Using motion, light and bike tricks in photography

Like many people in the Corridor, I took my new-found free time at home as a cue to buy a new bike.

My partner also bought a new bike and it is both of our first time since childhood owning brand-new bikes. We’re both pretty excited about them — so it was only a matter of time before I used them for a shutter in place photo.

I’ve been thinking about a few ideas for photos for a while, but between wanting to stay at home for the photo and a minor knee injury I am going with some very simple ideas that can be built upon, especially with more time and space to execute them.

This is another look at motion and light — this time featuring bikes.

A pretty common way to show motion on a bike would be to select a slow shutter speed such as 1/30th of a second or so for a casual riding speed and to stand in place and photograph a passing rider panning the camera with the motion of the bike. If you nail it just right you get the rider more or less frozen in time and a blur of whatever background and foreground you have.

This is great and fun to do — but I wanted to go for something else since I was just using the driveway and relying on my partner’s willingness to give me a hand.

I have always liked the motion of light in a time exposure, whether it be a car traveling a winding road through hills, dense traffic on the freeway, embers from a fire (as I previously showed in shutter in place) or even just a person with a flashlight or headlamp walking through the frame of a landscape photo.

For no reason other than that, I wanted to try it with the bike and then my partner and I made up the rest as we went.

These photos could certainly be stronger and I may make another attempt at something similar on a ride away from the house (maybe somewhere a bit more scenic), but these are what I got the other evening and I’m happy with them for now.