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Approaching cruising speed
Approaching cruising speed

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Challenge: Speed II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: Aug 28, 2007
Aperture: 22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Travel, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Aug 28, 2007

Handheld riding bike solo. Played around with shutter speeds and angles and went through the result finding the best after I got home. Yes, I know it barely reads 40MPH, but it's hard to take the shot when you're riding a bike and your shutter finger is on your throttle hand. Too bad I couldn't clone the speedometer needle to peg it. My 60MPH shots were too shaky. Thus the title. I'm hoping to break 5.0.

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Thanks for the votes and comments! I had plans to have the camera around my neck but rest it on a pillow sitting between my legs on the gas tank and either user self-timer or my remote shutter release. I quickly found that wasn't working, so I fell (bad word for motorcycle) back to shooting live with my throttle hand. I had some great scenery pictures, but they were all too shaky. Finally, the last picture I took (as often happens) right behind my home turned out the best, so I submitted it. I tried different shutter speeds to get tree movement without bike or road blur. It was shoot from the hip and check the results when I got home, and by then I didn't have time to re-shoot.
This is my 2nd highest score, so I'm happy. :-)

Place: 84 out of 204
Avg (all users): 5.4734
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 5.1719
Avg (non-participants): 5.6290
Views since voting: 766
Views during voting: 270
Votes: 188
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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09/05/2007 11:16:18 AM
I really like the feeling of speed on this one. The composition is very nice. Only suggestion maybe a different time of day. it might be nice as a night shot? still, like the setup.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/04/2007 03:38:27 PM
Wow! Fantastic photo, but who is holding onto the steering wheel?
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09/04/2007 08:42:50 AM
Awesome!! Crikey don't know how u did this on a motorcycle..
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09/03/2007 09:24:25 AM
I like this concept, the trees lead my eyes into the photograph. But the red truck grabs me when I get there instead of the speedo. Nicely done.
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09/01/2007 02:00:06 AM
very imaginative
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08/30/2007 12:58:59 AM
I can really feel the speed in this one. I like the concept, and the execution is very good.
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08/29/2007 09:57:40 PM
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08/29/2007 08:37:34 PM
so sweet! How did you get the camera there and hold it to take such sharp a sharp picture? Nice job
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