Capture Speed – Travel Photography Tip

Capture Speed – Travel Photography Tip

Bullock Cart Race, Kila Raipur, Punjab
Bullock Cart Race, Kila Raipur, Punjab

Equipment: EOS 5D Mark III EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

EXIF: 70mm f /11 1/50 ISO 100

Bullock Cart Race at Rural Olympics in Kila Raipur is all about speed. Capturing speed in a still image was the challenge. For capturing that, I decided to do a pan shot on a slow shutter speed.

To slow down the shutter speed to a desirable level (1/50), I narrowed the aperture and shot at f/11, using the lowest ISO (100). To get crisp focus on the expression of the bullock cart racer, I used AI Servo AF mode. I spot-metered on specific area of the cart which would roughly be around the 18% grey mark, kneeled and panned along the action.

The result was a remarkable feel of speed and motion – with the background visibly blurred. What makes this image interesting is intensity and grit on the face of the bullock cart rider. This image has been used as a part of my Kila Raipur Travelogue in Smart Photography (June 2014).

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