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Rick Bianco submitted this image taken with a Digital Rebel XT, at 1/200 sec, f/9, ISO 400. Rick stated that he had used post processing to blur the background. He used a 75-300mm lens and could have set the aperture differently to open it up to f/4.5 or f/5.6 to blur the background while keeping the main subject in focus. Opening up the aperture would also allow a faster shutter speed at a lower ISO.  All good things, a cleaner image, less post processing and still freeze the action.

The easiest way to accomplish all of this for an action shot in broad daylight is to set the camera to AV (Canon’s Aperture Priority setting), set you aperture to an wider aperture than f/9, depending on the lens, in this case I believe the widest opening to be f/4.5 but f/5.6 would work too.  As to composition Rick has found that with action shots you often find yourself with a background that doesn’t help the image.  The spectator in the white shirt grabs the viewer’s attention from the biker. Often changing your position or changing your perspective will give a different angle and the distracting background is no longer an issue.  In this case getting lower if possible might have hidden the white shirt behind the mound.  Nice attempt and good peak action but there is an easier way and a better way to do it next time.

—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

__This photo gets three and a half stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

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