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jdmhon
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I wanted to take pictures of a friend riding his motorcycle. I haven't done any moving shots yet and I thought id take a stab at it.

My idea was to have someone drive my truck while I shoot from the back drivers side corner of the bed and have another friend hold a 22" kacey beauty dish with a grid and an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra at the other end of the bed while my rider friend rides behind us at around 20-25mph.

I was thinking about going with a shutter speed around 1/40-1/80 depending on my focal length I am using to blur the background and hopefully stop a lot of the motion of my friend riding with the flash in the beauty dish.


any suggestions or recommendations for doing this type of shot? any help will be appreciated.

Post #1, Mar 30, 2012 21:28:01


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If you do this, see if you can get a safety harness, just in case. Almost had a buddy loose his life doing a shoot like this (professionally). Even bouncing off the pavement at 25mph hurts like heck, not to mention the loss of gear!

Try shooting with the tailgate down, while laying down. A yoga mat helps a lot with this, too. A lens with IS will help a lot, and I prefer to go shorter than longer focal length, where possible. You'd be surprised at how bouncy most roads are!

Good luck and be safe!

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thanks for the tips!

Post #3, Apr 02, 2012 03:51:33


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TPhantom
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Thanks for the tip! I'm planning to do the same thing with my friend's bike. Although it will be hard.

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I know this is an old thread...But if you strobe it...You'll freeze most of the motion you're going for in the picture.

Post #5, Jun 19, 2012 07:12:04


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