Using shutter speed to improve creativity
Learning to use slow shutter speed for creative effects.

This is my motorcycle going through a curve, taken last night in BC’s Fraser Canyon. I rode the bike and took the picture at the same time. “How’d you do that?” you ask. Glad to tell you.

The idea came when I watched two motorcycles ride through the same curve. “Darn!” I thought, I wasn’t ready for that shot. Then I decided to give it a try in the rapidly falling light.

I set up my camera on a tripod, choosing a telephoto lens to compress the road and enhance the beautiful S-curve. Then, I preset the camera on manual mode for the correct exposure (20 seconds at f/8, ISO 800) and took a test shot. My camera has a maximum delay on the self-timer of 20 seconds, just enough for me to run from the camera to the parked, idling bike, barely out of the scene on the right. Good thing there was no traffic! It must have looked funny as I ran from the camera, counting out loud to 20, jumped on the bike and rode it through the scene. But it was worth it when I got back to the camera to view the photo.

So, why can’t you see the bike or the rider? All of this and much more is included in my introductory photography courses. More info about photography courses is here. Join us and learn to make more creative photos!

Update: After thinking on this image for a while, I felt it needed something more to tell the story. So, once the imagination got going, the magic of the digital darkroom was employed to add the rider. As soon as I saw the result, I knew the title would be Ghost Rider. I’m pleased to see that the image was very well received on 500px.

A few more images from my ride are below.

shutter speed for creative effects
A motorcycle rider, like an apparition, drifts through the scene.

HDR photograph of the Fraser Canyon
Travel by car or motorcycle through BC’s Fraser Canyon.
motorcycle photography near Whistler BC
There’s a good reason lots of motorcycles like this road: lots of twists and turns, great scenery and not a lot of traffic.
Motorcycle Photography while riding through the mountains in BC
Riders enjoying the twisties, British Columbia style.
motorcycle photography near Whistler BC
A rider enjoying the road.
Harley style
Riding the Sea to Sky Highway on the road to Whistler, BC.
BC's Hwy 12 follows the Fraser River
My favourite road sign, more twisties ahead.