I wrote a caption on Instagram not long ago talking about movement and how fascinated I’ve become with capturing subjects “making moves” towards their goals and ambitions. Recently I teamed up with my good friend Jack Soren who is an amazing artist based on the North shore of Oahu to practice my ability shooting subjects in motion, and being that he’s an avid motorcyclist I suggested we’d have some fun shooting photos of him ripping around on his bike.
There’s a few things i’d have to tweak the next time around in order for me to really nail the clean crisp shots I was going for but for a first time the photos didn’t come out too bad, and despite not having the photos exactly as I’d liked them, I feel as though having the slight blur within the subject adds a bit of “flavor” to the images, and makes them seem more real and spontaneous and less like a planned shot.
There’s so much more power contained within images that en-capture a subject moving towards something, and I’ve always loved when I can sit and stare at images for hours and try to string together a whole narrative being played out before and beyond that one moment captured in the still photo.
There’s not much difference between the photos however I feel each contains its own specific energy and some more so than others. The photo I’ve attached above this text is a good example of that for reasons I credit more to the composition than anything. If you take a look at some of the other images which I chose to compose the road more in line with the frame of the photo the energy seems a bit less “continual” where as in the photo above I chose to angle the road in a way that feels a bit more like its continuing and leading toward whatever hes’s racing after. Imagine if the camera were to continue shooting as if these were frames out of a film I believe some of the more cropped images would have more strength being a transitional clip, putting more emphasis on the speed at which he’s moving where as if you imagine the image above playing out it can yield more strength panning out and showing the entirety of the scene as well as the speed at which he’s moving.