The speed of light? Well, hardly. My subject is a child, riding a bike. Uphill.
I wanted to see if I could capture the feeling of motion in a photograph, so I tried out a panning technique.
Panning gives the impression of movement in a photo by blurring the background while keeping the subject relatively sharp. For this shot, I slowed my shutter speed down to 1/6 second and focused on my biking muse, following her movement horizontally with the camera while I pushed the shutter release.
When I try this again, I’ll probably try a faster shutter speed to help sharpen her form, and I’ll try to place her a little more to the left of the frame (so it doesn’t look like she’s about to race right into the hard edge of the photo).
In any case, I’m happy with my first attempt at panning, and she’s happy that she looks a bit like the Flash.