Riding backwards with watching dog

Here’s a hip shot that didn’t quite turn out. I took it during the last Public Sector Union (formerly, Occupy Toronto) movement a couple of Saturdays ago. I didn’t notice the guy on the bike until he cycled by me backwards. Quickly I raised the camera and fire. But I didn’t give it a second to focus properly. That’s one of the downsides to using an entry level camera, you don’t get the speedy focusing you get from pro-level DSLRs. If I’d waited another quarter of a second the shot would have been in proper focus. I should have also shot at one aperture stop wider (from F5.6 to F4), which would have doubled my shutter speed to 1/80th of a second from 1/40th. Upping my ISO to 200 would have also doubled my shutter speed. But the real culprit here is my rush to capture the quickly changing scene. Nonetheless, I actually like this shot. It’s weird and the subtle blurriness doesn’t really hurt it, at least not to my eye. It might even find its way into my next book, which will be only black & whites. Anyway, I hope you like it.

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4 Responses to Riding backwards with watching dog

  1. Chloe says:

    how is he riding that bike backwards?!

  2. I like it just the way it is – the slight blur adds to the sense of movement and interest.

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