until 20st of man came crashing down at my feet with another 15th on top of him, for a minute there I thought my camera was going up to Canon heaven.

After the 1st half, I decided to put my camera away and enjoy the rest of the game, besides, It was getting far too cold to keep my hands out of my coat pockets.

The fireworks werent the best, i didn’t expect them to be that good. It was free after all. Still, I got the opportunity to use the bulb setting on my camera. This resulted in a picture of 3 or 4 fireworks that went off at different times being recorded on a single photo.

all in all it was a good evening. You know  the drill by now… Click here to see other photos from my 5th November album.


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Run run as fast as you can… You can’t catch me I’m the ginger bread man

Canon 450d with 18-55mm lens f16. 1/15 sec

So I decided to start picking a picture at random and writting about it. It’s kind of like ‘Photo of the day’ that I use to do before. I use to provide the photo and C use to provide a number of interesting facts about the sungject of the pic (usualy an animal of some sorts)

I took this picture at the Bupa Great Birmingham Run. You can see a few other pictures that I took whilst there by clicking here.

I needed considerable practise at my panning technique and thought that this would be a great chance. After many failed shots (I blame the runners, the faster runners where at the front, that must have been what it was) 🙂 I finally got a shot with the runner in focus and the back drop blurred. I wanted to give a sence of movement whilst blurring out the distractions in the background.

I took a number of tests shot at slower shutter speeds to find the right speed for the runners. Nothing like a bit of trial and error!


Posted by on November 2, 2011 in panning, photography, running, Uncategorized


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