This exercise was conducted at a local train station as I could not find an assistant to help me riding a bike!
At first I took a series of images of people crossing a busy road on a zebra crossing but I difficulty getting them in focus. I then tried to pre-focus on where I thought they would walk but the width of the pavement gave them too many options and a number of images were poor.
I then decided that I would need to find a location where the subjects would have a limited area to walk through, firstly I tried a shop doorway but a time too many people came through at once. After this I set off the train station. Initially after the trains arrived there were lots of people leaving at the same time so after observing this I concentrated on the passengers that followed that were slower off the train.
I pre-focused on the door lock and then took a number of images as each person left.
I kept the photo-booth in each shot so the background stayed the same.
Below are my results,
I think the results clearly show the effect that shutter speed has on the image.
Although most of the subjects were walking through the door at the same speed the images are all different.
In the first image the staff members orange clothing stands out but you would not be able to identify him.
In the second image you can start to see the ladies eyes and teeth, but again you would not be able to recognise her. The right legs give an indication of speed.
The third image should have been clearer but I think that the man with the bike was walking a little faster.
I like this image as the spokes in the front wheel make an interesting pattern.
In the fourth image, the lady with the bag, she appears to be walking slightly faster. Her scarf and hair have movement and show she is in a hurry. However her bag seems to be still.
It would have been interesting if you could capture her face clearly but keep the scarf and her hair flowing?
In the fifth image, the lad with the hat, there is still s degree of movement (in the left foot) but the face is clearer.
The last image shows two girls leaving the station.
There is detail, you can see her chewing gum and the mark on her paper bag.
This image was taken at F5.6, 1/3200 and iso 25600. I would have liked it if I had captured her with her eyes open.
On the whole I found this to be a very useful exercise. I was standing outside for three hours in the cold so additional preparation in the clothing department , ie. hat and gloves and a flask would have helped!
More importantly the task I gained more confidence in using my camera and I realised how much better your images can be if you pre-focus. I think that this is what sports photographers do at motor racing meetings.
So all in all an enjoyable day.