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Red is the color of speed

Red is the color of speed
My contribution for The Sunday Challenge: Panning.

I tried all kinds of things but finally chose this rather blurry image because I like the way how items (bushes) on foreground gives a feeling the car is not only against blurry background, but kind of dives through the landscape. The shutter speed could have been a little shorter from used 1/8 second to get the car a little sharper. The focal length used is 140 mm equivalent. On editor I heavily increased the contrast and added so called "Lens distortion" effect: docs.gimp.org/en/plug-in-lens-distortion.html

ColRam, Sylvain Wiart, , Indycaver (Norm) and 12 other people have particularly liked this photo


43 comments - The latest ones
 Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon
I really like this, I have a few basket ball game shots like this and I like the blurriness of them.
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Shuttering Yukon
Thanks Wendi =) I kind of fell in love with the randomness of this challenge =D Many of the pictures taken would at least work as abstracts after heavy editing.
6 years ago.
 Valfal
Valfal club
I like this, too. It's almost like the car is going into light speed, hehe :-)
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Valfal club
Thanks Valerie =) Around here we used to say cars like these reach the high speed only if falling down from the cliff =D
6 years ago.
 Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
I love the two pictures ! and their fantastic colors... Does not the one in the note box a better "panning' than the other one ? Because the people on it does not move ,when, in the other picture, everything looks like moving ? But I do not know anything in technique, so, I can be perfectly wrong.....
the one with the poeple is just fantastic, it is like a little history...
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Nylonbleu
Thank you Isabelle =) Yes, in the elevator picture there is not enough motion blurred background. I should have included more space on right. The idea was to follow the glass wall elevator vertically with the camera, but it turned more difficult than I thought. Therefore I chose the car picture instead.
6 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Great action shot.
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Thank you very much Jaap.
6 years ago.
 Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett club
Very nice car abstract!
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Gillian Everett club
Thank you Gillian.
6 years ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
Like the feeling of speed and colors, but maybe too much sharpened for my taste
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Wierd Folkersma club
Thank you Wertti. Yes, maybe too much sharpening. Or I should have tried some other technique than "Unsharp Mask".
6 years ago.
 Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg club
Looks like in the wind tunnel, great effect and colors!
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Dida From Augsburg club
Thank you very much Dida.
6 years ago.
 Amazingstoker
Amazingstoker club
like the semi abstractness of it, and the blur gives a great sense of movement
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Amazingstoker club
Thank you Amaz. I especially wanted a generous background blur, no mater what it costs on sharpness of the subject (car) itself.
6 years ago.
 Jon Smith
Jon Smith
'diving through the landscape'.. i love that idea sami! the picture is wonderful and vibrant and of course perfect for the challenge. absolute fave!
6 years ago. Edited 6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Jon Smith
Thank you very much Jon.I actually turned the picture the other way round. Originally car was going from right to left. Then I also turned the picture to get the car in level. In original it looked like going downhills.
6 years ago.
 .t.a.o.n.
.t.a.o.n.
wrouuuuum ! ;-)
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to .t.a.o.n.
Thank you Rob. Cars like these reach the top speed when dropped from the cliff.
6 years ago.
 Clickity Click
Clickity Click club
I like the abstract motion of this image but I guess I didn't understand the challenge as I was trying to keep the subject or at least part of it in focus while all else was blurred out. Oh well I need to try more of this but not too soon. lol
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Clickity Click club
Thank you Chris. Yes, I admit the car is not sharp enough, and therefore the elevator picture would have been better. And I actually took also "better/sharper" car pictures. But as said, I like the idea of having some blurred elements also or foreground, which is why I chose this shot for the challenge. Oh, and actually Sari helped me to pick....
6 years ago.
 s@ssyl@ssy
s@ssyl@ssy
Well I certainly do like your processing !!
Heavy duty sharpening & structure & such
Makes this quite abstract :)) love the bold colours too :))
Well done sir Sami
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to s@ssyl@ssy
Thank you very much Diane.
6 years ago.
 PaulOClassic©
PaulOClassic©
Nailed it!

Terrific Sami!
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to PaulOClassic©
Thank you Paul. I actually started to like this technique. Inspired me to try this to gofor even something more abstract, some day...
6 years ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
Beautiful colors. (thanks for all your tips this week Sami :)
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Karen's Place club
Thank you Karen, and you are welcome. I'm certainly NOT experienced in practise myself, but I have read enough photography books for one lifetime, and of course also my education as an librarian often inspires me to seek information and share it.
6 years ago.
Karen's Place club
has replied to Sami Serola club
Ahhh...librarian. How interesting Sami!
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Karen's Place club
Yes, Library and Information Science is my area. I have not actually worked in the library more than few months as a trainee. Education here however, reacquires college or university level education. And now that is what I teach, or more like "moderate the education", learn together with students what could/would/should be the future of libraries.
6 years ago.
 Janano -
Janano - club
I really like this too - great effect
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Janano - club
Thank you Janano.
6 years ago.
 Chrissy
Chrissy club
love it!
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Chrissy club
Thank you very much Chrissy.
6 years ago.
 H C
H C
Love all the colours and blur.
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to H C
Thank you H C. This is why I like color photography so much.
6 years ago.
 Jean-Marc Bureau
Jean-Marc Bureau
Good variation on the theme Sami !
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Jean-Marc Bureau
Thank you Jean-Marc.
6 years ago.
 Esther
Esther club
It looks like a ghost car traveling though time and space. Very cool effect.
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Esther club
Thank you Esther. Many "urks" was the cost, but after all I found this rather inspiring challenge.
6 years ago.
 Indycaver (Norm)
Indycaver (Norm) club
Well done Sami!
6 years ago.
Sami Serola club
has replied to Indycaver (Norm) club
Thank you Norm.
6 years ago.
 autofantasia
autofantasia club
Great sense of speed and I love the colours too! :)
6 years ago.

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