STEP BY STEP / Get set for mo­tion blur in your mo­tor

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

1 The gear We’re us­ing a Nikon D750 with a wide-an­gle 24mm f/2.8 lens, as we want the full-frame sen­sor to cap­ture as wide a view as pos­si­ble from the pas­sen­ger seat of the car. We’re also us­ing a Man­frotto mono­pod held firmly against the wind­screen, with the leg po­si­tioned care­fully. 2 The road A quiet and smooth coun­try road is best for these shots, as you’ll need to drive up and down a few times to nail the tech­nique. We found roads with­out pot­holes, flanked with high hedges ei­ther side, worked best. It also helped to wait un­til pass­ing cars were no longer vis­i­ble.

3 The fo­cus­ing and place­ment With the cam­era in po­si­tion we pre-fo­cused on the bon­net of the car by dis­abling aut­o­fo­cus and man­u­ally

ad­just­ing the fo­cus. We shot in Shut­ter Pri­or­ity mode to con­trol the shut­ter speed, so our DSLR set a match­ing aper­ture for a good ex­po­sure. 4 Too fast! Get­ting the car frozen but the scenery blurred meant bal­anc­ing the driv­ing speed with the shut­ter speed. We tried driv­ing at 30mph and us­ing a fast shut­ter speed of 1/100 sec, but it froze ev­ery­thing and made it look static. To add blur, we needed a slower shut­ter speed. 5 Too slow! We next tried driv­ing the car at 20mph and slow­ing shut­ter speed to 1/2 sec, but this re­sulted in the car bon­net blur­ring as well as the scenery. We needed to speed up the shut­ter some­what, but also to drive faster to keep the scenery out­side the car blurred. 6 Just right We found the op­ti­mum com­bi­na­tion was a car speed of around 30mph with a shut­ter speed of 1/10 sec. Bear in mind your set­tings will de­pend on your light­ing con­di­tions, the smooth­ness of the road, and the state of your own car’s sus­pen­sion.

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