Shooting Challenge: 10 Speed Shots

Shooting Challenge: 10 Speed Shots

How do you effectively illustrate speed in a photograph? It all comes down to your camera, skill and the subject, as these Giz readers demonstrate in this week’s shooting challenge.


Adam Gavin

Apologies on the quality this week I had to grab this off my FB at the last minute. This was taken Saturday arvo up at Talem bend, SA, where there was a drift meet. I went up to photograph some mates thrashing and this came out pretty awesome so now im passing it to you guys.

This was taken with my trusty Nikon D3000 with a nikon 55mm – 200mm lens. No editing has been done this is straight off my camera, uploaded to fb and emailed off.


Daina Peet

I took this photo with in Glenelg, Adelaide. It was just after a beautiful sunset on the beach with a few friends.

The camera I took it with was a Canon DIGITAL IXUS 110 IS.
The F-stop: f/2.8
Exposure Time: 1/10 sec.
ISO Speed: ISO-800


Joel Edmondson

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: 15-85mm
F-Stop: f/22
Exposure: 1/20sec
ISO: 800

When I think of speed, I think motion blur.
I took this photo while out on the weekend at the local velodrome, I was hoping to get some photos of riders inside the velodrome but it was closed.
Instead, riders were on the outside track.
I’m pleased this was the case as the background scenery in this shot looks really cool with the motion blur from fast zooming!


Peter Baldwin

Noting that the challenge said “speed”, not “high speed” I thought I’d look for something a bit slower than a jet or a racing car. I decided to photograph my 5 year old granddaughter on her scooter. Everything was going smoothly – until she fell off and hurt her hand. That brought the session to an abrupt end – but I hadn’t got anything that gave the impression of any kind of speed. So it was Photoshop to the rescue! I duplicated the background layer, then used the magic wand to cut her out; added some motion blur to the background and used the magic eraser to blend her image on the second layer into the background. Not perfect – but at least an impression of speed!

Taken with a Canon 450D with the standard 10-55mm lens at 41mm; 1/20sec; f/25.0; ISO800.

I intended opening the lens up a lot more to blur the background but didn’t get the chance!


Prashit Dhingra

Equipment: iPhone 4 Rear Camera.

Settings: Basic; No Flash

Camera Details: 3.9mm 1/15 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800

Story: I was waiting at this bus stop on Blackburn road on this rainy Thursday evening listening to some kickass psy-trance when i saw this “long vehical” approaching at 70kmph (they usually try to jump the signal before it turns red).. Instant in my mind came the idea of shooting it at this “speed” and i took the picture as quick as i could.


Steve Bull

I’m currently doing photo a day for a year, and have been wanting to get this shot for a while now, I thought what better time to do it then for the challenge. Also fitting that this morning was the morning that the harbour bridge was shut thanks to “Mick” the guy who climbed to the top to protest, there was definitely no speed going on by the cars stuck in a monster traffic jam. Obviously taken on the cycleway on the bridge after the bridge had reopened (but the cars were still in a traffic jam… yay for cycling) on my morning commute. The bikes coming the opposite way get some nice speed up in this section, before they need to jam on the brakes and walk down the infamous 55 stairs at the end. Taken with my iPhone 3GS, effects applied with Tiltshiftgen app.


David Sundstrom

My better half was running the SMH half marathon, I took my camera along and snapped a few shots while I was waiting.

At the beginning of the race there wasn’t much light to work with. But by the time the runners returned for the final leg, the sun had actually risen enough to provide decent shutter speeds. Which allowed me to freeze the runners while they were in motion.

Nikon D7000 & AFs 35mm 1.8, ISO 400, 1/800 sec at f5.0. Processed in Lightroom 3 afterwards.


Mitchell Swan

Taken in the Melbourne botanic gardens on an overcast day. Wanted to freeze the movement of the water with high speed photography. Fountains are far more dynamic than we can perceive.

To take I used a Canon 600D with a nifty fifty lens, f2.0 and a shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second. Taken on an overcast day which is vital for a shot with such short exposure time because there is plenty of available light yet the shadows are still soft.


Phil Burnham

I took this at Warriewood on Sunday morning:

Canon 1D MkIV
1/6000 sec
ISO 160
1.5m swell
4 Pines Hangover


Michelle Swan

Fancy a quick game of cards? Snap I win, snap you lose! The faster you play makes more games in the day!

The technicals for this one are Nikon D50, f5.6 aperture and a 1/6 second exposure.