Images of a Big Island

I feel the need for Speed!

This image is something a little different.
A few months ago I was down at Conway Beach which becomes a large expanse of sandflats at low tide. Because of the prevailing SE Tradewinds blowing pretty well directly onshore, it is a great spot for wind surfing and Kite-boards. (Crocodiles and large sharks also think it’s not a bad spot!)
This particular day there were a couple of land-sailers or Blokarts as they are probably better known. These things are probably the best fun you can have on 3 wheels! In a good breeze you can attain some serious speed.
I wanted to try and give an impression of speed so a high shutter speed was not going to cut it. Settling on a shutter speed of 1/30s, I sat out in the middle of them whizzing past me, panning and trying not to get run down!
A lot of the shots were a little bit too shaky, but this one and a couple of others came out ok
To focus the attention on the Blokart I desaturated everything but the sail and gave it a vignette.

Love to put a remote operated camera on one of these things!


10 responses

  1. Hi Tim,

    great shot mate!

    I really like the coloured sail against the neutral background.

    I have done a bit of this land sailing myself…great fun!!!

    July 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    • Thanks Mark,hope you are enjoying Tassie. Bet it’s bloody cold too!
      Why am I not surprised that you have been landsailing?

      July 6, 2010 at 10:57 pm

  2. Great shot Tim. Really like this image

    July 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm

  3. Tony Middleton

    Top work with this one Tim ! Great colour isolation and movement. Good to see something from Conway 🙂

    July 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    • Hi Tony, it came out alright eh? I go to Conway often and sometimes even get the odd image as well!

      July 6, 2010 at 11:01 pm

  4. Perfect pan shot here! Background silky smooth and streaky that grenn just pops!

    July 6, 2010 at 11:55 pm

  5. Nice panning! I think the colour in the sail makes all the difference.

    July 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm

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