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Archive for Sunday, October 12, 2003

Daring photo shoot yields moving image

October 12, 2003

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Photographer: Richard Gwin

Camera: Nikon D1H digital

Kansas University senior Falestine Afani Ruzik, co-founder of KU
ScooterHawks, an officially recognized student group for scooter
and mo-ped enthusiasts, enjoys an afternoon cruise on her 2003
Yamaha Zuma Sport Scooter.

Kansas University senior Falestine Afani Ruzik, co-founder of KU ScooterHawks, an officially recognized student group for scooter and mo-ped enthusiasts, enjoys an afternoon cruise on her 2003 Yamaha Zuma Sport Scooter.

Lens: 17mm

ISO: 200

Shutter: 1/20

Aperture: 18

When I received an assignment to shoot pictures for a story about scooter, I thought of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in "Easy Rider." They cruised on their Harley-Davidsons as the landscape panned behind them. I wanted to duplicate that feeling for the lead scooter photo.

So I asked Jim Baker, the reporter for the story, to drive my El Camino as I stood in the back. We drove alongside a young woman riding a scooter down a vacant street in east Lawrence.

I needed a clean background and, starting out with a slow shutter speed, I used an aperture of 18 and a 17mm lens on a Nikon D1H digital camera and used a Nikon SB-28 DX flash adjusted to a rear curtain flash. It still took a steady hand, but I was able to capture the motion of the scooter and its driver on about the fifth frame. The background blurred just perfectly.




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