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Two Girls, One Cab

Two girls, One Cab (Location Unknown, NYC)

1/30s . f/5.6 . ISO 1600 . 18 mm

Here is a fun shot of two girls in a cab at night.  I was able to get this motion blur by setting my camera for “second curtain flash” using my camera’s on-board flash (look at your camera’s instructions to access this setting).

A good explanation of the mechanics of 2nd curtain flash is found at this article at Digital Photography School.  By using a slower shutter speed AND the 2nd curtain flash, you effectively get two shutter speeds.  The foreground (in this shot, the cab) will be frozen while the background will be blurred.  To get the motion effect, I also used a panning technique here.  A lot of photographers try to avoid the on-board flash like the plague because it usually looks poor, but it CAN be used artistically.

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