Life on the streets doesn’t stand still. There is a never-ending movement of constant rushing. In the concrete jungle life moves fast and only the street photographer has the ability to “freeze” these moments.
“Shutter speed” corresponds to the amount of time that the shutter allows the light to hit the film or the sensor inside of the camera. Many street photographers prefer to use very fast shutter speed – mostly about 1/500 or 1/1000 of a second. That’s because street photography happens in such a fast pace and you have to react quickly – with a slower shutter speed both camera shake and movement of the subject can lead to blurry images. “Let’s forget those traditional camera settings and try something different” I thought to myself when doing these recent shots. With a slow shutter speed, motion can be captured much better. This method (also called panning) is little bit tricky and requires some practice and (to be honest) also some luck. Following the movement of the subject with the camera causes an effect with a blurry background while the subject itself stays sharp. It is a creative way of separating the subject from the background and forcing the viewer to focus on it. I had lot of fun using this technique on the streets of Berne, Switzerland last weekend. The images were shot with two mirrorless cameras – the Fujifilm X100s and the Fujifilm X-T1 with the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R lens at 1/15th of a second.
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