in a blur
For about the first 15 years of my photo career, I struggled with blurred pan shots.
Instead of slowly tracking the subject, I would whip the camera across and nothing would ever be sharp.
In 2004 at the Athens Olympics, I studied LA Times shooter Wally Skalij and the cool calm way he went about kicking everyone’s ass. During those Games, I stole his idea of panning gymnasts as they ran towards the vault.
Ever since then, I have improved steadily with the blur.
Last night before the Chicago Blackhawks’ thrilling 2-1 overtime win over Vancouver, I played around with an 1/8th of a second shutter speed as the Hawks circled the ice in the dark during the pre-game build up.
A handful of the shots turned out well including this one of Swedish defender Niklas Hjalmarsson.