You accelerate, hit maximum velocity and the world blurs. Whether you're driving a sports car alone or a moped packed with your entire family, this week's Shooting Challenge participants always made the experience epic. The results:

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Lead Shot - Warp the Strip

Nikon D5000, Nikkor 10-24mm, Nikon SB-600, exposure 14.8 seconds, f/8, 10mm, ISO 200. I crammed a tripod in the back of my car, two legs in the door sills, one extending into the trunk through the armrest hole. I had a friend drive my car on a busy highway as I snapped away in bulb mode. I strobed the interior of the car twice with a speedlight off camera. I shot in RAW so that I could later process as a HDR image in photomatix. Yes, that is a battery operated fm radio crammed into the dash with the antenna extended, don't judge me.
[Ed note: My favorite part of this shot was the use of a 10mm lens. It widened the scope of the shot, making the perspective feel more like a cockpit than just a car.]
-Dan DeChiaro

Guy on a Bike

I've been using a Canon Rebel XTi coupled with a 50mm 1.8 prime lens. This shot was during the afternoon and I used ISO 100 and f/22 with 1/20 shutter speed to shoot it. This was a shot of a random stranger on a bike. I was about to give up shooting cars but then i saw this man on a bike and decided to take a picture of him. Turned out nice. originally taken in color but I tweaked it in iPhoto.
[Ed note: It seems as if this guy is casually going 90MPH down the highway.]
-Lucas Lim


[Fill In Generic Star Wars Reference]

Taken with a Canon 5d Mark II and 24-105mm F4 L lens, at 24 mm. Aperture was as small as possible at f 22, with ISO 200 and a 2 stop neutral density filter, resulting in a 1/5th of a second shutter speed. The hardest part about grabbing this shot was avoiding getting blasted by all the stormtroopers milling about. Fortunately, I don't think those helmets offer great visibility... Seriously though, I decided to dig up one of my old Star Wars action figures and mount it to the handle of my video tripod a foot in front of the camera lens. Then it was simply a matter of walking to the road, lining up the trooper & bike above the road, and snapping a picture while I panned the camera. Some photoshopping was necessary to remove the tripod handle and add a shadow under the bike.
[Ed note: Clever rig, you could do a whole series of super hero action figures like this, mid-fight.]
-Charlie Dwyer


Car Commercial

Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 1/350, ISO 100, f/5, 185mm. Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We have a relatively new "ring-road" that connects two major highways quite close to my house.
The speed limit is people seem to really floor it when skirting down this fresh asphalt. I was out for a stroll along the green space adjacent to an area in between the highway and my house where I sat along the fence line and practiced shooting for a LONG TIME. This was an extremely difficult challenge and I missed the mark on dozens of way cooler looking sports cars. I finally managed to capture this Infinity going about 140km/h, right when it started to rain forcing me inside....lucky.
[Ed note: The deep colors and contrast, combined with a proper amount of blur, create a hyperreal effect for a conservative sedan cruising down the road.]
-Richard Morrison



This is Edgar Prado riding D'Funnybone while approaching the gate for the 11th race on August 28th 2010, the 26th running of the King's Bishop, at the Saratoga Race Course. The shot was taken handheld with a Canon 50D with the EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS II lens at 88mm, 1/40 seconds at f/11, ISO 100, shutter priority, and image stabilization mode 2 was on. I had been camped out along the fence for over two hours, baking in the sun. D'Funnybone ran from his handler giving me a perfect opportunity to get an isolated shot of him in motion. I knew I could not stop the motion of the horse and still achieve background blur, but felt that I could freeze the jockey and show the motion and energy of the horse along with the blurred background. D'Funnybone sadly did not win the race.
[Ed note: Pretty interesting that the jockey is sharp while the horse, with so much contrasting vertical motion, oft blurs.]
-Rob Gierthy


World's Smallest Station Wagon

Shot handheld on a Canon 500D, with Tamron 18-50mm 2.8 lens, at 50mm, f6.3 and 1/25s. I was really looking forward to this week's challenge, as one of my favorite pastimes in Hanoi is to just sit on a roadside cafe and observe the crazy traffic of motorbikes carrying all sorts of things. Unfortunately, the weather was really crappy this WE, so i didn't get as much time as i would've hoped for to practice my panning skills. However i still managed between two rain showers to catch of few shots of vietnamese families riding their bikes on the road (sometimes up to 4 per motorbike !). I Hope you enjoy this typical Vietnamese scene.
[Ed note: The boy's expression of boredom really makes this shot for me.]
- Romain Gresset


Roller Derby

Equipment: Nikon D90 & 18-200mm VR-II lens
Settings: 35mm, 1/20th sec, f/8, ISO640. The photo was taking at the August 28th New Hampshire Roller Derby double-header. Madame Scurrie of the Queen City Cherry Bombs was passing the pack on the outside as lead jammer. The Queen City Cherry Bombs went on to beat the Elm City Derby Damez 95-17.
[Ed note: A great example of how a photo technique can exacerbate the nature of a moment.]
-Ryan Powers


Winner - Jeep

Canon 50D, F/14, 1/20sec, ISO-100. This photo was a team effort. It was shot in a field a few miles from my home. Dad was driving the Jeep (1954 Willys) and my wife was driving our truck. I was laying in the bed of the truck holding the camera as near to the ground as I could reach. I set the camera up to shoot in high speed mode with servo focus and just snapped away since I couldn't see the screen or through the eyepiece. After a few different settings this one worked the best. It was difficult to match the speed of the vehicles and the bouncing as we went over off-road obstacles. All three of us had a blast.
[Ed note: The chunky, utilitarian Jeep design mixes with the perfect sharpness of the photo in a wonderful way. When you notice that the wheel and grass are a blur, it almost seems impossible that the vehicle is in such excellent focus. Beautifully executed shot. Also, I want your dad's Jeep.]
- Chuck


I'd say "awesome job everyone," but everyone who participates in these Shooting Challenges already knows they're awesome. So...uhhh...nice weather we're about that one local sports team?

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