The need for speed

We all for some reason enjoy going fast. We indeed have a need for speed.

We will stand in long lines at an amusement park and pay good money to go fast. We love the thrill of it.

So how can we transfer that feeling of speed to a photograph?

One way is to use what our mind already knows and put it in the photo.

Here's one example, we have all seen a plane climbing into the sky. When we see the photo we can almost here the engine pitch upward as it struggles to break the laws of gravity.

The smoke helps to give a visual of speed.

On the other hand a plane diving at a steep angle has an increasing downward pitch.

In all the movies that's all you can here when the planes are diving is that loud increasing roar of the engine.

So when we look at the photo, we can just about here it. That gives us the feeling of speed.

We can also achieve the feeling of speed by not climbing or diving.

All we have to do is look at this guy and we know he's flat out moving, he's got the mask and dark shield on, and just the shape of the jet alone tells you this thing is cooking.

Along with that we can only see part of the jet. Just the front end entering the photo. This also helps portray the speed because our eye can't see the end of it so it keeps going back to the middle or front of the jet.

We love the need for speed, and it is possible to capture one momment in time but still make it look like it's moving.

Photo credits: Dave Willman.


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Your article must be written in English

January 25, 2008


Thank you.

January 25, 2008


Okay, I've been to air shows and can see how you got the first two images. But how did you get the one of the Navy Fighter Jet up in the air that close? Looks like you would have had to be in a plane right next to it. Just curious.

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