When blur conveys speed

bike race

The photographers at this bicycle race cranked up shutter speeds in an attempt to freeze movement. I decided to go in the other direction, slowing down my shutter to 1/15 second and panning with the riders. I used a 300mm telephoto lens on a Contax 645, which threw the background completely out of focus and blurred it to a complete abstraction. The end result is an image without background distractions, and a strong sense of speed. It now appears on the International site of the camera’s digital back manufacturer.

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