David Blass  

Whizzing by by David Blass

October 2021 - Whizzing by

October 2021 - David Blass


October 2021 - David Blass

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About the Image(s)

Surprisingly, the first original photo in this group was produced with no fancy tricks in Photoshop, only cropping and straightening. Recently I had the opportunity to enter a contest with the theme “Maryland Highways and Byways”, so decided to add something distinctively Maryland to the image (me). Admittedly this could have been taken in Bulgaria, but I decided to proceed.

I set up the same camera and lens in a different location and used the interval timer set to shoot every second. I ran through the frame many times, using a rapid shutter speed to capture myself in sharp focus. Then cut out my figure and placed it in the original road scene and added a shadow, adding blur afterward.

7 comments posted

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
I reckon that the overall result is very effective and certainly gives the effect of motion of the subject and the blur of the roadside. How did you do in the contest? I enjoy entering contests with set themes, and I am quite involved on the internet with Photocrowd, which at the basic level is free, and sets different themes daily.   Posted: 10/05/2021 05:08:24
David Blass   David Blass
The judging hasn't happened yet. The results may be known next month. I'll take a look at Photocrowd, thanks.   Posted: 10/05/2021 16:35:21

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I like your wonderful creation. However, to me my eye is drawn to the center of the image. I suggest moving the runner more to the right (closer to the yellow lines) and up slightly to improve the composition.   Posted: 10/05/2021 08:38:41
David Blass   David Blass
Thanks, Jim. I played with the runner's position--left vs. right, nearer vs. farther, but I didn't consider closer to the center line. I think I was torn between my two roles, runner and photographer, as I would never run with oncoming traffic at my back (as I appear to be doing here), and particularly not in the center of the lane. Artistically, you may have a point, though I wonder if the danger to the runner would distract viewers.   Posted: 10/05/2021 09:33:49

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
The images are well combined but I have to agree with Jim about the placement of the runner, he is just too near the edge.
I think I saw you earlier Bike shot gaining acceptace or was it an award in a recent international. Well done.   Posted: 10/10/2021 11:54:37
David Blass   David Blass
Thanks, Ian, but my bike shot hasn't won anything except at my club contest. It happens that it was the other image I submitted to the contest I mentioned, so there's a possibility it will win something there. I'll find out on Nov. 14.   Posted: 10/10/2021 12:52:59

David Blass   David Blass
Thanks to Jim and Ian, I went back to the image and produced this one. The runner (and more importantly, the flag) are a bit too far away for me; what do you think?
  Posted: 10/10/2021 16:43:43
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